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A la Colthard/Rockwater

Readers will recall my wariness of restaurants with great views. The Rockwater is one such and where I lunched yesterday. It is situated on the esplanade at Hove and from our window table we could see the breakers. Yet the whole restaurant experience was unsatisfying. There did not seem to be [...]

October 22, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ Langans rides again

Over the weekend in the Financial Times supplement appropriately named How to Spend it I read a review of the new Langans – acquired and revamped by Graiano Arricale and James Kitchen. The original Langans was the restaurant of the 70s and 80s. Michael Caine, Peter Langan and Richard [...]

October 12, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Fischers

I often say the function of a restaurant critic is less to review new restaurants and more to provide a roster of reliable restaurants. Most diners have their favourites as do most reviewers. One of mine is the Viennese style kondotorei Fischers in Marylebone High Street to where I was invited by [...]

October 6, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Imperial Treasure

When I was first invited to Imperial Treasure by a bon viveur in the advertising world he said the restaurant raised Chinese cuisine to a wholly new level. He could have been talking of the prices but for both he is correct. The chain, started in China, acquired Michelin stars and perhaps [...]

September 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard: two new, two old

When a new restaurant opens in my adopted city it’s something of an event. Here I am reviewing two: Burnt Orange in Middle Street and Taste in Brighton Marina. That any restaurant is opening whilst we are in pandemic mode is itself significant. Middle Street is one of the more interesting streets [...]

August 10, 2021 // 0 Comments

A day by the seaside

Yesterday I visited my newly acquired beach hut on my own for the first time. Two previous visits to the beach hut on West Wittering beach were on a Saturday with my handyman.  As these were on a weekend the beach was extremely crowded. The West Wittering beach website informs that the beach can [...]

June 24, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Ram Inn Firle

I have reviewed the Ram at Firle favourably before and after a pleasant lunch yesterday continue to do so. We have a regular conflab there with the Rust web designer and another colleague. This now has become more of a social with our web designer initially informing us that he has passed certain [...]

June 17, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/Olivo and the Ivy

With restaurants opening indoors and outdoors I visited two regulars of mine. I have been patronising Olivo in Victoria for 30 years. It was started by Mauro, a quiet Sardinian, and majoring on regional cuisine from his native isle. Italian restaurants before then were more showbiz with photos of [...]

May 20, 2021 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The post opening challenge

I have been to three restaurants since April 12th with varying degrees of enjoyment. There are two main problems: expectation level post-lockdown is unrealistically high and secondly it’s bloody cold. It reminds me of my dating when you wondered for weeks what the first night would be like [...]

April 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

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

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