Gluten and Dairy Free Guide to London – Part One

Basilico Pizza

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Basilico Pizza creates beautiful gluten free pizzas in their wood burning ovens. Basilico have a number of branches across London and you can place your order online for collection or delivery. About 99% of the toppings are gluten free which gave me huge choice to create my own pizza. As well as gluten free bases being an option you can also pick to have your pizza topped with dairy free cheese – this was super exciting for me as I’m so used to eating cheeseless pizzas. I opted for the 12” gluten free pizza topped with tomato sauce, vegan cheese, red onion, roasted peppers and serrano ham – it was amazing. The pizza box also had a little gluten free sticker on to ensure the pizzas didn’t get mixed up.

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http://www.basilico.co.uk/

Check out there allergen menu here: http://www.basilico.co.uk/sites/default/files/basilico-allergen-information.pdf

Honest Burger

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I hadn’t come across a burger restaurant where I could get the burger in a bun and the fries that were gluten and dairy free, some did the fries but not the bun and I even found a place that did the bun but not the fries. That was until I found Honest burger – not only could I get the lovely rosemary salted fries gluten and dairy free but also the burger, the bun, the onion rings and if I could have managed it the coleslaw. The waiters were lovely and totally understood coeliac, cross contamination etc, they thought it was funny I was so excited to have the complete works that they gave me a little jar of their homemade chilli mayo to try. Find Honest burgers doted in several locations across London.

http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/menus/

Nama’s Raw Artisan Food

Nama’s is a beautiful little café tucked away in Notting Hill – we visited it on a sunny day and enjoy an amazing lunch. Nama’s specialise in plant based raw food, they don’t use gluten or dairy when creating their recipes meaning you have a huge choice from the menu. I have only had one experience before of raw food and I wasn’t really impressed so I thought I would either love or hate Namas. Luckily I loved it, how they manage to get that amount of flavour into their dishes I’ll never know. You can either sit in or have takeaway – if you want to eat in I would recommend you book in advance as they are very busy and have limited seating.

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I had the Italian tasting platter which included a lasagne, a mini pizza and courgette spaghetti, followed by an amazing mocha cheesecake and washed down with a delicious chocolate smoothie. The whole experience was great from the atmosphere of the café to the food that tasted as beautiful as the artistic presentation.

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http://namafoods.com/

Cookies and Scream

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Cookies and Scream is a gluten free and vegan bakery in Camden Lock Market serving the most wonderful treats you can imagine. I was super excited to visit and choose a few cakes to take with me on my next few days travel. I had an amazing hot chocolate fudge shake and for takeaway I went for the peanut butter and jelly cookie, a chocolate brownie and a piece of choc chip peanut butter pie. Everything was so delicious and it stayed fresh for the couple of days I took to eat it!

To put this picture into perspective, the cakes are on a giant dinner plate:

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http://www.cookiesandscream.com/

Coming soon – part 2 of my gluten and dairy free guide to London where I’ll be visiting Beyond Bread, Dishoom, The Good Life Eatery and Niche Foods

Enjoy!

FX