Cafes, Gluten Free London
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Gluten-free Crepes! : Battersea, Islington, Chiswick, Camden

There are few things I like more than spotting this sort of sign outside an eatery.

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I was strolling down the Northcote Road with my friend K this weekend, when we came across Samba Swirl.

Somewhat surprisingly, I had never heard of this London chain before (they also have branches in Islington, Chiswick and Camden Town) and would have barely glanced had I not been confronted with the GF sign.

We ummed and ahhed as we had only just eaten brunch (at the food-lovers heaven that is the Clapham Junction Wholefoods Cafe), but decided that these crepes deserved a taste test.

The only other place in London/The World that I have found serving gluten-free crepes has been Senzala Creperie in Brixton Village (highly recommended!), so it is not exaggerating to say that there was an element of novelty here for me.

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There were lots of funky toppings available, but in the end we settled with the classic nutella, which went perfectly with the cinnamon-flavoured pancake.

I chatted to the lady in the cafe and she said that there should be no cross-contamination issue because ALL the pancakes they make are gluten-free. This was music to my little coeliac ears!

She was not sure whether all of the toppings were gluten-free (some definitely looked cereal-based so I think possibly not) but there were things like fruit, flaked almonds, jam, whipped cream, etc which should be OK.

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So what did we think? K and I both thoroughly enjoyed our hot crepes, encased in the crepe-cone for a sweet on-the-go snack. My only complaint would be that the little plastic spoon supplied for eating with was a bit piddly and ineffective – I threw dignity to the wind and ate mine like a sandwich.

Yum, yum, YUM.

P.S. They seem to be re-branding so the website is a bit pants at the moment, but if you click past the notice you can have a peek at their menus. They also do frozen yoghurt which will be very welcome when the weather heats up.

2 Comments

  1. arilessiers says

    i used to live down the road from Samba swirl before they did crepe, the froyo was a delight! FYI they make gluten free crepes at St Katherines Dock Food Market (Fridays) in Wapping and also at Brick Lane Market (Sundays), both are outdoor stalls, and use separate stove-tops to cook them to avoid cross-contamination.

    • I look forward to trying the froyo when the weather is a bit nicer.Thanks for the tip about crepes at the markets – I will have to investigate! Issi

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