When we decided to put on an event for the UK’s best gluten free bloggers, we knew we knew the venue choice was essential – it had to have great vibes, great drinks, and great, gluten free food! One of our partners, Leadbelly’s Bar & Kitchen, popped to mind straight away. And what a great evening it turned out to be… here’s the lowdown…
Leadbelly’s Bar & Kitchen put together a fantastic menu showcasing their innovative gluten free dishes – with plenty of low FODMAP and dairy free options too…
We kicked off the evening with a drinks reception, and Leadbelly’s had even put together a bespoke cocktail using one of our showcased products, a CBD oil cordial – called, of course, ‘Roobie Doobie!’
After a lot of laughs and catching up, we chatted to the guests about our upcoming Eat Safe initiative – our Trusted Foodies programme. Calling all passionate gluten free bloggers, connoisseurs and innovators, we’re opening up the Eat Safe platform soon to include recommendations from trusted members of the free-from community. More details to come… watch this space!
After MORE drinks and food, we then hosted a fascinating workshop by Agnes Troszt about food photography, which focused on composition – some amazing tips which have already been used by our event guests!
It was such a pleasure to work with Leadbelly’s, all our goody bag brands, and of course see lots of friends that we rarely get to see. We’re looking forward to a lot more exciting times over the next few months as we launch Trusted Foodies! Stay tuned!
What better way to celebrate Easter than with a late morning brunch?
We know, we know…it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…we’ve gone and tested all of the most recommended brunches in London in order to put together the ultimate top 5. So here you are – and all but Brickwood Cafe (we’re working on it!) are listed on the Eat Safe App, so you can see exactly what you’re able to eat before you go.
If you haven’t heard of Mommi yet, you must be living under a rock…but you’re also in for a huge treat. 100% gluten free, their Peruvian/Japanese menu is served in a warm, art-deco style, colourful dining room by staff who have the friendliest vibes. They are our number 1 brunch as they really innovate with their menu…we went with friends and tried a bit of everything, but would particularly recommend the Baked Pachamama Ham & Eggs…and the Choc Chip Brownie for dessert was literally the best thing ever. Do it.
We just couldn’t choose between these guys. If you’re a hardcore vegan and feeling naughty, Haunt has teamed up with vegan junk food gods, Biff’s Jack Shack – try the Pancake Stack, made with buckwheat and totally decadent. If you’re more of a healthy brunch kind of vegan, try Station 26 in Brixton – their menu is entirely gluten free and the vegan option is fresh and delicious.
Brickwood Cafes aren’t just in Tooting, they have 4 branches over South London. There are some fantastic options for vegetarians that can also be made vegan, such as the ‘Kumara’ – sweet potato & feta with poached egg, kale pesto & pumpkin seeds on toast, or ‘Native Mushrooms’ – pan fried mushrooms, spinach & pine nuts with poached egg & torn ricotta on toast. And about that toast… they have fantastic gluten free bread, sourced from Rana’s Bakery, for us gluten challenged folks.
For the meat eaters among us, go for the ‘The Butcher’, picture here below by Gluten Free Alice – poached or scrambled eggs, maple bacon, herbed sausage, roasted tomato, mushrooms & hash nuggets. Yup…HASH NUGGETS. Not for one who is watching their diet, but hey… it’s brunch.
Niche is another entirely gluten free restaurant (could you tell by the name…?) that should simply appeal to everyone, gluten free or not, because of the high standard of the food. Like Nama, their clean interior is perfect for a brunch, and their reputation precedes itself amongst the gluten free community – and I personally can never resist a perfect Eggs Benedict. In case you hadn’t heard, they’ve also just developed a special low FODMAP menu too. These guys are ahead of the curve in every way.
Pure Nest Cafe is a hidden gem in North London, where the majority of the menu is free of all 14 allergens. Josie, the owner, is a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist and makes the delicious homemade food on the premises everyday. Their menu is small but perfectly formed…if you’re after something sweet for your brunch, try the Pumpkin Waffle – free of all 14 allergens, and vegan, and entirely delicious.
Just remember though – these are just our top 5 in the entirety of London – there are so many more fantastic brunches out there! Shoot us a message if you want some recommendations for your allergens near you, or tips for great vegan/veggie spots. And of course, if you download the Eat Safe app, you can explore these menus and more to find your perfect meal.
Now. We’re off to research the best free-from treats in London…sigh….
Hey guys! It’s been a little while since we posted, because we’ve been so hard at work trying to get this app out to you as quickly as we can. And to show how close we are, we went to take it for a test drive this January. See how we got on with our Veganuary + soy free + gluten free quest in Central London….
And posting the video on Facebook has proved the pudding even more, with over 6000 views in just a few days and hundreds more subscribers to our waiting list. Have you joined up yet? Get your hands on Eat Safe before anyone else by referring just 2 friends, to go straight to the top of the list!
What are you waiting for? Time to start enjoying eating out again! 🙂