Here are my gluten-free restaurant reviews – mostly in London, but anywhere that I find absolutely delicious. Any meals that have been comp’ed have been specified – and I always give my honest opinion – there’s nothing worse than a shoddy meal!

Winter Feasting at No.11 Pimlico Road

I was recently invited along to try out the festive winter feasting menu at No 11 Pimlico Road.

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I had always written off the area around Victoria Station as a bit of a culinary wasteland – mostly as high street coffee shops and chains to cater to the travelers. Luckily, the team behind No 11 Pimlico Road, Darwin & Wallace, have brought the same approach to interiors as they do to their Richmond location that I reviewed a couple of months ago.

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We were in the private dining room upstairs – the table beautifully set, and we were really getting into the festive spirit (definitely helped by all the hibiscus fizz).

Now, I love Christmas, but there can be too much of a good thing – particularly when it comes to food. There’s a reason I only have turkey twice a year – and mostly as a vehicle for the sides. In my family, you can’t have all the trimmings without it.

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Every course of the No 11 Pimlico Road Christmas menu came with a little twist – something to keep it exciting. I really liked the cannelini bean soup with chestnut and truffle creme fraiche, and the field mushroom carpaccio with artichoke and truffle oil was also something I’d want to recreate for Christmas day.

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The turkey was lovely, but I was really blown away by the Beer Braised Brisket of Beef (try saying that after a few of their Hibiscus fizzes) and the buckwheat and wild mushroom risotto.

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Not being the biggest fan of Christmassy desserts (I hate mince pies and fruitcake) I was delighted to see all the amazing desserts on offer – lemon posset, eton mess, black forest brownie and sticky toffee date pudding. The Eton mess with treacle meringue was a particular favourite.

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I really enjoyed my experience at No 11 Pimlico Road, which was made even better by the espresso martinis that magically appeared before us at the end. Simple, classy variations of winter classics in a lovely setting – and really conveniently located for getting to the Christmas party after, too. They start serving up their Christmas from the 28th of November – you won’t want to miss that risotto.

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Have you sampled any good Christmas meals this year? Where is your favourite place to go? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

 

 

No.11 Pimlico Road Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pizzabuzz

Whenever anyone suggests a catch up dinner at a pizza joint, my heart always sinks a little bit. So many places still haven’t nailed the gluten free crust, and in the past I’ve always been left a little disappointed. That is, until I went to Pizzabuzz.

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Pizzabuzz is really conveniently located, just off of Finsbury Square. We went along to do a review for an evening meal, but you can tell that it would be heaving at lunchtimes – especially as they take very little time to bake!

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Pizzabuzz is self-service, meaning that you have the freedom to choose whatever toppings you want – and see them make it right in front of you. You can get the pies to take away, or you have the option of eating in – I’d recommend the latter, as they have a nice selection of wines and prosecco on tap.

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If you’re a bit indecisive when it comes to toppings, the team are great at giving recommendations. A gluten free base is also available for £2 extra.

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The gluten free base is a fraction smaller than the regular one, but in every other way was a fantastic base, unlike many gluten free pizzas I’ve had before. I opted for the rosso base with artichokes and olives, while my date opted for the bianca (white sauce and mozzarella) with green peppers. I found myself unable to resist the burrata, so I also got a side of that with basil leaves and tomatoes. You can’t have too much cheese, right?

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The pizzas were really fantastic, but I was absolutely blown away by the dessert, which is fairly unusual as I’m definitely prefer savoury to sweet! Pizzabuzz have another counter dedicated to ice creams, which are divine. My date went for an almond milk-based cherry flavoured ice cream, which tasted just like a bakewell tart – and was dairy free.

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My one was a bit more unusual – a rose-flavoured ice cream, which tasted just like Turkish Delight – I would go back to Pizzabuzz for the ice cream alone it was just that good.

Pizzabuzz really exceeded my expectations, and would be really great to take a large group to – especially as they cater so well for food intolerances, without having to compromise on quality or flavour.

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PizzaBuzz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Roma

I’m pretty partial to a themed restaurant.

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Especially when there’s a little bit of history thrown in, so when I got the invite to attend the opening at Roma, I was more than a little intrigued. Situated on the former site of an old Roman fort, Roma aims to bring the flavours of Ancient Rome…. to Fenchurch Street.

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Apprehensive, but intrigued, I went along to sample the canapes and wine.

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The concept behind Roma is to bring the flavours of Ancient Rome to London – more specifically, the method of cooking with hay. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to sample any meat cooked in the signature way this time round, but the canapes were absolutely delicious. The selection of Salumi in particular was really great (the truffle one was to die for), as was the cod loin fishcake, hay smoked mackerel fillet and the lentil salad.

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My favourite dishes from the evening were the truffle-based ones – the gnocchi in particular was exquisite.

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As I attended the opening, it was quite packed, but a lovely space with a great selection of wines – and some lovely cocktails too. I really enjoyed the Herbarium – rosemary-infused gin, lychee juice and fresh cucumber and rosemary. How good does that sound?

I enjoyed everything I sampled at Roma, and would definitely pop in again – this time to try their signature lamb!

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Roma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Honest Burgers

I love a good burger.

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Every time I’ve been to Honest Burgers, I’ve had a good one – they are consistently great in quality and flavour. I tend to go for the Honest Burger (beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, cheddar, pickles and lettuce) with a gluten-free bun, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Their specials are often exciting, too, but I’m not a fussy person when it comes to a burger – I like them pretty simple.

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The fries are crispy, and deliciously light, too.

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Honest Burgers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Victory Mansion

Stoke Newington isn’t somewhere I go often, but I always seem to have a great time when I do. Last time I was in the neighbourhood I popped by the Victory Mansion for a few drinks with some lovely bloggers.

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A cursory glance at the menu will tell you that the whole place has a literary vibe – the name of the place is a 1984 reference, and the entire cocktail menu is full of them: The Rye, The Rich & The Wardrobe (Beefeater Wild turkey rye, rich tea biscuit, cherry, ginger, dry vermouth, orange bitters); Of Ice and Men (Olmeca Altos tequila, Smirnoff ice syrup, peach, green chartreuse, lime) and The Great Quacksby (Aylesbury duck vodka, aperol, passionfruit sherbet, lemon, ginger ale).

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I loved all the unusual combinations and additions to the cocktails, like candyfloss.

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One of my favourite things about Victory Mansion was the story behind it – this East London bar is built, run and owned by the staff. We also got to sample some of the food – my favourite being the lamb. It’s very low-key, but charming, and apparently they do a bottomless brunch, too!

If you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to pop in for a couple of cocktails – you won’t regret it!

Victory Mansion is at 18 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 7PL.

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