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Gluten Free Dining at Blixen, Spitalfields

Blixen is a new opening just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It stands on the site of an old bank, two walls house huge windows with metal fanlights to let in acres of natural light.   The interior décor is all rough brickwork, whitewashed and surmounted with walnut wood. The ceiling’s a beautiful construction of pale floorboards. The bar’s a white shrine, cunningly lit, with bottles of spirits in glass-fronted cupboards, and globe lamps on stalks. Beside the kitchen is a cute pergola hung with vines, past which you’ll find an outdoor terrace for drinks. Downstairs there’s a little cocktail bar that takes up to 45 drinkers and a private dining room for 18 in the old vaults.   The owners are Clive Watson, who’s spent a decade doing up London pubs (notably The Garrison and The Riding House Café) and Justin Gilbert, a designer of immense style and swishiness. Their first restaurant is perfectly proportioned, cosy, bustling and instantly appealing to walk into.   Gluten Free Food at Blixen: Gluten free options on …

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Michelin-Starred Gluten Free Menu at Bath Priory Hotel

We were lucky enough to go on a little jaunt to Bath last weekend, staying in the rather plush Bath Priory Hotel. Not only is this a luxurious place to rest one’s head, the Bath Priory Hotel is also a sort of gluten free wonder hotel.   One of the things that makes this hotel really great is its restaurant. Alongside the more casual Pantry dining room is a Michelin-starred restaurant under the direction of Michelin-starred Executive Chef, Sam Moody.   We decided to try out Sam Moody’s seven course tasting menu, as our server informed us it would be easily adapted to make it gluten free. Music to our ears.   When we arrived for our table we were seated in the hotel’s lounge for a pre-dinner cocktail. Imagine being in Downton Abbey. It’s like that. There are huge squidgy sofas to sink into, the walls are covered in old paintings of fancy folk from times gone by and there’s a roaring log fire to warm your toes by. It’s relaxing as relaxing can …

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Gluten Free Steak at Hawksmoor, Air Street

Hawksmoor is a proper British steakhouse. The food is to die for (many cows have, in fact), the interior is super plush and the service is quick, friendly and efficient. We will not beat about the bush here; we are obsessed with steak. And steak doesn’t get much better than Hawksmoor’s 400g ribeye of wonderment and glory. It’s an experience. A good one. We visited the Air Street (just off Regent Street) Hawksmoor of a winter’s evening, and what awaited us did shock and amaze. Upon arrival we were guided upstairs by a waitress who seemed determined to escape us. She quickly did this, depositing us with another lady entirely, whose job it was to show us to the table. We then walked for about 18 miles through the gigantic restaurant, the aromas of all the world’s meat filling our brains with a sort of happy steak-fog. Having been seated and presented with wine, we made the correct decision of ribeye, times two, with chips and béarnaise sauce. Not long after, a life changing plate …

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Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s of Bloomsbury is a miniature chain of cafes situated across London town, with branches in St Paul’s, Farringdon and of course Bloomsbury. They do afternoon tea, which is good, but they also do a gluten free afternoon tea, which is just GREAT! We headed to the original Bloomsbury branch to try it out. Bea’s website states that they need 24 hours notice to provide a gluten free afternoon tea, but we made last minute plans and rang them only four hours before and they were able to accommodate us, so if in doubt just give them a call. The café itself is what an estate agent would describe as ‘bijoux’ – it’s tiny! There’s a sort of corridor of tables alongside the counter, but the tables further back are quite cosy. Service was a little haphazard, we got our gluten free afternoon tea because we asked for it four times and had already pre-arranged it on the phone, but the rest of the table were presented with things bearing little to no resemblance of …

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Gluten Free Salads at Gail’s Bakery, Clerkenwell

Gail’s Artisan Bakery sells award-winning bread, breakfast, cakes and pastries – but it’s not all about the wheat at Gail’s, the bakery also serves some exceptional gluten-free salads, ideal for lunch on the go. We tried the kiln-roasted trout with celeriac and fennel remoulade (£5.50), which is completely wheat and gluten free, however does contain fish, egg, milk and mustard. The salad tasted fantastic, a far cry from your normal takeaway salads, and was topped with a very generous portion of trout – delicious! Gail’s Bakery also does an exceptional flour free chocolate cake, perfect if you’re after something sweet to end your meal with. You can eat in at Gail’s Bakery, or you can buy items to take away – they also do great teas and coffees. Gluten Free: Gluten free options include salads and a flour free chocolate cake, but check with your waiter when you visit to see if there are any gluten free specials on offer. gailsbread.co.uk