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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 /Sanary memory

We all left Sanary yesterday evening with positive memories. We particularly liked the hotel, La Farandole. A modern construction of stone overlooking the beach, la Gorgette, between Sanary and Bandol it had lovely views over the bay. My room with plate glass windows looking out to sea, cream tiles [...]

April 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ touristy restaurants

The description of a restaurant as ‘touristy’ is often used by locals to mean expensive or poor food and certainly a place they would not visit. I do not always think this fair nor conversely that local restaurants are always the best either. 3 restaurants I am reviewing today might be [...]

April 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

There are advantages and disadvantages to revisiting the same place. The advantages are in knowing a place you settle in quicker and know where to go. The disadvantages are the lack of that new sensation of experiencing something for the first time!!! There is a second more subtle one that in [...]

April 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Negresco, chateau, Bob’s salad and La Mere Germaine

Yesterday was a full on day but before I describe it I have to do a bit of back tracking. Bob has already praised Accadio which I endorse as it was the best of the old quarter restaurants in terms of comfort, food and price. Blue Beach, recommended by Bob’s friend Rory, was less pricey but [...]

April 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

GRAND HOTEL DU CAP FERRAT Whilst unquestionably a hotel that justifies its name in terms of location, elegance and amenity and one we always visit every year they were a bit naughty with their pricing. 14 Euros for a latte? Come on!!! After being charged 60 euros just to use the pool!!! Admittedly, [...]

March 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I always enjoy the Rust trip to Nice. March and April supposedly spring can be cold and windy in the UK whilst it is 15 degrees here. On our first night we went to La Petite Maison. I too was overwhelmed by the warmth of welcome of its owner Nicole as her rudeness is legendary and only matched by [...]

March 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Malmaison Brighton

I have already visited the new Malmaison in Brighton Marina for breakfast when a refurb was in course so I thought I would go back with a French girlfriend in the event businesss. They acquired the hotel, formerly the Seattle, for £36m and spent another £3m on the refurb. It bore the familiar [...]

March 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/ The Urchin Hove

I am not the biggest fan of gastro-pubs. As often or not, the seats are uncomfortable, the prices not far short of a decent restaurant and the cooking and service are not always reliable. I had , however, heard good things about the Urchin, a sea food pub in Hove with 100 craft beers as it was [...]

March 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Al la Colthard: Langans Brasserie/ Iberica

There is something both interesting and eerie to visit a restaurant that is still going strong but is past its hey day. I was meeting up with an ex footballer- footballers love Langans – and he suggested this place. Peter Langan started the restaurant in Stratton Street at the site of the Coq [...]

February 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Sartoria – Savile Row

A very old friend of mine has his birthday close to mine. So it’s become our tradition to give each other lunch at restaurants of our choice. My friend chose Sartoria for his birthday yesterday. I thought it rang a bell and remembered that Alan Tanner is a member of a Fulham FC dining club [...]

February 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

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