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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 Squire and Horse , Arundel

After all the expense of Japanese cuisine, I craved for cheaper heartier fare and could not have found a better place than the gastro pub The Squire and Horse in Bury near Arundel. I regularly meet up for lunch with one of my oldest friends, an internet entrepreneur who is one of those types that [...]

November 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

During this fascinating trip we have visited most of the things that have made Japan famous – Sumo, Sake, shrines – and yesterday I added another “S”: sushi. The Sushi chef is much venerated. In Simon May’s book Atomic Sushi – the reflections on Japan by a professor on [...]

November 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Kobe beef and Sumo

Yesterday I sampled one of Japan’s greatest delicacies Kobe Beef. Only the best cows are selected and then fed a special diet of milk and grass. It certainly is not cheap but you will never taste anything like it. Like most things in Japan there is ritual. A solemnly dressed cook in his Steak [...]

October 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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I can only agree with Bob about the Japanese toilet. I am sure that the control console sadly in Japanese would reveal yet more sensory pleasures of hot jets “where the sun don’t shine”!!! Last night the group went out for a meal in a local restaurant. For many they had just arrived and into [...]

October 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / William Drabble at the St James Club, St James

The St James Club is an elegant 5 star boutique hotel in a London townhouse in the St. James area. It has adopted the relatively modern trend of a high profile chef – in this case William Drabble whose restaurant Seven Park Place exists separately from the hotel. I went there yesterday as a [...]

October 17, 2019 // 0 Comments


The good friend a heavy hitter in the ad world who stayed with us at the Marbella Club referred to it as ‘reassuringly expensive’. This was a clever ad slogan applied to a premium lager to attract a rich clientele. As I understand it, it means that it is intended to be expensive as [...]

September 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Marbella Club Hotel

To Marbella with Bob Tickler for the wedding of one of his best friend’s sons. These overseas wedding celebrations are a millennial thing: those who put experiencing life at a premium and at a wedding celebration including travel abroad to a hot destination. After his budget airline experience [...]

September 21, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/English’s

I am convinced that readers would rather read a list of restaurant reviewers’ favourites possibly by category – e.g. price, type of cuisine – than of the latest opening. Amongst my perennial favourites is English’s Why so? It’s traditional, reliable and – over the past 6 [...]

September 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la la Colthard/ the good, the bad and the pretty

I enjoyed the first half of our trip in Provence. Our organisers were helpful and concerned hosts. Such trips do depend on the group and ours got on well, did not complain and Brexit discussion was avoided. I agree that a healthy option has become an imposition which requires little culinary [...]

September 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard /The Ram Inn at Firle

I differ from some of my fellow reviewers as I do not cover the latest restaurant opening but rather have my faves and non-faves which I update. One of these faves is the Ram Inn at Firle on the A27 near Lewes and not far from Glynedebourne. It has a rambling garden, cosy interior and reliable and [...]

August 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

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