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Gluten Free in Manchester: Sad News about Tea 42

UPDATE 10/08/2016: IT’S BACK! Check them out here: www.tea42restaurants.com/ I was having an idle Google of gluten free restaurants when I saw this. Tea 42, Manchester’s own 100% gluten free restaurant has closed down. It actually stopped trading in December 2015. It was somewhere I looked forward to visiting when seeing friends and family in Manchester. They did a lovely gluten free afternoon tea, and as a coeliac there’s nothing quite like eating somewhere safe, with no worry about cross-contamination. I’ve no idea of the circumstances around the closure, apart from it seemingly going into liquidation. There are dodgy comments at the end of this article about not being able to get in touch with the owners to get refunds for vouchers, so re-opening doesn’t look likely. Whatever the circumstances (does anyone know?) it’s a shame to see one of the few 100% gluten free restaurants in the UK close. Even with the current popularity of the gluten free diet, setting up a 100% gluten free business is still a gamble. I hope it doesn’t put others off trying! …

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 …