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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/ Eslava, Casa Robles, Flamenco Show

At Bob Tickler’s suggestion I flew out for a couple of days. I have always been a fan of Spanish cuisine in general and Andalusian in particular. They have exported the concept of tapas to the shared platter and at its best and Eslava is the best it’s as imaginative a cuisine as you [...]

October 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The Caxton Grill

With two caveats the dining experience at the Caxton Grill was first class. Normally I am not one for offers through internet intermediaries but meeting an old friend – not that sort!!!! – in Victoria I came across the Caxton Grill off Victoria Street and an offer of 3 courses plus [...]

September 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Cornish Restaurant update

I have been uniformly impresseed by the service , price and freshness of food at all the Cornish restaurants we have visited on the trip. HAVENERS This used to be called Food for Thought but the owner had his collar felt for unlawful abstraction of gas. It’s now owned by St Austell Brewery [...]

August 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The Jetty, Chichester Harbour

For many years Murrays at the Ship Hotel was the destination of choice for a meal at Chichester. It has now been taken over by the Harbour chain that operate boutique hotels along the south coast. It’s had a total makeover with the familiar mustard banquettes of the Brighton Harbour. It keeps [...]

July 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ updates

  English’s My recent visit more or less coincided with a less than positive review in The Mail on Sunday from Andrew Parker Bowles. The gist of his critique was that he was disappointed when ordering off piste by the tempura oysters and tuna tartare and at £49 the lobster thermidor was [...]

July 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Jetty, Brighton Harbour Hotel

Too many restaurant critics confine their review to openings. A restaurant then is on its best behaviour and it may take a bit of time to bed in. Also regular diners tend to have their favourites and are not normally so adventurous as to try a new one. Add to this, the PR company of a new [...]

June 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Marrocco

I have often complained that the British gastronomic tradition lacks the concept of the “restaurant du quarter” (neighbourhood restaurant) unlike France. So in this regard I am delighted to recommend Marrocco on the esplanade at Hove. Old man Renato Marrocco came to England in 1962. [...]

June 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / Pike and Pine

Chef Matt Gillan earned his stripes at the Pass, South Lodge Hotel near Horsham and deservedly so. The food on his grazing menu was spectacular, my only criticism that you had to perch on stools. He has now opened the Pike and Pine in Brighton. Curiously by day it is the Redcoaster Cafe. Brighton [...]

June 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Wolseley , Hakkasan, Providores, Olivo

Most restaurant reviewers typically review new restaurants but I regard it as my function to keep regular updates on my faves. The reality is that most diners have 2/3 trusted places where they are known, like the cuisine , service and welcome and patronise these regularly. Over the past few days I [...]

May 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard, Bistro Nantais, Hove

I have praised before the neighbourhood local restaurant in France known as Le restaurant du qurartier. These are harder to find here but do exist. I believe I have found one at Bistro Nantais ,an authentic French brasserie in Hove. Cafe Rouge has tried to emulate such an atmosphere and gastronomy [...]

May 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

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