The British attitude towards good weather is very much to ‘seize the day’. You never know when the sun will next make an appearance, so the moment you feel a little warmth on your face you whip out the flip flops and the factor 50 and make the most of it. We had one of those glorious sunny days on Good Friday, when my family and I popped down to Lyme Regis for a day at the beach.
Lyme Regis is a lovely place, a quietly thriving old English seaside town with all of the charm and none of the tackiness of parts of the UK coast.
We picnicked, we paddled, we ate ice cream overlooking the shore. Heaven. Our picnic was made up of Unearthed antipasti, Sweet Chilli Kettle Chips & houmous, brazil nuts and sweet potato falafels (bought in Waitrose, Bath). All gluten-free. I am the only coeliac in my family, but we have found over the years that it is possible to find really delicious gluten-free food that everyone can enjoy.
Later on, I ate my second ever gluten-free pasty at a cafe called The Good Food Store. I wolfed it down – it had curried vegetables as the filling and was very enjoyable. As you can see in the window sign, they also sometimes offer GF tarts and quiches. When I visited, the cafe was selling two different types of gluten-free pasty, a gluten-free brownie and rocky road bar, and had a designated gluten-free shelf where they stocked various pastas, biscuits and goodies. My pasty was pre-packaged, and made by a company called Baked to Taste, a West Country-based company (also known as G-Free) specialising in gluten-free savoury pasty products, cakes and breads, all baked in a designated gluten and wheat free bakery. They have stockists in South and West London listed here, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for them at the upcoming Allergy and Freefrom shows.
Just before hometime, we found a little hole in the wall type ice cream stall behind the beach, which sold Marshfield Farm ice cream. YUM. Most of their flavours are gluten-free (click on nutritional info for the flavour you’re interested in), and the ones which aren’t were clearly listed at the stall. Particularly recommend Heavenly Honeycomb.
All in all a lovely daytrip with the family clan, and I’m pleased to have made some new gluten-free discoveries.
Soon after I posted this, I noticed user TeeDee on The Coeliac, DH and Gluten Free Messageboard had written a recommendation for The Cobb Arms in Lyme Regis. This might be useful to anyone looking to get a nice lunch or dinner in the area: ‘…lots and lots of meals clearly marked as gluten free on the menu, and several very interesting sounding puddings. The managers daughter is a celiac, so they are well aware of all of the issue etc.’ On their website, they state that they have an extensive GF menu.
A couple of non-GF-related finds:
A Bookshop Less Ordinary : A wonderful rabbit warren of a bookshop selling everything from vintage Victorian maps to back issues of long-forgotten niche magazines. There were boxes of ancient postcards and photographs to rummage through and cosy corners in which to browse undisturbed. Most importantly there was an amazing selection of old and newer books, with personalised photos and notes around the owner’s favourite authors. Booklovers can also stay here in the B&B upstairs, in rooms filled with stories.
The Teddy Bear Hospital : Apparently teddy bear hospitals were common years ago, when possessions were less disposable and toys were patched up rather than thrown away. It was fascinating to look at some of the antique dolls in the shop and the bears with tags from all over the world waiting ‘on the ward’.