Gluten Free Guide to South Oxfordshire

Gluten Free Guide to South Oxfordshire

Here are some tips and tricks for gluten free in South Oxfordshire based on a recent short trip to this picturesque area with my boyfriend and his family – and was blown away by options available! Have any of you been there before? If so, let me know about your trip and any gluten free experiences by dropping me a comment below!

Just look at how blue and serene the river in Abingdon-on-Thames is, had a great atmosphere. Whilst also being super relaxing walking along.

Abingdon-on-Thames

1) The Old Post Office, Wallingford

Address: St Martin’s St, Wallingford OX10 0AA

Website: https://www.opowallingford.co.uk/

Unbelievable place with an extensive range of gluten free options, including these mouth-watering halloumi chips with a spicy tomato sauce to start! Cooked in a separate fryer to avoid any cross-contamination too, so completely suitable for Coeliacs (hooray). Bringing me onto the fact that they didn’t just have an allergen guide, they had a detailed list of how the gluten free items could be cooked safely. The waitress even explained if I was gluten free AND dairy free, they have information and dishes suitable for that too. How great is that?

The Old Post Office, Wallingford

For my main course, I ordered the House burger consisting of free-range, grass fed British steak, Barbers PDO Cheddar, grilled smoked bacon, dill pickle, gem lettuce, tomato and red onion marmalade. It really was a fantastically thought-of combo of ingredients! Served with chips.

The Old Post Office, Wallingford
The Old Post Office, Wallingford

They even had a wide selection of GLUTEN FREE COCKTAILS?! Clearly labelled with a GF next to them all. I had never seen this ever before (and I know where to find a good cocktail or three!).

A must-visit if you’re ever in or around the area.

The Old Post Office, Wallingford

When we explored Wallingford a little further, we came across a little market area in the square (right next to the Corn Exchange-turned-cinema where Midsomer Murders was filmed). I spotted gluten free pakora!

2) The George Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames

Address: High St, Dorchester, Wallingford OX10 7HH

Website: https://www.georgehoteloxfordshire.co.uk/dining/

The George Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames

This is where we stayed for the night and the hotel catered for me at breakfast and dinner time! Their understanding could’ve been slightly better at breakfast time about the gluten free bread being cooked in a separate toaster to avoid c/c (in the end, I just said I’d have bread to avoid any mishaps). Due to the sausages not being gluten free, I went with bacon, scrambled egg, mushrooms and baked beans – checked that these were Heinz upon ordering. Served with fresh orange juice and a range of teas, plus yoghurt and fruit if desired.

However, in the evening for dinner bookings, they have an executive chef who is fantastic at catering for any dietary restrictions. When I explained that I had Coeliac Disease, the waiter came back to inform me that the chef could make EVERY dinner option gluten free, as well as the Ploughman’s Platter and Steak from the other side of the menu (bar options).

The George Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames

I decided on the Chicken Fermiere with pickled wild mushrooms, shallot textures, sundried tomatoes and bacon crumb which was simply delicious. I wasn’t sure about the picked mushrooms at first but they complimented the other components well!

Afterwards came the steak and I was blown away – not just by the taste but by the portion size too, in a good way, of course. 10oz Rib-eye pan-fried with garlic and thyme butter, rocket & Parmesan salad, the fluffiest triple cooked chips, grilled tomato and a flat mushroom. Absolute perfection!

The George Hotel, Dorchester-on-Thames

3) Annie’s at The Boathouse, Abingdon-on-Thames

Address: The 3HX, Bridge St, Abingdon

Website: http://www.anniestearoom.co.uk/Boathouse.htm

Popped to Abingdon-on-Thames before heading home the next day for a walk along the riverside and a casual lunch. After a bit of Googling, I came across a cute boathouse that served all of their sandwiches in gluten free bread (tasted like Genius) on request in a separate area. The BLT stood out on the menu for me, it’s a classic and sure didn’t disappoint!

Annie’s at The Boathouse, Abingdon-on-Thames

Also had a sunny, riverside drink at the nicest pub I think I’ve ever been to – a bold statement to make. Called ‘The Nag’s Head’ where I had a refreshing cider to cool down.

Overall, a wonderful mini-trip. Thanks for reading and I hope this helps if any of you visit South Oxfordshire, or maybe even inspires! Remember my social media links are below and on my homepage if you need any more gluten free ideas.

If you love travelling around and exploring new gluten free places, check out my review of a Coeliac-owned restaurant in Surrey here. Or my experiences in Portugal or Sweden!

Have you read my Favourite Restaurants and Products from June yet? You can find it here.

I’ll be writing my one for this month very shortly! 

Hannah x

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    • Hannah Hawkins
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      July 24, 2018 / 4:21 pm

      It was honestly mouth-watering, the BEST BURGER EVER. I really was in heaven dining here! I found out afterwards that it had a few spotted around, not sure if the menu is identical in every single one of these, but worth checking out to see if any are near you! https://www.oakmaninns.co.uk/venues

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