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Manna Dew – 100% Gluten Free Patisserie in London

There’s a new gluten free patisserie in town. I say new – Manna Dew has been around for about a year and a half, but tucked away in less touristy South London, it is a bit lower on the radar than gluten free favourites like Beyond Bread and Artisan Gluten Free Bakery.  I first visited when the team invited me to come and sample their menu (#livingthedream), and have since been back several treat-filled times. I wanted to share it with those gluten free folk who may not have discovered it yet. Here's to deliciousness served fresh. Everything is #guaranteed #glutenfree . Our cakes are primarily sweetened with natural sweeteners. Tarts, Cheesecakes and Specialty Creations. Indulge yourself! #glutenfree #artisan #patisserie #sw11 #glutenfreebaking #glitenfreelife #healthy #delicious #battersea A photo posted by Manna Dew Cafe (@mannadew.london) on Mar 2, 2016 at 4:52am PST The Food The food at Manna Dew is 100% gluten free, and also free of refined sugars. Originally developed by an ex-Laduree chef, the menu is full of Mediterranean-influenced delicacies. One of my readers likened it to Helmut Newcake in Paris. …

Let’s Do Lunch: 8 Places to grab a Gluten Free lunch near Oxford Circus.

Working or shopping near the tourist maelstrom that is Oxford Circus? Beginning to develop a thousand yard stare? Preserve your sanity by treating yo’self to lunch. There are so many restaurants, cafes and pop ups near Oxford Circus that you could literally eat something different each day, but I thought I would share my tried and tested gluten free lunch options. I have been working just a few minutes away from the craziness for the last 6 months, and despite the fug of pollution and more tourist-induced-tutting than I care to count, I have actually really enjoyed getting to know the Soho and “Noho” areas in my lunch break. These are my favourites. 1. BEYOND BREAD This gluten free bakery/cafe is my top recommendation for any coeliac visiting London – you can read my glowing review here – their premises are 100% gluten free so there is no need to worry about cross-contamination, and their products are just fantastic. They serve things like gluten free quiche and gluten free danish pastries that you simply don’t find anywhere else. For lunch, I favour a …

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Beyond Bread: A Gluten Free Bakery in Central London!

It just about made my life when I found out there would be a gluten free bakery opening less than 5 minutes walk from my office. Beyond Bread opened just a few weeks ago, and thus far seems to be getting positive reviews in the gluten free community, for good reason. I’ve popped in a few times to test samples and buy treats, and these are my impressions so far. LOCATION  Beyond Bread have picked a great location; a little shop in Charlotte’s Place, which hits the west end sweet spot between the hordes of office workers with lunch money to burn and the tourists drifting off Oxford Circus. There is space to sit in. This could be a nice place to recuperate after the shopping assault course that is Oxford / Regent Street. THE FOOD So far I have tried the baguettes (they rival the Gluten Free Baking and Living ones – very good), the dark chocolate brownie (almost more cakey than a brownie, but whatevs, it’s delicious), the cinnamon swirl (YUM). One lunchtime soon I would like to sit in …

Romeo’s Bakery, Islington: It’s Open!

The Hype The gluten-free community has been waiting a long time for Romeo’s Bakery. Excitement has been building ever since we first caught a glimpse of the stunning pastries and patisserie goodies on their website. My original post about Romeo’s is the most visited page of all time on this blog, and there have been countless threads on the gluten-free forums asking well…what is going on?! I have a source, a close friend who lives just across from Upper Street and has been giving me regular updates on Romeo’s progress. She told me excitedly that Romeo’s was finally open, and she had gone in and been given a free scone to sample, and did I want one too, and when was the soonest I could visit?! The Cafe Romeo’s had been open for just a couple of days when I arrived, and the staff were outside offering samples of bread and drumming up business. Romeo’s is located in the middle of Upper Street, a  thriving place full of independent shops and eateries. Romeo’s sits inbetween Highbury & Islington and Angel station, …

Albion, by Tate Modern

I spent this afternoon hanging out at the Tate Modern with my friend M (the Harry Callahan exhibition is a beaut!). We found the cafés inside the Tate a little busy, so M took us to The Albion a few minutes walk away. The cafe is tucked away in a side street. It was bustling without being overwhelmingly busy, and just what we needed after the deluge of tourists in the Tate. We each had a fresh mint tea and shared a yummy slice of iced carrot cake. Albion also had a very nice array of treat-foods to shop; breads, biscuits, chocolates with a few gluten free bits thrown in (I spotted some Alara GF muesli and a full range of Montezuma chocolates.) Lovely place to get a coffee and recuperate, and a nice alternative to the Tate Modern outlets.

Gluten-free Crepes! : Battersea, Islington, Chiswick, Camden

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

Starbucks: ‘What’s gluten?’

Today I had one of those rage-inducing encounters that I’m sure most coeliacs and gluten-free dieters experience once in a while. This exchange took place in a Starbucks in London. Me: Hi, do you know if any of the hot chocolates are gluten-free? Starbucks Lady: Gluten…free? Me: Erm, Gluten is found in wheat, barley, oats and rye; it might be present in some of the powders and syrups- perhaps you have an allergy checklist I could take a look at? Starbucks Lady: Ahhh I don’t think they are gluten-free. They all have milk in them. Me: I asked about gluten, not milk? Starbucks Lady: Maybe you have the coffee with soy milk. Me: I don’t need soy milk, I just need to know about gluten. Starbucks Lady: The gluten is in the milk. Me: [losing patience] Gluten and dairy are different things – could I just take a look at the ingredients? Starbucks Lady: Maybe you can have the americano. Me: I just want to know about the hot chocolates. Starbucks Lady: But they all have …

Kensington: The Good Life Eatery

I happened to be walking through Kensington on Monday evening. I happened to amble to my destination rather than follow the directions given to me by Google Map. I happened to walk past The Good Life Eatery of Sloane Avenue. My eyes were drawn, magnet-like to several little handwritten signs saying ‘gluten free!’ ‘gluten free!’ I stopped. I saw the cakes. I went in. The Good Life Eatery had quite the gluten-free selection. As well as the delectable-looking cakes in the window, there were savoury meal options and hot drinks and what seemed to be their signature; fresh juices. I admit it had the slightest air of pretentiousness (named ‘eatery’ rather than the standard ‘cafe’; charging £4.75 (£4.75!!!!) for a slice of cake) but it had a warm and inviting atmosphere, and looked like a lovely place to while away a few hours with a favourite book. I was sorely tempted to spend my evening there but I had a place to be and was frankly a tiny bit put off by the prices. I hope …

Gluten-free Food Porn – Honest Burgers and WAGfree treats

I’m in trouble. I don’t think I can go back to supermarket gluten-free food. I stopped by Brixton Village Market this weekend, with the express purpose of gorging on beautiful gluten-free food. Now I’m hooked. My friend M and I started at Honest Burger, which turned out to be a sort of meaty mecca; a place that serves burgers so good that even my non-meat-loving friend could not resist having one. I had a beef burger with cheddar on a gluten-free bun (a good one!) and rosemary salted chips, served with lashing of ketchup and lemony water to wash it all down. It. Was. Divine. I wish I had taken a photo to better illustrate this, but really, just go. You may have to queue, but for fantastic food at a quite reasonable price (about £8 for a very filling and delicious meal) I’d say it is worth it. After we stumbled out of the burger joint, we patted our food babies and headed to The WAGfree Cafe. Once again, I was in food heaven. …

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Brixton: Vozars, a new gluten-free haven

Now this is a campaign I can get behind. Nick McNally and Martin Vozar want to open a completely gluten-free cafe/deli/restaurant in Brixton, serving up a selection of ‘mouthwatering European food’. Mmmm. The guys have a Kickstarter type page to help fund this project, and have some lovely extras thrown in when you donate – Celia lager, WAGfree cakes and even gluten-free cooking lessons with Martin. I really hope this venture takes off as it sounds like they will create a genuinely lovely place not only for those of us avoiding gluten, but for the general population of Brixton.