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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

al la Colthard/Pascere

It’s tough for a new aspiring restaurant to impose itself in Brighton. The units are either too small or, in the case of the Marina too big and thus incurring large rents and service charges eating into profit margins. Obviously the converse applies if it’s too small: you don’t [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Front Room (Seaford)

Yesterday, on my way to Brighton to see the publisher of this esteemed organ, I met up with Chloe an old school friend of mine whom I had not seen in nearly three years, in of all places the quaint little town of Seaford in East Sussex. You may ask why Seaford and I was just coming to that. Rather [...]

February 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Reubens

They say the indicator of a good Chinese restaurant is the number of Chinese there. Reubens is the only kosher restaurant in the West End and there were a goodly number of  Jewish people in yarmulkas eating there. This might because they cannot eat anywhere else but nonetheless I felt assured. I [...]

February 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/English’s

It’s been some time since I visited English’s – must be 6 months- and I went there in the week for a variety of reasons. They were rolling out their spring menu, I wanted to congratulate personally the manager Nick Emmott on finishing  third in the Restaurant Manager of the Year [...]

February 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

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

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