New freefrom cafe and bakery comes to Kingston

Recently I heard about a new cafe and bakery in Kingston the Healthy cook co selling gluten free, dairy free, egg free and no refined sugar cakes muffins and other baked goods. I was delighted when I saw it was very close to Bruschetta restaurant.

On Saturday I made the trip over to Kingston from Dorking not an easy journey especially on a busy shopping day. I am glad to say it was well worth the trip. Old London road was very easy to find, just down the road from Bruschetta restaurant and close to the leaning red phone boxes. The road is full of tiny interesting shops

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the Healthy cook company has very clear signage and looked very cosy and inviting, but smaller than I was expecting. As I entered the cosy little cafe my eyes were drawn to a large array of cakes scones and brownies. If only I hadn’t eaten so much for lunch!

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Unfortunately being early afternoon all the bread had sold out, but fortunately for me there was a brown bag of gluten free soda bread mix for me to make at home.

Then came the exciting bit, choosing cakes. I chose a Courgette cupcake, Carrot and raison cake and a yummy looking Chocolate cake, also a sultana scone.

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While I was there I was fortunate enough to meet the owner and talented Baker Trisha Kelly. A lovely lady who I’m sure I will get to know very well when I hopefully return often for my gluten free, unrefined sugar free goodies.

The cafe had a good selection of fairtrade teas and coffees and herbal drinks. There was salads and homemade soup on offer and Trisha explained that very soon there would be quiches etc available too.

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The first cake i tried at home was the Courgette cupcake, soft and sweet and so pretty a very moist cake with glints of bright green, Perfect in fact! wish i bought more.

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The sultana scone was very good, I expected it to be dry and crumbly but far from it. Very moist and delicious perfect with butter and jam. Nice size not to big.

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Next I tried the carrot and raisin cake. Just a perfect size for a treat. beautifully wrapped and unsurprisingly winner of a gold star at the 2011 Great taste Awards. I kindly shared this with my husband who pronounced it the best gluten free cake he had ever tasted. The lightness of Trishas cakes are amazing. Moist and very moreish.

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Lastly the delicious looking iced chocolate cake, hard to believe these cakes are gluten free. Again light and delicious. All 10/10 cakes!

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Think we can safely say I wil be back very soon!

Certainly worth searching out. Goodies also available to order online too, so no need to miss out.

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Gluten free pizza at its best!

Yesterday my husband and I took a 45 mins drive to Kingston especially to have lunch at Bruschetta restaurant on London road. We were welcomed and seated by the window. The restaurant was not overly busy, but I had not taken any chances and had booked a table.

Parking is not easy but suggest Asda car park is your best bet. Perfect to pick up any shopping on your way home. It has a 2 hr limit so if you are after a leisurely lunch then maybe worth looking closer to the town centre. There is certainly plenty of choice on the menu. Lots of delicious starters, mains and puds.

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The Pizzas range from £7.90 to £11.50. We both decided on the gluten free Alex Corbisiero favourite, which consists of buffalo mozzarella, tomatoes, italian sausage, diced chicken and spicy salami. The pizzas arrived promptly and were straight out of the oven and very hot. I was beyond excited! I don’t have pizza very often so this was a real treat. It had the thinnest stone baked base, crispy and a good size. The topping was quite runny which I loved. Buffalo mozzarella melted into the tomato base just perfect! My favourite of the pizzas I have tried there so far.

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We both thoroughly enjoyed our pizzas very much. Feeling very satisfied we decided to share a pudding. I chose for us the Caprese the chocolate, almond and hazelnut cake. Gluten free, homemade and served with cream or ice cream. Naughty but oh so nice!

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The cake was soon devoured, a definite 10\10 at £4.25 I thought it was a fair price. Desserts range from £3.50 to £4.25.

It was lovely to go out to eat, in the confidence that Chef Julia being gluten intolerant herself, and her team know all about gluten intolerance. They can also cater for other food intolerances too.

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I can recommend this Italian restaurant not only for its great pizzas and fresh pasta.

But also as a place to pick up gluten free pasta, breadsticks, biscuits. A take away service is also available for pizzas and pizza bases can be purchased to,

for baking at home.

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I look forward to returning again soon, many more things to try!

Gluten free Kingston

Last week I took the park and ride bus from Chessington World of Adventures to Kingston with the intention of doing some Christmas shopping. But almost as soon as I arrived realised this was more of a gluten free recce!

Firstly I came across a very tempting little shop called sweet revenge bakery. I gazed  longingly through the window wishing desperately that I wasn’t gluten intolerant. I then noticed a sign on the glass announcing that gluten free cupcakes were available at weekends – beyond excited! Sadly it was a Friday and I’m currently avoiding sugar, so maybe just as well!

I found @RevengeCupcakes on Twitter and due to popular demand gluten free cupcakes will now be available everyday. Great news! I also checked that the cakes are baked and stored separately, which they are. However they couldn’t guarantee 100% gluten free as they’re prepared using the same kitchen, which is no different from pizza restaurants etc. I will return in the new year to give them ago. I can’t wait!

Almost immediately I came across a health food shop foodforthoughtuk.com fully stocked with free from goodies, I was like a kid in a sweet shop! I often visit the sister store in Guildford but was even more impressed with the selection here. Deciding to come back later to stock up,  I headed out to the shops.

By this time I was starving, remembering that I had read on Bruschetta restaurant‘s website that they supplied fresh gluten free pasta to an eatery in the Bentalls centre, I scurried over to see if I could find it. Centre view restaurant is inside Bentalls itself. Very excitedly I rushed to the pasta section, I couldn’t see a sign but asked anyway. No problem came the answer, I chose spaghetti with pesto and parmesan.

Gluten free fresh pasta was not a cheap option at just over £7 especially in a canteen style eatery. But I have to say it arrived quickly and although looked a little unattractive on the plate, tasted incredible. Will definitely return again for lunch next time I’m in Kingston.

I also couldn’t help but notice a large sign saying ‘gluten free cakes available’ (also made by Bruschetta restaurant) purely for research purposes I asked what cakes were available, sadly they were all sold out. But was assured that there would be more in the very next day. Temptation number two avoided, phew!

This had turned into a real foodie day and with not a great deal of Christmas shopping done I headed back to Food For Thought. Stocking up on GF savoury biscuits, crisps, buckwheat flour and another Organ pizza mix. There was so much more I could have bought, maybe next time!

I’ve decided Kingston is my new favourite place to shop and eat.

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