FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

First published in Menu

Gary Lawrence, 52, editor of the Swindon Advertiser, tells us about his life with food

Do you cook a lot yourself? What is your failsafe dish?

I cook two or three times a week. I used to be a (not very good) chef so I should say my failsafe dish is Lobster Thermidore or something fancy, but it’s actually a good old roast dinner or poached salmon with herby roast potatoes.

Where do you like to eat out? How often?

I like Bistro Les Chats in Old Town, the Bridge Brasserie in Chippenham and The Three Crowns at Brinkworth. Joe’s in Summertown, Oxford, is also a delight and I wish Swindon would get a Bill’s Produce. I think maybe I eat out too much...

What do you always hope to find on a menu? For starter? Main course? Dessert?

I’m a sucker for pate or French onion soup for starter. I enjoy a decent steak and a nice piece of lamb, so I look out for that. I live with a vegetarian and cook a lot of that at home so going out is like foraging for meat. I don’t have a sweet tooth but if pushed I’d share a tiramisu.

Which foods did you hate as a child? Do you eat them now?

I was made to stay at the table and eat a few things I didn’t like and still detest a lot of them. Broad beans, runner beans, swede, parsnips, butter beans, marrowfat peas and asparagus soup spring to mind. I hate aubergine too, unless it is buried in a moussaka.

What’s your favourite drink? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Squash or milkshake like a good Essex boy. And red wine is my downfall on many an occasion.

Marmite: yes or no?

Oh yes.

What’s your guilty pleasure when it comes to food...something you know you shouldn’t eat, but do anyway?

Greasy burgers at West Ham. I must have dodged a million BSE-ridden bullets in the 70s and 80s so I feel pretty invincible now. I’m also a slave to a pork pie.

You are on your own at home watching a film. What is your snack of choice?

Plain Walkers crisps in a cheese salad sandwich. Or a fish finger sandwich with rocket and grated cheddar. Or... no I’ll stop there.

You are eating a bacon sandwich... ketchup, brown sauce or nothing at all?

Brown sauce is the only answer.

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