All posts tagged: gluten-free in london

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 …

gluten free fish and chips + empanadas

Gluten Free Food Festival in Camden Market: Fish & Chips, Donuts and Empanadas!

What a treat this was. A few weekends ago I spent a very happy Sunday with my friend Shumaiya at the Camden Market Gluten Free Festival. (A bit of a belated post, but better late than never, eh?) We had one of those lovely afternoons of leisurely hanging out in the sun, eating when we felt like it and catching up on life. We are both somewhat obsessed with good food (and eating it), so we enjoyed having a nose around the market stalls at all the different cuisines, and taking our time choosing which food to eat. Festival Food The gluten free food festival was made up of an 100% gluten free yard within the main food market in Camden Lock. There were a variety of stalls selling freshly cooked gluten free food as well as stalls by brands like Wholefoods and Romeo’s Bakery (loaves pictured above! ^) selling ready made gluten free products. There were tons of gorgeous things on offer, but in the end we chose a couple of dishes to share; Olley’s gluten free fish and chips, …

Free #glutenfree beer, you say?

Attention, gluten free Londoners! CELIA lager are launching a new flavour of gluten free beer, and are holding a delectable-sounding, 100% gluten free event in London to celebrate. CELIA lager describe their new creation, CELIA Dark, as “a beautiful Czech beer with a burnt caramel aroma”, with hints of coffee and rye bread. I’m not generally a beer drinker, but they sure know how to make it sound good. CELIA are teaming up with Melt London to give the evening a chocolatey twist…don’t read any further if you’re hungry… “First we’ll explore buttery caramel, you’ll enjoy wonderfully rich MELT caramels – chose from delicate vanilla or zingy passionfruit! Next, we’ll titillate your tastebuds with bitter coffee in our delicious Dark dessert cocktails. Then we’ll guide you through a CELIA Dark and chocolate tasting featuring delights from Ecuador and Madagascar, including a devilishly dark 100% chocolate. After we’ll tempt you with a chewy bite of chocolate heaven from our macaroons with CELIA Dark ganache, then, last but in no way least, you’ll finish on sweet high thanks to a limited edition exclusive, …

Gluten free & blogging resolutions

Hello and happy 2015 to one and all. I was a little (a lot) lax with my writing for this blog last year. All of the IBS/ FODMAPpy health stuff going on plus taking on more responsibility at work meant that I simply didn’t have much headspace left for the extra-curricular. I kept up a little more with sharing pics on my Instagram and live-tweeting various gluten free happenings (see my thoughts on #FoodUnwrapped for a recent example), and periodically on Pinterest; I find micro-blogging a lot easier to dip in and out of. I now have the IBS and coeliac stuff more or less under control, though as fellow sufferers (I don’t like the word – it sounds a bit self-pitying, but how else can we describe ourselves…?) will know, gut disorders are an unpredictable beast, so you are never 100% ‘cured’. It would be remiss of me to promise to blog daily in 2015, or even multiple times a week, because I know that with the commitments I have, in all likelihood it wouldn’t happen. I’m very envious of those …

Gluten Free & Low FODMAP ideas: Lunches and Dinners

Once your Low-FODMAP breakfast goes down, you’re going to need some FODMAP-friendly lunch and dinner. For me, the two meals are interchangeable. Lunch is usually made up of leftovers from whatever creation I made the night(s) before. As a FODMAP-avoiding-coeliac, there is very little (if any) choice of ready-made food to buy out and about, so it is much easier and tastier to D.I.Y. I’ve brought a bunch of basic recipes together here, I hope this might inspire some fellow FODMAPpers to try something new. 1. Roasted fennel and red pepper pasta bake. Simple comfort food. Roast the veg with some olive oil or garlic-infused olive oil, salt, pepper, Italian herbs. A few cherry tomatoes could go well too. Stir in cooked gluten free pasta when almost done, and roast a little longer with added mozzarella and parmesan on the top. Take out when the cheese is melted. 2. Red grape, goats cheese and green bean salad. Add sunflower seeds for crunch. Chuck it all together, dress to your taste. 3. Pizza. I use Isabel’s Gluten Free Pizza Mix*, which …

I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!

Huzzah! The Liebster is an award for up and coming bloggers, chosen by their online peers. I was very flattered to be nominated by GlutenfreePSD, who also writes about the best gluten free offerings in London (check out his amazingly comprehensive product reviews). The rules of the Liebster Award are to thank the person who presented the award to you (Thanks Mr PSD!), answer the questions and provide some factoids about yourself, and then pay it forward by choosing five of your favourite blogs with less than 200 followers. I think this is a great way to share our favourite up and coming blogs and hopefully give each other some new readers. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| 1. Why did you start your blog? I started Gluten Free in London simply because I was so often asked for recommendations of gluten free places to go in London. I wanted to create a resource that I could send to gluten free friends and friends of friends who needed a helping hand navigating the city. I also love writing and having my own projects, and blogging is a great …

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. …

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 …