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Published April 12th 2017
A coeliac's bakery heaven
Last weekend I went to London for an overdue catch-up with my university friends. As it was the hottest weekend of 2017 so far, I definitely picked the right time to visit!
I got diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2014, and since then I have seen the most amazing increase in awareness of catering for gluten free diets. However, I am always excited by the prospect of places that are completely gluten free. No cross contamination risk and the choice of anything on the menu? I hardly know what to do with myself!
I'd been recommended Beyond Bread bakery by my Dad, who frequently passes it on his way to work. Its first shop opened in January 2015 and there are now two in London. As it is a completely 100% gluten free bakery, I made a stop en route to meeting my friend... And I wasn't disappointed!
Although a small place tucked away, there was plenty on offer for me to be able to take away (or eat in if I wished to). I found myself almost overwhelmed by the level of choice, and completely indecisive - a rarity available to me these days! Although short on cash right now, I could not pass up the opportunity to takeaway a yummy dish... but what on earth to have?!
Selection to takeaway included quiches, an array of interesting cakes, breads, scones and more... I finally (after much deliberation) decided to take a loaf of brioche bread (an impulse buy justified by the fact I had not had this type of bread since being diagnosed) and a plain scone.
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful (even offering me directions to the nearest tube station as my knowledge of London is shockingly bad considering I have worked there) and I left feeling extremely satisfied that I had made the decision to visit.
My only complaint - I had to go and buy some jam and clotted cream for a superbly indulgent feast... How terrible!