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A la Colthard /The Ivy

Earlier this month I had lunch at La Caprice. Yesterday I went to another former Corbin/King restaurant taken over by Richard Caring. In its day the Ivy was just about the most in place in London. Such places never last: I can recall the great Italian restaurants of the sixties: la Terrazza, San [...]

November 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Plachutta

Plachutta is one of the most famous restaurants in Vienna. It specialises in Tafelspitz, boiled beef the favourite of Emperor Franz Joseph. The cut of meat, normally rump, is prepared in a copper dish with onions and vegetables. This produced a delicious meat broth which you eat prior to the piece [...]

November 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Vestibül and Zum Schwarzen Kammel

Before I review the two restaurants we visited yesterday I would like to give my impressions of Vienna as a food City. Walking around the inner town, we passed through three food markets in open squares. It was apparent that these were not greasy burger joints as you might find in England, but [...]

November 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Caprice

The Caprice has been a feature on the West End dining  landscape for many years now. Under the excellent ownership of Corbin and King it became one of the fashionable restaurants in town. It’s now owned by Richard Caring, part of his stable which includes Annabel’s and Scotts. I went [...]

November 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House

I have reviewed Stanmer House before. Set in rolling acres of parkland close to Sussex University opposite the Amex Stadium, the restaurant in the main house offers reliable fare at reasonable prices with a rather country house elegance of antique tables and gallery rooms with fine portraits. [...]

October 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Manuka Kitchen and the Pass

On Tuesday and yesterday I ate at two very different restaurants. The first was Manuka Kitchen, a small restaurant in the Fulham Road, which served modern British cuisne to a high standard. The second was The Pass, a Michelin-starred restaurant set in a English country house hotel near Horsham. At [...]

October 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

The White Oak

Yesterday Polly and I decided to visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery and lunch at one of my favourites the White Oak. Grace left before breakfast. She  is the world’s unluckiest traveller and it was no surprise when she texted that all trains to Paddimgton were delayed. I will need to speak [...]

October 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House

I am always suspicious of restaurants with fine views and settings as a complacency sets in that this is enough. Stanmer House is an exception, I might also say exceptional, as it combines reliable well cooked cuisine with fine views over Stanmer Park. I went there yesterday with a French [...]

September 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Riddle and Finns

Riddle and Finns vies with English’s as the seafood restaurant in Brighton. It took some persuading to shift Bob Tickler from his beloved table 91 on the terrace of English’s but I said I would treat him after his medical ordeal. The weather has been sunny and warm in Brighton so I [...]

September 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: The Pig on the Beach

The Pig at Brockenhurst is one of my favourite restaurants. I could not wait to go the latest Hustin Pig on the beach at Studland. It’s had rave reviews. I went there with my Godson, his mother and her sister and husband, who lived nearby. The booking was made months ago as you cannot get in [...]

August 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

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