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Gluten Free in Manchester: Sad News about Tea 42

UPDATE 10/08/2016: IT’S BACK! Check them out here: 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! …


2015: Gluten Free Highlights

What a year for gluten free food. I’ve seen a noticeable increase in gluten free options when eating out in London and Bath, and this year I’ve had the chance to try several previously unobtainable foods (gluten free Chinese food! Doughnuts! Cannoli! Apple pie! Danish Pastries!). I ate the best gluten free food of my life on holiday in Sicily, and for 6 months I worked just 3 minutes walk from a wonderful gluten free bakery. Living the dream. Though there is a way to go before coeliacs can truly eat out safely (cross-contamination is still an issue) I’ve been able to eat out mostly pain-freely in 2015, and feel that the eating out experience is improving for us. On a personal level, I’ve finally got my head around the FODMAP diet, and feel well the majority of the time – a big improvement from where I was a year ago. I wanted to share a few of my personal highlights from the gluten free world in 2015 – the most exciting foods, and the experiences that I enjoyed most of all. I hope you’ll …

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 …