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Bit of an update!

19 Apr

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Coeliac UK Plymouth Group AGM, 14th March

1 Mar

The Coeliac UK Plymouth Group are holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday March 14th.  Everyone is welcome to attend so I hope that I will see lots of Gluten Free by the Sea readers in attendance!  There will be a talk from Glutafin and of course the opportunity to buy some amazing gluten free goodies from some local suppliers, plenty of free samples and some great raffle prizes.  Please see full details below.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea.


The committee invite you to join us at the ELM Centre, ASDA Plymouth, for our AGM. A short meeting to go through the formalities of the AGM will be followed by a talk from Glutafin. There will also be the chance to buy some gluten free treats from some fantastic local companies. For new members we will be available to give help with such things as prescriptions and best places to purchase gluten free products.

We are delighted that Tamara from Glutafin will be joining us this year to give a gluten free talk and update from her company. This will be followed by a great opportunity to stock up on gluten free products from some of the finest local suppliers. Let Them Eat will be present with their delicious cakes, Jackson’s Bakery will be bringing their fantastic products down from Torquay, Ladybird Bakery will be selling a taste of what is available at their new Pannier Market home and St Maurice Bakery will be selling delicious hot steak pasties amongst other things. Pomeroy Rare Breeds will again be selling their fantastic pies and Scotch eggs.  We have now added Westcountry Produce to the line up and they will be bringing some fantastic looking pies, including a vegetarian range.  Everything will be gluten free! Glutafin, Juvela, Newburn Bakehouse, Keep Me Gluten Free and The Black Farmer have all donated free samples for members or raffle prizes amongst others.

In the Elm Centre we will have use of the excellent kitchen facilities, where Tea’s, coffees, biscuits and cakes will be available after 2:30pm. For all you bakers out there, we welcome you to bake and share with other members. There will be a £1 voluntary entrance fee to the meeting and members are also encouraged to bring unwanted prescription items for new members.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 14th March 2015. Doors will open at 12:30pm with the food fair running until 4:30pm. We sincerely hope you can attend, and trust you will have a great time.


  • 12:30pm Doors open
  • 1:00pm AGM and Glutafin talk in the church hall
  • 2:00pm Food fair opens in the main hall
  • 2:30pm Kitchen open for teas and coffees
  • 3:00pm Raffle Draw
  • 4:30pm: Food fair closes


For any of you who do not know were the ELM Centre is, it is located in Estover Plymouth adjacent to the ASDA Store. If at the ASDA main entrance, turn right down the steps and the centre is at the far end of the courtyard. Full address is Leypark Court, Leypark Walk, Plymouth PL6 8UE.

There is some community centre parking, otherwise you can park in the overflow ASDA car park for 3 hours.

There are regular bus routes to the ASDA store, the number 50 City Bus. You can catch the 27 or 27a if travelling from the City Centre.


New Ladybird Bakery Stall and Herald Gluten-free Feature

17 Jan

Hopefully by now most of the Plymouth based gluten free readers will have met Donna and Sarah of the Ladybird Bakery.  They have been selling their tasty gluten free baked goods around Plymouth since last year, but the good news is they’ve now got a permanent home inside Plymouth Pannier Market.  You can find them on stall 20 opposite Martin’s Butchers, which is on your right if you enter the market at the Frankfurt Gate entrance.  They sell sweet and savoury baked good, all gluten free with dairy free options too.  They are also selling frozen ready meals now.  Opening hours as below:

ladbybird stallMonday: 9.30-16.30
Tuesday: 9.30-16.30
Wednesday: 9.30-15.30
Thursday: 9.30-16.30
Friday: 9.30-16.30
Saturday: 9.30-16.30

The Herald have today covered the opening of the new stall and have included an interview with Donna and Sarah.  The good news is though that The Herald decided to take it a step further and have composed a feature on coeliac disease with case studies and have even featured an interview with myself about coeliac disease and Gluten Free by the Sea!  A huge thank-you to Chiara Giordano at The Herald for her brilliant work on this.  In addition to Chiara’s excellent feature, there was also a great review of The Galley by Louise Daniel and a gluten free pizza recipe in the What’s On section yesterday.

The Herald have put much of the coverage on-line and you can read it here.  Fantastic coverage and a big well done to all involved, and brilliant to see the Ladybird Bakery girls even making the front page!

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Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

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