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A la Colthard/ The George at Burpham

Yesterday I had lunch with a very old friend – a versatile entrepreneur lately successful in internet travel – who has his main residence in Petworth and a flat in Marylebone. We used to meet in Marylebone for our lunches, usually at one of my faves in old Marylebone Lane 28-50, but as [...]

January 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

I totally agree with my travelling companions in their aversion to buffets. Invariably the food gets cold, you have to queue behind a fat German and a brat in a Barcelona shirt, and even if you get a cooked hot meal it’s coolled down by the time you get to your table. By Monday we decided enough [...]

January 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/cheap and wholesome fare

After my experience at Hide Above, I’m pleased to report that there are restaurant out there that offer wholesome fare at sensible prices. 80 Brent Street Hendon is an unlikely venue for such food particularly as the restaurant is kosher but the Bistro there came up to expectations. I had a [...]

December 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/The Hide

The Hide restaurant is fusion of restauranteur Ollie Dabbous and Hedonism Wines. It’s on three levels: Hide Above offering fine dining of set menu and a grazing one. Ground Hide is all day at a la carte and there is a subterranean bar. Ground and Above have fine views over Green Park. I had been [...]

December 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Jetwing Blue and Ministry of Crab

We transferred by coach from Kandy to Negombo, a coastal resort close to Colombo. It was the now standard hairy bus drive of overtaking in the opposite lane and hoping that the vehicle ahead would yield. Visually it was unattractive, the same old roadside corrugated iron shops, mainly selling food, [...]

November 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Mahaweli Reach & Kandy House Hotels

Mahaweli Reach It looks good in the phtotos: colonial ranch style house by the pool with flora and palm trees. However it’s by the Mahaweli River, the bedrooms are dark, dank and damp and we are beset by mozzies. The lighting system – part console by the bed, part switch – is [...]

November 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

The art of conversation

According to Arthur Nelson the young have lost the art of conversation but yesterday proved that amongst our Rust Belters it’s still going strong. At 31 my p/a Polly is hardly blue rinse let alone silvery, indeed as a triathlete she is a picture of glowing health looking like a Nordic ski [...]

October 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Ram at Ferle

There is a disconnect between restaurant critics’ reviews, almost invariably metro and new, and restaurants that the vast majority of diners want to visit. That is why diners rely on the internet search engines. A good example of a popular restaurant is a decent country pub but when was the last [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Lasan/ Birmingham

I stand rightly accused of only leaving the South East for foreign parts and rarely visiting the gastronomic world of the entire UK. So here I am in England’s second city, Birmingham, a place I have barely visited or know. My preconception is that architecturally it is still in the sixties, all [...]

September 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Royal China Club

The Royal China Club in Baker Street is their posh high-end restaurant in the well-known Royal China chain. The decor is more up market, the service excellent, the prices high. My only problem – and this applies to all Asian and Indian cuisine – is that gastronomically I cannot tell the [...]

September 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

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