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A la Colthard/ Orbit restaurant Sky Tower

My readers will know my views on panoramic restaurants namely that the view is a substitute for the cuisine which as often or not is disappointing. So I went with some trepidation to the Orbit restaurant in the Sky Tower, the tallest building in New Zealand and significantly higher than either Big [...]

December 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Fishmekan & Fourth and Church

Brighton is well served by high end restaurants, the latest being Pascore which has 2 AA rosettes. It also has numerous ethnic restaurants. The Chinese ones are mainly to be found in Preston Street, Brighton’s equivalent to Chinatown, but there are numerous Indian, Mediterranean and Thai all [...]

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: The Artist Residence/Brighton

I have stayed at the Artist Residence, Pimlico, London, and yesterday, though much nearer, I tried for the first time its sister hotel in Brighton. Both could be described as rustic/chic, plenty of wood, brick, big country drawers and chests in a cool, funky ambience. The Brighton Artist has an [...]

November 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ English’s

I regard it  as one of my duties not just to report on new restaurants but tried and tested favourites … are they rolling out a seasonal menu? Have there been my changes in management, decor or pricing ? English’s of – and in – Brighton is the type of restaurant that does not [...]

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Eslava, Casa Robles, Flamenco Show

At Bob Tickler’s suggestion I flew out for a couple of days. I have always been a fan of Spanish cuisine in general and Andalusian in particular. They have exported the concept of tapas to the shared platter and at its best and Eslava is the best it’s as imaginative a cuisine as you [...]

October 5, 2017 // 0 Comments


I had a free day in Sevilla before a French friend Valerie was due to join me. I still had to see the interior of the cathedral but chose instead to do what I enjoy most namely to wander around the city going wherever I choose. I set off in the direction of the bull ring. I have mixed views on [...]

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Back to Sevilla

I enjoyed Córdoba and the Mezquita was memorable but 2 days there is sufficient. My original plan was to go from there to Granada to see the Alhambra and I admit I was miffed when my travelling companion who appears to be at her elderly mother’s beck and call changed her (and our) plans as [...]

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Getting around Seville

Getting around Seville is no easy matter. However well you prep and map plan, once in the winding streets, often very narrow and lacking signage, you soon are lost. It’s just as well the Sevillans seem a friendly sort as they must be asked many times a day “What is the way to?” [...]

September 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Seville explored

Given the extreme difficulty I had in locating my room, I decided to take all necessary precautions when I left it at 8.00am yesterday. I packed enough victuals into my backpack to last a day and, singing Keep Right On  To The End Of The Road by Sir Harry Lauder, set off confidently from my room. [...]

September 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The Caxton Grill

With two caveats the dining experience at the Caxton Grill was first class. Normally I am not one for offers through internet intermediaries but meeting an old friend – not that sort!!!! – in Victoria I came across the Caxton Grill off Victoria Street and an offer of 3 courses plus [...]

September 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

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