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Niche – 100% Gluten Free restaurant in Clerkenwell, London

Niche is a 100% gluten free restaurant in London, an independent haven for coeliacs serving ‘Best of British’ food. Located just down the road from Sadler’s Wells, Niche is nestled in one of London’s loveliest and poshest neighbourhoods. I’ve been wanting to visit ever since I read Wandering Gluten Freely’s rave review, and I finally managed it a couple of weekends ago with my friend Mel. The Food Deep fried gluten free things are still a novelty to me. As such, I feel duty-bound to try them all. I had the ‘NFC’ (Niche Fried Chicken). “Free range buttermilk chicken coated in millet flour spiced crumb, with aioli & BBQ dips”. It was divine. The basket is deceptively small-looking – you actually get a lot of fried chicken for your £. I love ketchup and mayo as much as the next person, but it made the meal a bit more special to have homemade sauces. I had a basic side salad with the chicken (not pictured), which was fine. Mel went for a Chicken Burger with Superfood Salad instead of a bun …

Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery, Islington = ‘Artisan Gluten Free Bakery’?!

This weekend I paid a flying visit to Islington to go to Stylist Live, a groovy lady event curated by Stylist Magazine. I used this as a handy excuse to make not one, but two visits to Romeo’s Bakery on Upper Street. I last wrote about Romeo’s a whole year and a half ago. I’ve always liked their products, but have found the prices ridiculously high in the past (£6 for a loaf of bread – um, no). That, and the service can be a bit ramshackle. That said, I always try and pop in when I am in Islington, because hey, it’s a gluten free bakery! And it’s lovely for a treat. So I was walking along Upper Street when… Wait! Wherefore art thou Romeo’s?* It turns out that Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery has had something of a makeover. Wha?! I was feeling nosy, and asked a member of staff what had happened. They said that the bakery has changed hands. It no longer comes under the ‘Romeo’s’ umbrella (Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery is – I …

When ‘gluten-free’ isn’t gluten-free enough…

———————————————————————————————————- [PLEASE NOTE THE COMMENT FROM THE RESTAURANT –  I wrote this post a year ago and it seems that things have changed for the better. I haven’t visited myself to verify yet, but it seems legit.] ———————————————————————————————————- Last night I was out in Islington with my friend M, on the hunt for food. I am coeliac and she is lactose intolerant, so we needed a place that could cater for us both. Waiters love us! We found a fish & chip shop on Upper Street that claimed to serve gluten-free fish & chips. Great! But wait… I asked the waiter on the door a little about exactly how ‘gluten-free’ gluten-free was. I asked if the fish & chips were suitable for coeliacs? Yes. I asked if they fried the gluten-free fish in the same oil as the wheat batter? Yes. Hang on… When I told him that if the items were fried in the same oil then they would not be suitable for coeliacs, he came back with… ’…the heat is so high that it …