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The Green Rocket : GF AND Veggie in Bath

I am a big fan of vegetarian food done well. I have little truck with people who insist that a meal is not a meal without meat. I love when vegetarian eateries go above and beyond to prove the naysayers wrong, and The Green Rocket truly banishes every bland, tofu-laden preconception. I have been spending my Easter holidays nestled in the family home in Bath, and yesterday Mum, Sister and I paid a visit. Following in the footsteps of Bath’s beloved Demuth’s restaurant (sadly no longer around, now reincarnated as a vegetarian cooking school), The Green Rocket serves quality, inventive and above all tasty vegetarian food. Happily they have also made the menu very coeliac-friendly, with most of the menu either gluten-free or with a gluten-free option available. (Vegan-friendly too, for those interested). They even serve gluten-free bread and beer! This is how restaurants should be. I was impressed with their awareness of what exactly gluten free meant. As the coeliacs amongst you will know, some restaurants are all mouth and no trousers where gluten free options are …

Lyme Regis : A gluten-free daytrip

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 …

Fig + Sparrow Cafe: Gluten-free in Manchester

Serendipity led me to the Fig + Sparrow cafe today. I had an hour left before I had to get my train back to London, and I was wandering around the Northern Quarter looking for a place to eat something sugary. My eye was caught by this cosy-looking cafe. Fig + Sparrow is owned by the lovely Emily and Jan, both of whom were working in the cafe while I was there. When I did my customary walk-in-and-ask-about-the-gluten-free-things, I was pleasantly surprised. They were both friendly and clued up about gluten and coeliac disease as one of them (I forgot to ask which!) is gluten-intolerant herself. I felt like I was in safe hands. I ordered a hot chocolate and a salted caramel chocolate brownie; both gluten-free, and both absolutely scrumptious. It is a rare treat for me to have a hot chocolate out, as so many of the powders used by cafés are not suitable for coeliacs. The brownie was far removed from the dry, stodgy ones you find in every other chain cafe …

Dough pizza: Gluten-free in Manchester

I’ve been on my travels again, this time oop north to Manchester. I spent a day and a night with my dear friend K, who lives in a fantastic Friends-esque loft apartment in the Northern quarter. As we were catching up we thought it only right to indulge in some local GF food. We went to Dough and feasted. We started by sharing a baked Camembert, which came with delicious, slightly toasted gluten-free bread. It was glorious. Gooey, melt-in-the- mouth, delish. The menu was a joy for coeliacs because almost everything was available gluten-free, and there was a great, inventive variety of pizza toppings and sides that you do not find in places like Pizza Express. We chose two pizzas to share, a Moroccan lamb and a sun-dried tomato and goats cheese topping. I loved the sun-dried tomato pizza, I’m a big fan of traditional Italian toppings and the ingredients here mixed together perfectly. The Moroccan Lamb pizza was yum, with tender and flavoursome meat…I found this one a little heavy but it was great …

A gluten-free weekend in Bath

I popped over to Bath this weekend to celebrate a family birthday, and thought I’d take a break from my usual London-centricity to post some snippets about the gluten free things I came across. I have rather got into the habit of snapping pics of anything GF and interesting. My family and I went for a lovely brunch at The Cosy Club. This is a restaurant which is part of a small chain, and is a quirky (see the decor!) affordable and very social dining place. The Bath branch was chocka on a Saturday lunchtime, and there was some waiting around involved. We were in no rush though so were happy to sit back and enjoy the buzz. When we booked our table online, we were able to specify that we would have a gluten-free person with us, and there was a GF menu waiting for us alongside the ‘normal’ menus when we arrived. Grand. I had a plate of steak, eggs and fried potatoes which I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of. It …

Beautiful Lake District

Holiday Holy Grail : Gluten-free Fish and Chips!

Until recently, fish and chips was one of those meals I had simply accepted that I could not have. When staring longingly at my family’s newspaper-wrapped parcels, I didn’t dream that one day I would be able to walk into a chippy and get a perfectly crisp, salty and deliciously greasy portion of my own. This year I took a trip to the Lake District, and found the holy grail. GF FISH AND CHIPS!! Before I went, I did my usual thing of Googling and asking around on various GF forums, to find a few safe places to eat. I find it very easy to pick up GF food in London but still get a little anxious about visiting new and far-flung places, so like to do my research. I found this article, which tells of one fish and chip shop’s change to gluten-free production. The Cottage Kitchen in Kendal now uses rice flour for all their batter, a move that they made mostly because it actually tasted better. That it is now safe for …

Gorgeous views of the Roman Baths

Bath: Gluten-free Afternoon Tea at the Pump Rooms

The Pump Rooms are a Bath institution. Built in the 1700’s, they have been home to Jane Austen characters, high society locals and countless tourists…and most recently; myself, my mum and my sister. The three of us went for afternoon tea this weekend, and had a lovely time pretending to be posh. (We could get used to this.) We sat at a table almost looking over the Roman Baths, with the afternoon sun streaming through the huge Georgian windows and glancing off the crystal chandelier. A pianist played gentle classical music in the background, and the feeling was one of refinement and celebration. It is a place for a special occasion. We ordered a selection of food to share rather than the specified afternoon tea set menu, and found that a few dishes between us was enough for a light tea and snack. If you are so inclined however I can’t think of many better places to go for the full indulgent cream tea. I was pleased to see there was a separate gluten-free menu …