Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Baked Beans and the Beanz Meanz Heinz advertising campaign, along side specially designed (limited edition) tins of Beans, a Pop-Up Bean Bar has appeared in Selfridges Food Hall. It seems strange as they’ve been around since 1901 with the first can of beans in the UK sold at a rival Department Store: Fortnum & Mason and now this is featured for a limited time at Selfridges with the specially named tins as well as a very limited edition signed by Maurice Drake, the advertising copywriter who came up with the original slogan back in 1967. These really “special” tins or cans are in a set of 50 collectable cans and each one is numbered between one and fifty!
The Pop-Up Bean Bar is next to other eateries in the Food Hall (on the ground floor) and fortunately there are seats nearby so you can enjoy one of the three dishes they are offering:
Available up until 23/04/17 from 9am until 7pm (Monday to Saturday) and 1130am until 6pm on Sundays offering for £3 a bowl of beans with either the smoked Ham Hock, Scrambled Egg or the Bacon, and all having the option of being topped with cheese. These are GLUTEN FREE which is excellent (although not all their cans are GLUTEN FREE such as the one with sausages which contains WHEAT). I did want to try the Ham Hock but on Day 1, they had run out of this already in the mid-afternoon after a very busy lunchtime so I opted for the Bacon topped with cheese.
You don’t need to wait long as it’s sitting ready for serving and ladled into a paper bowl with the additional ingredients added so it’s a bowl of beans, plenty of bacon (which gets warmed up because of the hot beans) and the cheese which slowly melts and gets gooey whilst in the beans.
I mixed mine up and it was delicious comfort food all for the reasonable price of £3 and had a warming quality to it. They also provide a plastic fork to eat with as well as offering salt and pepper not that this is needed in my opinion.
Other culinary delights and charming restaurants in London which willingly and happily cater for Coeliacs, some I have reviewed on my blog, include Heston’s Dinner @Mandarin Oriental Hotel, The Scott Gilbert @Renaissance Hotel St Pancras, Indigo @One Aldwych, The Hawksmoor, The Wolseley, 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 with yet amazing food!)
If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK. Our charity are working with many restaurants and once Coeliac UK are satisfied, they are accredited by Coeliac UK: Click Here. Accredited Restaurants reviewed on my blog includes Carluccios, La Tasca and Ed’s Diner.
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This information was correct as of April 2017.
But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!