Whyte and Brown, Soho

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London loves a concept restaurant and loads have popped up recently serving just one item such as burgers, steak or hotdogs and they all stick to the theme and offer minimal variations on their menu. This can sometimes be a total no go for a gluten free diet. So when I heard that my friend’s birthday meal would be at a new ‘chicken and beer’ concept restaurant I feared I wouldn’t have much to choose from. How wrong I was!

Last weekend my friend had booked a table at Whyte and Brown. It’s a new restaurant in Soho just off Carnaby Street in the beautiful Kingly Court (pictured above). Their website says that Whyte & Brown “focus on just a few hero ingredients – chicken, eggs and craft beer. It’s a Continue reading

Gluten Free Brunch in London

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I often get asked to recommend good places to go for gluten free brunch, afternoon tea or just a nice dinner out. I have decided to try do more posts that are dedicated to a specific meal or event to make it easy for all my coeliac and gluten free friends to find great places to go in London.

I was catching up with a friend recently and we wanted to go for a girly brunch with cups of tea, nice food and a good gossip! Brunch can be a tricky one for GF as the main items usually come with a toast or bread component and pastries and pancakes are off-limits (unless GF of course!) So off I went to research via my usual sources of Twitter and Google. I had some great responses and suggestions so was confident I would be able to find something good. Riding House Cafe stood out for its delicious looking menu and after calling them to discuss options, I was more than happy they could Continue reading

Coeliac friendly Mexican at Tortilla

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I am always on the lookout for anywhere that offers gluten free snacks and meals on the go which are a lifesaver for anyone who is gluten free or coeliac. I recently did an investigation (see here) into the all the different pre-packaged sandwiches that are now available from supermarkets and cafes which shows that the market for GF on the go is expanding. Whilst there are also plenty of restaurants with gluten free menus it seems the hot ‘fast food’ market has been slower off the block. None of the big fast food chains like Subway, MacDonald’s or Burger King have introduced any specific allergy menus making it hard to find a hot GF meal when out and about.
That is slowly changing though as I have recently discovered Tortilla and its delicious, fresh, coeliac friendly Mexican food which can be taken away or eaten in. Tortilla has fast become my fail-safe for a quick bite to eat whilst shopping or an easy dinner after work, not only because Continue reading

GBK’s New Gluten Free Menu

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I heard on the Twitter grape-vine that Gourmet Burger Kitchen had introduced a gluten free burger bun and never one to miss out, I went to try it out. I was back home in Yorkshire recently visiting my parents and decided to make a day trip to the beautiful York city centre which has a branch of GBK. On arrival I asked the staff if they had GF buns on offer and she said not only did they have the buns but a whole gluten free menu! This was a great surprise as it also contained many more items that were gluten free. The staff were excellent with their GF knowledge and were able to answer all my questions on arrival. One of the first questions I asked was why chips were missing off the gluten free menu and Continue reading

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

Fredrick’s, Islington

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Anthony took me out for a lovely dinner last week to Fredrick’s in Angel, Islington. He wanted to try out his new Taste Card he got a trial of a few weeks ago so he looked on their website for somewhere nice around Upper Street that had a good taste card offer. Fredrick’s was advertising buy one get one free on all courses which seemed excellent value considering this place is one of the top destinations in Angel and main courses range in price up to £28. It is a really nice venue for a date or special dinner, with a lovely conservatory area at the back and some interesting trees growing in the middle of the restaurant!

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Marks and Spencer: New Products

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I recently wrote a blog taste testing pre packaged gluten free sandwiches and Marks & Spencer came out on top due to their good quality bread. Not only are their sandwiches great but they have an excellent selection of gluten free groceries which they have recently expanded. I went to my local store to see for myself and I was very impressed by the new additions! They have created some more unusual gluten free products such as the mini coconut macaroons and the sliced rustic loaf, neither of which I see very often in other supermarkets.

  • Sliced White Boule (Rustic loaf)
  • Brown Bloomer Slices
  • Ginger Snap Biscuits
  • Triple Chocolate Cookies
  • Mini Coconut Macaroons
  • Gouda Cheese Crackers
  • Mini Cheese Crackers (in 5 handy individual  Continue reading