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Daphne Colthard
About Daphne Colthard

After graduating at RADA but finding no roles Daphne went into magazine journalism with Good Housekeeping. Widely recognised as one of the country's leading restaurant and hotel reviewers, particularly by herself, Daphne is the author of "Bedded and Breakfasted", a light hearted chick novel and Grand Hotels DC: the Daffers Dictionary. Daphne lives in West London and is married to an investment banker Oliver. They have 2 boys Humphrey and Tarquin. More Posts

A la Colthard/ Hotel du Vin bistro

A girlfriend of mine of many years’ standing wanted to come to Brighton for her birthday and I booked us in at the bistro of the Hotel du Vin – the Sunday lunch there is rightly popular and it’s necessary to book. When I was at the hotel in the week, I confirmed the booking and [...]

February 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

a la Colthard

Yesterday Bob and I travelled up to London for the birthday celebration lunch of his godson’s mother, an old friend of mine too. She had booked the Oxo Tower for the event. I am being forced to revise my dictum of not trusting a restaurant with panoramic views. The food and service were stunning [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

Readers will know my suspicion of restaurants with panoramic views and expensive menus who are up themselves so on both counts I went to The Icebergs on Bondi Beach with some trepidation. I need not have done so as it was superb. The cuisine is regional Italian, the view over Bondi Beach [...]

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard

Five restaurants and a hotel to review so I will be briefer than normal on each. When we arrived at the Amora on New Years Eve at 12.30 the rooms were not ready. Fair enough, but not at 2-30. Hotels are charging premium rates for New Years Eve and should get extra staff to cope. The room itself on [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Q Hotel

As soon as we arrived and the dishy young concierge greeted us wearing a bowery cap, braces and dungarees looking like an extra from The Sting I realised we were in a seriously cool hotel. This was reinforced by the bold modern art exhibited in the foyer. Bob spent a while contemplating this [...]

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Porters Boutique Hotel, Havelock North

I was mightily impressed by this hotel and its restaurant, Malo. The rooms are decorated in tasteful shades of grey and are spacious and it had nice touches like a free washing machine and dishwasher. It’s so much irritating to pay £3 to a hotel laundry for smalls and much fairer to provide [...]

December 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Orbit restaurant Sky Tower

My readers will know my views on panoramic restaurants namely that the view is a substitute for the cuisine which as often or not is disappointing. So I went with some trepidation to the Orbit restaurant in the Sky Tower, the tallest building in New Zealand and significantly higher than either Big [...]

December 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Fishmekan & Fourth and Church

Brighton is well served by high end restaurants, the latest being Pascore which has 2 AA rosettes. It also has numerous ethnic restaurants. The Chinese ones are mainly to be found in Preston Street, Brighton’s equivalent to Chinatown, but there are numerous Indian, Mediterranean and Thai all [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: The Artist Residence/Brighton

I have stayed at the Artist Residence, Pimlico, London, and yesterday, though much nearer, I tried for the first time its sister hotel in Brighton. Both could be described as rustic/chic, plenty of wood, brick, big country drawers and chests in a cool, funky ambience. The Brighton Artist has an [...]

November 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ English’s

I regard it  as one of my duties not just to report on new restaurants but tried and tested favourites … are they rolling out a seasonal menu? Have there been my changes in management, decor or pricing ? English’s of – and in – Brighton is the type of restaurant that does not [...]

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

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