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 😋😋 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 😁
Yesterday we went to Llandudno in North Wales. I love being by the sea! My soul needs it. I have this thing that at least a couple of times a year I have to see the sea. I feel a spiritual connection to North Wales. Beloved hubby knows this so as a surprise he took me on a coach trip.
As we left Brum the sun was shining with a promise of a glorious day ahead. We stopped at a truck stop for a rest. There was a Biker charity meet up raising money for Help the Heroes and included a fine display of bikes including some classics.
How many types of transport can you see?
Once back on the coach we headed north to Wales. As soon as I saw my first sign in Welsh I knew we were nearly there!
Llandudno is a fine example of what a Victorian seaside resort looked like as it has kept many of its Victorian buildings and its charm. This doesn’t mean that it’s stuck in the past. There are plenty of things to do to occupy our 21st century minds.
But when you are at the seaside there are certain things that you have to do that are quintessentially British, like having fish and chips. Trouble is being a Coeliac and having to follow a Gluten-free diet means that I miss out on the fish coated in batter and stick to the chips. In Llandudno there is a cafe called Barnacles that do……. wait for it GLUTEN-FREE FISH AND CHIPS (as well as other gluten-free delights such as pie and chips; and puddings):D
Happiness or what?
So once fuelled hubby and I set off to tackle the Great Orme – I say tackle but we let the tram do all the hard work.
Once at the top we took in the scenery which was spectacular. The sun was shining and it was such a clear day we could see for miles. It was a great way to worship God’s wonderful creation looking out from our high advantage to the world below and across to the snow capped mountains. Perfect! Absolutely perfect!
Back down we headed for the Pier and the Prom and discovered a Punch and Judy show. So we stood and me being the big kid got into the swing of things. It was nice to see such a traditional form of entertainment.
We stared at the sea and took in the air before heading back for a wander round the shops and back to Barnacles for some afternoon tea and Gluten-free Welsh cakes.
One final look at the sea and it was time to say our goodbyes before heading back on the coach for home. Da iawn!