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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

A la Colthard

So far we have had only one meal out and a rather disappointing one too in what is generally regarded as the best restaurant in the Cours Saleya market, the Safari. Nice seems much more expensive than last year. So we send Monsieur Bob down with his wheelie to the market first thing. He stops off [...]

April 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The River Cafe

The River Cafe, once the in-house cafeteria of architect Lord Rogers and owned by his wife Ruth, has been going strong since its launch in 1987 which is kinda surprising given its high prices and inconvenient location in that no-man’s -land between Hammersmith and Fulham Football Club. I went [...]

March 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Crocodile at Saltdean

I have frequently reviewed high end restaurants and country gastro pubs in East and West Sussex but not the quirkier cafes in which Brighton and its environs abound. Yet these are more patronised than the well known eateries or inns by locals. To the north of the rather touristy Lanes in Brighton [...]

February 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Edera & Sabor

The Italian restaurant in London has changed both in form and format over my lifetime. When I started to “go Italian”, the Italian trattoria at the high end was not chef but owner-driven with the likes of Mimmo d’Ischia, Mario and Franco’s chain, Meridiana (owner Walter Apicella went on to [...]

January 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

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