So…. I’ve been away with work and I have good news and bad news.
The bad news – some hotels refuse to cater for gluten free diets.
The good news – some hotels go far beyond the call of duty!
(However, may I say I didn’t pre-warn either hotel about my requirements. You can be the judge of if this should make a difference.)
The first hotel was the Ramada Jarvis in Leamington Spa. It was such a rush for dinner and we were a large group. The options were Indian or Italian- random.
I’m still struggling with my new way of life so thought I chose wisely by having chicken biryani with no sauce and a side salad.
For breakfast – the choice was non existent. There was fruit but it was from tins and in syrup- not for me. There was also some melon and pieces of fruit. I asked the staff if I could have some gluten free bread and was told no, but I could have some wholemeal!!!!! Seriously.
I asked why they didn’t cater for such a common dietary need and I was told because it ‘was too expensive.’
Ramada is a huge chain of hotels in the UK. I don’t think they are short of a few bob do you? A loaf of gluten free bread is £2 in tesco!
So I had melon and a banana. It was going to be a BIG day and I wanted a bigger breakfast then that!
However our meeting was being held at a venue down the road- Woodland Grange. I explained to the staff about being gluten free and they were so helpful.
All the menus in the venue are clearly labelled with GF, so I know what I’m doing!!
Also, at break time I was given a plate of little gluten free cakes including macaroons that they had specially baked for me!! It was amazing! I should really have taken a picture but I didn’t have my phone on me!
What a difference between two venues! I spoke to some of the ladies who work at Woodland Grange and they simply said they wanted to try their best for everyone. I felt like a gluten free princess with my little cakes! Amazing.
So I managed to be away from home, and keep gluten free as far as I know, with a lot of help from the hotel!
I hope it’s always going to be that easy!
My lesson this week is to phone ahead to hotels and restaurants etc and tell them i am gluten free.
Here is little screen shot of their website