Gluten Free Naturally Free Shop Review

A few weeks back, Naturally Free kindly approached me and asked if i’d like to try out their new online gluten free shop. As i do normally like seeing the items physically in a supermarket i thought i would give it a try as i’d seen a few items i find really hard to get in my normal shop and there were a few that i’d never actually heard of before!

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Naturally Free state that they ‘are committed to supplying your free-from needs. We understand how important it is for our customers to receive the utmost care and dedication when it comes to shopping for their personal lifestyle choices and allergies.’ Providing for multiple allergies and food lifestyles, with an easy search is key.

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The website is very easy to use – after you’ve set up your account, you can look through by allergy or/and by brand or category. I thought i would get a mixture of pantry staples and treats to see if they could cater to my regular every day shop.

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I was thankful to find the wonderful Bionita gluten free gnocchi, some organic Suma chopped tomatoes and the Doves Farm gluten free baking powder will come in handy for keen bakers!

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Of course i had to get a few treats, these sauces in particular have been so great for last minute meals and have mostly cured any last minute thoughts to order a takeaway. Supporting these independent businesses is also another reason why i feel ordering via a website like this is great- some of these companies can’t get into major supermarkets.

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Naturally free are a new business to the gluten free online shop scene and with some of these kinds of shops it’s hard to fit in where they could become part of your routine, without fresh meat and veg on offer as well to do a complete shop however, i was very impressed with the tracking of the order and speed of delivery and customer service (one of my items was wrong but was quickly changed on request) that i feel if a company like this can deliver a quick turn around it’s worth it for those extra free from bits you may not find at your local.

Fancy shopping yourself on Naturally Free? Why not enter my competition on Facebook for a chance to win a £40 shopping spree- ends 30th June! 

What do you think of these kinds of Free From Online Shops? Would you use them every week – month? Let me know on Twitter @wbites #NaturallyFree or in the comments below!

The Best Gluten Free Doughnuts – Borough 22 Spotlight + Review

It had been almost 8 years.

The gluten intolerance hit and there was no stopping it and I felt (and still feel somewhat) my world briefly shatter every time I walk past a Krispy Kreme or doughnut stand knowing it’s a gluten haven.

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Today I re-lived doughnuts in an amazing gluten free – vegan – soya free – egg free format provided by London based company Borough 22. Being free from a lot of things doesn’t have to mean it can’t taste just as deliciously naughty.

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Unlike Krispy Kremes and the mass produced doughnuts, these feel truly homemade, delectable – made with love – and all that type of jazz. Still the toppings are just as exciting, eye catching as the mass produced kind that you kinda feel bad for those big companies who have clearly lost out on connecting with such a passionate free from audience. The same situation as when Mcdonalds couldn’t facilitate a gluten free burger to be in their campaign (yet still manage to do provide gluten free buns in other EU countries). Just another reason why supporting small, loveable – heartfelt businesses like Borough 22 is much more worth your time and money.

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I meet Ryan Panchoo. The creator, the baker and he’s in the Bristol Temple Meads car park, rather tired 2/3rds through the current ‘Gluten Free Doughnut Rally’ awaiting his next list of locations to deliver to. He saw the demand across the UK and went for it- and I don’t feel it’s all about that dollar for Ryan; I was impressed by the kindness in communication, willingness to rearrange/ figure out how to make my gluten free doughnut dreams come true in the lead up.

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In this case i was only able to sample the vanilla glazed flavour, as this was part of a rally they were unable to facilitate a variety of flavours per order but this gave me enough insight to know (alongside the wealth of response from their Twitter following) that the others would be just as, if not more, delicious.

Maybe I’m gushing a bit but I guess that’s what you do when you meet the doughnuts of your gluten free dreams.

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For more information including other flavours on Borough 22 hop on over to their website. If you’re in London – place an order! If you’re not – wait for the next rally or join my inevitable petition to get them opening up shop here too ;)

Thanks Ryan and team, i am eternally grateful…

Have you had a gluten free doughnut? Let me know in the comments below or come and chat over on twitter @wbites.

Sponge: Gluten Free Review.

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It’s Coeliac Awareness Week from the 11th- 17th May and with so many food businesses year upon year jumping on the opportunity with the aims to support Coeliac disease, I feel i can’t just dwell on the need to raise awareness but also celebrate how far we’ve come over the past 3 years! Gluten free convenience products are constantly getting better and chain restaurants are almost completely there; offering fantastic gluten free menus and labelling that makes anyone with coeliac disease live a much more comfortable life when eating out.

Understanding symptoms and diagnosis is still an ongoing issue and this is where we must now stress our thoughts and feelings throughout Coeliac Awareness Week- and I hope some of the big boy brands , that have jumped on the gluten free food bandwagon, will indeed help highlight the need for a stronger campaign of what the symptoms are and how to get checked. If you’d like to help spread awareness and make a real difference please, please, please go to the Coeliac UK website and follow details on how to do this and get involved.

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There is certainly a need to celebrate this year, as I’ve said before, I feel the quality of gluten free convenience products has definitely increased and what better way to celebrate that with loads of gluten free sponge cake?!
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I was sent through these wonderful gluten free cakes to try from Sponge. I have to say, I was worried about them getting here in one piece (you know how gluten free cake is sometimes!) however the excellent packaging ensured pristine delivery. I needn’t have worried really, this cake wasn’t the crumbly rubbish you get in supermarkets, freshly made pieces of sugary naughtiness these were. Hands down, the best gluten free cake my whole family has tried.

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We sat round discussing our favourites and after my dad refused to try the Elizabeth (Two light, fruit Sponge with apricot, lemon oil and ground almonds topped sandwiched with an apricot jam filling and topped with demerera sugar) – adamant that Apple crumble was the only one his heart desired, we made him try a piece. He then announced that no, in fact the Elizabeth cake was the masterpiece.

Why can’t all days be like this?

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With so much lovely cake it was hard to pick a favourite, I’m a fan of all, but if you’re a Victoria sponge aficionado- you won’t be disappointed. Got a big birthday coming up ? Your nan won’t notice the difference. Honest.

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This has truly been my favourite gluten free discovery of the year and I can see how Sponge can fill a very nice convenience gap for mums planning impromptu birthday parties and worried about allergies, office catering and boyfriends who are completely stuck as to what to get for their new girlfriend who’s a coeliac.

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They may not have the final finesse of an independent bakery like My go-to Ahh Toots here in Bristol, but they certainly have a great selection of cake flavours along with faultless delivery. I’ll stop gushing now!

*Get these gluten free cakes for free/ with a discount!*

Throughout Coeliac Awareness Week – 11th- 17th May, Sponge will be offering some exclusive offers on their gluten free cakes. If you fancy a chance of winning some cake for free- check out my Twitter feed on Friday the 15th May – UK entrants only!

Here’s all the details of their Coeliac Awareness Week offers:

GFCAKECARD till Sunday 17th May – 2nd slice free
GFSHARING till Sunday 17th – 20% off
GFBABY8 till Sunday 17th – £8 off a Gift Box of 8 (£9.99 instead of £17.99)

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This product was given to me to review complimentary but it did in no way influence my opinion in this blog post. All written word and support is my genuine opinion.

Gluten Free British Bakels Multiseed Bread Mix Review

Bread. The enemy.

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Well, to be honest – it’s actually not too bad anymore really, my results of making gluten free bread towards the end of last year and into 2015 have significantly improved; I think the River Cottage course I attended was invaluable. If you miss baking bread, or having that fresh loaf in the house- definitely get on a course.

I’ve always had struggles with bread mixes, doughy centres, weird tastes and some simply not rising during proving time and in the oven.

British Bakels are new to the gluten free bread mix scene. They kindly sent me a pack of their new Multiseed Brown Mix to try, so i took a deep breath and remained positive as i read the packet.
Unlike other bread mixes this one required you to add yeast yourself- which I think is a positive thing. Making sure yeast is completely fresh and in date is key to getting a rise here, and I have a feeling some of the mixed in yeasts may lose their ‘umph’ after some time on the supermarket shelf.

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I popped the bread mix contents into my mixer with the yeast, a bit of vegetable oil and some water and timed the mixing on my phone. The latter is something which I never really do because I think I know how long a minute is in my brain, turns out I should be mixing these bread mixes for much longer. The moral of the story here is that instructions should be followed precisely guys!

I turned out the swidgy dough onto a gluten free floured surface, rolled it into a sausage shape and placed it in a bread tin- leaving to prove by the fire for about 2 -2.5 hours. There wasn’t a crazy rise but enough to notice a difference.

In the oven it went and I waited with crossed fingers, toes and eyes for around 25-30 minutes.

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What a success! This is certainly the best rise I’ve got from a bread mix in a long time, I even turned to the empty bread mix packet and thanked it. But did it taste good? I waited for it to cool completely before cutting a slice.

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Slightly sweet, with a few Pumpkin, Sunflower and Linseeds here-and-there scattered about. This bread makes a perfect strong cheddar cheese accompaniment, my family of gluten eaters were certainly impressed.

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A new, reliable gluten free bread mix to add to the pantry cupboard – and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve found one that I would use. If you love the process of bread making, this really is ideal.

For more information about the gluten free bread mix, suppliers and their other gluten free products hop over to the British Bakels website or connect with them on Facebook.

This was a sponsored post but did not effect my opinion in the review in anyway. 

Gluten Free Nature’s Path ‘Hot and Steamy’ Porridge Oats Review

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Are you also a bit stumped for ideas for a good gluten free breakfast?

I have to say, that breakfast is the meal time where i crave for something sweet the most- i suppose it’s my comforting part of the morning, where maybe i’m just a bit down about getting ready for work and need something to get me going.

Oats and i have had a pretty tough time together in the past with my IBS, and after battling for years and years my stomach has seemed to be a lot calmer towards oats and dairy in the mornings; something which i am thankful for as growing up porridge was one of my favourite things…with golden syrup ;)

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Nature’s Path offer a wide range of gluten free breakfast solutions and i was delighted when they asked if i’d like to try their ‘Hot and Steamy’ porridge oats box. With three flavours, original (no sugar), Maple (5.6g sugar per 30g sachet) and Spiced Apple (6.3g sugar per 30g sachet) i was eager to try all of them!

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The consistently of the Natures Path porridge oats in comparison to other brands in the same gluten free arena is my preferred choice, the porridge comes out very creamy as per instructions, something that i’ve found difficult to achieve overall with other brands. Perhaps this may just be me, but i like the fineness of the oats. The flavour of the spiced apple was my favourite- as the small chunks of apple and the smell of cinnamon was just so comforting on a windy Monday morning. The sweetness level of both the Maple and the Spiced Apple flavour was spot on- not too sweet and it didn’t make me reach for the sugar pot- something that i’m unfortunately prone to doing at breakfast time.

Of course Miko had to have the last taste…

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I’d encourage you to give these a go, especially if you’re anything like me and just can’t resist a bit of sugar in the morning and don’t want to go crazy.

The Nature’s Path Hot and Steamy Porridge oat pack retails around £2.99, which i think is very reasonable for 8 quick and easy breakfast mornings.

You can find more information on the brand and where to buy here!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried these as i’d love to know what you think!

The Pig Hotel – near Bath. Gluten Free Restaurant Review

The Pig Hotel, Bath, gluten freeIt was a last minute decision to indulge… and after having dreamt many times over on the The Pig Hotel website, going through to the end of the booking system process only to finally realise, no- Sarah you have a house to pay for, you cannot simply book weekends away to the New Forest on a whim! I was just thrilled when they announced they were opening a hotel near Bristol. At least i can try the food on a (kind of) regular basis now.

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The Pig Hotel- near Bath, is completely shabby chic in style, from the inside out. It’s a true delight to just visit this hotel site of which they converted former Hunstrete House into. Still as gorgeous as ever and keeping in all those character features. It’s luxurious but not pretentious and as soon as you walk in the staff make you feel ever so welcome but then again, if anyone offers whether i would like a gin and tonic in a gorgeous orangery, when am i really ever going to dislike that?

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The kitchen garden is stunning and so is the produce it harvests. Meters of salad and herbs all in a row had me envious that my garden is nowhere near as big or as neatly maintained but it was certainly something to aspire to.

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A truly inspirational garden to get lost in, that any keen vegetable gardener should definitely visit to simply admire the glory and maybe even have a chat with the gardener who was happily saying hello and moseying about.

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So a last minute morning decision to dine out is always a risky one for Coeliacs and the gluten intolerant, we phoned them up in advance instead of booking via the website which you can if you want to. They said they were happy to cater for me and that gluten free bread was available. I felt positive.

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The waiter sat us to our seat and immediately he addressed us to find out which person was gluten intolerant then proceeded to firstly, offer me some gluten free bread, secondly to effortlessly quickly run through the entire menu detailing which things were not gluten free and which things could be adapted and finally if we’d like anything alcoholic to drink. I sat back in the sunshine with my ‘Pig’s Tail’ cocktail (Chase Vodka, The Pig’s fruit syrup, fresh lemon juice, cranberry, ginger syrup and cloudy apple juice) and started to wonder whether this is what heaven actually is like…

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I ordered some of their infamous pork crackling with homemade Hunstrete apple sauce to nibble on to start and Rob had the chargrilled asparagus and garden radishes with home cured pancetta and fried duck egg. Both as delicious as they sound, the crackling wasn’t chewy or hard to eat and the asparagus dish really delivered on it’s freshness.cosmic mash, the pig hotel, bath, gluten free, menu, hotel

For a main i had the cosmic mash (potato and beetroot mash) with the oven roasted rump of english lamb with braised spring cabbage. Very well seasoned, the lamb was perfectly cooked and the cabbage could have been a star of the dish itself. The portion size was huge and thus justified the cost.

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We ended our meal by sitting outside once again to enjoy some of their seasonal ice creams and sorbets, we had Marmalade ice cream and Lemon Verbena, Citrus Sorbets. I live for experimental not-ya-typical sweet food and this was the perfect way to end the meal for us.

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I feel like i should say something negative in this review but i really cannot fault it, the price may be expensive for some but when you’ve had one of the best meals and service in months, it was very easy to pay that bill at the end.

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I can only hope that the other hotels in Southhampton, Brockenhurst and Studland offer the same gluten free service and experience so that people outside of these Somerset ways can also try their gluten free delights.

For more information about The Pig Hotel- Near Bath, do have a gander over on their website.

The Pig Hotel is now on the Gluten Free Bristol List in the new ‘A Bit Further Out’ section.

Have you been here? Let me know what you thought on either my Twitter or Facebook page!

 

Costa Gluten Free British Chicken & Basil Wrap review

I’m wrapped.

As they say in Australia, well at least in Masterchef Australia, which has thankfully started once again to my delight! If you haven’t seen the Australian Version i highly recommend you do!

Firstly it’s so fantastic to see another, gluten free convenience product bought to a chain coffee shop, the amount of times i have been stuck in the city centre without a substantial lunch offering is reaching the thousands. The new Costa Gluten Free British Chicken & Basil Wrap, certified by Coeliac UK is a truly welcome addition. I feel the uproar of  happiness from the Coeliac and gluten intolerant community.. this is what we wanted, more healthy (ish) lunch choices, less brownies, less sugar and less of the only savoury option of just crisps for a lunch. It was beginning to get frustrating. If i see another brownie or lemon and polenta cake… 

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Thankfully there has been much more experimentation from the chain world, with new desserts that aren’t just fruit, and now Costa have provided us with a wonderful British Chicken and Basil Salad Gluten Free Wrap.
The wrap itself: Delicious, these are supplied to Costa from Newburn Bakehouse– so you know you’re in for a treat if you’ve tried these before!
The filling: Could have done with slightly more chicken and salad (one side of mine was mostly just wrap) and seasoning but i thought it was a very good lunch portion and very tasty. It tasted very fresh and was easy to eat- i could imagine this being very popular in places like theme parks and airports- perfect.
The price: Very fair. £3.75p isn’t bad at all, especially in comparison to some of the gourmet sandwich offering offered in my area. This is perfectly acceptable for a gluten free wrap and i’m sure lots will happily pay for this when all else to offer in the area is straight up junk.
A pleasant addition to Costa chains all over the land and the best gluten free offering i’ve tasted in a while. I bought one again the next day…recommended.
If you get to pick up one of the wraps, let me know what you think on Twitter or Facebook :)
I was given a voucher to review this product but it did no way impact on my review or my choice to try the product, as always it is a completely honest opinion and decision.

Bristol Good Food Awards 2014: Gluten Free Category Finalists!

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It’s that time of year again! Bristol restaurants, cafes, local food suppliers and food heroes are all awaiting this big annual event to see if they’ve won a Bristol Good Food Award.

Over the next few weeks i will be in fact judging for the gluten free category! This is the first year this category has been introduced and i feel incredibly honoured to be a part of such a wonderful celebration of Bristol’s great food. Catering to gluten free is highly commendable and in my many years of bidding to getting more gluten free options in restaurants, i really feel this award will really give other Bristol eateries encouragement and reason to think about their menu’s creatively in the future to cater to sufferers of Coeliac Disease and the Gluten Intolerant.

Over the past year, in Bristol and it’s surroundings, i have seen a fantastic rise in gluten free offerings, all which you’ll find on my Gluten Free Bristol List, long may this continue! These are the finalists in the gluten free category, voted by the general public, with links to their individual websites for your perusal. The winner and runner up will be announced on the May 18th- stay tuned!

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Best Gluten Free 

Boston Tea Party

Pizza Provencale

Primrose Cafe

The Townhouse

Windmill Hill City Farm

Marks and Spencer’s Free From Range review

It’s safe to say that one of the best suppliers of gluten free convenience products of late is Marks and Spencer – from their wonderful array of gluten free christmas biscuit treats and their wide range of party food, to their fish cakes and gluten free breaded fish that have been regularly available in their Simply Food stores. I generally do not get to visit their stores much, mostly because they are a bit out of my way but when i am in town or on the motorway i do make sure i pop into the free from section to see what’s going on.

I was kindly sent through some Free From samples to try on some products that i’ve only heard about in Twitter stories. Some Sliced White Boule with Poppy Seeds, Lemon Shortbread, Triple Chocolate Cookies and Mini Cheese Crackers. I made sure i got some opinions from Gluten eating beings also to see what they thought. Oh and Miko… can’t forget Miko.

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Made Without Wheat Sliced White Boule

I was incredibly impressed with this in particular out of all the products, as most of us gluten free/Coeliac beings among us know -finding a decent loaf of gluten free bread can be a mean feat. Brilliant for freezing, toasting and for sandwiches, this bread had a really nice texture and crust. My favourite way to have it was toasted with some butter and honey with a cup of tea. I can imagine this bread would be perfect to make a bloomin’ good Ham, Mustard Sandwich with. Only negative is that i wish it could be a bigger loaf..

4/5 from WB

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Made Without Wheat Mini Cheese Crackers

I really wanted these to be like the gluten Mini Cheddars but they didn’t quite get there for me in terms of being a moreish snack, i think there needed to be a stronger flavour of cheese. These would however be perfect for sliding on a cheese board and for a pre-party snack, the little bags also make them very convenient for taking on the go, putting in a lunchbox and as a nut substitute for a plane journey; so i have to give them points for that.

3.5/5 from WB

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Made Without Wheat Lemon Shortbread

Before being gluten intolerant, i was a massive fan of the Shortbread. It’s quite a tricky thing to get right in the kitchen, i have on numerous occasions found my gluten free attempts just melt into thin bits of cooked nothing. These were perfect, i love mostly the texture and the bits of lemon peel throughout. I could give these to my family and noone could tell the difference. Not even Miko…

5/5 from WB

4/5 from WB Hubby

5/5 from Miko

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Made Without Wheat Triple Chocolate Cookies

I think this review comes down to personal taste as i much prefer a softer cookie as apposed to these crunchy ones but the general consensus around the office was that they were perfectly acceptable to have with a cuppa tea, i feel it may just be being fussy with cookies. I like there to be an even distribution of chocolate to cookie and sometimes was left with one piece of choccy in the whole cookie. I also like cookies to be soft and chewy. So not perfect for me, but great as an office treat.

2/5 for WB

4/5 for My work colleagues (who then devoured the lot!)

There are lots of other goodies in the Marks and Spencer’s Free From range, from more treats like their Chocolate loaf, Mini Coconut Macaroons, Orange Polenta Biscuits and Ginger Biscuits to a Brown Bloomer loaf topped with Millet Flakes. Proving to have truly stepped up their ‘free-from’ game in the past year, i just hope that- especially with these fantastic new breads that they continue to get some more gluten free lunch alternatives in the stores as sometimes it’s truly hit or miss if i find one!

What do you think of the M&S Free From Range? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @wbites!

These products were sent to be complimentary but did no way impact on any of my opinions stated here in the review. As always, just good ole honesty and keeping you informed! 

Gluten Free Holiday : Barbados

My Gluten Free Christmas consisted of a wee excursion to what i’m normally used to, i was lucky enough to get invited to my husbands family christmas in Barbados. I have to say, i’m normally one for cosying up by the fire and actually enjoying the cold as i work my way through numerous cheese and nibble platters and a big roast; but this year the warmth was very much welcome.

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On The Plane

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Eating gluten free on the British Airways flight was the first challenge, and i should have known better to bring a collection of goodies with me… the only food i brought in my hand luggage was Perkier Foods Rocky Road and of course i got through them in seconds. If you haven’t tried them yet i highly recommend you do! My on flight requested gluten free meal on the way out was rather terrible i have to say, guilty of the #Fruitisnotapudding debacle too as i found myself given three plates of fruit as snacks throughout the flight whilst others received sandwich carbs to fill their bellies. I made sure i was content however with my rocky road and numerous cups of tea whilst enjoying the first three episodes of Under The Dome on the inflight entertainment system.

Gluten Free Shopping

On arrival we headed straight for the Super Center supermarket in Holetown before going to our self catering villa at Port St Charles (Highly recommended). You’ll find some gluten free bits in the freezer section, i got a few breakfast muffins and some challah bread – both of which were edible but nowhere near as good as Genius or Udi’s in the U.K. It was also expensive, so i would recommend highly to bringing your own bread and gluten free essentials. 

Gluten Free Hotels in Barbados

If you’re looking for a Hotel to stay at, this website may give you an indication on the best hotels to accommodate gluten free guests, this health food shop delivers gluten free supplies. I’m sure if you are staying self catering, you could also arrange for a delivery from them also for when you arrive.

Eating out 

After a long day of sunbathing and cocktail drinking we were up for going out to several restaurants in the evening. I used to be very nervous eating out in different countries but as long as you do your research and make contact in advance with the restaurants there should never be a problem (unless all they serve is just gluten!). There are four restaurants i would recommend in Barbados that dealt with my request for a gluten free meal very well, and i must add the people in Barbados are SO friendly. Here are the four restaurants…

Cobblers Cove

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Cobblers Cove offers a wonderful night out, not only is the food very good but the atmosphere is very relaxing and just what you want after a day in the sun. We went on a christmas steel pan music night and it was actually very good, despite my reservations about Hotel entertainment. The waiters dealt with my gluten free requests very well  (we went here for lunch one day too). I ordered Proscuttio Ham, Green Apple and Blue Cheese salad to start, and the Fresh Daily Seafood Catch for a main. I was told i could also have all of the mains featured on the menu with the exception of the parmasen tuille on the risotto..something that i wouldn’t cry over. Fantastic.

The Fishpot

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The Fishpot is a really great, lively and romantic place to go for a meal out. Every time we went their we had a good laugh with the waiters and the location , right on the beach, is stunning. If you love seafood, like myself then this will be your favourite place to eat in Barbados, although a few of us ordered the Chicken main and there was several nodding heads around the table as they ate. I think it’s a good restaurant that aims to please alot of people. I had the fish of the day again, out of my own choice (i love fish!). The only thing on the menu that i couldn’t have were the tempura prawns, the chips, the gratin and the pasta dishes. Recommended.

Daphne’s

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I was impressed with Daphne’s, merely for the fact that they had a completely separate gluten free dinner menu. Well this was easy! Top marks here for being able to offer gluten free pasta and an array of desserts. The downside however was that my order was slightly mixed up, and the wait for the food was very very long. So long that other tables around us had started to leave after a two hour wait. By the time my main had arrived (which was cooked perfectly) i just had to eat! Unfortunately this service did not make us want to go back and try again but if you’re staying in the area and are looking for a long lunch definitely try it as the beach will keep you occupied while you wait.

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Yacht Club 

sunburnt wutheringI don’t have a picture of the Yacht club menu or restaurant so here is a picture of me with rather patchy sunburn. Awesome.

We went to Yacht Club several times on our trip as it was on site on the self catering complex we were staying at – Port St Charles. Beautiful place and great accommodation. The Christmas day buffet was fab as i could practically have most things, the meats, roast red honey potatoes, rice and peas, plantain, fish curry and it was all cooked very well. We also went here on a Caribbean night which was very good fun and had a selection of tasty traditional Caribbean food, the roasted citrus chicken was very yummy and almost distracted me from the rather awful Tina Turner impersonator on stage…i told you i was not one for hotel entertainment! ;)

Conclusion

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Overall a really great place to go on on a gluten free holiday. ESPECIALLY if you love your seafood. If you don’t, there will still be options but really make sure you phone the establishments in advance and make them put a mark on your booking and ensure they notify the chef also on arrival.

If you go to Barbados or have been already, please comment below on your experience and where you’ve been that’s suitable for a gluten free meal!

:)