Time for my favourite goodies for the month of June, including some pretty delicious gluten free restaurants and products for you all to try out. Finding them is becoming slightly easier in recent times when out and about. However, when your mind (and tummy!) want assurance about cross-contamination, personal experiences and reviews can help eliminate this initial worry.
Address: 7 Boundary St, London E2 7JE
Ventured here for my friend’s birthday earlier in the month with a massive group of us and it was an extremely enjoyable experience! A wonderful atmosphere with excellent service. With a gluten free menu almost the size as the normal (which is always a good sign), I was spoilt for choice. I shared some dishes with a couple of others.
- Paneer Tikka – marinated and gently charred with red and green capsicums
- Chicken Ruby – tender chicken in a smooth and silky ‘makhani’ sauce
- Bhutta Bhutta – corn on the cob brushed with butter and grilled over a charcoal fire, with chilli, salt and lime!
DELICIOUS. They even serve gluten free beer, which is always a cheeky bonus!
Red Bar & Lounge
Address: 45 Dene St, Dorking RH4 2DW
My family have a tendency of meeting up in Dorking as it’s convenient for us all but also because it’s got some lovely little country-ish pubs/restaurants dotted around. We usually go to the Watermill Inn (has a lovely beer garden with perfect views of the Surrey Hills) but it has now changed management – meaning new menu and new ways of doing things. To my disappointment, they can no longer offer a compeltely safe ‘Coeliac-friendly’ gluten free meal.
So a quick little Google was a life-saver yet again! I found this pub which has a dedicated gluten free menu, including a range of bread. As pictured above, I went for the classic cheese burger and chips. It came in a fresh, fluffy bun with a hand-pounded steak beef burger, yellow cheese, lettuce, gherkins, tomato and ketchup. Nice and simple but rather delicious.
They also have a relaxing, sun-trapped beer garden!
Salt & Vinegar Fish and Chips
Address: 171 High St, New Malden KT3 4BH
Did somebody say GLUTEN FREE fish and chips? Or in this specific case, sausage and batter! From a local chippy, every Tuesday. When they change the oil in the fryers, they decide to host one gluten free day to keep us Coeliacs happy. Make sure you check out a couple of your local fish and chippies as lots of them tend to do the same these days! Just be hot on cross-contamination always.
The choice of being able to dine in the restaurant, take food away or get it delivered straight to your door through UberEats/Deliveroo is an attraction most definitely.
They even serve halloumi too!
Crunchy Coconut Bites, Ape Snacks
These little discs of coconutty goodness are incredible! As well as being a healthy snacking alternative to crisps or chocolate, they’re gluten free, high in fibre and made from completely natural ingredients. You can find different flavours of these bites: sesame, chia and chocolate. As well as variations; curls and puffs.
You can find these in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Co-op, Whole Foods and many more!
Activated Seeds & Nuts, Boundless
Like seeds and nuts? Even more when they’re in pretty packaging like this and available in a range of tasty flavours! These were kindly sent to me by Boundless to try out. There are three flavours:
- Orange, Date & Maple
- Tamari & Aleppo
- Cayenne & Rosemary
They’re ‘activated’ which is a method the Aztecs used – drenching them in water to kickstart the natural germination process, to provide better digestion. Followed by baking them. Fabulously, they’re not only gluten free but suitable for vegans and vegetarians!
Suitable for Coeliacs and vegetarians, these handy little snack packs of cheesy oat crackers are just PERFECT. I was super shocked to find these for just 49p in Sainsbury’s recently. Anything with cheese/cheese flavours and I’m sold! They also sell these in two other flavours; Smoked Paprika and Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar.
Available at Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s, as well as some independent health stockists.
Hopefully you manage to find a new place to eat or try a new snack now I’ve opened your eyes a little more. I’ll be looking forward to collecting my gluten free finds this month!
Enjoy the beautiful weather as much as I am.
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