Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
There are many luxurious restaurants in London which willingly and happily cater for Coeliacs, some I have reviewed on my blog including The Ivy, Searcy’s (up the Gherkin), Ting (up the Shard), Hunan, Skylon, Galvins alongside some who go beyond for the Coeliac (including Niche: which is 100% GF) and Truscott Arms (which is a gourmet pub!) and in my mind, The Wolseley is that league.
Originally the building (now Grade 2 listed), was a car showroom for the Wolseley Motors Company before serving the well-heeled as a Bank (Barclays), just a few doors down from The Ritz Hotel, and now it is a European-style restaurant with Chefs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King leading the kitchens. Interestingly, the diners are fashionably smart people, having business lunches as well as a smattering of tourists who keep the tables busy, all day, every day: so make a reservation! I knew they do a GLUTEN FREE Afternoon Tea (if you order in advance) and on the Menu I spotted GLUTEN FREE Cakes and Biscuits but it was time for lunch, so I spoke with our waiter.
Of course I could have had a salad (what a surprise) but being wintry in London, I really fancied something hot and choose the Lobster Bisque. He also advised that I could enjoy the Chicken Dumpling Soup (but discussing this option, I knew it would have to be without the dumplings!). But having recently missed out on a GF Lobster Bisque with Cognac (in Texas), that sounded great…
Good that it is served in a hot bowl, as it keeps the soup warm, rather than arriving hot and cooling almost immediately. It is quite a large bowl and good to find pieces of Lobster in the soup which had a kick of Cognac flavour. It might seem a little dull and expensive (at £9.50 for a bowl of soup) but it had a real depth of flavour and was filling.
Shortly after arriving with our drinks, a bread basket was placed on the table and indeed, once I had ordered, our Waiter suggested I would have some GF Bread. As I was having soup, I requested some GF Toast and was delighted to see my rack of half-slices arrive with the soup. I was quick to spot the hole-y bread, which immediately told me this was GF bread (and from the taste probably recognised the brand of well-known GF bread) but it was a nice accompaniment to the hot soup.
So a tasty and luxurious GLUTEN FREE Lunch at The Wolseley!
Other special treat GLUTEN FREE meals reviewed on my blog in London include… GF Afternoon Tea up the Shard, GF Dinner up the Gherkin, GF Afternoon Tea at Fortnums & Mason, GF Lunch at The Ivy, GF Lunch at Niche (100% GF), GF Lunch at Skylon @Royal Festival Hall and GF Lunch at Galvins at Windows, Hilton Park Lane.
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they list out their Accredited restaurants as well as produce a Comprehensive Directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). And at Christmas, they produce a highlights sheet which outlines key products. This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK
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