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A la Colthard/Imperial Treasure

When an old friend told me he had booked Imperial Treasure off Pall Mall for our regular lunch date he promised me “Chinese cuisine on a different level”. Looking at the menu on its website I was not sure if he was referring to the cost!! In fact he was right … and so was I. The [...]

August 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Wild Flor

We all know that feeling when for no apparent reason our plans for the day are derailed by the unforeseen. This happened to me yesterday before I set out for Wild Flor in Hove. I have to wind you back to 19th June when I visited a local bathroom store to purchase a shower fitting. This cost £254 [...]

July 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fourth day in Verona

It was another full-on day- some achievement as here too we had temperatures in the high 30s. We walked to Castelvecchio. Grandcarne, the greatest of the ruling Scala family, built this castle but it’s now a museum. This contained many art works by Mantegna, Veronese and Tintoretto but sadly no [...]

July 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Kitchen W8

I was invited to this restaurant off Kensington High Street. It was my first time and was impressed. I like a set weekday menu which is affordable and sensible as the restaurant was not full. From it I choose a cold pea and courgette soup and sea bream and almond tart. All very delicious. The [...]

July 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Varsity Hotel Cambridge

It’s been some years since I visited Cambridge and I cannot believe how much it has changed in my absence. Perhaps it’s the digital boom as it has a thriving science park but the city seems more alive and prosperous than I remembered it last. My memories go back to a May Ball in the early [...]

June 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Amsterdam restaurant review

We ate at four restaurants, each one better than the previous. We had our first lunch at Jansz the in-house restaurant of our hotel the Pulitzer. I went for the set menu and chose Burrata and poussin. Burrata the milky cheese is burrata – I’ve eaten better – and the poussin was a slab [...]

May 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Le Colombier

Le Colombier restaurant in Dovehouse Street, just behind the Royal Marsden Hospital, is the sort of place where I would meet my Great Aunt Julie. You know the sort: bowl of pot pourri in the hallway; favourite playwright Noel Coward; favourite music Gilbert and Sullivan; voted leave to stem the [...]

May 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Blandford Comptoir

The Blandford Comptoir is in Blandford Street Marylebone and is very much the offshoot of 28-50 in nearby Marylebone lane. This is not surprising as its owner worked there. Like 28-50 it has a strange configuration of a bar with counter food (hence Comptoir) and tables to the back and rear. This [...]

May 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Chateau Eza

My readers will know that one of my mantras is not to trust a restaurant that boasts of its panoramic views. I must say though that Chateau Eza in Eze village is an honourable exception. This was once the house of a Swedish Prince but is now a boutique hotel restaurant. It has sweeping views over [...]

April 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ La Colombe d’Or

Understated is not an adjective I’ve often used to describe a top notch restaurant/hotel but entirely appropriate for the Colombe D’Or in St Paul de Vence in the foothills above Nice. We gathered there for a lunch hosted by Bob Tickler. Ideally we would have liked to have been in the terrace [...]

April 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

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