Before I even begin, I usually ensure my ‘monthly favourites’ are up on either the last or first day of the month. However, I’ve had a problematic personal life in recent weeks so it just hasn’t been feasible – I do apologise. I must say thank you to all of my lovely fellow bloggers for all of your support. You know who you are!
Now onto my favourite gluten free restaurants and products for the month of May. It’s been a tasty one (as always!) so I cannot wait to share it all with you. Enjoy!
Coconut Chips, Urban Fruit
Fruity, healthy and completely gluten free would be the three words and phrases used to describe Urban Fruit. I’ve been a major fan of theirs for a couple of years now, especially for Perfect Pineapple and now the 100% natural triple toasted Coconut Chips!
These were a perfect addition to my yoghurt, granola and fruit bowls I’ve been having for breakfasts sometimes.
Perfect for simply snacking on too!
Pizza Bases – Venice Bakery UK
The best pizzas bases I’ve tried so far out of them all for topping yourself! It’s not just me who thinks this either, they won a Free From Award for innovation back in 2014. Multiple other brands have been put to the test but these are crispy, soft and have a super fresh bakery taste. Free from pretty much every allergen under the sun (gluten, wheat, egg, nut, milk, soy and corn), they are perfect for the majority, including vegans. They are available in two different sizes: medium and large.
As you can see in the photo above, the shape of the base isn’t a perfect circle – which for me shows it’s made from scratch and with authenticity. On this occasion, I used Pizza Express passata, cheddar cheese and milano salami on mine and it worked wonderfully!
If you’d like to know what other products they sell or more about the company itself, head to their website/online shop here!
M&S ‘Made Without Wheat’ Sandwiches
A reliable retailer to go to for an extensive range of gluten free on-the-go lunches.
The new Red Leicester Cheese sandwich was made available in stores and I was eager to try it due to my natural curiosity for anything I haven’t yet tried. I was not disappointed – initially, I thought it might’ve been a bit plain, due to usually swerving towards meat options like the classic BLT or more luxurious Hoisin Duck wrap. I was wrong… Generous helpings of Red Leicester and tomatoes, as well as a helping of yummy cream cheese also (which wasn’t stated on the front so was a nice cheesy surprise).
BE CAREFUL. A fellow gluten free blogger, Sarah, evidenced that the packaging on the Made Without Wheat one was extremely similar to the ‘normal’. Luckily, I probably end up triple-checking things just to be on the safe side.
As part of Coeliac Awareness Week 2018, M&S made EVERY sandwich/wrap in their gluten free range part of the £3.50 meal deal which was super handy. If only they could do that all of the time! What’s your favourite item from their range that you’ve tried so far?!
Coconut Fruit Ices, Smooze UK
Simply delicious. Refreshing when it’s sunny, comforting and still super tasty when it’s not. Made from coconut milk – a distinguishable tropical taste! If you want to read more about them or see the range of flavours available then check out my review of them here.
Hemp Dark Chocolate, Themptation
I was actually blown away by how tasty this chocolate was upon trying it for the first time. It’s not only gluten free, but also organic, soy free, nut free and suitable for vegans! A bonus for me personally is that all Themptation goodies are natural and made in Cornwall, a lot more locally produced than most chocolate on offer in the UK.
Keep your eyes peeled for more about their hemp products as I have more to try out soon! But for the moment, if you want to know more about Themptation or see more of their products, follow this link to their website.
Nicely Nutty with Soothing Cinnamon Granola, Troo
This gluten free, low sugar and high fibre granola is just perfect. One bag of this lasts AGES too, which is lovely to be able to say as I find most free from products have smaller quantities due to production costs and various other reasons. It’s versatile meaning you could eat it on its own, pop it in a yoghurt bowl like mine below or maybe even make flapjack-style cakes out of it. The possibilities are endless!
Pieminister, Gabriel’s Wharf London (several restaurants/cafes around UK)
The lovely people at Pieminister allowed me to take a friend with me to try out their gluten free pie range. What a trip it was! I ordered the ‘Free Ranger’ pie which is a mouth-watering crust filled with free range chicken, Wiltshire cured ham, leek and thyme. Served with their gluten free gravy , also suitable for vegetarians. Delicious. Really delicious!
Check out some of their other pies, sides and more here!
Bird, Shoreditch (other locations in Camden, Westfield Stratford and Islington)
This has been a favourite for me and my boyfriend for years now! We’ve only ever been to the Shoreditch branch but there are others and I’m sure they’re all just as great. Firstly, all of their FRIED chicken is completely and naturally gluten free, as well as their special glazes (bar two or three).
I tend to stick to their fried chicken boneless tenders with a range of different glazes each time – they’re all so hard to choose from. Paired with some cheesy fries and it’s a match made in heaven. We felt really indulgent on this visit so also HAD to get the brand new halloumi in a unique, spiced coating. You must take a trip if you haven’t been yet!
This is one of the slushies available too! The flavours change all the time and on this day they had… BUBBLEGUM.
Thank you for having a look at my favourite gluten free finds from May! I’ll be busy building my collection for this month now ready for the next edition. Do let me know if you have any further queries or want any more recommendations, simply drop a comment or message me on any of my social media channels.
The links to them can be found below!