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Eating out with Allergies

As a food journalist who is gluten intolerant, who eats out with a husband who is dairy intolerant or with others who have other food intolerances, this blog shares my eating out experiences in the UK and abroad!

Welcome to what it's like Eating out with Allergies!


July 30th, 2017

Eating out with Food Allergies in Croatia

   Early morning flights are never a good idea, but often you have no choice. Such was our experience when we arrived at Gatwick Airport at 5am bleary-eyed. In the departure lounge, we he.. Continue reading...


May 30th, 2017

Eating Out at The Free From Festival

  As we arrived, a long queue snaked out of London’s Spitalfields Market, waiting to enter the UK’s first ever gluten, dairy and refined sugar free Food Festival www.freefromfestiv.. Continue reading...


May 26th, 2017

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Whitstable

We recently visited Whitstable, the popular seaside town in Kent. En route, we stopped off at Clacket Lane motorway services on the M25 There wasn.. Continue reading...


March 26th, 2017

Eating Out with Food Allergies at Leggero, Soho, London

  I was delighted to be invited to the opening of Leggero in London at 64 Old Compton Street, Soho, which is probably the only entirely gluten free Italian rest.. Continue reading...


March 12th, 2017

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Liverpool

   At London’s Euston station we bought some food for the train journey to Liverpool from Pret A Manger – a chef’s special salad with chicken, pa.. Continue reading...


January 07th, 2017

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Malta

   It was another early morning flight, so bleary-eyed, we scanned the shelves at Eat at Gatwick Airport North Terminal. I didn’t fancy a salad at 5am so the only .. Continue reading...


December 24th, 2016

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Stockholm Sweden

   Arriving at Gatwick Airport departure lounge northern terminal at 4.30am feeling shell-shocked and bewildered as it was so early, but determined to keep awake, we took solace at Pret w.. Continue reading...


December 23rd, 2016

Free From Eating Out Awards at Food Matters Live

The overall winner of the third FreeFrom Eating Out Awards was the Labyrinth Holistic Café , a community cafe in Stockton on Tees. This café ope.. Continue reading...


October 28th, 2016

What's New in 'Free From' at VegFestUK 2016

One of our best discoveries at this year’s VegfestUK show  at London Olympia was the delicious dairy free chocolates from Almighty Foods a firs.. Continue reading...


September 23rd, 2016

What's New in 'free from' at lunch Show?

My best discovery at the lunch show (the trade show for the ‘food to go’ sector) was Freaks of Nature . These are delicious puddings, made .. Continue reading...


September 18th, 2016

Sandown Park Food Festival September 17 and 18

  We arrived at the Sandown Park Food Festival in Esher on Saturday 17 September with great excitement. It was not only the first.. Continue reading...


August 28th, 2016

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Interlaken, Switzerland

During the summer holidays, we decided to visit Interlaken in Switzerland. It was a nostalgic trip for Ray, as the last time he'd travelled there was with his school! Interlaken lies in the Bern.. Continue reading...


August 16th, 2016

Eating Out With Food Allergies at Shuttleworth Edwardian Air Pageant

  We were lucky enough to be invited to the Shuttleworth Edwardian Air Pageant which took place at Old Warden, a small grass aerodrome, near Biggleswade, Bedford.. Continue reading...


April 24th, 2016

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Croatia

You must be prepared when you travel overseas if you suffer from a food allergy. The best policy is to take food with you in case you have a problem. We always take oatcakes from Nairns www.nairns-o.. Continue reading...


March 28th, 2016

Eating out with Food Allergies in Eastbourne

On a recent flying visit to Eastbourne, East Sussex, we discovered several fantastic restaurants. We were seeing our friends Lynne and Jack who had kindly bought some new cakes from Waitrose www.w.. Continue reading...


March 25th, 2016

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Liverpool

As we had a long journey ahead, Ray and I visited the Marks & Spencer  shop at London’s Euston station for some provisions. We were pleased to see Leon www.. Continue reading...


January 24th, 2016

The rise of gluten free beer

The market for gluten free beers is on the increase. This is partly due to new brewing processes and the growing demand from the general public. As Sue Cane, gluten-free beer expert, says “.. Continue reading...


January 09th, 2016

Tips on eating out with food allergies

  Eating out with food allergies is difficult. Some restaurants and cafes offer special menus or include ‘free from’ symbols on their menus, but these are few and far between. The.. Continue reading...


November 15th, 2015

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Montpelier France

When we go to stay at friends’ houses, we always take some ‘free from’ provisions. Although you may tell your friends that you are gluten free or dairy free, there’s no gua.. Continue reading...


October 22nd, 2015

British Sausage Week 2 to 8 November

It’s time to celebrate the British banger during British Sausage Week from Monday 2nd November to Sunday 8th November E.. Continue reading...


October 17th, 2015

Eating Out With A Food Allergy in Bologna Italy

   In Bologna, it was more challenging finding places to eat which would accommodate our allergies, compared to Bardolino. On arrival we found Tramezzino, via degli Orefici 4 www.bologna... Continue reading...


October 11th, 2015

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Bardolino, Italy

“Ho Allergica Al Glutine” (I have an allergy to gluten) and “Ho Allergica A Lattiosio” (I have an allergy to dairy products) are the two phrases you need to know when d.. Continue reading...


August 09th, 2015

National Afternoon Tea Week August 10-16

Tomorrow sees the start of National Afternoon Tea Week which runs until 16th August. During the week hotels, tea rooms, restaurants and even a Routemaster bus will be runn.. Continue reading...


August 08th, 2015

Eating out with food allergies in Llandudno Wales

  On the Virgin train to Chester to catch the onward train to Llandudno, we discovered individual portions of soya milk by Miko Plus ! As regu.. Continue reading...


July 12th, 2015

The Allergy & Free From Show 2015

The growth of the free from market was reflected by the huge expansion of The Allergy & FreeFrom Show, held in early July this year at London Olympia. When I first visi.. Continue reading...


June 28th, 2015

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Verona

In Verona, we were staying at the Hotel Accademia right in the heart of the city so most of the main attractions were in walking distance. On arrival we were offered a .. Continue reading...


June 21st, 2015

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Venice

We learnt a great deal while on holiday in Venice and Verona. If you suffer from food allergies and intolerances, avoid busy restaurants because they don’t have the time (or inclination).. Continue reading...


May 31st, 2015

The First Ever Raw Vegan Pop Up Gathering in North Kingston

What a treat to attend the first ever Pop Up Raw Vegan Gathering on Sunday in North Kingston organised by Patricia Campbell Parker featuring raw vegan food created by France.. Continue reading...


April 05th, 2015

VegFest Brighton 2015

Enormous queues formed outside The Brighton Centre waiting to enter this year's VegFest despite the stormy weather conditions. Inside.. Continue reading...


March 31st, 2015

International Food Exhibition IFE2015 & Great Taste Awards judging

It's been a busy time with the International Food Exhibition (IFE15), judging the Great Taste Awards and visiting VegFest in Brighton. At IFE15 at London Excel www.excel-london.c.. Continue reading...


January 04th, 2015

Eating Out with Food Allergies in Bratislava and Vienna

Travelling with food allergies can be problematic, so it's best to be prepared. On tour with Elmbridge Ladies Choir to Bratislava in Slovakia, our group leader had thought.. Continue reading...


November 15th, 2014

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Manchester and London

When I travel anywhere, I always take my own food as there have been so many occasions when all I can eat is a bag of crisps! Armed with my ham sandwich made with Genius bread www.geniusglutenfree.c.. Continue reading...


October 06th, 2014

Eating Out in Surrey and Brighton

I finally managed to sample a gluten free wrap in Costa Coffee in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. I'd heard that Costa was offering this but could never find a branch that actually .. Continue reading...


September 14th, 2014

Eating Out with a food allergy in South Devon

Self catering in the UK is ideal if you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance because you know exactly what you're eating and can take your favourite products with you. The only down side is i.. Continue reading...


August 28th, 2014

Eating out with Food Allergies in the UK

The closing date for the inaugural Free From Eating Out Awards is on Sunday 31 August, although the schools, colleges and universities category is open until 3.. Continue reading...


June 22nd, 2014

Eating out with food allergies at a wedding

  The wedding season is upon us and if you're like us, you have probably been lucky enough to be invited to one or two. The only drawback is the food served at the wedding. If you suffer fr.. Continue reading...


April 13th, 2014

FreeFrom Awards 2014

Congratulations to all the winners of this year's FreeFrom Awards . The winners were presented with their Awards by Antony Worral Thompson at a glittering ceremony at.. Continue reading...


January 06th, 2014

New Year Review of Free From Discoveries

Happy New Year! I thought I would start the New Year with a review of exciting new discoveries and free from products Ray and I have chanced upon. First up is Caffe Nero wh.. Continue reading...


December 24th, 2013

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Bruges

  If you suffer from a food allergy, it’s always a lottery when you travel. Will there be anything you can eat or will the people serving the food know what the ingredients are and wheth.. Continue reading...


December 24th, 2013

Eating Out With Food Allergies in Liverpool

  Finding gluten free and dairy free food when travelling by train in the UK is always a hit and miss affair. So we tend to take our own food or if there’s time, buy something from Pre.. Continue reading...


November 10th, 2013

Experimental Food Society Show

My big find at the Experimental Food Society Spectacular, held on 9 and 10 November at London Truman’s Brewery,  was gluten free, wheat free, yeast free and soy free bread made from brocc.. Continue reading...


October 13th, 2013

The Restaurant Show - gluten free pizza bases

Looking round this year’s Restaurant Show , I was delighted to find Venice Bakery UK sampling its delicious range of gluten free and dairy fr.. Continue reading...


October 06th, 2013

VegFest dairy free vegan exhibition in London review

For many years I have wanted to visit the Vegfest UK shows in Bristol and Brighton to see the latest free from foods, so it was great news to learn that the first ever show arrived.. Continue reading...


September 29th, 2013

Eating out with food allergies in Surrey

  It’s great to discover eateries offering dairy and gluten free food on our doorstep in Surrey. We found The Healthy Cook Co in Old London Road, Kingston, w.. Continue reading...


September 29th, 2013

Surbiton Festival

We enjoyed visiting this year’s Surbiton Festival in Surbiton, Surrey with over 200 stalls, entertainment and a carnival procession. The procession included scouts, .. Continue reading...


September 29th, 2013

The Allergy and Free From Show

This Autumn, there are festivals and food shows galore. Future shows coming up includes Vegfest UK, a veggie food show, taking place for the first time in London next weekend on 5 .. Continue reading...


May 27th, 2013

Eating out with a food allergy and singing in Venice

I sing with Elmbridge Ladies Choir It was with great excitement I travelled with the choir and our sister mixed choir, Elmbridge Choir to the Veneto region outside Venice.. Continue reading...


April 15th, 2013

Eating out with a food allergy in Liverpool

  Bold Street has transformed itself into a lively street with an eclectic collection of restaurants, cafes and shops like the unusual Bold Street Sweets @BoldstreetSweet selling retro sweet.. Continue reading...


April 12th, 2013

Eating out with an allergy in the Isle of Man

The Isle of Man wasn’t my destination of choice, but a friend invited us there to celebrate her special birthday. At Gatwick Airport North Terminal, I managed to find Ray a BLT (Bacon, Lett.. Continue reading...


October 31st, 2012

Gluten free brownies at Richmond Artisan Market

The trouble with many shop bought gluten free cakes is that they are tasteless and dry, almost like crumbled dry biscuits. Imagine my delight to discover wheat and gluten free brownies at Richmond A.. Continue reading...


June 05th, 2011

Brighton eating out with food allergies

Following a tweet alert “can you recommend any vegan restaurants in Brighton”, Vegan in Brighton tweeted back that she was running a vegan .. Continue reading...



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