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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

A la Colthard/The Kennels Restaurant Goodwood

I simply could not wait for my first restaurant outing and carefully chose my venue and companion. I had joined the Kennels Goodwood earlier in the year. It’s the clubhouse of the golf course, restaurant and bar. It overlooks the uplands leading to Goodwood House and another example of how the [...]

July 18, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Pasta Evangelist

We restaurant critics are a redundant breed. What I would give for those expensive wine lists and entrees I have panned. A friend of mine recommended an acceptable substitute. It’s a food delivery company called Pasta Evangelist. They change the menu every week, you order fresh pasta and [...]

April 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

A al Colthard/Sheekeys

In the 60s – as a callow but engaged pretty young girl who started her weekend at the Markham Arms, Kings Road, and kicked her heels at the Pheasantry – I used to visit Ma  Sheekeys. It was popular with sports stars – Henry Cooper and Johnny Haynes used to tuck into their sea [...]

March 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ 24 hours dining in London

I had a whirlwind trip to London in which I visited three of my favourite restaurants: Fischers, the Wolseley and the Goring. I have reviewed these often enough so I will only say that all three maintained  their high standards of cuisine, comfort and service. At the Wolseley I gave an old friend [...]

February 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard; what do you do if…

You have a disappointing meal and the owner asks you how was it? I answered evasively but my girlfriend/diner was more forthright, complaining that the lamb was tough and gristly, potatoes soggy and she did not like it at all. She might have added that the various entree dips were far too vinegary [...]

February 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Milos and Sartoria

One new, one tried and tested, this week – or to be exact last Monday when I visited both. Milos is an upmarket Greek restaurant in St James, the bottom end of Regent St near St James Park. A friend Petros  suggested it and I was impressed. Unlike many an expensive eaterie it serves a 3 [...]

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard The Kennels, Goodwood Estate

There are places who are dog-friendly and take dogs but the Kennels, the clubhouse for all activities on the Goodwood Estate goes beyond that. Almost every group had their dog with them and in the entrance hall is a collection of dog bowls, including one for Pedro – the pooch of the couple [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Mamounia/ a dream realised

If it’s good enough for Winston Churchill, a man of epicuean not to say Falstaffian, tastes it’s good enough for Daffers. This is a hotel I have always to stay at and with a few minor criticisms I have not been disappointed. The overwhelming feelings are those of space and excellence of [...]

January 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Daffers go ethnic

One of my beefs about ethnic cuisine is whether it’s high-end or your local balti house there is not a huge difference. Two recent experiences made me feel differently. The first was at Trishna in Blandford Street in what estate agents call Marylebone Village. The scrumptious Sir John R (his [...]

November 29, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Flint House Brighton

Ben and Pamela Mckellar have been around the Brighton restaurant scene for some 21 years now with their Gingerman group with outlets in Kemp Town, Hove and Hurstpierpoint. I have visited the first two and would categorise them as good but not so good as to wish to return. The notion that the couple [...]

November 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

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