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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/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

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

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