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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

Gravetye Manor

As – to use a vogue phrase – a circuit breaker from the daily domestic routine, I made a reservation sometime ago for lunch yesterday at Gravetye Manor near East Grinstead. I had only heard good things of a hotel which was once the home of Victorian gardener and writer William Robinson [...]

October 17, 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

English’ s

Yesterday I had my third lunch at English’s since it reopened. Why do I like the restaurant so much? They know me there and always give me my favourite table. The managers have not changed for 6 years except for Nick who passed away after leaving. The sea food is reliable. The prices are fair and [...]

August 13, 2020 // 0 Comments

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