Caroline Sargent

Caroline Sargent

Originally from ‘oop north’, now based deep in the Kentish countryside, Caroline has been eating her way round the world since she was a whippersnapper. Among her consummate consumptions are fish balls in the back streets of Bangkok, self-shucked Lindisfarne oysters and a man-sized portion of steak tartare at Chez Paul, in the Bastille. Former deputy editor of AGA Living magazine, she is a freelance writer and PR and, where food is concerned, is most definitely high maintenance i.e. she always chooses the most expensive thing on the menu.

  • A right royal treat

    Thursday October 11th, 2012

    Purveyors of meat and poultry to H.M The Queen, the folks at Donald Russell have a reputation for churning out quality mail order meat boxes and speciality pre-prepared dishes so, continuing my exploratory journey down the ready meal aisle, I looked forward to trying their new beef Moussaka.

  • Fratelli La Bufala

    Wednesday October 10th, 2012

    Italians love kids, and pregnant women apparently, so I wasn’t worried about bringing along my second and five-month-old third cousins to this busy eaterie just off Piccadilly Circus. Within a half hour of arriving the place was heaving with parents and kids, the noise levels on a par to the traffic intersection outside, however not all of it stemming from the junior patrons.

  • Pappardelle don't preach

    Saturday August 25th, 2012

    I could be in trouble deep. That high street purveyor of middle class Italian nosh, Carluccio’s, is coming to a Sainsbury’s near you with a range of ready meals that knocks the competition into a cocked hat and I for one have had my head turned.

  • Benizalte organic extra-virgin olive oil

    Monday August 6th, 2012

    In the foothills of Sierra Nevada Natural Park in Andalucia - an area known as ‘Las Alpurjarras’ - a rather special olive oil has recently gone into production.

  • Goode & Wright

    Wednesday July 11th, 2012

    Stepping into this shoebox-sized ‘Anglo Franco’ bistro is like travelling back in time 70 years to an era of post-war libération; it has the bohemian air of a secret, oak panelled salon, artists in residence huddled in a Gauloises haze.

  • The Seagrass

    Tuesday May 15th, 2012

    When is a pop-up not a pop-up? When it’s a squatter, open for half the week all year round. This is the premise upon which The Seagrass trades and for fledging restaurateurs launching in a double-dip recession, it’s a canny concept indeed.

  • Summer berries for Breast Cancer Care

    Thursday May 3rd, 2012

    Get together with your favourite people this summer and host a tea party in aid of Breast Cancer Care. The charity's Strawberry Tea campaign, sponsored by Seasonal Berries, runs from 1 June - 31 August and raises money to support the 50,000 people who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.

  • The Empress

    Monday April 23rd, 2012

    I’ve committed the cardinal sin to which no self-respecting reviewer should succumb: on the day of my reservation at The Empress I googled it and read their reviews to date. Every one a winner, but then I’d already made my mind up I was going to like this place.

  • Comptoir Libanais

    Monday January 30th, 2012

    As a prospecting restaurateur driving expansion through an economic downturn it must feel like pennies from heaven to see the fourth incarnation of your Lebanese canteen packed to the gills on a cold Wednesday night in January. Not only were all 100 covers taken, people were queuing out the door and even eating outside.

  • A History of English Food

    Saturday November 12th, 2011

    An invitation to dine at The Savoy with the incomparable Clarissa Dickson Wright was an opportunity too good to be missed last week. The lady is in town publicising her new tome, A History of English Food, and where better to talk trotters and trifle than one of London’s original and best dining destinations.

  • David Oliver Fine Foods: A cut above your average ready meal

    Friday September 23rd, 2011

    Caroline Sargent reviews a new range of ready meals from David Oliver and finds them more than fine. She samples their Guinea Fowl and Lentils, a classic Venison Stew, and Rabbit with Flagolet Beans. Her boyfriends gets to try the hearty Beef and Dorset Ale Stew.

  • Tibits

    Tuesday June 28th, 2011

    It’s always a pleasure to discover new, vibrant parts of London that make you wonder how you ever managed to miss it. Heddon Street is one such enclave off Regent Street where hundreds of party-goers and vegetarians (and vegetarian party-goers?) flock for a nibble at Tibits before dancing the night away.

  • How to Make Your Own Drinks by Susy Atkins

    Monday June 27th, 2011

    Homemade booze is all the rage and easy to make. Forget pea pod wine of The Good Life fame and instead put your trust in wine and all round drinks expert, Susy Atkins.

  • Pop your pinny on to help thousands of women

    Wednesday June 1st, 2011

    Breast Cancer Care are asking food lovers to get baking and host a Strawberry Tea this summer to raise money for the thousands of women affected by breast cancer. So pop on your pinny and try these easy strawberry recipes.

  • Century Brasserie

    Friday May 20th, 2011

    There’s a good reason Soho members clubs are the preservation of society’s elite, and that’s to keep plebs like us at bay. Caroline Sargent did a just job of proving how sound that door policy is on her recent visit to Century Club.

  • Michael Caines at ABode, Glasgow

    Thursday April 14th, 2011

    Lo, good people of Glasgow, please take a bow. All my preconceptions about you and your city have been Glasgow-kissed goodbye. From your stylish train station replete with Champagne Bar, to your Palladian architecture, your friendliness and your food, I concede I was wrong to think less than kind thoughts.

  • Drop the Juice for a big ginger kick

    Wednesday April 6th, 2011

    For the first time that I’m aware of there’s now a ready made ginger juice in 100% natural organic form. The invention of Hester Camilla, the Drop the Juice micro brand is a result of her unswerving passion for ginger and all its unsung health benefits. I knew it was good for staving off colds and indigestion but did you know it can help improve circulation, soothe muscle pain and relieve nausea too?

  • Digital dining in the dark at The Ubiquitous Chip

    Thursday March 10th, 2011

    Caroline Sargent tries eating in 3D at The Ubiquitous Chip in Glasgow. All thoughts of deep-fried Mars bars are put aside as she discovers an experience in art and taste unique in the UK

  • Wyck Hill House Hotel and Spa

    Tuesday March 1st, 2011

    I’m in two minds what a hotel with flagpoles at the entrance is trying to say. On one hand it denotes grandeur, prestige, an assurance of quality, on the other it smacks slightly of international conference chain, of ‘fur coat, no knickers’ showboating.

  • Eat the Arlberg

    Sunday January 30th, 2011

    Caroline Sargent is no skier but lured by the prospect of food, wine and cocktails to consume while others hurled themselves down snowy slopes to certain death, she enjoyed a winter's break in the Arlberg region of Austria.