So, the question is…where can we safely take our daughter for a meal out and know that she is not going to come home feeling poorly???? Occationally, my husband and I find a restaurant or cafe that has items marked GF on the menu. Hurrah, our hearts sing! However, we have learnt not to let out our excitement before checking for disclaimers…those tiny typed words, hidden somewhere, that mean once again we turn to our packed lunch and ‘exciting picnic’! Heaven forbid we enter one of these places without reading the small print and find that we can’t order her anything…we learnt our lesson the hard way!
Sometimes we just want to be like all those other hundreds of families out there…enjoying eating out and not having to cook from scratch every day (particularly when on holiday)!
Here are just a selection of those we have found recently…
Tea on the Green, Exeter
“Whilst the pasty is made in a gluten-free environment our kitchen is not gluten-free. We cannot guarantee zero gluten”
“We cannot guarantee that any items are free from traces of gluten. In our kitchens we do prepare products containing gluten so coated and gluten-free products may be cooked in fryers together” (Aghhhhh!!!!)
“Please make sure you inform our team of your allergy every time so that extra care is taken within the kitchen while preparing your meal to help prevent cross contamination” (very helpful I think!)
“Due to the presence of gluten in out kitchens we are unable to guarantee the absence of these allergens in our menu items”
I find the whole situation incredibly frustrating. I know there are people out there that are intolerant of gluten and could probably eat food that was cross-contaminated. However, for coeliacs this situation is crazy. Can we ever safely eat out again???!!!