This week we took baby A to Cambridge to register her birth and then went for a lovely family lunch.
We love eating out and continue to do so with J, but it can be difficult with multiple allergies. The level of knowledge and information varies greatly, despite the new allergen laws and it can be very stressful and scary to trust other people to cater for him. We always have a back up packed lunch for him but we think it is important he gets to join in with normal family outings, where possible.
So, I thought it would be good to mention a few places we have visited recently where we have had really positive experiences. It makes such a difference when restaurants and their staff know about allergens and are willing to help.
Byron Burgers, Cambridge
As J is allergic to sesame seeds, burger buns can be a bit of a nightmare. So it’s a great start that Byron Burgers don’t use any sesame seed buns. They have a clear allergy menu which is available online and their burgers and fries are safe for all J’s allergies. The manager in Cambridge was so knowledgeable about cross contamination and actively took every step she could to make sure the meal was safe.
Thurleigh Farm, Befordshire
Eating out is so much easier when restaurants have a good allergy menu and the one at Thurleigh Farm’s cafe is the best I have seen. It includes clear charts highlighting the top allergens in every dish on the menu but also included full ingredients lists. This is really helpful when you have a less common allergy, like garlic, which doesn’t have to be highlighted by law.
John O’Gaunt, Sutton
I also want to give a special mention to our local pub, which we can walk to across the field behind our house. The John O’Gaunt at Sutton doesn’t have a written allergy menu but their manager is very clued up about ingredients and always caters really well for J, happily making him an individual meal.
Where are your top places to eat out with allergies? I’d love to hear some more recommendations.