That time is approaching, the end of summer. Its back to uni in just over a month, so I’m getting organised. Like, ‘writing lists and ticking things off’ sort of organised.
But I’m so easily distracted.
‘Lets just check Facebook’, ‘… see whats happening on Instagram’, ‘Hey, I’ll watch Jeremy Kyle’
(That last one is pretty shameful.)
Just earlier, during another bout of procrastination, I started searching Google for gluten-free restaurants/cafes/bakeries. *Note: I would search for a FODMAP friendly restaurant- but c’mon, that would get me nowhere.* I’ve got to say, despite initially being a way to avoid all the boring jobs I have to do (i.e. No. 6 on the list: get a tax refund (yawn)), it ended up being a worthwhile search, presenting some great places I’d love to try.
Going out for dinner for most people is relaxing luxury. Well for people suffering with IBS like me, it’s a right pain in the ****, both for me and the people that join me. It starts being a nuisance from the get go. I’m one for popping the chosen restaurant into Google and having a nose at the menu before I visit, the vital question being: ‘Do they serve anything I can eat?’. I mean, actually having something to eat is the aim for going out for dinner isn’t it, so a few restaurants in the past have been rejected for the fact I simply can’t see anything suitable for my diet on the menu. Fortunately, my friends are quite understanding of this. In fact, for her birthday earlier this year, my best friend chose one restaurant over another just because it provided a separate gluten-free menu for me. Yes guys, that’s true friendship right there.
Anyway, back to my Google search findings. I stumbled across ‘The best gluten free restaurants, cafes and bakeries in the UK’ – on first glance it seemed to hit the nail on the head. I clicked into it, not knowing I’d end up spending a great chunk of time trawling through menus of hand-picked gluten-free hideaways, slobbering over some of the delicious-sounding food on offer. I’ve listed a few of the sites below (turning out to be quite a range of cuisines) that particularly tickled my fancy, do give them a look:
The Truscott Arms, London (Bar Menu) – serving, among other delights, gluten-free fish and chips- yum! There’s also Dinner, Saturday and Sunday menus featured on their main website.
Le Bistrot Pierre (various locations) – Here’s a place which seems to really understand the struggles of gluten-free diners, providing gluten-free bread in their entrees and following with some mouthwatering French fancies! With one based in Cardiff, I’m sure to visit.
The Creperie, Brighton – Going to Paris earlier this summer and not being able to eat a galette was pretty tough. Fortunately ‘The Creperie’ serves gluten-free ones! Brighton might not be Paris, but it suits me fine if I can get my chops around the “Everyone’s Favourite”- with ham/chorizo and cheddar cheese.
Pho (various locations) – This caught my eye as I’ve never tried Vietnamese food and would really love to. Looking at the menu, rice noodles feature as the key ingredient in a vast amount of the dishes, meaning it’s perfect for gluten-free diners like me who want to try something new. One of their restaurants happens to be in Brighton which also serves as home to ‘The Creperie’- so I know where I’ll be heading for a day out in the near future!
It’s great to see that more and more restaurants are providing for gluten allergies and intolerances. Personally, when I see a restaurant which takes gluten-free guests into consideration, it makes me more eager to visit and try their food- and by the looks of it, some of them are producing yummy gluten-free dishes. Hopefully I’ll visit some of the restaurants I’ve mentioned in this post very soon, and I’ll be sure to post my feedback!