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.
Janine B says
We have a week booked in Sidmouth in September so I am so pleased to hear of some GF places.
Vicki Montague says
Hi Janine, just check with these places before you go because it was a while ago that I wrote the post. I hope you have a joyful time there though.
Wow! I really must pop by soon! Just to reassure me and my readers could you let us know what measures you take to prevent cross contamination of your gluten-free items? For example, how do you make the toasties and your cakes? Thanks very much for taking the time to post…we will be in soon to try you out!! (and sorry to have missed you off the original post!). Perhaps some greater advertising is required?
Grosvenor Tea Room says
We are Grosvenor Tearoom in Church Street just up from the Willow Tree and the Dairy. Our homemade soups is GF and is served with a GF roll. We also have GF bread so we can make sandwiches and toasties and we too have jacket potatoes. We are particularly proud of our homemade GF cakes which are popular with everyone whatever their dietry requirements. Do come and try our Bakewell or Apple cake which are proving better sellers than our lemon polenta cake.