Fortnum and Mason – Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

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It was valentines day recently and I was well and truly spoilt with a trip to Fortnum and Mason to try their afternoon tea. This place has been on my gluten free bucket list for a long time as I heard its one of the best places to go in London and it has a dedicated menu. Not only do they have a complete gluten free afternoon tea menu but they cater for the following allergies and dietary requirements;

  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Diabetic

You can find the full menu here for each of these.

On arrival to Fortnum and Mason I could tell this was going to be an experience I wouldn’t forget. It has a luxury feel right from the start with a live piano player serenading you into the beautiful tea room which is a lovely bright room decorated in their signature duck egg blue and gold. Our server could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable about gluten free and he was at hand to go through all my options. I could choose from the traditional full afternoon tea or select dishes from the menu, many of which could be adapted to be gluten free such as the welsh rarebit made with GF bread.

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I obviously went for the full afternoon tea and it looked amazing on paper. Whilst we waited for Continue reading

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Sweet Mandarin Sauces

I know these Sweet Mandarin sauces have been around a while now but I have only recently discovered them so here is my review! I sadly must have missed this company when they were showing at the allergy show in June as that is where I discovered a lot of my new GF staples. I was in the free from aisle at my local Sainsbury’s recently and noticed the newest addition of a jar of their Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce so decided to give it a try. All their sauces are free from gluten, dairy, msg and are vegan accredited so it’s great news for all allergy sufferers and dietary requirements. They currently have three flavours in the range – barbecue, sweet chilli and sweet & sour.

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Sauces have been somewhat of a sticking point with me ever since removing gluten from my diet due to an allergy over 4 years ago, wheat flour likes to find its way into even the most unsuspecting sauces. I found this to be most apparent when looking for Asian sauces as they so often contain soya sauce which is a total no go as it is made using wheat flour. So it’s of particular happiness to me to have finally come across a range of sauces that are all free from gluten and can be used in Asian cooking. This is by far one of my favourite cuisines ever since travelling around south east Asia a few years ago. Continue reading