Eating out in Brighton – Top 3 places for Gluten Free

Only a short train ride away from London, Brighton is a must-see city, whether you’re coming from abroad or the UK. Bursting with culture, diversity and creativity, it provides a memorable trip well worth taking.

There’s a huge awareness of health, nutrition and good food in Brighton. I’m impressed that so many cafés and restaurants know all about gluten and cross-contamination. You’ll be spoiled for choice with places to eat out as a coeliac, but if you need any ideas then I’ve narrowed it down to my top 3.

Silo

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Silo is unique because it’s zero waste and aims to challenge damaging industrialized food systems which have become so popular in the modern age. Silo chooses food sources that “respect the natural order, allowing ingredients to be themselves without unnecessary processing.”

Silo merges together professionalism and high quality food with a down to earth feel. An open kitchen allows you to see the chefs preparing meals, adding to the relaxed atmosphere. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and happy to accommodate for special dietary needs.

There’s always the choice between a vegan, vegetarian, fish or meat dish. There’s a bakery downstairs specialising in freshly milled sour dough bread which isn’t suitable for coeliacs but most gluten intolerant people find they are absolutely fine with sour dough. For coeliacs, they have freshly baked buckwheat flatbread.

Silo is also home to the Old Tree Brewers who specialise in “using pre-industrial artisan methods of brewing to revive ancient and sacred healing drink recipes.” I tried their Kombucha, a pro biotic drink made by a naturally fermented living colony of bacteria and yeast. Pro-biotics are integral for healing a damaged gut, which coeliacs struggle with after eating gluten pre-diagnosis.

For a starter, I had the tomato salad with smoked quinoa and silo’s fresh curd.

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The main was courgette, roasted garlic, curd and mint. Fish choice: sea trout, romanesco, seaweed and potatoes.

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For dessert, whey sorbet with Japanese rose petals (supplied by Forager wild food).

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And because I can’t get enough of it, I also came back for a working breakfast (yoghurt, fruit, cacao nibs and jam) and tea and cake (gluten free chocolate brownie).

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Curry Leaf Café

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This café serves up a taste of Indian street food, alongside a range of wines and even a gluten free beer! Curry Leaf uses local and seasonal foods, with vegan and gluten free options as well as half the menu being vegetarian.

From the minute I told the waitress that 2 of us were coeliac, she was welcoming and attentive to our needs, reassuring us of the foods we could eat and double checking with the chefs to be extra sure. The menu itself is really clearly labelled, making it easy to choose the right meal. My friend and I shared a mix of food from the starters, nibbles and sides section of the menu.

There are some great mains available too, but we fancied trying little bits of everything. So we went for the spiced lentil and rice flour dumplings, coriander and tomato rice, lentil dahl, veg pakoras, and a sweetcorn warm salad.

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h.en

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For gluten-free waffles with indulgent toppings, this is the place to be! Perfect for a slow Sunday morning or a mid-morning treat during the week. My cousin and I had waffles with chocolate sauce, and berry compote with yogurt. What’s more the waffles are also sugar free, and the waiting staff are super friendly.

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I’ve been in Brighton for less than a week and have already found these fantastic 3 places to eat out as a coeliac, I still have another 6 days to go so will be sure to keep you posted about what else I find in this vibrant part of the UK.

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Mexican Street Food in London

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My travels have taken me back to the UK this summer where I’m totally in awe of the bright city lights in London after 9 months spent on a small island in the Indian Ocean.

Last week, we’d just been to see a dance performance at the London Coliseum by Leicester Square and our bellies were growling to be fed. However the thought of going out to eat made me feel stressed. When travelling in places where the seriousness of gluten cross-contamination is still relatively unknown, eating out can be more of a chore than a treat.

I couldn’t be bothered to explain all the needs of a coeliac diner and just wanted to eat without being paranoid about the food.

So, we ended up at Wahaca, a restaurant specializing in Mexican street food. To my pleasant surprise and absolute delight, they not only had an entire separate gluten free menu but also a whole load of text reassuring coeliac customers that Wahaca understand the special requirements of a strict gluten free diet and  take it very seriously.

I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, finally I could just enjoy eating out without having to worry or explain again and again about how my food should be prepared! So, I let the waitress know that I’m coeliac and she made a note of it for all the chefs to be aware. The food itself was absolutely delicious and I came out of the restaurant buzzing with happiness.

It means so much to be considered when eating out and to have our needs catered for. Coming back to the UK after a year abroad, I’m impressed with the level of awareness there seems to be here about gluten free eating.

Thanks Wahaca!