Gluten free eating out can be tricky so having found some brilliant places over the summer I thought I’d share them.
Gluten free Bella Italia
Using our Tesco Clubcard points we decided to give Bella Italia another go.
If you missed my daughters first review of it before please click here.
We were hopeful that the reaction she had when we ate there before was due to consuming dairy and not gluten.
After all, their children’s menu clearly shows you what food is gluten-free. The staff were also very reassuring that cross contamination would not be a problem.
Alas, this was not the case and she reacted again having eaten a dairy-free and gluten-free meal there.
I contacted Bella Italia once again to make them aware of the problem and was promised that the Exeter restaurant would be in contact.
That was about three months ago and I still haven’t heard a squeak…despite offering to provide them with free, tailored advice on how to avoid coeliacs getting ill when dining there.
Gluten free Pizza Express
We also thought we would try Pizza Express since they are now producing gluten-free food.
This time we did not take our daughter and instead thought we would check out the situation first.
Both my husband and I ordered gluten-free pizzas and were pleasantly surprised about how lovely they were.
No tiny, hard base that make you feel like you are missing out!
These bases were crispy and thin and pretty much the same size as the ‘normal’ pizza bases.
We have since eaten many times with our daughter and never had any problems with her being ill.
Pizza Express have worked with Coeliac UK and use gluten-free flour to roll out all their pizza bases.
You can see what they say about their gluten-free food by clicking here.
As you can see, we ate rather a lot of pizza before thinking about photographing them for you!
Gluten free Prezzo
Shortly after that, my husband was away for work and decided to try a gluten-free pizza at Prezzo.
His view was that it was lagging behind the Pizza Express pizza and they didn’t provide the reassurance of having worked with Coeliac UK either.
Since then we have eaten there with our daughter and she was unwell afterwards. I don’t think they have sufficient processes in place to control cross contamination.
So, on to non-chain eateries that we found on our travels this summer!
Gluten free Westward Ho!
Firstly, the glorious Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! Devon.
OH MY GOODNESS! This is a good one!
My daughter had a sandwich on gluten-free bread and topped that off with the most ENORMOUS piece of chocolate cake.
Most of their cakes are gluten-free, some are dairy-free too…but they don’t advertise this fact.
Like many cafes, they have found that if they advertise cakes as being gluten-free it puts people off eating them!
The lady who owns the cafe was fantastically friendly and helpful to us and we just HAD to visit two days running to sample more beautiful cake!
To show you how amazing it was I have broken one of my internet ‘rules’ and shared a photo of said little girl enjoying her gluten-free cake (not dairy-free but the occasional consumption of dairy doesn’t seem to bother her too much!).
Gluten free Charlestown
Now, on to Cornwall and a visit to St Austell took us to a fabulous pub in Charlestown called the Rashleigh Arms.
Here they serve local produce and lots of gluten-free options!
Our daughter had sausage and chips and they guaranteed that they fried the chips in their own separate oil.
The food was a little pricey and they didn’t really have any ‘proper’ gluten-free puddings, but our daughter didn’t have any bad reaction and we all enjoyed a very pleasant meal out!
So much so that we didn’t get any photos of that visit I’m afraid!
Gluten free fish and chips – Rick Steins
Finally, whilst still in Cornwall, we thought it would be rude not to visit Rick Steins fish and chip shop in Padstow for a very rare gluten-free battered fish and chips.
Having been before, we knew we had to factor another trip there, so to make us feel better about eating bucket-loads of lard, we hired bikes and rode down the Camel Trail from Wadebridge to Padstow.
OK, it isn’t far, but it made us justify the grease!
Mr Stein doesn’t advertise that he can do gluten-free fish and chips in the shop.
However, I have just noticed that he does now say that gluten-free batter is available on his website which is great news.
Once again, we were far too hungry and pre-occupied with blowing on food (impatient small children!) to take any photos.
One day I will master the art of actually photographing everything like good bloggers do.
Until then you will just have to take my word on the fact that Mr Stein does mighty fine gluten-free fish and chips.
So there you have it, my round-up of gluten-free eateries found this summer.
I hope you can enjoy eating at some of them.
Let me know where your favourite gluten-free eatery is.
One day we might just plan a camping trip somewhere near by…