I often turn to the back pages of the Coeliac UK Crossed Grain magazine to see what gluten free hotels and bed & breakfasts are advertised for future trips away and make a mental note of places I would like to visit should I be in the area. Well I am delighted to say that I have a perfect place to share with you, I was lucky enough to stay at Spindrift in Seahouses when I took a trip over to the beautiful Northumberland coast!
I had a warm welcome and was shown to my room, which was lovely – spotlessly clean and very cosy!! I noticed on the complimentary tray that there was a container that had a little card on there saying ‘chocolate cake’. I knew that this wouldn’t be gluten free, as I had not told them before arriving that I was coeliac.
When I told the owner, Sue, that I was Coeliac and required a gluten free diet, she explained that she had some gluten free cake in the freezer along with gluten free bread and said if I had let her know in advance she would have happily have got gluten free sausage etc in… how lovely! Anyway, I popped out for a while and when I returned to my room the chocolate cake had been replaced with gluten free lemon polenta cake, which I tucked into with a fresh cup of tea… it was delicious and so lovely that she had gone to the trouble of providing a gluten-free cake for me.
Breakfast was a treat, Grapefruit, followed by smoked salmon and scrambled egg and freshly brewed coffee and gluten free toast in abundance with homemade jam. I had a really good chat with Sue about the dietary requirements of a coeliac and chatted at length about the cross contamination element. She explained that although she had toast bags, these had been used for other things so grilled my toast on a clean grill pan. Her background is in catering and nutrition and was really interested about the diet and asked if I could forward her any information we had at the Juvela office to help her understand the condition further.
I really loved my stay at the Spindrift and was only sorry that it was for one night. Sue and Steve have got things just right, from the comfort of the rooms with little touches, like magazines to read on a bedside chair and gluten free cake just waiting to be enjoyed! Sue has since sent me a note through to thank me for the information I had sent and also to say that she has since been baking other gluten free cakes that will appear in future guest’s rooms!! I’m sure I will be returning at some point to explore this amazing part of the UK and to be very well looked after by the fabulous hosts at the Spindrift!
To break my journey I stopped off at Wetherby service station (A1 Junction 46) for a coffee at Costa. In addition to my cappuccino I treated myself to a twin pack of gluten free mini bakewell tarts, these are yum!!
Tips when staying away from home
When staying in hotels and guest houses I would recommend that you ring ahead as not only does it reassure yourself that they are OK catering for you but also this does gives the proprietor advance notice and time to organise themselves and have the appropriate gluten free foods all ready for your stay.
Make sure you pack a few snacks for when you get peckish, as although I was lucky enough to get homemade cake at the Spindrift this may not always be the case and it is great just to have something you may fancy to fill the gaps in-between meals.*The information we’ve provided here is accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. As always, please ensure you thoroughly check any food is definitely gluten-free before you decide to try or buy!