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A la Colthard The Kennels, Goodwood Estate

There are places who are dog-friendly and take dogs but the Kennels, the clubhouse for all activities on the Goodwood Estate goes beyond that. Almost every group had their dog with them and in the entrance hall is a collection of dog bowls, including one for Pedro – the pooch of the couple [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Daffers go ethnic

One of my beefs about ethnic cuisine is whether it’s high-end or your local balti house there is not a huge difference. Two recent experiences made me feel differently. The first was at Trishna in Blandford Street in what estate agents call Marylebone Village. The scrumptious Sir John R (his [...]

November 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Flint House Brighton

Ben and Pamela Mckellar have been around the Brighton restaurant scene for some 21 years now with their Gingerman group with outlets in Kemp Town, Hove and Hurstpierpoint. I have visited the first two and would categorise them as good but not so good as to wish to return. The notion that the couple [...]

November 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Squire and Horse , Arundel

After all the expense of Japanese cuisine, I craved for cheaper heartier fare and could not have found a better place than the gastro pub The Squire and Horse in Bury near Arundel. I regularly meet up for lunch with one of my oldest friends, an internet entrepreneur who is one of those types that [...]

November 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

During this fascinating trip we have visited most of the things that have made Japan famous – Sumo, Sake, shrines – and yesterday I added another “S”: sushi. The Sushi chef is much venerated. In Simon May’s book Atomic Sushi – the reflections on Japan by a professor on [...]

November 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Kobe Herb gardens

We Rusters are a perverse crew. We have one staffer who is so afraid of hospitals he once passed out in one and not as a patient, Bob lives in a marina but has no interest in boats and I have large garden but my knowledge of and interest in plants are scanty. However wherever I travel I always [...]

November 1, 2019 // 0 Comments


At the high end of hotels there are basically three: the business hotel, the traditional and the boutique. Of the three I would prefer least to stay in a boutique. Invariably they offer small rooms and the Cross, where we are staying in Kyoto, is no exception – basically a big bed taking up [...]

October 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Kobe beef and Sumo

Yesterday I sampled one of Japan’s greatest delicacies Kobe Beef. Only the best cows are selected and then fed a special diet of milk and grass. It certainly is not cheap but you will never taste anything like it. Like most things in Japan there is ritual. A solemnly dressed cook in his Steak [...]

October 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I can only agree with Bob about the Japanese toilet. I am sure that the control console sadly in Japanese would reveal yet more sensory pleasures of hot jets “where the sun don’t shine”!!! Last night the group went out for a meal in a local restaurant. For many they had just arrived and into [...]

October 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / William Drabble at the St James Club, St James

The St James Club is an elegant 5 star boutique hotel in a London townhouse in the St. James area. It has adopted the relatively modern trend of a high profile chef – in this case William Drabble whose restaurant Seven Park Place exists separately from the hotel. I went there yesterday as a [...]

October 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

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