On Wednesday night we went to see the fantastic Regina Spektor at the Sage Gateshead and stopped in for a quick drink at the new Head of Steam on the Quayside. I had a bottle of Daura Damm, a gluten free lager brewed by the same guys who make Estrella. When he ordered the drinks, the lad behind the bar told Craig they have two other gluten free beers on their menu and a decent selection of GF options on their food menu too, so we decided we had to go back to try-out the full Head of Steam experience, and, on Friday, that’s what we did.
Earlier in the month we ventured to Amsterdam to celebrate my birthday – there’s no better way to welcome in your quarter century than in the Dutch capital! Before we go on trips like this, we always do plenty research about places to eat. As Craig is a vegetarian now, and I have officially given up meat (and am only eating fish once a week or so), it and be hard to find places that cater for our dietary requirements. From the outset, Amsterdam was nowhere near as accommodating as London had been last year. It seemed to me that ‘gluten free’ was still very niche and the majority of places did not openly advertise a GF offering. Even veggie food wasn’t that easy to find as Dutch cuisine is quite heavily reliant on meat (other than their obsession with chips and mayo!). However, we still did pretty well considering!
A few weeks ago we were caught south of the Tyne and feeling a little peckish – not my ideal situation (kidding). We’ve spent the last few weekends driving the length and breadth of the North East shopping for a new car. After a nip around the Durham dealerships, we fancied a pub lunch and a quick Google informed me that we were a ten minute drive from Chester le street’s best pub, The Lambton Worm (or so says Tripadvisor). I had a look at the menu online and all gluten free options were highlighted clearly on the menu and a few good veggie options too – sorted.
A few weeks ago, we decided to venture outside of Newcastle (shock horror, I know!) for a family lunch in Northumberland. We were kindly invited by the guys at St Mary’s Inn to try out their menu, so with Mam, Dad and nephew in tow, we tootled on up the A1 to for a Bank Holiday treat. Managed by the same team as Jesmond Dene House, St Mary’s Inn is located a short drive from Stannington, incidentally the location of another of my favourite pubs, The Ridley Arms.
Last week we were very kindly invited to try the menu at the brand new Chiquito restaurant in the Metro Centre. As you’ll know if you read my review on Thaikhun earlier in the year, I am not the biggest fan of Europe’s largest shopping centre. However, the promise of some tasty Mexican food and a chance to see X-Men Apocalypse on the mega-screen was too much to resist.
As big fans of Nudo Sushi Box, it occurred to us at the weekend that that we have never actually been to the mothership. We decided to head along to Nudo Noodle House, which is located just behind The Gate on Low Friar Street, for a late lunch on Bank Holiday Monday. We were easily persuaded by the dozens of positive reviews online as well as the readily available gluten free and vegetarian menus, since Craig has now officially given up meat.
One of the worst things about eating gluten free is feeling totally awkward when you go out for food with friends or family. I’m happy to go anywhere, if I can’t eat somewhere I’ll just eat beforehand/after and go along and be social. However, it really is a good feeling when you find somewhere where the gluten free options are awesome, and chances are, everyone else is happy to eat there. Nando’s is one of those places. Praise the chicken gods who brought us Nando’s – perfectly spiced chicken with awesome sides for a reasonable price – and practically all gluten free (yeah, you heard me.)