Since going gluten free I’ve not eaten out at a pub.
Restaurants, yes. Pubs, no.
This is more probably down to me rather than them. I know the risks of cross-contamination and I just don’t trust pubs. The few I have ventured into since I began my coeliac journey have no idea what ‘coeliac’ or ‘gluten free’ is, so no, I won’t eat there. It’s a shame because if you’re going out to see friends, especially in the summer, it’s nice to go to your local, sit outside in the beer garden, in the sun (when we have it) and spend a few hours drinking, eating and nattering. When I have gone in the past I’ve either had to eat lunch for breakfast, go hungry throughout the afternoon or nibble on a snack bar.
I’m sure a big part of it is my own confidence (or lack of it) when it comes to asking about gluten free, but a lot of the time I just assume I won’t be catered for and just resign myself to that fact. Silly and something I’m trying to change.
In the spirit of change I heard whispering from a fellow blogger on Twitter (hello Wuthering Bites!) that a pub no more than 10 minutes drive from me offered gluten free food.
Giddy. With. Excitement.
We were planning on going there for Mother’s Day but after dithering for so long we opted for the following week instead. So a week later myself, my mum, my brother and my sister-in-law sat down at The Queens Head for Sunday lunch. It would have been awesome if they had offered a gluten free roast dinner but unfortunately they didn’t. However, they did have an extensive gluten free menu to choose from which was brilliant.
I didn’t have a starter, just a main course, and went for the grilled cod with new potatoes and fresh garden peas.
It arrived looking fabulous.
My only criticism was the wooden board it was served on. It was only after I’d eaten that I suddenly wondered about contamination, and that wood is a particularly porous material. I would have preferred the meal to have been served on a proper plate, which would have not only reduced the contamination risk but also, if the plate was pre-heated would have retained some of the heat in the fish. It did get cold quite quickly on the wooden board. On the other hand, the potatoes which were in a bowl were like little balls of magma! Super hot and yummy! I’d also never had mushy peas before but these were really tasty, and slightly minty. The peas also went really well with the fish, it was a wonderfully tasty meal.
Unfortunately we didn’t have time to stay for dessert (maybe a good thing as we were seated next to a table of screaming kids) but I did check out the menu just so I knew what was available for those who are gluten free.
There was a nice selection of desserts but sad times, no lemon souffle on a Sunday! NOOOOOO!!!
How I do love a lemon pudding!
Overall I was very impressed with The Queens Head and will absolutely be going back (not on a Sunday, I want the lemon!) – I’m already thinking ahead to my birthday next year, I think it would be a wonderful venue.
It’s wonderful that there is a pub local to me that is offering a great gluten free menu, I hope some more follow suit.