We live in a little village called Greasby on the Wirral. We decided to host my eldest daughter’s birthday party in Oak Bistro. She’d chosen to have afternoon tea with all of the family so we booked our party and let them know about the dietary requirements. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect them to be able to cater fully for the dairy and wheat intolerance. We also had my nephew in attendance who has an egg, sesame and mustard allergy. I offered to take food with us for Steve but they said they’d see what they could do. A few days before the party I received a phone call from one of the catering staff who clarified exactly what could and couldn’t be eaten. She managed to create a fantastic afternoon tea of sandwiches and various little cakes for Steve and our nephew also had his own food to eat. It was fantastic and they definitely went above and beyond. I’ll be honest and say I don’t know how well they can cater for dietary requirements if you just “pop in” for some food without prior notice but for a pre-booked party they were absolutely brilliant!
We booked Bella Italia in New Brighton for Steve’s birthday meal. The menu looked quite accommodating so we decided to give it a go. We weren’t disappointed. Steve had the gluten free calabrese with no mascarpone so it was also dairy free. He really enjoyed it. The staff were very accommodating as on this occasion we also had my nephew with us who has egg, mustard and sesame allergies. A fantastic meal for all of us! Again, Bella Italia is a chain so you should be able to find one near you! Enjoy!
As a family with both parents working full time we sometimes want to forget the cooking and go somewhere we know will give us all a great meal. Our “go to” restaurant is the Marino Lounge in New Brighton on the Wirral. Not near you? This restaurant is part of a chain and we have also visited Torello in Prestatyn, Wales which had the same great menu and food although they were very busy when we went and the service wasn’t quite as en pointe as it is at the Marino Lounge. They have a vegan and gluten free menu, various dairy free milk alternatives for your cappuccino and we always dine well. The tapas selection is great and Steve’s fave is the gluten free hero burger without cheese and with a side of gluten free hummus with bread. Visit their website (thelounges.co.uk) to find one near you, you won’t be disappointed!
We have been to the Free From show in Liverpool annually for the past three years. It’s a great opportunity to try different foods that are on the market, meet others who also have dietary requirements and of course get lots of great freebies! The tickets are free – you just visit the website (allergyshow.co.uk) and register for your free tickets. Tickets are currently available for the Glasgow show in March 2020, the London show in July 2020 and Liverpool in November 2020. We’re looking forward to another great weekend at the Liverpool show! Make sure you visit the website and get your tickets booked!
We visited the Aspire Lounge at Manchester Airport in the Summer of 2019. The staff were very accommodating and although food choices were a little limited for the wheat and dairy intolerance we did all manage to get plenty to eat and drink before our flight. In fact we think we ate better in the lounge than we would have done had we tried to find free From options in the main airport terminal. We were provided with gluten free biscuits and bread. There was a gluten free hot main meal available and a vegetarian main meal. We didn’t ask for dairy free milk so we are unsure as to whether this was available (Steve was on the beer – well it was the start of our holiday!). We got value for money In relaxing, comfortable surroundings and would definitely use the lounge again in the future.
When it came to a family holiday to Italy I was worried! Pasta and Pizza – not a good combo for a wheat intolerance! Cheeses and gelato – not what you need with dairy and lactose intolerances. We booked a week half board at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley in Vico Equense near Sorrento. We were quite frankly blown away by Luigi the head chef who catered for all of our needs. We even managed to all take part in the pizza party, yes gluten and dairy free pizza was served with a smile! We can not recommend this hotel enough for their ability to cater for our various dietary needs and for the stunning views from the hotel and pool. It was a brilliant holiday and if you have intolerances please don’t be afraid to book and stay at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley near Sorrento. We had gluten free pasta, pizza and bread. Dairy free desserts, vegetarian meals. They were all delicious and nothing was too much trouble. The hotel is also convenient for transport links to Sorrento town, Pompeii and Naples. We loved it and would go back in a heartbeat!
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Food intollerances, dietary requirements and our family of four!
We are “The Braithwaite’s”. I am Ali, Mum of the family. I’ve been vegetarian for over 30 years now and thought I was quite difficult to feed until my husband was diagnosed wheat and dairy intolerant and my youngest daughter had a lactose intolerance. Suddenly I was cooking four different meals every night! My eldest daughter is the “normal one” as she is affectionately known when discussing dietary needs.
Why this blog?
- To share good experiences of dining out with various food allergies/intollerances/preferences.
- To share our opinions on the free from ranges available from different shops/brands.
- To share free from recipes which we enjoy.
- To connect with others and find out about other good restaurants/hotels/stores which meet our needs!
Eating out can be very tricky and going on holiday even more of a worry. We’ve found some real gems and had some nightmares! Hopefully by sharing our experiences other individuals/families with similar dietary needs will avoid our mistakes and can enjoy the successes!