Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
Of course I took with me lots of GLUTEN FREE snacks so that I would survive my time at the Royal Chelsea Hospital wandering around the beautiful Show Gardens, Picturesque Artisan Gardens and innovative Fresh Gardens (as once you’re in, there is no popping out and returning). I visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the first members day (Tuesday) when the gardens are at their freshest and the medals have just been revealed. I have previously enjoyed a full three course sit-down meal at the show (at the Rock Bank Restaurant) but at £70 per head and my allergy challenges, it didn’t seem the most relaxed option this time.
A leaflet on Catering options was handed to me as I walked into the show but it was more photographs of restaurants with some details on what they served but nothing more than what was already included in the Brochure and on the new App. However, even just wandering past the food concessions it was good to see GLUTEN FREE snacks available such as PROPER Popcorn bags and Montezuma chocolate bars next to the regular assortment of sandwiches and light refreshments. Originally went into the Thames View Café to review their food as I was tempted by the Pulled Pork and rice dish but needed to check for allergies. The server didn’t know but spoke with the chef who confirmed the pork was GLUTEN FREE but the sauce wasn’t! So wandered onto the Chelsea Graze Food Court where I was further tempted by the delicious smell of fried fish (although I knew I wouldn’t be having that for my lunch! But checked with the chicken & chips people about their meal. It was confirmed as GLUTEN FREE so I had the quarter of chicken, chips and coleslaw (£7.50)
It was a delicious and generous meal for lunch, eaten with wooden knife and fork on a picnic bench at the show. The chicken was beautifully cooked, slipping off the bone and coleslaw was tasty and crunchy, adding texture and healthiness to the meal. The chips were soft and Moorish, so a great choice for a GLUTEN FREE meal.