In June I was lucky enough to head off to sunny Cornwall. It is somewhere I have always wanted to visit as my friends highly recommended it and their photos looked beautiful!
I had been flicking through my Coeliac UK Crossed Grain magazine , when I saw an advertisement for The Lookout Guesthouse, St Austell which is run by a lovely couple named Jackie and Steve. Jackie has coeliac disease so when I emailed with a few questions, they gave me great reassurance that they understood my dietary requirements. They informed me that a gluten free breakfast menu is always available and they also cater for other special diets if notified in advance.
When we arrived we were welcomed with a big pot of tea and freshly cooked gluten free blueberry muffins (warm out of the oven-yum!) this was a real treat for us after our journey. We also had a tea tray in our bedroom and they very kindly supplied us with a variety of labelled packets of gluten free biscuits each day and on the last day there was a gluten free chocolate madeleine which was yummy!
Each day breakfast was served in their unique octagonal breakfast room which had gorgeous views overlooking St. Austell Bay. We began our day with a choice of fruit juices, cereals (the gluten free cereals were kept in separate labelled cereal containers which were sealed to prevent cross contamination), fruit salad and yoghurt whilst we awaited our freshly cooked English Breakfast. They also offered scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, or poached eggs on gluten free toast. I was so relieved that they understood the importance of making sure there is no cross contamination when preparing their gluten free breakfasts. There was a separate toaster and butter for the gluten free toast to ensure there is no cross contamination from crumbs. Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day and it always set us up for a full day exploring the delights of Cornwall!
I took some Juvela fresh white bread with me to make some sandwiches as we were lucky to have a mini fridge in our room. I stocked up with margarine, cheese and meat for my sandwiches. It was so handy having fresh bread to take on holiday with me!
On our second day there we visited Charlestown Harbour, an unspoilt, original Grade II Listed Harbour used recently as a key location for the filming of the BBC’s remake of the 1970’s hit series Poldark. There was a little ice cream shop called Tall Ships Creamery and nearly all their ice creams are gluten free, they told me which ones I was allowed and they had gluten free cones kept in a separate sealed tub, this was a real treat as I have never seen this in an ice cream shop before. I normally always go for a Magnum, the gluten free Magnums always have Gluten Free written by the ingredients list so please always make sure it is suitable to have before eating one or you can check if it is suitable by scanning the barcode with the Coeliac UK food app scanner if you are a member of Coeliac UK.
I wasn’t sure how I would get on eating out for evening meals, but I didn’t need to worry as my online research paid off! I found some wonderful places to eat by searching for Cornwall on Coeliac UK’s food venue guide – just pop in the postcode of the place that you are visiting.
Later in the day we went back to St Austell to visit The Carlyon Bay Hotel which had amazing sea views from the Bay View Restaurant. I rang them the day before to book our meal and notified them about my dietary requirements, which I would always recommend you do. I was presented with a separate gluten free menu when we sat down and was amazed with the great options.
As we were on holiday, we treated ourselves to a three-course meal! My starter was creamy leek and potato soup, the waiter even brought me a gluten free roll which he informed me had been toasted in a separate gluten free toaster! For my main course I had a chicken breast in a mushroom sauce, roast potatoes and a selection of vegetables, this was delicious! For dessert, I enjoyed a vanilla panna cotta in strawberry sauce!
We visited the Eden project which was an amazing experience! They had lots of gluten free meal options. I saw that they had gluten free chocolate cake and brownies (which were covered to ensure there was no cross contamination). In the evening we went to visit beautiful Mevagissey, the quintessential Cornish fishing village on the south coast near St Austell, we had seen online that Number Five Cafe & Restaurant had plenty of gluten free options clearly marked on their menus and we saw good reviews on trip advisor from other people with coeliac disease so we definitely wanted to eat out here! We were not disappointed as they made the most amazing gluten free fish and chips for me which were done in a separate gluten free fryer, the portion was so generous as well! If you wanted to have a go at making your own fish and chips you can use our Juvela Gluten-Free White Mix.
Over the next few days we visited The lost Gardens of Heligan, Truro and we couldn’t resist going back to The Carlyon Bay Hotel again on our last evening, the great thing is they change their gluten free options everyday so you are spoilt for choice! I decided to get a delicious parmesan and tomato risotto with a side order of fried mushrooms!
Needless to say I wasn’t limited at all with my food choices on this trip, I was truly spoilt for choice with gluten free food! We would love to hear about any holidays that you have been on that you could recommend to others who have coeliac disease! Wishing you all safe gluten free travels near and far!