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Kingfisher Fish & Chips Gluten-free Menu

1 Jul

Thanks to a tip off from Coeliac UK Plymouth group member Matt Gifford, I recently discovered that Kingfisher Fish & Chips in Chaddlewood Shopping Centre are now serving gluten free fish and chips every Monday.  With the uncertainty surrounding the sale of Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop at the time this was very welcome news indeed.  Thankfully the Eggbuckland sale has now been completed and the new owners have confirmed that gluten free nights will continue on the first Monday of every month.

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There are a few other chip shops in Plymouth serving gluten free on various days or indeed daily in some cases: The Chip Stop in Stoke, Honicknowle Fish and Chip Shop, Francine’s in North Prospect and I believe Thank Cod it’s Fryday in Pennycross still serve gluten free too.  The Rock Fish restaurant on the Barbican are also serving gluten free.  I am not sure of the cross contamination controls at any of these restaurants though, so please do you own research if you are going to try them.  Please feel free to comment below if you have tried any of these or indeed own or work at one of them.

I’ve always liked Eggbuckland as their gluten free day is totally GF, so no need to worry about potential cross contamination.  However, with the sale process going through there hasn’t been a gluten free night there for a couple of months (they are back 1st July!), and after seeing a few tweets about Kingfisher after the initial heads up from Matt I decided to investigate a little further.  I noticed that Kingfisher have started to push gluten free quite hard via Twitter now, and I was impressed with the gluten free information on their website.

Kingfisher use a separate fryer which is cleaned prior to being used for GF and loaded with clean oil.  They also state “all other equipment is used solely for the purpose of gluten free to prevent cross contamination”.  Gluten free is served all day on Monday’s with no need for advance warning and is cooked fresh to order.  Batter is made on-site using their regular recipe with gluten free flour.  GF vinegar is also stocked, and no extra is charged for gluten free orders.  Having a wife who works in environmental marine policy I was also very impressed that Kingfisher are very proud of the fact all of the fish is caught sustainably, with the cod, haddock and hake being MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified.  They were also finalists in the 2014 National Fish & Chip Awards.

So after reading all this I was sold.  I’d been tweeting owner Craig for a few weeks and let him know I was coming as I was eager to have a chat with him when I got there.  Ironically living by the sea I don’t eat fish so my choice from the gluten free menu was a little limited.  I’d previously mentioned to Craig on Twitter that it would be great to see a battered sausage on the menu, which he was very keen to look into.  The power of Twitter worked it’s magic and before we knew it Craig was in contact with a local company who are dropping off some sample gluten free sausages soon, so which this space.  It would have been good to try the batter, but I often went for chicken and chips in my pre-coeliac days so this was an easy choice.

While my food was being freshly cooked I was able to have a good chat with Craig.  They have been serving gluten free since January after several requests from customers and friends.  They have been working hard to make sure they have the correct procedures in place and increased menu options and are now happy that they can do things properly which is why they’ve started pushing this recently.  Craig actually thinks the gluten free batter gives a crisper result than the normal batter which is a good sign.  It was good to hear Craig’s enthusiasm for gluten free and his desire to make sure things are done properly.  Kingfisher obviously have some happy customers, and one punter that has been going there for 10 years witnessed our conversation and came up to tell us how great everything was!

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Onto the food.  No old school newspaper here, the food is served in a swanky Kingfisher box, and it was reassuring to see a gluten free sticker on top of mine as there were gluten filled fish and chips being cooked in other areas of the shop.  It was obvious that everything had been cooked freshly and it was still pipping hot by the time I had driven home.  The portion size was very large and at £5.75 for chicken and a large portion of chips I had no complaints about the price.  There was apparently lots of other gluten free customers tucking in yesterday too which is good to hear.

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The quality of the food was excellent and I’ll definitely be back again for more.  A friend whose family also tried Kingfisher for the first time yesterday told me on FacebookWe all agreed that it is the best gf fish and chips we have had“.  The only downside for me was that there was no gluten free curry sauce to dunk my chips in but I’m happy to report that Craig is going to look into this as well as the battered sausages.  So even though gluten was being served in the shop at the same time, I’m happy to report that the cross contamination controls in place were good enough and I suffered no ill affects, other than a severe case of over indulgence!

You can find Kingfisher at: Chaddlewood Shopping Centre, Glen Road, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 2XS.  For more information see their website, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

Gluten free night at JD’s Grill

29 Mar

Those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter will most likely know how much of a fan I am of JD’s Grill.  This fantastic restaurant in Plymouth serves a range of burgers and steaks and also label gluten free options in their menu.  They have been working hard since my original review to increase the amount of gluten free choices on their menu, and now have gluten free options available for all starters and mains as standard.  They also have a good selection of desserts and often have been kind enough to get me a gluten free beer in too.  The food served is right up my street and I am a regular visitor.  The picture below shows me enjoying the Hoofs and Trotters burger, a half pound beef burger topped with cheese and pulled pork on a gluten free bun.  What more could you ask for, other than gluten free fries which they now serve too.  As you can see this Pleases me!

burgerAs part of my work for the Coeliac UK Plymouth Group, we have been looking to organise a meal out for members.  We struck upon the idea of having a meal during Coeliac Awareness week, and the meal will take place on Monday 12th May.  This gives us an opportunity to get some publicity for the event which can help us raise awareness.  JD’s Grill 110 capacity means we can throw the event open to non-members too, so I would like to invite Gluten Free by the Sea readers to join us.  As you will see below JD’s Grill have provided a fantastic menu for the night, which is completely gluten free.  So please come along and enjoy a night of amazing gluten free food and the chance to chat and share tips with gluten free friends.  You will also be able to enjoy a gluten free beer too!

You can see the Facebook page for the event here.  For full details and booking information please see the details below, I hope to see you there.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

coeliac awareness week menu

The Coeliac UK Plymouth Group, JD’s Grill and Gluten Free by the Sea invite you to join us for a night of fabulous gluten free food amongst the company of gluten free friends on Monday May 12th at JD’s Grill. JD’s Grill already offer a brilliant selection of gluten free dishes on their menu, with clearly marked gluten free options. Furthermore they have kindly agreed to host a gluten free night in the restaurant as part of Coeliac UK’s Coeliac Awareness week, which this year runs from May 12th – 18th.

Bookings are required in advance. To book a place at this event please send an email to plymouth@coeliac.org.uk, and let us know how many places you require. As we will be dining as a large group we ask that you choose a starter, main and dessert from the menu below and let us know your choices when you make your booking. Total price is £19.95 (supplements apply on some choices). We will also require a deposit of £5 per person. This can be paid via bank transfer to the following account, please use your full name as a reference:

Account number: 00060708
Sort Code: 40-52-40

Alternatively you can complete the booking form, and send it along with a cheque made payable to Coeliac UK – Plymouth Branch to:
Lisa Bullard
2 Avent Walk

Menu: https://gfreebythesea.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/coeliac-awareness-week-menu.pdf

Booking form: https://gfreebythesea.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/meal-booking-form.docx

All choices on the above menu are gluten free. Please let us know if you have any other dietary requirements when booking. We are aware that many of you also need to follow a dairy free diet, so JD’s have kindly marked the dairy free options on the menu. Please note some of the dairy free choices use buffalo mozzarella (as opposed to mozzarella made with cows milk), so please bare this in mind when making your choice.

You can find JD’s Grill at 17 Derrys Cross, Plymouth, PL1 2SW. We ask people to arrive from 7pm with the first course being served at 7:30 sharp. A big thank you to JD’s Grill for hosting us and helping us to raise awareness of Coeliac Disease.

If you would like to enjoy this menu on the 12th but have your own table rather than join the Coeliac UK Plymouth Group party, please contact JD’s Grill directly on 01752 601605 to make your booking.

For JD’s Grill see: http://www.jds-grill.co.uk/

For info on Coeliac Awareness Week 2014 see: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/get-involved/awareness-week-2014/

For info on the Coeliac UK Plymouth Voluntary Support Group see: https://www.coeliac.org.uk/local-groups/plymouth/


Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop

19 Mar

Update 31/08/14: Unfortunately Eggbuckland Fish and Chip Shop is now under new ownership and is no longer serving gluten free.  See Kingfisher Fish and Chip Shop review for an alternative option.

Gluten Free by the Sea recently brought you news that Eggbuckland Fish and Chip shop in Plymouth were having a gluten free night the first Monday of every month.  It was pleasing to see owner Johanna Haimes had received training from Coeliac UK and that the fryers would be completely steam cleaned, fresh oil used and only gluten free items cooked on the night.  For more information see their press release.  With confidence I made the trip to Eggbuckland village to try it out.


When I arrived I could only just fit in the shop, it was extremely busy which was great to see.  It was immediately apparent that there was a really lovely atmosphere within the shop.  Staff and customers were exchanging stories about their excitement to tuck in to gluten free fish and chips.  There was a young coeliac child who was about to have fish and chips for the first time, heart-warming.

It was good to see Coeliac UK literature and certification, along with labelling from the gluten free products used on display in the shop, and this certainly added to my confidence.  The choices were chips, battered fish, battered sausage, gravy and curry sauce.  Johanna is looking to expand this range and is planning to add mushy peas, chicken and chicken nuggets to the menu for the next gluten free night on Easter Monday (open as normal).

It was personally quite a nostalgic trip for me.  Not only was this my first trip to a chippy since my coeliac journey began nearly two years ago, but I was brought up in Eggbuckland so this was my local chippy as a youngster.  This was my first trip back since I moved away from Eggbuckland over ten years ago.

I don’t eat fish, so I was very pleased to see the battered sausage on the menu.  I ordered a large portion of chips and a battered sausage, with a side of curry sauce.  I rushed home to dish up, and as I did I looked at the portion and thought that I’d never be able to eat it all.  Truth be told I demolished the whole thing, probably without even stopping for breath.  The sausage was tasty, the batter was light and crispy and very impressive.  It was so good to have “proper” chips from a chippy again, I loved it!  I am away on Easter Monday, but will definitely be going back for more.


The evening itself was a great success, Johanna said “I was very surprised at the amount of children that came. It’s very sad that it has such an effect on the whole family.  We were very happy that the hard work and research gave people with gluten intolerance the chance to enjoy something that most of us take for granted.”  For some more quotes from Johanna on the night see this report from The Herald.

The chip shop are investigating an option to supply meals boxed with a knife and fork as many gluten free customers had travelled some distance to try this.  Johanna is keen to hear feedback, and suggestions for other products that you would like offered.  You can contact her via email at johannahaimes@yahoo.co.uk

There were some lovely comments on the Gluten Free by the Sea Facebook page after the event, so I’d like to leave you with a few of those:

I enjoyed my cod and chips too. Haven’t been near a chip shop since I got diagnosed in 2010 and tonight was a taste sensation for me thank you Eggbuckland Chip Shop – Louise Williams

Would like to say a big THANK YOU to Eggbuckland fish and chip shop for the lovely gluten free fish, chips and curry sauce both myself and my 4 year old daughter was both very happy girlies after it was very yummy and my daughters little smiley face was all worth it…roll on the first Monday in April where we will deaf be back again – Stacey Willcocks

Finally, a big thank you from me.  I really enjoyed my meal and am looking forward to the next time.  Thanks for putting these nights on, evening like this really make a difference.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

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