National Coeliac Awareness week runs from 14 to 19th May and aims to highlight the problems faced by those suffering from this lifelong condition which affects 1 in 100 people in the UK.  A few years ago we made a pledge to increase our range of gluten free choices both in our Food Hall and in the Fresh Approach Restaurant so more people can enjoy cooking at home or a meal out with friends and family.

 

Gluten free dining at Bents

Our award winning Fresh Approach Restaurant has always featured Gluten Free choices on its menu, but we are always keen to add more permanent recipes and core staples.

We have an extended range of sandwich choices and offer gluten free bread with our soups; two of which are also made to gluten free recipes.  We have introduced gluten free fusilli pasta which is available with any of the restaurant’s pasta sauces and have a special recipe on the popular quiche menu; one of the daily dishes for which the restaurant is famous for.

Patisseries and homebakes include Panna Cotta, Crème Brulee, Lime Drizzle, Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake, Lemon Polenta Chocolate Fudge, Fruit Pavlova and a gluten free version of our popular scone. And over in our Tapas bar the menu features a wide variety of GF options such as Gambas Pil Pil, Patatas Bravas and Espinacas con Garbanzos to name a few!

We have developed our menu by working with a nutritionist who gave us lots of advice and tips as to how we could develop our gluten free options.  We took time to trial quite a lot of different choices, many of which are now permanent features on our menus and have introduced our own symbol so customers can easily recognize the choices available.  Small additions like our gluten free gravy with our roast dinners can make all the difference to someone’s enjoyment of a meal.

 

An extensive choice in our Food Hall

With more and more people suffering from Coeliac disease it is important that restaurants and shops focus on providing a wider and more consistent choice of suitable food.  Our commitment to providing Gluten Free options extends into our Food Hall where we have an extensive free from selection including pasta, flour, gnocchi, crisps, chocolates and sweets as well as a delicious range of Curry and Chinese sauces.  The chilled cabinets also stock gluten and dairy free yoghurts and milk.

 

A time for understanding and awareness

Coeliac disease is not an allergy or food intolerance, but an auto-immune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. The symptoms are triggered by gluten, a collective type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley; all commonly found in a wide range of foods and can sometimes seem like a barrier to sufferers.  But more and more is being done to raise awareness and increase the amount of gluten free options out there.

It wasn’t that long ago that vegetarian options were considered unusual at restaurants, but they are now an expected feature on any menu.  Fortunately the same is starting to happen with gluten free options.

 

Visit https://www.coeliac.org.uk/home/ to find out more.