#Glutenfree in and around South West Scotland

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Dear Reader

I’m back after a week’s holiday with my parents  staying along the bank of Loch Lomond.  During my stay we went out and about to various places and as ever I kept my eye out for gluten free finds.

On our first day we visited Helensburgh, a pretty place on the river Clyde. This is where the river Clyde starts opening up to the sea and there was a definite smell of the sea in the air!

Helensburgh has lots of independent shops including a wool shop but Monday is a closed day for the majority of the business (this included the wool shop but I had taken plenty of projects with me).  Along the front is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant called La  Barca that has plenty of gluten free options on its menu including Meatballs. The lunchtime offer was good value and the portions are generous.

I had the meatballs, vegetable paella and salad. All of which were delicious. My mum and dad went back there for a meal after we returned home.

Tuesday saw us visiting part of Glasgow as I wanted to go to the Mackintosh Church and mum wanted to go to St Mungo Museum of Religious Art this gave us a problem of where to eat.  The museum website wasn’t clear if there was anywhere to eat. They do have a cafe and looking at the menu when we got there after we had eaten I could of had a jacket potato.

What showed up on the Internet being close by Steak, Cattle and Roll. On the menu outside there was no mention of gluten free options but we poked our heads in and asked.  The waitress was very knowledgeable. She mentioned that there were gluten free burgers and buns. However when she checked with the kitchen they had ran out of the burgers but had pulled pork which was gluten free and I could have this with a gluten free bun. The chips were not classed as gluten free as the waitress explained about cross contamination in the fryers. I love having knowledgeable staff 🙂

Wednesday saw us all heading to Falkirk to do the Falkirk Wheel. We took a packed lunch with us. There is a cafe that does food. They had gluten free Dundee Cake, gluten free Brownies and gluten free Cherry Cupcakes. Now I know in the spirit of research I should really have taste tested them all but I’m still trying to be good. So I had the Cherry Cupcakes which were delicious. I also spied and brought these:

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I’m so glad that Walkers have got on the bandwagon.  Not sure how south these travel and how available they are but good to see.

Now for some exciting gluten free news!!! As you know dear reader I share with you my findings. Until now I have never had products sent to me. I commented on a Facebook post for Newburn the gluten free arm of Warburton ‘s.   They have sent me their latest product which I can’t share with you till next week!  Watch this space 🙂 #excited

Giving Glasgow a bit of a kiss

I’ve spent the past few days up in Glasgow for a little break. The term Glasgow kiss refers to a Headbutt but head butted I wasn’t nor would I head butt Glasgow!

It’s the second time I visited Glasgow. The first time was for a day trip when we were on holiday up near Loch Lomond. This time we went up to see an exhibition by OH favourite artist Jack Vettriano .

It was wonderful seeing his paintings in the flesh as it were. After the exhibition we then went on a mini Charles Rennie Mackintosh tour. We went to the Mackintosh house . I love the Glasgow style! The house was fantastic! I especially liked the stained glass.

Afterwards we needed a cup of tea so we walked to the the Yarn Cake. The Yarn Cake is a Yarn Cafe – yarn shop and a cafe rolled into one! This meant that OH was kept distracted by cake whilst this little lovely slipped into my hands!

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In the evening we went for Tapas at Cafe Andaluz I had done a bit of online research of where to eat in Glasgow that had a Gluten-Free menu. This place kept cropping up and the reviews was good. Dear Reader it did not disappoint! The best tapas I’ve eaten! 😛

The following day we did some exploring and visited the Willow Tea Rooms where I had Gluten-Free Scone and Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownie.

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There is lots to see and do in Glasgow. It was nice to take a few days out for some RnR. I’m sure we’ll be back one day! 🙂