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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

64 Degrees

64 Degrees in the Lanes in Brighton is attracting ecstatic reviews and a second one will be opening in Cambridge Street in Pimlico in September. I went there yesterday with Victoria, my regular dining companion, to check it out. At 11-30am there was a message on my mobile that due to loss of [...]

August 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Sam on the Beach: Polkerris

Whilst I am sure many of my readers have heard of Rick Stein – certainly if he had his way – few I suspect know Sam on the Beach. Yet if you gave me the option of the eating at either, I would go for Sam’s. To get there Melanie Gay and I had to walk along the coastal walk from [...]

July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Seafood Restaurant Padstow

In my teens I would always enjoy a weekend away with the yachties in Rock Cornwall, when the expression “boom over” had a whole new meaning!! One evening a terribly dishy ex-boxer in the meat trade picked me up on the Upper Deck club and a bit of rough after an excess of hoorays was [...]

July 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: English’s

English’s is Brighton’s best known restaurant . At first blush a clubby seafood restaurant is not my Hermes bag: my experience is that  they are stuffy, business orientated and over expensive. I was the guest of dear old Robert Tickler who was in an expansive mood after the sale of one [...]

June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard : Fischers

I was talking to Neil Rosen the other day about creativity. I had read his comment that Kubrick is forever experimenting but Scorsese plays safe. The same applies to restaurants. Some restauranteur stay within their name and brand. This is not necessarily to criticise.  28/50 is always reliable in [...]

June 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

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