#Glutenfree #UK Holiday

imageimageGluten Free Goodness!

I was lucky enough to coincide my visit with the Free From Allergy Show in London. For the whole day, my friends and I were able to sample beers, ciders, breads, cookies, crackers, crisps, pizzas and cakes – without being glutened! HEAVEN!

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In Camden, my cousin and I found this great bakery – Cookies & Scream.

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imageMy first trip to Tesco was pretty amazing as well – the picture does not adequately portray my excitement!

Before going to the theatre, friends and I went to Wahaca and had a great gluten free meal. They’re used to dealing with gf people and have a special menu for us 🙂

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While in London I stocked up on gluten free bagels, pita breads, smoked salmon, cream cheese, millionaire’s bars and a tasty gluten free carrot cake. It was all amazing! Here are a couple of my breakfasts:

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Even walking around the Lake District, I found gluten free sandwiches, cakes AND fish & chips!

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I was pretty impressed with the quality of food available in the restaurants and at the B&B’s. In the last couple years, the UK has passed a law that requires restaurants to be aware of their allergen ingredients and to offer something for everyone. Some places I stayed:

The Wellington – London Waterloo – Great location and breakfast for touring around London.

The Woolpack Inn – Eskdale, Lake District – A bit remote, but these guys had some great gf food including homemade pizza!

Wordsworth’s Guest House – Ambleside, Lake District – Awesome location to visit the countryside and the hostess was lovely!

The Cables – Matlock Bath, Peak District – Nice spot to do some walking in Derbyshire.

Airplane Food

I flew from Bangkok to London on British Airways and their gluten free food was ok. Unfortunately, they did not allow me the option to select gluten free AND vegetarian so I did get served chicken and bacon. Luckily though, I’d packed some gluten free muffins and other snacks for both flights. Eva Airways also offers gluten free choices.

At Heathrow, I was happy to see several restaurants had gf options. I stopped at Carluccio’s for a nicoise salad pre-flight. image

If you’re planning a trip to the UK you don’t necessarily have to plan out every restaurant you go to. But if you’re worried, here’s a couple sites that helped me out!

London Eats:

http://www.glutenfreemrsd.com/2012/07/gluten-free-guide-london-eating-out.html

http://glutenfreebites.co.uk/2013/03/30/review-of-cotto-restaurant-gluten-free-italian-near-waterloo/

http://www.urbanspoon.com/tn/52/1/5196/London/Gluten-Free-Friendly/Waterloo-restaurants

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/restaurants/londons-10-best-glutenfree-restaurant-dishes-9245805.html

http://londonist.com/2015/02/londons-best-restaurants-for-gluten-free-dining.php

UK in general:

http://www.gfdining.co.uk/

http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/recipes/the-best-gluten-free-restaurants-cafes-and-bakeries-in-the-uk#

http://www.glutafin.co.uk/after-diagnosis/gluten-free-restaurants/

https://www.coeliac.org.uk/gluten-free-diet-and-lifestyle/eating-out/

Lake District:

http://thecoeliacplate.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/UK-Lake-District-GF-The-Coeliac-Plate.pdf

http://theonlywayisglutenfree.blogspot.com/2013/06/zeffirellis-ambleside-lake-district.html

Peak District Dining:

http://www.4seasonsbb.co.uk/dining.htm

http://explorebuxtonderbyshire.co.uk/gluten-free-dining-in-buxton-top-10-picks/

http://www.roachestearooms.co.uk/gluten_free_menu.html

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