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A la Colthard: Rick Stein/Sandbanks

My readers know how mistrustful I am on restaurants with views. I also believe reputations are there to be punctured not lauded. So when Bob Tickler’s godson aunt and uncle Hattie and Tom booked the Rick Stein overlooking the bay at Sandbanks I was sceptical on both counts. In fact it proved a [...]

August 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Home cooking

Yesterday I was invited to lunch in a nearby town by a couple I recently met. It’s so rare to receive such an invite and I reflected upon a new Rust debate on home cooking versus restaurants. Recently I have been irritated by poor service in restaurants. At one which I use a lot in Chichester we [...]

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The George at Rye

It was Nancy who when I told her I had yet to visit Rye and suggested I did so. I heard from a friend of mine who had a good trip ashore in property that rich London townies attracted by the fast communication by rail to Ashford International were now buying up second homes there and for golfers [...]

July 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard/ Goring Hotel and Outlaw at the Capital Hotel

Having recently been critical of Brighton restaurants I was pleased to dine elegantly at two London  hotels. The Goring in Victoria is one of the few London hotels still in private family hands. It’s agreeably old fashioned with a comfy bar and a good dining room and a garden too. The dining [...]

June 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: Stanmer House and other Brighton restaurants

The restaurant at Stanmer House was a long favourite of mine. Situated in a handsome house in parkland with gracious salons full of portraits it had bit of something about it. I was therefore disgreeably surprised on arrival yesterday to be directed to an empty marquee in the garden where a carvery [...]

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A Night At The Trough

This is … er … only a true-ish story, this because some significant details have been altered in order to protect the exact location of the venue concerned and indeed my own identity. Yesterday I entertained a party of five at what could be described as one as a chain of high-end restaurants [...]

June 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Orient Express to Paris

When a travel mag I occasionally contribute to offered me a ticket on the Orient Express I readily grabbed my first opportunity to travel on it. It was a strictly work gig. I could not invite my husband or anyone else’s !!! Mind you as my son Tarquin’s Hornby has more space I could not be too [...]

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Murmur

The sea front at Brighton has had something of a makeover and is no longer its tawdry self. There is the Harbour Restaurant with its excellent Jetty restaurant , the i360 Watchtower, Shelter Hall, a Victorian Palladian sea-front shelter is being restored and there are now two ‘go to’ [...]

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Ivy in the Lanes

The Ivy in London opened in 1917. Beloved by Noel Coward and the theatre set it became enormously popular once again in the 80s and 90s and is now part of the Richard Caring Restaurant empire (Scott’s, Annabels). Many a naughty afternoon in West End hotel began with champagne and Lobster [...]

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard : The Market/Western Road Brighton

I am a huge fan of Spanish cuisine. Tapas has generated the concept of shared platters adopted by many cuisines. I like the idea of not taking alcohol on it’s own but accompanied by small helpings of food. Yesterday I returned to Market. The first time I enjoyed the food but not the experience as [...]

May 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

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