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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 caf├ęs are not suitable for coeliacs. The brownie was far removed from the dry, stodgy ones you find in every other chain cafe …