A mini-guide to gluten-free eating in and around Cheshire
PUBLISHED: 00:00 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:30 09 May 2016
Cutting gluten out of your diet can make it difficult to have a great meal out, but things are getting easier as more food businesses are catering for those who require gluten free food, Here's a taster of what's on offer locally.
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS
The Yard Alderley Edge
The Yard is a lifestyle hub of conscious living; the ‘Conscious Kitchen’ caters to gluten free diets with a new menu arriving weekly, so you’d have to give them a call regarding food available that day. The Yard works closely with local farmers using their ingredients in cooking and their very own homemade condiments and sauces.
A La Turka, Stockton Heath
Taste the Mediterranean with A la Turka’s Turkish cuisine, serving up a selection of freshly prepared dishes with plenty of variety. This is a modern restaurant suitable for special occasions in the heart of Stockton Heath.
Coffee and Kitchen, Altrincham
Coffee and Kitchen is an independently run family café, perfect for a light bite with friends and family. They aim to provide a cosy environment for locals to try some really tasty home-grown food. You can enjoy anything from a traditional full English breakfast to light deli sandwiches and salads with the gluten free option.
The Grill on the Square, Warrington
Located in Warrington’s Cultural Quarter, the Grill on the Square proves a great choice for quality British food. Taste the premium meats served fresh of the grill, including steak which are aged for 28 days to ensure tenderness and flavour. The Grill offers a seasonal menu with the most up-to-date version available online.
The White Lion, Hankelow
A traditional family run pub, the White Lion has adopted an ethos with the aim to produce everything on site, including ice creams, sorbets and breads, meaning that you will get a true taste of Cheshire here. The restaurant always has a healthy choice of gluten free items on the menu and can also cater for vegetarians.
Jack Rabbit’s, Knutsford
Taking inspiration from the American Deep South, Jack Rabbit’s is a charming restaurant serving slow smoked chicken wings, baby back ribs and Cajun gumbo. From grilled steaks to steak ‘n’ eggs Jack Rabbit’s serves up some of the best meats from Cheshire produce.
Tea 42, Manchester
Experience deliciously indulgent fine dining dishes available at Tea 42 in Manchester, this is one of two chains in Manchester which both offer an alternative gluten free afternoon tea. Enjoy a selection of cakes, sandwiches, scones and a pot of any xclusive tea 42 hand blended leaf teas.
Bakerie, Manchester - Bread and Wine bar
Bakerie is a bread and wine bar hidden in the artsy Northern Quarter, Manchester. Bread can be a tricky one for those trying to avoid gluten, however Bakerie has thought up some appetizing recipes for fresh bread without gluten, coupled with a great wine menu full of rich and complex taste. Ask for an allergen menu when you arrive at Bakerie, you won’t be disappointed.
Mummy Bakes makes gluten free goodies (and even dairy free on occasion). This bakery uses certified gluten free ingredients and is available to buy online or at Fortnum & Mason.
Cheerbrook – Bakery
A Butcher, a farm shop, a delicatessen and best of all a bakery, Cheerbrook’s bakery sells award winning pies, cakes and puds. Handmade right here in the bakery Mark and Debbie create traditional cakes with a Cheerbrook twist including, treacle tarts and Bread & Butter and Puddings.
Twice as Nice Bakery, Sanbach
This Sandbach home baker specialises in glutenfree, wheatfree, dairyfree, eggfree and vegan bakes and is a regular at the Rode Hall Farmers Market with a shop in Newcastle under Lyme rumoured to be opening in the future. Custom cupcakes are available for pick-up delivery, including Mint Choc Chip, Orange and Passion-fruit, Coffee and Walnut, Sticky Toffee Cupcake, or Bakewell-not-a-Tart. They also create gluten-free bread
Congleton Garden Centre, Congleton
For over 60 years the Congleton Garden Centre has been managed and maintained by the Fitkin Family who are dedicated to providing advice on how to make your home and garden better. While you’re here why not visit the Centre’s Farm Shop which specialises in sourcing local Cheshire produce?
Claremont Farm, Wirral
The shop is filled its famous strawberries and asparagus along with other popular fruit and vegetables from the farm. Claremont farm stocks products from over 50 suppliers including a wide selection from gluten free producers.
The Housekeeper’s Store, Tatton
The Housekeeper’s store can be found in the grounds of Tatton Park, offering the finest of Estate reared meat including venison, rare breed pork and lamb alongside wide variety of locally sourced & handmade delicacies.
Foodamentalists – Gluten Free and Wheat free
Foodamentalists’ savoury snacks and tempting treats are favoured among those with sensitivity to gluten and wheat. Ethically sourcing local meat and eggs to create delicious home-baking since the company formed in 2009, you will not find a ‘substitute for the real thing’ here, only great tasting quality products.
Seven Sisters – Knutsford
Explore the colourful flavours of the Seven Sister’s fruit ice cream which are fat free, dairy free and of course gluten free, all lovingly made on the farm using locally sourced ingredients. Stop by the ‘Maize Maze’ on site after your ice-cream break, which is open right through Halloween.
Bim and Nic Adedeji work tirelessly to create authentic African sauces and condiments with a creative twist. The mixture of local and African ingredients helps to create the explosive flavour loved by those who cook with Bim’s Kitchen products. They specify that all products contain 5ppm or less in gluten, thus making them suitable for a gluten free diet.
Northwich Artisan Markets
On the second Saturday of every month visit the Northwich Artisan Markets running down the centre of the main shopping avenue. The market takes places once a month and consists of over 100 artisan market traders. The market focuses on quality, carefully selecting traders that are local, ethical and original.
The Makers Market – Cheadle, Knutsford, Sandbach, Middlewich, Spinningfields and Didsbury
The Makers Market is a great place to find quality and often award winning food, drink, arts and craft producers in the area. Specially selected traders are chosen for their outstanding products and expert knowledge.
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