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A la Colthard

On arrival at Brighton station yesterday I decided to walk to the Centre for some shopping. Imagine my surprise in nearby Trafalgar Road to see the familiar corpulent figure of Bob Tickler, small boy in hand, entering the toy museum. I joined the party to appreciate a museum devoted to model [...]

January 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

New Year at Hotel du Vin Brighton

It was Daphne Colthard who suggested I saw the New  Year in at the Hotel du Vin. I am not one for the revelries of a new year and would be quite happily tucked up in bed by 11 than  pay the high prices that restaurants charge for dinner on this night.  However I have my godson and his mother [...]

January 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Hotel du Vin Brighton

Popularity is in my opinion a good measure of anything so the first thing to report on the restaurant at the Hotel Du Vin Brighton was that every table was taken and I can see why. On Sundays they offer a 4 course brunch for £24. It’s not really a brunch in the American sense of dishes [...]

December 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard : 64 Degrees Pimlico

The first thing I noticed about the new 64 Degrees in Cambridge St Pimlico was that there was no one there. There was just one other diner. It’s a much larger restaurant than the one in the Lanes in Brighton so have the owners over extended themselves? My guest who lives in the same street [...]

December 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard; Memories Of China

These days I seem to be spending half my life in restaurants who had their zenith 20 years ago. Yesterday I met some close friends of my late parents Bill and Sylvette Davis at Memories of China. This was once Ken Lo’s Memories of China, which says it all. Ken played tennis and ran his [...]

November 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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