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IMG_0316Sometimes, you go somewhere and you just feel welcomed. I find this often when I leave London, that in some places gluten free food is widely available and seen as an ordinary option to offer. This new series of Gluten Free Guides will show you the towns and cities that welcome coeliacs without fuss.

First up, fresh on our return from a sunny winter break is Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast:

Lighthouse Restaurant – On Aldeburgh High St, this cosy restaurant with excellent super friendly service serves lots of fresh fish, landed locally in dishes that are either naturally gluten free, or can be made so. Flavour combinations were well executed at our dinner and both our fish dishes were cooked to perfection. A few choices of desserts and gluten free bread available too.

Market Cafe  – Located alongside this gourmet shop, the cafe serves a broad menu from breakfast including kedgree and egg dishes many of which can be served on gluten free bread. Lunches include shell on prawns, south indian fish curry, and smoked haddock and mash. They are very aware of the issues of eating gluten free so just speak to them. As many ingredients as possible are locally sourced and caught.

Friday St Farm Shop – A 10 minute drive on the way into Aldeburgh is this well stocked farm shop, fishmongers and cafe. The shop has a great range of gluten free branded goods, local and their own fruit and veg in season, plus local products from Glorious Fodder (see below).  The  cafe serves a limited range of gluten free meals such as soup, cooked breakfasts and Pinneys smoked fish. And whilst there were no gluten free cakes, their homemade roulades looked worth a try.

Regatta – This long standing local restaurant serves up very high quality food based on local and seasonal produce including fish from their own smokehouse. The menu is clearly labeled as to what is gluten free, and gluten free bread is also available.

Glorious Fodder – Homemade gluten free cakes and savoury products are on sale in Friday St Farm Shop and some local markets. Using free range eggs, British sugar and no artificial additives, the bakes are worth seeking out. We tried their Peanut Butter Blondies and Chocolate Brownies (always a good benchmark for quality) and found them to be moist, not too sweet and extremely moreish. I just wish I could have found the savoury items.