First I want to thank everyone who posts on this board- I have been lurking for months as I prepared my itinerary. Since my last visit, London has become one of the most hospitable cities for those of us with Celiac Disease and with some GF guidance and info gleaned from this board- I have just completed a successful trip.
Day one - Lunch Launceston Place. I considered this the bargain find- 2 courses for 19 pounds. GF Menu choices were limited but they were very gracious in offering me options from the dinner dessert menu that were GF. At one point our server volunteered that he could see about getting GF bread- it was completely unnecessary given the volume of food.
Day two was Brixton Village Market and Borough Market. Federation Coffee served the best coffee of our trip- worth a trip from anywhere. Honest Burger for lunch- possibly the best burger I have had in London- and excellent chips with a hint of Rosemary. An absolute haven for someone with CD- everything about the burger was GF including the bun from WAGfree in the market. They serve the burgers medium but will make them your way upon request. They will be serving GF beer soon. A tiny place so arrive early or prepare to wait- worth it. Did stop and buy some pies at WAGfree. Cheese and onion was tastiest. Next stop Borough Market- one of the bakeries that also supply Whole Foods- sorry, having a senior moment as to the name. Cheese from Neals and some acorn fed jamon from Brindisa.
Friday was tea at Claridges. We wanted the fanciest tea that we could find- and Claridges fit the bill. Sandwiches served on Genius brand bread- one of my favorites. I got the feeling that they may have forgotten about my GF reservations because the dessert selections seemed to have been missing something- but I could live for the sultana scones ( will try to replicate them myself). Thank goodness I am not sensitive to dairy because clotted cream makes everything right with the world!
Next two days were catch as catch can- big kudos to Whole Foods for an excellent selection of GF offerings. One lunch at Wagamama. If I was traveling with small children, this would be a must stop- but otherwise, I could live without.
Monday lunch at Clarkes. Small menu again but everything I picked was GF. My daughter proclaimed this her favorite meal. Quick bite at Itsu- a real surprise given the location ( around the Strand) and the prices. Cashier seemed confident that almost everything on the menu was GF- I simply had salmon sushi- a good safe choice.
I came home with a suitcase full of "Free From" products from Tesco, Whole Foods, and Waitrose. I never once felt deprived, and never once had anyone say -what does gluten free mean?....Thank you London!
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