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!

Tallinn, Estonia

The past month has been completely full-on, and non-stop, so finally getting to sit down and write my Tallinn trip up feels like an absolute luxury. I’ve been working on some exciting big projects, as well as doing a big design course, and I can’t wait to bring everything together – watch this space!

Earlier on in the summer we did a trip round the Baltic States, and I had such an incredible time – we started our trip in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Just under 3 hours away from London by air, Tallinn totally surpassed any expectations I had. First of all, it’s absolutely beautiful – in fact, the entire city was so on-point from a design perspective I was somewhat convinced that I was on the set of a Wes Anderson film for most of my stay.

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It’s a fantastic city to walk around and explore in, and there is so much to do – some fantastic museums and cafes, perfect for a romantic weekend break.

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Estonia is also 50% forest, so we took our hire car 30 minutes out of the city centre on a hike in the Pääsküla Bog, which was really beautiful. (Make sure you take bug spray though – I didn’t, and it was the only thing about my Estonia trip I didn’t like).

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Our Airbnb was beautiful, and right in the centre of town, the perfect location in a beautiful old building – I had an amazing stay there.

Another massive bonus for me was the fact that every restaurant I went to in Tallinn was not only delicious, but that most restaurants had their gluten-free options clearly marked on the menu. I had a few friends who had lived/worked in Tallinn, so getting their food recommendations was great, and we didn’t have a single bad meal out there!

Where to Eat in Tallinn

I would be remiss if I didn’t do a list of all the incredible places I ate out at – but I’ll also include the restaurants that were recommended to me, but that I didn’t manage to get to (but definitely plan on ticking off of my list next time)!

Kohvik Maiasmokk

Maiasmokk is the oldest cafe in Tallinn, and is full of old-world charm. Kohvik Maiasmokk, or ‘Sweet Tooth’ Cafe, is largely the same as it has been since 1864 – there’s a cute marzipan display, an adorable mini ferris wheel of tea cups and saucers, and a train full of sweets – its mindnumbingly kitsch but a lovely place to have a coffee and something sweet. They also did the best macchiato I had in Tallinn, so it’s worth going for the coffee alone!

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Maiasmokk is self-service (a relic from the Soviet era) and has some beautiful rooms – its definitely worth having a wander round before you tuck in.

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Von Krahli Aed

I was slightly sceptical about this one at first, only because it is so close to the town centre. Having lived in London and New York, where they tend to keep the crappiest restaurants near the big tourist attractions (like Spaghetti House or Olive Garden) I was wary to say the least.

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Luckily, I was proven incredibly wrong – not only was Aed beautiful inside (they had a nice courtyard, too) it was really delicious – beautifully crafted seasonal and local dishes.

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The others also went nuts for the bread, and ended up buying a loaf to take back home with them.

F. Hoone

F. Hoone is in the incredibly trendy Telliskivi neighbourhood, in an converted warehouse.

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It had a great vibe, and I’d thoroughly recommend their steak tartare!

Kohvik Sesoon

Sesoon is in the list of the Top 50 restaurants in Estonia, and it’s easy to see why – everything I tried was really delicious, but also really reasonably priced. Again, they do seasonal local dishes – I tried the rabbit with fennel and chantarelle puree, which was incredible.

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The other restaurants that were recommended to me, but that I didn’t have time to try, included Rataskeavu 16, kohvik moon, Ribe, cru, rea, sinilind, and cafe Klaus – if you go to any of them, let me know!

All in all, I had such a lovely few days in Tallinn, and would definitely recommend it for a city break!

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Frescobaldi Winemaker’s Dinner

I absolutely love having my wine paired for me.

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While I absolutely love wine, I admit I’m not very adventurous about straying away from my usual glass of dry white. So I was absolutely thrilled to be invited to Frescobaldi for their winemaker’s dinner – four courses paired with delicious Italian wines.

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Frescobaldi is in the heart of Mayfair, slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. There’s something quite romantic about the restaurant – it would be a wonderful place to go for a date!

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The team at Frescobaldi went above and beyond with the gluten free substitutions to the menu for me, and I couldn’t have been happier or more grateful.

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Our first course was carpaccio di branzino con ciliege – a delicious sea bass carpaccio dish with cherries. It was paired with an Attems Pinot Grigio Ramato, which was copper-coloured – which I didn’t know Pinot Grigio could be!

The sea bass dish was absolutely divine – the tart cherries went so perfectly with the flavour of the fish.

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While the others tucked into courgette ravioli with veal ragu, I totally lucked out with my gluten free option of lobster pasta.  The pasta had a lovely texture, and the sauce was perfection – I was a very happy camper (and got a few envious glances from the other diners, too!) Served with the Attems Cicinis, a Sauvignon Blanc, it was my favourite course of the evening.

For the next course, we switched over to red – the 2012 Luce, which went beautifully with carre d’agnello con purea di piselli e patate dauphinoise – lamb rack with pea puree and dauphinoise potatoes.

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Every single course was so delicious, and all the wines were, too. While the others tucked into their semifreddo with melon, I had an amazing gluten free chocolate cake – served with the final wine of the evening, the Attems Picolit.

The courses were beautifully presented and delicious – the service was faultless, and the descriptions behind the history of the different wines fascinating. For £80 a head, I think the quality of the food, as well as the wine (I had about seven glasses that night in total!) the Frescobaldi Winemaker’s Dinner is such great value, and a wonderful way to spend an evening. I can’t wait for the next one!

Have you been to Ristorante Frescobaldi? What were your thoughts? Be sure to comment below!

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A Weekend in Edinburgh

A month ago (which just goes to show how behind I am on posts lately!) my boyfriend and I headed up to Edinburgh for the weekend.

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I absolutely adore Edinburgh. It’s stunningly beautiful, and I just love it up there. I’d done most of the touristy things before, so this time we just spent wandering around the city. We also went along to the Hidden Door Festival, which was on at the time.

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Even when it’s not the Fringe, there always seems to be something going on, which is what I love about the city.

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We sampled some eateries while we were up there – both recommended by friends, so I thought I’d spread the love as they were amazing. First up was a legendary selection of craft ales and an awesome haggis burger from Holyrood 9A.

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The second was a lovely place for brunch in Stockbridge, near where we were staying – The Pantry. Brilliant crockery, lovely service, and a great brunch selection (and yes, there’s haggis in it too, because I’m obsessed with the stuff).

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Edinburgh really is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Have you ever been? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Mima & The Curing House, Middlesbrough

We spent the Sunday after The Raby Hunt wandering around Middlesbrough.

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The weather was absolutely amazing that day, so we checked out the transporter bridge, as well as Anish Kapoor’s Temenos – a 110 metre long and 50 metre high sculpture by the dock.

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We had a little bit of time to kill before lunch, so we stopped of at Mima – the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – to see the Basil Beattie exhibition. I really liked the gallery – modern, light, with amazing high ceilings.

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My favourite piece was the one below, which made such great use of the space.

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We popped into The Curing House for a spot of Sunday lunch – they usually specialise in Charcuterie, but on Sundays they usually do a roast. I opted for the beef, which was lovely, and it was such a nice venue, too.

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They also had a lovely selection of desserts – I opted for a pannacotta topped with granola.

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Crepeaffaire, Islington

Over Christmas this year, my eight-year old sister asked me what the best thing about being an adult was. Without a hesitation, my answer was being able to eat ice cream whenever I want.

I also think having a Nutella, cream and ice-cream laden crepe for dinner would probably come pretty close, too.

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I really like the alleyways and side streets near Angel Station – there are some great little shops and cafes tucked away, almost like a village in the centre of London.

Down one of these little streets is Crepeaffaire, a creperie with a new gluten free crepe on offer.

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Their gluten free offering is made with buckwheat flour, and you can get almost the same sweet and savoury toppings as you get on the regular crepes.

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My friend, a proper adult, went for the savoury option – she opted for the Le Goat Deluxe, which was filled with goat’s cheese, cheddar, onion confit, spinach, and red onion.

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I, on the other hand, went full five-year old, with the ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’: strawberries, cream, Nutella, with ice cream on the side.

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The buckwheat crepe has a slightly nutty flavour to it, but is light and soft – just as a good crepe should be.

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I really enjoyed my Crepeaffaire experience, and would definitely recommend it for crepe lovers!

 
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