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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

A la Colthard/ Riddle & Finns and The Salt Room

My readers know how much store I put on greeting. Thus when I had made a reservation for 2 at midday at Riddle & Finns on the beach I did not expect to stand in a long queue outside the restaurant in burning heat with diners who had not reserved. The staff were still arriving and the restaurant [...]

August 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/ The Ram Inn Ferle

We often hear the words  “the new normal” and “return to normality” and I  wonder how both will affect restaurant life. Restaurants are social and business hubs but increasing restraints to comply with government Covid regulations will affect this. Ollie and I were confined and then [...]

August 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

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

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