I went for Sunday lunch at Colourworks, Leicester a few weeks ago. It’s located on the River Soar, right next to the city centre. We had rang in advance so we knew there would be gluten free options available. The carvary was lovley, choice of four meats, lots of veg, roast potatoes mash potatoes and the best news of all… All their gravy is gluten free as its thickened with corn flour. The only things not on the menu was stuffing and Yorkshire puds (as much as I love them, I suppose I don’t need them).
The food was great, excellent value and offers a generous student discount. A student carvery is £5.95!
However I would have liked to serve my own vegetables and the decor was a bit ‘Indian Resturant’ style but that’s neither here nor there. Great gluten free food.
A few weeks ago, I tried to go to the Slug and Lettuce in Leicester with a few friends for half price food on Monday. I’d been told by a gluten free friend that they had eaten there before with no problems.
I was greeted at the table by immediate bad service. I asked the waiter what on the menu was gluten free. He replied he didn’t know. After a few seconds of awkward silence I asked him if he could go find out for me. We all chatted about what we going to order for about 10 minutes, we understood it was busy and waiting was not a problem. When the waiter came back he said I could have the chicken. But it would have to be plain. I asked him if the chips were gluten free and he said yes. I wasn’t confident he knew what he was talking about, so asked him if they were fried with breaded items and he said yes. He told me there was no other sides available for me. We left, disappointed by the lack of effort to accommodate my needs.
Later, at home. I had a look on the Slugs menu and allergy information online, according to the menu there are a variety of food options.
Chicken, bacon and avocado salad, nachos, chips, potatoes wedges, mash. Not many I agree, but more than “nothing”.
I don’t think I’ll ever eat there and I wouldn’t recommend you to either. The staff and kitchen seem unaware of gluten free foods and the lack of accommodation is very off putting.
No stars for The Slug and Lettuce!
The allergen advice can be seen here.
I cant remember if I raved about my love of Carluccio’s or not the last time I went but I recommend all you gluten free metropolitan types to try it out. The menus is very extensive and the even have a Coeliac friendly kitchen, organised into separate fridges and preparation areas.
It was really nice too that the waiter remembered me and my boyfriend from the last time we visited, which I reckon was close to a year ago.
I can not stress enough how nice the gluten free menu is. I ordered steak with a roast pepper sauce, rosemary potatoes and zucchini. My boyfriend ordered a stew with grilled polenta, which turned out to be gluten free too so I tried it and it was FANTASTIC. My steak was cooked perfectly and the zucchini is to die for, we order it every time.
We (mostly) shared a ‘MERINGA CON PANNA AL FRUTA DE PASSIONE’ which was raspberry meringue with passion fruit cream and fresh summer fruits. It’s the perfect end to such an amazing dinner, I get that every time too….
UNTIL… we remembered last time we wanted to get this melted chocolate drink, I’ve forgotten its name but like everything else in this restaurant its truly beautiful and you MUST taste it!
I love this restaurant so much: friendly, knowledgeable staff, incredible food and a warm welcoming atmosphere. 5 stars all round!
On Sunday night I went for dinner at Bella Italia (on Granby Street Leicester) for my friends birthday. As always I checked the menu beforehand and found a lovely selection of Gluten Free meals. The menu is marked ‘Gluten Intolerance Menu’ but I presume that is for legal reasons as they cannot guarantee gluten free as its made in the same kitchen; but thats like most places. So we sit down on out table of 25 and start to order, even though I had already looked at the menu, I couldn’t for the life of me decide what I want! I was a bit nagged by the fact that my ‘Gluten Intolerance Menu’ had no prices on it, so I had to keep referring back to the main menu which got a bit annoying after awhile and ended up ordering like a £5 desert! Ooops. In the end, my boyfriend and I ordered some olives for starters and I chose the Carne Mista Pizza which came with spiced italian pepperoni, salami, smoked ham and smoked pancetta. The main reason I chose it is that I wanted to compare it with the Prezzo pizza I had a couple of weeks ago. They also did a wide variety of gluten free pasta dishes which I’m keen to try in the future. The olives were really nice, no problems there, there was a good selection of starters available- mainly mozzarella based. Not good for the old vegans and lactose intolerant people. I have to admire the speed that they got the food out- the restaurant was quite quiet but it’s still hard to get 25 meals all out at the same time! When my pizza came the waiter had accidentally ordered me a Pollo Picante pizza, so when I told me of the mistake, he was really happy for me to keep the pizza and ordered me another one! I was well happy! I tried a slice of it while I waited and it was lovely, a bit spicy for me so I picked out the chilli and asked for it to be put in a takeaway box. (I actually ate it for my lunch the next day whilst on a field trip). When my pizza arrived I found the base to be far nicer than the Prezzo base, really thin like a proper italian base. I had no complaints! It was wonderful. I would hightly recommend it to you all! AND we got 20% student discount! A thoroughly enjoyable meal, compliments to the chef and waiter! Even my gluten loving boyfriend tasted it and said it was ‘alright’! So love all round for Bella Italia and their delicious pizzas.