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A la Coulthard – 28/50

Daphne Colthard surveys the London restaurant scene

I was back at 28/50. I have already reviewed this restaurant so I will only say its maintaining its high standards of service and cuisine.

General Manager Ed Newman joined us and we had a good old gossip on the restaurant scene. I spoke of the outstanding greeting of Tabby at the London Edition. Ed said the Berners Tavern restaurant there is  getting rave reviews. I must try it.

It’s a small world. Ed was deputy manager at Hotel du Vin Brighton where Richard Huston was involved. Richard now has the Pig and Ed is managing 28/50, two success stories based on sound service, fair pricing and consistent cuisine . It’s not rocket salad science.

Ed spoke well of Gymkana, an Indian restaurant in Mayfair that is getting good notices. It’s sister Trisnha has a Michelin star.

Ed and I spoke in general terms how the whole profile of London has been raised by chic new hotels and restaurants. I observed that Paris with its traditional brasseries no longer cuts it. I gather outside Paris the serious fooderies are also in decline whilst I have praised some fine restaurants outside the capital.

Nick Jones epitomises the modern hotelier with his Dean Street Town House. The group which has a country house too is doing so well he is taking the brand internationally. It’s a long way from Gideon Bibles, Corby trousers press, hideous patterned carpet and a teas-made.

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About Daphne Colthard

After graduating at RADA but finding no roles Daphne went into magazine journalism with Good Housekeeping. Widely recognised as one of the country's leading restaurant and hotel reviewers, particularly by herself, Daphne is the author of "Bedded and Breakfasted", a light hearted chick novel and Grand Hotels DC: the Daffers Dictionary. Daphne lives in West London and is married to an investment banker Oliver. They have 2 boys Humphrey and Tarquin. More Posts