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Articles by Daphne Colthard

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

A la Colthard – Claridges & Hush but first the hairdresser

Like so many people my first port of call yesterday was the hairdresser. It had been over 3 months since my last visit and my “ barnet’ was a mass of unruly curly and ends.  Yet it in an odd way I felt more youthful too. My hairdresser had coped with the lockdown well – in some ways its [...]

April 14, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/restaurants – what will be the new normal?

Next month outdoor dining returns – and the following total dining, subject to restrictions in both. I have already booked for the terrace of Hush in Lancaster Court off Bond Street and my beloved English’s in Brighton and cannot wait. Till then the Colthard household will continue to [...]

March 25, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Rick Stein

Many years ago when Daffers was in “I-like-a-bit-of-rough” mode I knew an ex-boxer in Rock, Cornwall who sold his night club to a certain Rick Stein. He opened the Seafood Restaurant there and the rest is history. You could sit quayside and enjoy fresh fish caught that day and divine apple [...]

February 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/the Chinese Takeaway

Yesterday I threw a wobbly about preparing and cooking yet another meal. It stemmed from the sheer monotonous routine of it all and my frustration at not visiting – let alone reviewing – any restaurants. Bless him my husband Ollie reacted sympathetically. He said he is taking over the [...]

January 9, 2021 // 0 Comments

Colthard at the coal face

I was in contact with some of the sports boys on the Rust. Not that way !!! One said that often a fan can give you a more insightful view than a reporter. That remark resonated with me in my field of restaurant reviews. The celebrity chef has dominated restaurants but you rarely hear from an owner, [...]

December 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

Just as the Roaring Twenties followed the Spanish Flu I predict by the middle of next year a real upswing in the hospitality sector. In the last week I have visited 3 quite different restaurants: a high end popular restaurant in London, a local pub and a neighbourhood Trattoria and the vibe in each [...]

December 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The Squire and Horse

Yesterday I met an old friend at the Squire and Horse gastro pub in Bury, near Arundel. It’s a beautiful part of the world. As we passed in the car under trees with golden leaves and rolling meadows I felt how lucky I am to be in West Sussex rather than London. I normally meet my friend who lives [...]

October 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: the Covid Effect on restaurants

Yesterday in London I had breakfast, lunch and an early dinner in three different restaurants. I took breakfast in my hotel. Normally this would be in the restaurant where they lay out a buffet and there is a choice but because of the restrictions it was served in the foyer lounge. The waiter [...]

October 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /Oswalds and the Goring Hotel

Yesterday I went to London for the day to have lunch at a venue (Oswalds, Albermarle St) I did not know – and dinner at one I did. Oswald was the name of the grandfather of Robin  Birley, the son of Mark who founded Annabel’s, and sold it to Richard Caring . This is the latest creation of [...]

September 16, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/English’s and the Wolseley

Most restaurant critics review new restaurants but most diners stick to their favourites. I’m in the “most diners “ group and am quite happy to do my job by revisiting old favourites to check they are still up to par.  They are. English’s ticks all the boxes: warm greeting, sensible [...]

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

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