I went for a lovely meal last week with my family to a place I had never been to before, how exciting. We were actually going somewhere else initially but they were so busy and you couldn't book a table there which was annoying so after a quick ring to The Green Man there was a table for seven waiting for us just like that!
We didn’t actually ring a man who was dressed in green or a super hero from a Marvel comic it is in fact the name of a pub in the small Derbyshire village of Willington.
This place is just one of the best places I have been to. The service was second to none and although there was no dedicated gluten free menu the staff were more than happy to give me information about dishes available to me. They were even willing to adapt the dish for me which meant cutting something out but adding something else in. They took the time as well to talk to me and not rush any decision, this my friends was a lovely touch and because of that I will definitely be going back.
When the food was served it not only looked fabulous it tasted great too. I had a Chicken Tikka Masala with a poppadom and mango chutney. The chips there are gluten free so I had a side portion of cheesy chips. I had been busy all day and not eaten a lot so I was set for such a feast. There are no half portions here, you get fed good and proper as we say here in Derbyshire. I was so full but still found some room in my dessert stomach for some strawberry ice cream. That sounds simple doesn’t it and I bet you’re thinking it was just three scoops in a dish, which is absolutely fine but no, this was served as a sundae and topped with strawberry sauce!
I loved it here, it was perfect. Nice friendly staff who you could have a giggle with, great service and gluten free savvy. What’s more it’s very reasonable on the wallet or purse too. Amazing!!
So go and meet The Green Man and all it’s wonders. Do not fear if you have a dietary requirement, they will cope and you will eat like a King or Queen. The pub is situated at 1 Canal Bridge, Willington, Derby DE65 6BQ and they do have a website here at www.greenmanwillington.com
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Now these snacks are very lovely, I’ve tried different brands and when I took my first bite of these I thought…..ooooooh lush!
They are Lentil Chips from Scrubby's and they are just like they say on the pack, gluten free and suitable for a vegetarian and vegan diet.
They just seem to taste a little lighter than other brands and have just the right amount of salt on. I’m a bit fussy especially with snacky things as I want them them gluten free and low fat, not much to ask for eh? I really should pass them by altogether but crikey life is way too short and I need a bit of something now and again.
If you are a Slimming World follower these will set you back 5 syns for 20g which is ok but they are moreish and I do seemed to have consumed more than 20g oops.
I just love the name as well, Scrubbys crisps, won’t forget that name in a hurry. There are many different varieties of vegetable snacks in their range so do have a look. For more information their website is:
You can also buy at Waitrose, Ocado and a fab little health shop called Grape Tree. Now if you are in Derby this is the shop opposite Specsavers in Intu, Unit 18, St Peters Mall to be exact. You can also order online at:
Give them a taste and see what you think….I’m just off to stock up, I’m coming to get your whole stock Grape Tree - look out for me.
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I was strolling through my local shopping centre the other day and passed our George's Fish and Chip Takeaway when what did my eyes see? A big notice in the window.....no it wasn't closing down but it was advertising Gluten Free Monday!!!
Oh my life I was so excited for this was not just an evening thing, it's gluten free food ALL DAY!! Now I've written a review in February about another local Fish and Chip restaurant offering a gluten free evening on Wednesday's. You can read that here i-had-gluten-free-fish-n-chips.html
George's is a little nearer to me with is great but now I have two options of fish and chips in one week, this is amazing. I sometimes miss chips from the chippy and I've always loved George's food. I love the fact it is served in a nifty little cardboard box and that it has always tasted so flippin' gorgeous. You also get a great selection on the menu and there's a restaurant too so if you don't takeaway you can have a sit down and tuck into your meal in straight away.
This is available at George's in Park Farm, Allestree, Derby but enquire at your local restaurant and see if they also offer a gluten free day.
For more information on George's go to their website at:
If you've gone to George's for a bit of gluten free then let me know how it went.......did it taste goooooooood?
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There is nothing like experimenting on a lunch out with one person on a vegan diet and the other on a gluten free diet but Mum from the Brew managed it. Bless her, she was hunting for a big chunk of ham between two slices of glutenous bread and had to walk miles to find a eatery with free from food.
I'm exaggerating really, we visited the lovely Derbyshire village of Belper and just took a short walk to Gillivon Tea Room which is a lovely place. There is a good selection of light lunches on the menu and drinks too. We had coffee brews here and my niece had a latte with a almond and say milk mix.
Mum from the Brew and I opted for a Mozzarella and Tomato Toast which was served with crisps and salad, I of course had gluten free bread. My niece chose a lovely Carrot and Coriander Soup with a bread roll, both suitable for a vegan diet. It was nice here as the people who work here are on a vegan diet too so they knew about different options and could tell us what our options were.
If you do visit there is a car park next to the premises. Although quite small inside there is more seating outdoors and in this warm summery weather it's so nice to be able to have a choice to seat outside at the moment.
So a big thumbs up for this little place. Good knowledge and a very friendly atmosphere, I felt relaxed knowing that I could have my gluten free food and a brew, and that's me happy! If you are also on a free from diet in some way and passing though Derbyshire, pop into the Gillivon TeaRoom and have a brew.
If you would like to know more they do have a website here at:
and a Facebook page here at
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I know what you're thinking......why have dairy free teabags when there is no dairy in tea? Well yes you're right my little brewsters, tea is dairy free until you pop milk in but some people either don't put milk in or use a dairy alternative.
Well PG Tips have created a special blend that goes perfectly with alternative to dairy milk. I have performed my own experiment to test the difference and I think it is very nice. It's stronger and very tasty. Now I do tend to have cow's milk or goats milk in my tea as I find I need a bit more of a creamier addition to my brew but then I can tolerate dairy so that's ok I find all the dairy alternatives, (and I've tried a lot) tend to be a bit on the thin side, a bit like skimmed cow's milk. This is great if you like a really strong brew but I like mine a bit more milky.
The Rice milk is actually nice, my preference out a lot of dairy alternatives.
The good news is even if you do like a bit of cow in your brew the dairy free teabags taste blooming lovely anyway and if you need an alternative you have that extra taste. It does have a stronger taste than the tasty decaf with rice milk. There is definitely a difference in taste but in my opinion of a chief tea taster it tastes good with whatever milk you add.
I suppose you would notice it more if you are a regular non dairy customer so if you have tried these teabags please let me know how they taste to you.
There are those people who think all tea is just the same, oh my goodness!! I can tell you they don't and I have tasted a lot of tea. I'm here though to advise you on which ones are great and worth spending your cash on. So please keep reading my posts, for good advice or in case you may just fancy a bit of a giggle because I hopefully provide both.
You can find these teabags in most good supermarkets but for more information about PG Tips go to their website at:
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