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.
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.
Unfortunately two of the best places that catered for people on the gluten free diet have shut (2019).
The Loft, although I haven’t eaten there, has gluten free options.
For the best ice cream in Sidmouth head to Taste.
Here they are happy to serve ice cream from an unopened tub and in a gluten-free cone. They have a range of gluten free gelato and sorbets.
If you are not local to Sidmouth and fancy visiting then I am reliably informed by Google that The Salty Monk is both a restaurant that can cater for coeliacs and offers gluten-free options at breakfast time.
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.
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.
FURTHER UPDATE The Filling Station is a take-away in Cross Lane that can cater for people on a gluten free diet.
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 occasionally, gluten-free cakes.