So it’s been a busy but amazing October half-term! I have been fortunate enough to go away twice; once to Norfolk and once to Paris. This post is all about the food eaten during my stay in Lessingham, near Norwich (keep your eyes peeled for Paris although I had a cold the whole time I was there so my appetite wasn’t the greatest).
We stopped off in Norwich town centre on the way to our cute little Airbnb cottage. We had a couple of cocktails at Revolucion de Cuba, which offered a range of gluten free options. However, we already had lunch planned at somewhere I had looked into prior to arrival, Pedro’s, a lovely mexican diner style restaurant in the middle of some pretty gardens/park (an unexpected location!). They have Coeliac UK accreditation and so I felt pretty safe eating there.
First of all, I devoured a large portobello mushroom stuffed with cheese and chorizo, with a yummy balsamic glaze. My main consisted of chicken soft-corn enchiladas, side salad and mexican rice – but the portion was absolutely ridiculous! We did mention it to the waiter afterwards but felt bad for not finishing as it was honestly really good quality and delicious. Would recommend but you need to be really hungry!
That evening, we decided to do a Tesco shop and make dinner. I made homemade cheesy garlic bread (using lurpak butter, fresh garlic, cheese and white Tesco FreeFrom sandwich thins). We also made a pasta with Parma ham, chopped tomatoes, garlic, red onion and fresh spinach.
The next day we went to Thrigby Hall Wildlife Park which was great and full of interesting and exotic asian animals. We built up an appetite walking around and we were aware that the sea wasn’t too far away, so I googled ‘gluten free fish and chips’ and found Fish & Grill in Great Yarmouth. This was literally amazing, the best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten (including before diagnosis). We started by sharing halloumi, then I ordered the medium cod with chips. Accompanied by mushy peas and a red berry Bulmers. The service was great and it was super clean in the restaurant.
We made delicious breakfast both days. Egg & bacon rolls, with a cuppa and some coocnut/mango chunks 🙂
We ordered the most delicious gluten free Indian takeaway from a local restaurant in Stalham called Oasis. They were informative and don’t usually take card orders but once we explained we were on holiday with no cash, in the middle of nowhere, they took pity on us and stated that they ‘couldn’t let us go hungry’ so thankfully took card payment.. happy days! Ordered a lamb dopiaza, chicken korma, saag paneer and mushroom pilau rice – absolutely divine. On the way home the next day, I found a new place called ‘Tossed’ offering healthy lunch options. I got a halloumi and vegetable salad which was tasty with a strawberries and cream frappucino from Starbucks.
Overall, a brilliant experience and break away in Norfolk. Highly recommended for fellow Coeliacs, or anybody for that matter!