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The Regent PubIslington, London View On Map
I was recently invited to the CELIA Time Craft Beer/Gluten Free event at The Regent pub in Islington, London, where I had the chance to try out the new premium Czech gluten free lager (and some surprise Gluten Free snacks)! It was a great evening and really good to meet the team from CELIA and hear about the process of making it. There were certainly a few of us enjoying the free samples on the night! The food on the evening was supplied by the WAGfree bakery in Brixton, who provided some nice savoury quiches. We were also served a selection of Pizzas that are on sale at The Regent. The pizzas were the best I've had since being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease and the bases (from Annie's Larder) are very good indeed. The Regent pub has two sister pubs The Lauriston and The Hanbury Arms and both serve CELIA Lager and Gluten Free Pizzas.Recommended By: @putting_gott / hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.com On: 2013-02-23
Tempus Restaurant at Hotel Russell
Russell Square, London View On Map
My wife and I recently headed to the Tempus Restaurant at Hotel Russell in central London having seen that the menu there offered Gluten Free options. Before being seated we double checked that they offered Gluten Free choices and they confirmed they could. The service was friendly and efficient and we decided to have a starter and a main. With the starters there was one option, but as I like Ham Hock Terrine this was fine. The online menu shows a different choice of dishes and it appears that one starter is GF. For the main course I had a Slow braised featherblade of beef which was delicious and a good sized portion. With the accompanying mash and vegetables it was nice and filling. The dessert menu had nothing asterisked as GF, so it wasn't worth looking at. I wouldn't have been able to eat a pudding even if there was one available, but it's a shame that nothing had been considered. Overall the meal was very good and the dining room (and the hotel in general) was a nice old setting for a meal. We'd eat there again and it's good to have another option for dining out when in London.
Recommended By: @putting_gott / hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.com On: 2013-02-23
Whole Foods Market
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At Whole Foods Market stores you can buy a good range of Gluten Free products. Some of the GF products can't be found elsewhere so it can make for an interesting shopping experience to pick up some new and interesting food items. It's always nice to vary the diet when you're a Coeliac. I've found both the Piccadilly Circus and Camden Whole Foods Markets in London to be very good places to shop.
Recommended By: @putting_gott / hamandeggerfiles.blogspot.com On: 2013-02-23
The Bird in Hand
Knowl Hill, Berkshire View On Map
The Bird In Hand is a divine hotel with fabulous new rooms that have just been very luxuriously refurbished. The service is amazing and so friendly, they can't do enough to help. And best of all... they're really up to date with catering for special diets - veggie gluten-free breakfast and dinner is just not a problem here!!
Recommended By: Christine On: 2013-02-23
Brighton, East Sussex View On Map
Pizza Face is a teeny tiny takeaway pizza joint in Brighton, which has a variety of interesting and gourmet-sounding topping combinations. For an extra pound, they will give you a gluten-free pizza on a delicious homemade base made with Dove's Farm flour. It all sounded so good until I realised quite how small the place was. You could fit about three people in the waiting area, and the kitchen and oven were right there, so I could see all the flour that was around. I started to get nervous. I told the very friendly staff I had coeliac disease, and they assured me precautions would be taken (although they are cooked in the same oven, so there would always be the possibility of contamination).
I chose "The Bore", so called because it used boar sausages, but I was pretty amused when my box came out with "GF bore" written on it, because let's face it, what coeliac hasn't been a bit of a gluten-free bore at times?
We went for a short walk and on coming back, the pizza was in the oven. I was twitching like mad, worried about invisible (and visible) bits of flour, and it wasn't until I had seen the whole pizza being made that I realised many precautions had, in fact, been taken by the staff. They wiped down the area of the oven before use, and the guy used his (clean!) hands to turn it rather than the shovel used for the other pizzas. They wiped down the side before they even put my pizza box on the table. They used a clean cutter to cut mine up with. I really needn't have worried so much, but I do tend to get a bit anxious when I don't have full control of my food.
Still, on to the pizza. The toppings were really, REALLY, good, as was the sauce. Very flavourful, not too salty, and just delicious. The base was great when it was hot, but as it cooled it went a bit hard. You could tell it was made with Dove's Farm flour, as it had the same distinctive texture, but on the whole not a bad base. I didn't get glutened. I didn't have a reaction. My stomach bloated up a little because I ate a giant pizza topped with cheese. If you are extremely sensitive to gluten, you may react, but I have been glutened by pizza dust before, and it was clear that in this case good and responsible precautions were taken. Overall, a great day out! This will definitely be my go-to place when I'm next in Brighton.
Recommended By: @TheHappyCoeliac / thehappycoeliac.com On: 2013-02-13
Notting Hill, London View On Map
We visited E&O a couple of days ago. It is an Asian restaurant that was recommended to us by a number of friends. My girlfriend is coeliac so we are always looking for places with good gluten free offerings. Once we told the waiter she needed the GF options he came with a special version of the menu which highlighted the dishes that were already GF, those that could be adapted and those which were not ok. We thought this was great as it allowed us to choose properly and pick dishes we could share. All the food was excellent, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. One of the rare times we did not feel like she had to select second rate dishes! We tried Chicken San Choi Bau (a very interesting started made of chicken and soy beans which you eat inside lattuce leafs), Salt Chilly Prawns, Iberico Pork, Smeiji & Soba Noodles (amazing) and a Lamb Rendang Curry With Sweet Potatoes which was literally to die for. All in all it was a truly amazing experience with food and service worth of the highest standard
Recommended By: @pbarone On: 2013-02-13
Kingston Upon Thames, London View On Map
I have been meaning to come to Bruschetta for what seems like ages now. The weekends always end up taking me away from London, or towards the centre of town. So, in reality, while Bruschetta isn't that far away from where I live I had to make a concerted effort to come. Finally things changed and it turned out that I would be in Kingston for a meeting so arranged to meet a gluten eating friend at Bruschetta on Thursday afternoon for a slightly longer leisurely lunch.
For as long as I can remember now I have been hearing about Bruschetta restaurant along with the buzz line "the totally gluten free restaurant". I'm not entirely sure who started this line, the gluten free community or the restaurant itself. Either way, my expectations were to find a totally gluten free restaurant.
We decided to opt for one pizza and one pasta dish. That way I could try both. It was only once we had decided and were talking that my friend looked down and noticed the wording: "gluten free available". I hadn't read that far. I had just gone into auto pilot that everything was gluten free. Naturally I was surprised as I did think that Bruschetta was totally gluten free. To be fair to Bruschetta the waiter did ask if we wanted any of the dishes gluten free so I guess that stops anyone assuming that everything was gluten free. The pizza and pasta arrived. The pizza was absolutely fantastic. The base was very thin and crispy, more Pizza Express than Pizza Hut, without any of the stuck in your teeth feeling that some gluten free pizzas seem to manage. The mushroom was pasta was also good, not too creamy but could have done with a few more mushrooms in my opinion.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2013-02-10
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We ate here recently and the service was exemplary. I received a dedicated gluten free menu, was served by a manager and had any potential cross contaminants discussed with me. Top service and lovely food, what more can you ask for?
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2013-02-10
Marple, Cheshire View On Map
Great cafe called Serenity Cafe caters for gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, and veggies oh and everyone else! full cooked breakfast! I'm eating a bacon butty! out without having to fetch my own bread! they also do mains and cakes too! already popular, I'll be a regular!
Recommended By: @mrsgreeny / mrsgreeny.wordpress.com On: 2013-02-07
Portland Street, Manchester View On Map
Myself and my partner ate here for dinner recently and really enjoyed it. The decor is reminiscent of a Spanish restaurant, which is a really lovely touch as it's right in the city centre. The waiter's knowledge seemed a little lacking, but I got him to check everything with the chef. My partner had wings and steak and said they were both delicious. I had prawns and the Torore chicken, the prawns were a little bland but the chicken was nothing short of gorgeous. The prices were very reasonable too. One of our favourite restaurants in Manchester!
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2013-02-07
St Neots, Cambridgeshire View On Map
I booked in for a spa day at Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes. The day included a 2 course meal, I hadn't called ahead to inform them of my dietary requirements ...but from the set menu i could have most of the starters including an aubergine pate with gf toast, a gf bread roll was included I could also eat most of the mains. I was very impressed and look forward to returning.
Recommended By: Bex On: 2013-02-07
Bird In Hand
Knowl Hill, Berkshire View On Map
The Bird in Hand is a beautiful 600 year old country inn with a very modern outlook that embraces allergy-friendly diets. All of their sauces are gluten-free, there is always GF bread/toast available for breakfast and they even do full GF afternoon teas with sandwiches, scones and cake. Sitting in front of the log fire eating chocolate cake and chatting to a friend was definitely heaven for me!
Recommended By: @berksallergysho On: 2013-01-24
The Little Fryer
Southampton, Hampshire View On Map
Does gluten free fish and chips
Recommended By: theeney1 On: 2013-01-17
Haywards Heath, West Sussex View On Map
From the encouraging smile as I was greeted by Holly, the chef, I knew that I was in for a positive experience at Pure Taste. Her knowledge of food and particularly replacement of some key "troublesome" ingredients were second to none. The food was not only delicious, but most importantly, you wouldn't know it had a 'gluten free' tag attached to it. Gone are the days of consuming bulky, heavy food alternatives that are embarrassing. Holly creates food and an environment that is exciting to experience.
Recommended By: Emma Mihill On: 2013-01-17
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I'd rung ahead to make sure the restaurant we were visiting had the gluten free bases. I had previously read that the salad bar was a bit of a cross contamination risk, so we avoided that and headed straight for the pizza. Like we were there for the salad anyway!
We were told all toppings were gluten free, but being the sceptic that I am I also asked to see the allergy list so we could check our order. We both chose the Americano, which consisted off chicken, bacon, sweetcorn and BBQ sauce. Could you really ask for a better combination! The pizza was a nine inch square pizza. It looked kind of small when it arrived, but I have to say it was very filling and I was very full by the time I finished. The pizza itself is square to make it stand out, and gives you confidence that you've actually been given the correct pizza. The gluten free pizzas are baked on their own square trays to minimise cross contamination risks, and a clean pizza cutter is delivered with your un-sliced pizza again to cut out another risk from the kitchen. The base itself was very nice. It wasn't very crispy if this is how you like it, but this suited me. The balance between topping and base was spot on and we both really enjoyed the pizza. I remember Pizza Hut being very greasy when I used to be able to eat there, but there was no hint of grease on this pizza at all.
The staff seemed very keen to help and I have seen this mentioned a few times by other people. There seemed to be genuine interest on what we thought of the pizza, and they were keen to tell us about good feedback they'd received from other customers about it. There seemed to be some genuine interest/excitement from the staff about the new option. They were happy to take us through the allergy list, and I even troubled them to show us the dessert options even though we'd already told them we weren't having any. Pretty slim pickings in that respect.
I would definitely go back for another go, and it is great to have another readily available option when out and about.
Recommended By: @kgollop / gfreebythesea.me On: 2013-01-17
Plymouth, Devon View On Map
As we were seated we stated that I was coeliac and the chef came over and ran through the menu with me. Basically he was more than happy to adapt any of the dishes to be gluten free, other than the obvious ones that were in batter, breadcrumbs or pastry. He apologised that there'd been a diary mix up and he hadn't realised a coeliac was visiting, else he would have gone out and got gluten free bread in specially. I did indeed get gluten free bread on my last visit, and I always think this is a great touch. Anyway, there was more than enough food to keep me going! I also asked the key question as to whether the chips were fried with gluten items, and was told mine would be fried in a separate pan as a matter of course.
For starters I went for the leak and potato soup. The soup was good, but slightly salty for my taste. The only thing I could find any fault with at all during the meal. I'd had steak on my previous visit, which was excellent, so I thought I'd go for chicken for the main to try something different. I spotted chicken wrapped in Parma ham and stuffed with chorizo and cream cheese on the specials board. This sounded great but came with bacon mash rather than chips, which also sounded amazing. However I had my heart set on chips and they kindly let me have the special served with chips instead. The chips were delicious and I loved the presentation.
Overall the food was excellent as was the service. The chef told us he has a nut allergy so was very appreciative of the needs of someone suffering from an allergy or intolerance. In fact he had recently successfully catered for someone who was gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian. With the Living Social voucher this meal was a bargain, but the normal prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. If you are based in Plymouth or even visiting, then I can highly recommend paying a visit to Chambers.
Recommended By: @kgollop / gfreebythesea.me On: 2013-01-13
Stein's Fish & Chips
Padstow, Cornwall View On Map
There are few things which say seaside holiday more to me that tucking into fish and chips while sitting beside the sea, irrespective of the best the British weather can throw at you. Sadly, these days the opportunities for gluten free fish and chips are limited. So imagine my delight when I discovered that the king of fish, Rick Stein, offers gluten free fish and chips from his establishments in Padstow.
The strange thing is that they don't advertise gluten free fish and chips either on their website or within the shop. I have no idea why this is. As well as standard fish and chip shop fare, the menu offers a vegetarian option and also a healthier grilled fish. In advance of our trip to Cornwall I contacted Rick Stein's to ascertain whether they were truly gluten free - gluten free batter in a separate, dedicated fryer. They replied immediately to confirm this is the case.
Once I'd ordered the highly efficient staff in the kitchen all seemed aware of my gluten free order. Good levels of communication in the kitchen always impress me and offer me comfort that the team are taking special care with my order. So how did the gluten free fish and chips taste? I thought the batter was deliciously light, like a tempura style batter. The fish was wonderfully fresh. And the chips! Only chip shop chips can taste as great as these. I thought the portion size was extremely generous, great sized piece of fish and heaps of chips.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2013-01-13
The Dolphin House Brazzerie
Plymouth, Devon View On Map
We recently headed to The Dolphin House Brazzerrie on the Barbican in Plymouth for my wife's birthday. We queried the gluten free options when booking the table, and was told that this would be no problem and they have regular coeliac customers. Furthermore, she was told if I ordered in advance I could choose anything from the menu and they would make it gluten free for me with no problem, including gluten free bread. The staff were very friendly and quickly put my mind at rest with regards my gluten free choices. I double checked the chips were cooked in a separate fryer and they confirmed they were. The waiter told me he was dairy free and totally understood how it was when I asked the question.
First up I had butternut squash soup, served with gluten free toast. The soup was absolutely delicious and up there with the nicest soups I've had. For the main course I went for the steak. I ordered the "cut of the day" in advance so wasn't sure what cut I would be getting. The waiter informed me today's cut was a 10 oz rump. I would go as far to say this was the nicest non-fillet steak I've ever had. When ordering I enquired if any of the sauces were gluten free, and was delighted to be told that all sauces are made to order so it was no problem to make any of them gluten free, and they always keep gluten free flour on-site. For dessert I went for the ice cream/sorbet selection. These were all homemade and very tasty, and a good end to the meal.
Overall a fantastic meal and I would definitely go back to Dolphin House Brazzerie again. I was exceptionally well looked after on the gluten free front and suffered no ill effects. I look forward to going back again in the future.
Recommended By: @kgollop / gfreebythesea.me On: 2013-01-12
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Since going gluten-free, the thing I've missed most is proper pizza. I've tried to create my own gluten-free pizzas with varying degrees of success, and the supermarket-bought bases do the job but tend to be a little on the dry side - and tiny. What I really wanted was to go to a nice Italian restaurant, have a chilled glass of white wine and a decent, plate-sized, gluten-free pizza that's exactly the same as everyone else's "normal" pizzas.
Italian restaurants tend to have plenty on offer that's gluten/wheat-free anyway - risottos, meat dishes, salads - so I popped into Prezzo for lunch while out shopping recently. I opened up the menu ready to check out the risottos and let out an actual squeal of delight - ANY of their classic pizzas can be ordered with a GF base! No extra cost, no exceptions on toppings. After deliberating excitedly I went for the Quattro Stagioni (pepperoni sausage, prosciutto ham, artichoke, field mushrooms, capers, marinated olives, mozzarella, tomato) and it was delicious. You could tell from the taste that the base was gluten-free, but it was thin and not "cakey" like it becomes when I make it myself. My only complaint was that there could have been a little more mozzarella. But then, I'm a massive cheese fiend.
Recommended By: @Alice_Reeves / alicereeves.co.uk
Instow, Devon View On Map
Exciting combinations, a wealth of choice and a beautiful, coastal setting await when you dine at the Boathouse in Instow, North Devon. I've always heard good things about this beautiful, if a little pricey, restaurant, and when a group of us went for my friends birthday, it was the perfect chance to test their gluten free offerings. At first I felt a little overwhelmed - having been given a menu, I then looked around me to see at least three giant blackboards covered in the day's specials! It was great to have the choice, but as nothing was labelled gluten free or not, it was difficult to know where to start! I asked the waitress what I could eat, and was told to pick a few options and she would check with the chef.
As it turned out, I ended up waiting longer than expected, because even though I had been told it was gluten free, my meal still came out with bread on it and had to be remade! However, I was pleased that instead of just taking the bread off, the staff were extremely helpful (it was a rather large group of us!) and remade the whole thing. It's not the cheapest restaurant in the world, but the prices weren't unreasonable for such a high standard of food, and noone had any faults with their meals at all. I would definitely recommend the Boathouse for a special occasion or a romantic meal in a beautiful setting. The staff are friendly, the food is fantastic and they seemed pretty clued up on what I could and couldn't eat, so if you're ever in the area, definitely check it out!
Recommended By: @GFBlogger / theglutenfreeblogger.com On: 2013-01-12