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There’s a right way and a wrong way of doing most things, and one of the rites of passage for ladies of a certain age is learning to judge when keeping on trend is just no longer worth the candle. Whether sporting beyond-shoulder-length hair, jeans at functions when flanked by your teenage [...]

November 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – Goodmans

There are 3 things initially to say about Goodmans. Firstly, it is extremely expensive, secondly the steaks are sublime, thirdly the chain is a runaway success. It’s unusual to start a review with a cost warning but would be diners should know that a starter , two steaks and decent bottle of [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the Royal China

Husband Ollie and middle son Humph have been perturbed by the form of Chelsea where they have season tickets. I gather from their conversations that the Special One might mot be so special with their worst start in years. Chelsea were playing Fulham last Saturday and the idea was to have dinner [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – 28/50, Marylebone Road

Us restaurant reviewers generally adopt a low profile.We avoid openings and book incognito. Nonetheless warmth of reception is an important ingredient of a successful restaurant so when Ed of 28/50 Marylebone Lane hailed me warmly I was touched. 28/50 is part of the texture chain and they have [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the Tyddyn Llan

It’s been a stressful time in our household. Our middle son Tarquin is leaving the coop to read environmental sociology ,at Leeds Uni , whatever that might be and husband Oliver worries the young Turks in the bank are trying to get him out. So when I suggested to Ollie we take time out in [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the Garden Cafe, Regents Park

A picturesque location and friendly service does not transform the food but it can the mood. To be fair the Garden Cafe does not have gastronomic pretensions but rather to serve tourists and park visitors all day. I’ve been visiting it for years often with my Godson and my late mother. [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – The Pig, Brockenhurst

In the week I returned to the Pig at Brockenhurst with the family of my godson Jamie. I was hoping to hook up with Fiona Duncan hotel reviewer of the Sunday Telegraph who lives nearby. Sadly she was reviewing in Wales so we could not compare notes The owners of my favourite restaurant in the UK [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – 28/50, Maddox Street

When a restaurant sticks to its theme and name its running the risk of over extending the brand and not rolling back the frontiers. Corbin and King of Ivy and Wolseley fame are the most imaginative in delivering new concepts , names and styles . They do not always work, the excellent St Aubin [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard – the London Edition

The marriage between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels is at first blush an odd one. I have known Ian since the bad old days of single Daffers when I had the best times in the 70s in the Big Apple in his Studo 54 which he owned with Steve Rubelll and made it into the best and most celebrated night [...]

November 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

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