There may just be a rival to our ever popular treat of visiting the Home Kitchen in Dawlish! Today I decided to ‘risk’ taking the fuss pots along with some family members to Sidmouth for lunch. I knew from having walked around the town that there were a few places that advertised gluten-free options. I had, however, never got around to enquiring further because I normally have moaning children in tow who don’t appreciate being dragged around different places while I ask detailed questions about their menus!
Today I was organised. With family staying with us I actually got 5 minutes of peace to do some Internet searching and to make some phone calls. What I discovered was that Sidmouth has a range of options for those on a gluten-free diet, and not just lots of places doing cake and nothing else!
There is the Dairy Shop, that sells a range of G-free pasties and quiches. Fine if you or your fussy child will eat such things…alas my big fuss pot won’t eat pastry! Then there is the Pea Green Boat who I have contacted before and have a range of gluten-free options that they can provide, including all their pizzas on a gluten-free base.
Today, however I rang InsideOut and Graze. Both were incredibly helpful and offered a plethora of options that my big little one would be able to eat. The options at Graze sounded a little too sophisticated for my big fuss pot’s tastes so we opted to visit InsideOut who said that they could either pan fry a piece of cod and serve it with uncontaminated chips or they could serve her an ‘unsalady’ portion of tuna nicoise with chips! That is exactly what my lo chose and she was very happy…a lovely tuna steak with chips, a few green leaves to keep mum happy and some olives! The only slight disappointment was the service which was rather slow once they had more than about 10 customers which meant leaving before sampling their gluten-free cake!
What it did mean was that we popped in to Graze and were presented with a huge choice of gluten and dairy-free cakes. Big fuss pots eyes were the size of saucers when she was told she could have chocolate brownie, lemon and raspberry slice, orange drizzle cake, fruit cake or carrot and pecan cake! And then when she saw the size of the slice she was in heaven! Of course we had to sample a few and I have to say they were all spectacularly moist and incredibly tasty…made all the better by sitting on the beach in the sun! Needless to say, everything she ate was given a 10 out of 10!
Of course, don’t forget that you can get the best ice cream in Sidmouth too…served in a gluten-free cone from Taste (see my first ever blog post). Somewhere that unfortunately now we know big fuss pot is intolerant to dairy we will not be frequenting so much…
If you are not local to Sidmouth but having read this you fancy a trip there, there are a number of accommodation options for those with restrictions to their diets. I am reliably informed by google that The Salty Monk (see the Gluten Free Cake Lover’s blog review here) is both a restaurant that can cater for coeliacs and offers gluten-free options at breakfast time. Sid Valley Country House Hotel is another place that comes up as offering to cater for those with restrictions to their diets as does Berwick House B&B and Coombe Bank guest house.
I am sure there a loads of other places that I haven’t mentioned! If you know of one, or you run one then please let me know!
So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your things and head for Sidmouth. I think it is fast becoming the independent gluten-free restaurant/cafe hub of Devon!
UPDATE! At the weekend, we went to another eatery in Sidmouth that offered an extensive range of gluten-free options. The Willow Tree cafe, opposite the Dairy Shop, was the place…and I only found it because Inside Out was closed! As well as offering a range of G-Free products, it could offer soup with a gluten-free roll, chilli, jacket potatoes or a roast dinner, along with some G-free cakes for afters. My daughter chose the roast dinner which was nothing special but she had no reaction afterwards so gets a thumbs up! We went back to Graze for pudding because nothing can beat their cakes and they have some that are gluten and dairy free!
FURTHER UPDATE, 16.06.14 – Inside Out has closed but the restaurant that has taken over says they stock gluten-free bread. A further find is The Filling Station, a take-away in Cross Lane. The owner stocks gluten-free pasties (order in advance so they can be heated safely), gluten-free bread for toasties (she understands about cross-contamination), jacket potatoes and occationally, gluten-free cakes.