Well first of all apologies for the recent radio silence. As you may have read in a previous update I’ve been going through redundancy and trying to find a new job which has been a particularly trying time for me personally. The good news is I’ve found myself a new job which I started last week and am really enjoying it. At the moment I am throwing all my energy into the new job as you would expect, so it really isn’t leaving much time for social media or blogging.
Also keeping me busy lately has been the Coeliac UK Plymouth Group. I hope those of you that were able to make the AGM in Estover last month enjoyed it. Thanks to Tamara Simmonds from Glutafin who gave a great talk on the day and those businesses who contributed to the event by selling on the day or donating raffle prizes. Unfortunately due to a lack of volunteers the group has now been suspended for six months. We are in desperate need of a new treasurer and some new committee members in order to keep the group going. If you are interested in helping then please let me know.
Congratulations to the Ladybird Gluten Free Bakery who have just moved to a new home in the market. As you can see from the photo below their new venue is looking fabulous and now has a small seating area so you can sit down and enjoy a gluten free cake with a cuppa and even a chat with fellow gluten free folk. Ladybird are now also selling some great products from Jackson’s Gluten Free in Torquay, and also some delicious crisps from Darling Spuds which I believe will soon form part of a meal deal. The new stall is still at the bottom of the market, turn left if entering from the Market Avenue entrance by Frankfurt Gate.
In other news Ed’s Easy Diner based in the mall have now added a Coeliac UK certified gluten free menu. We are of course lucky to have a couple of great independent restaurants in Plymouth for our burger fix in JD’s Grill and Holland’s Diner but more options are always welcome, and it’s always good to have some safe chain restaurants in your back pocked when travelling. I see Ed’s are offering gluten free hot dogs which may well be a first for Plymouth. I’ve not had chance to give them a go yet, but would be interested to hear from anyone who has been in to try it out.
In other news The Barbican Galley continues to go from strength to strength and have recently been able to employ a second chef. I have had many fabulous gluten free meals there recently, including a visit to their Mexican theme night. I can highly recommend the Southern fried chicken burger and the all day breakfast, not to mention the Sunday roast. A reminder that everything they serve is gluten free so if you haven’t been yet then you really must give it a try! They are also serving takeaway fish and chips (the chips are SO good by the way), which I am sure will be very handy if the current sunny weather continues.
Anyway, I hope everyone is well and enjoying the sunshine. If you’ve made any new gluten free discoveries in Plymouth recently then please let me know, it would be great to share them.
Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea.