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

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Venice Bakery and Bunga Bunga

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I know all my fellow gluten frees will sympathise and understand how challenging it can sometimes be when eating out especially when it’s for a friend’s birthday and you have no choice on the venue / menu!  It was my best friends birthday recently and when she sent out the invite I immediately checked the venue online and the food on offer. It was for brunch at Bunga Bunga, an Italian restaurant in Battersea and initially there looked to be no gluten free in sight. The fixed menu consisted of bread with cured meats, fruit and pizza, pizza and more pizza! However, my lovely friend had already contacted the restaurant for me and they were fairly accommodating, suggesting several salad options and pointing out the cured meats and fruit would be OK. They also suggested that I could bring in my own GF base and they could add the toppings which sounded the most appealing option (who wants salad when you can have pizza?!) so I got straight onto the Internet to see where I could order a base from.
I remembered Venice Bakery  (http://www.venicebakery.co.uk ) from the Allergy Show back in June so I had a look on their website . I was immediately excited to find out Continue reading

Gluten Free Pizza Delivery

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OK, so I’m not one for getting a takeaway because a) they are often expensive and b) they are even more often unhealthy. However, I do love pizza so last Friday night with no food in the fridge and getting back late from work, I decided to try out Pizza Hut’s  gluten free offerings.
I first heard about Pizza Hut’s gluten free menu earlier this year and I have been intrigued to see what it would be like because they are also NGCI accredited. A Pizza Hut hasn’t passed my lips for many years, way before I became allergic to gluten and I only ever remember it being quite stodgy with their thick stuffed crust bases, no hint of anything gluten free apart from the salads. They have come a long way since then and I am very impressed that a ‘fast food’ chain like this has gone the extra mile to ensure they not only offer gluten free, but that they ensure it is cooked safely. If you check their allergy information online you will find that all their normal toppings are gluten free anyway so theres no confusion when choose what to go on top of their special gluten free base. I liked the online ordering system which makes it clear and easy to choose what you want and how much it will cost. I went for half and half (because I’m indecisive!) one half with ‘Pepperoni Feast’ and Continue reading

My gluten free Glastonbury experience!

Gluten free options available at Pasta and Meatball stand at Glastonbury 2013

Gluten free options available at Pasta and Meatball stand at Glastonbury 2013

Glastonbury 2013 was amazing! The weather was perfect, some great acts were playing,  the sun was shining and the best bit of all … gluten free for me! Although there was enough for me to eat I am not rushing to give it 10/10 just yet but I was definitely impressed that there were gluten free options being advertised at several stalls throughout the festival.

At every food area I would explore and see what there was and I found the following with a gluten free option/s:

Gluten Free Glastonbury… continued!

1 day to go!

I am getting very excited now Glastonbury is just around the corner! The latest on the weather is that it will be mostly cloudy but warm over the Glastonbury weekend – lets hope the rain stays away.

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The plan is to drive down after work tomorrow & we are staying in a caravan so this means plenty of room for all my gluten free snacks! I know there will be lots of food I can eat once I get there but it is still absolutely essential anyone who is gluten free or coeliac takes their own food along too. This is what I have packed… Continue reading