#glutenfree Ramsgate and MargateΒ 

So dear Reader every so often I have to go and see the sea.  Hubby wanted to go to Dreamland in Margate after fond memories as a child and well I wanted to see the sea.  

We had planned on staying in Margate but when we went to book our accommodation about a month ago there were no rooms.  So we ended up staying here  in Ramsgate.  Although they do offer evening meals hubby had done some digging of where I could eat gluten free and found alternatives.  The hotel please note do have gluten free bread for toast at breakfast.

So that left finding food in Margate. Well there’s not much choice in Margate but I did find Proper Coffee House for coffee, cake and a sandwich.  The choice is limited but I enjoyed the cakes and toastie that I had.

Excuse the shadow! 

In Dreamland there are food outlets and My Little Green Box does have gluten free options but note no separate preparation area if you are sensitive to cross contamination.

So for evening meal it was back to Ramsgate. One meal at Pizza Express…… and the other at Shakey Shakey for Fish and Chips.  This is a family run place where everything is home made and to order.

So when I arrived in asked to see the menu thinking maybe it will be just fish and chips but reader wait for this… you know how some places put the menu on the wall? Well

Yes all of that is gluten free….. yep all of it…..😁😁😁😁

So what to have?   Decisions. Decisions. In the end I opted for Veggie Spring roll which wasn’t like the Chinese version more of a vegetable cake/pattie but roll shaped and a side of onion rings.  Yep I also had fish and chips but had a child’s portion after I was advised by the lovely lady who served me.

Yes that’s a child portion. The portions are generous! The tartar sauce is homemade and gluten free. There is gluten free vinegar and in the tub at the side a gluten free version of Shakey Shakey a herb/spice mix.

There is a separate fryer and preparation area so there is no risk of cross contamination.  The staff are friendly and very knowledgeable. Definitely 5 stars!

Loved eating there πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ Definitely planning on going back when I’m next down that way in September.

If you are ever down that way please go and say Hi and eat some chips 😁



OK everyone knows that if I’ve read a book it’s got to be good right? Dear Reader if you loved the Help then have I got the book for you!

The Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey is set in 1955 in Mississippi.  Cassie is white and from a privileged background.  Betty is black and from the wrong side of town.   Cassie is a reporter and sees an advert placed by Betty who is dying, seeking a mother for her child. Cassie wants to do a piece on the story but as she digs deeper she uncovers truths that will turn her world and that of Betty’s daughter Billie upside down.  

The story has many strong female characters in it.  The story is very atmospheric and the racial tension portrayed very real.  Although over the years I’ve become a slow reader this book did keep me enthralled so I was keen to keep reading it. 

This book is in my favourite read list. I will be keeping my eye out for books by this author in the future. 

What are you reading at the moment? 

#glutenfree product review – Hobnobs

Dear Reader 

Well there’s been great excitement in the gluten free world since McVities announced gluten free Hobnobs.  Ever since I heard about them I’ve been keeping my eyes open for them. Today I saw them in Waitrose πŸ˜€

For Β£2.19 you get 8 chocolate covered Hobnobs. OK so a bit on the pricey side but remember biscuits are treats.  So as far as a treat goes what are they like?

They are crunchy and hold well when dunked. They taste very nice including the chocolate.  As you know I always do a taste test on the husband.  Now hubby is a big biscuit lover.  When I texted him earlier to say I had found some he went out to get the normal ones.  

Tonight he tried them side by side.   He prefers mine. So now it looks like that maybe we could now have one biscuit barrel instead of his and hers…..however yep there’s the price and I must remember that they are a treat.

Blessings πŸ˜€


Dear Reader

Apologies for not posting for a bit but as ever this bee has been busy.  I’ve been doing lots of knitting trying to use up the stash but then at the weekend it got replaced……blame Yarningham for that.

I went to Yarningham as I wanted to learn drop spindle spinning.  I had a kit but had no success learning via YouTube. Plus it was my birthday a couple of weeks back so Happy Birthday me. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Well I gave it a go but unfortunately with not much success. Kate from Hill Top explained that in order to perfect something it takes around about 1000 hours……..yep I know what you are thinking.

Anyway I’ve tried a few times since the weekend and well still not getting the hang of it. I’m not sure even if I want to persevere with it. There’s a lady who spins at one of my knitting groups that I’m going to speak to…..and well we will see what happens from there.

If you want a nose at my attempt I’m the Lady in the purple top and you can see it here