A Guide to Gluten Free Afternoon Tea
By Jane Venables
Sandwiches, cakes and scones may seem like the most inappropriate of menus for anyone on a gluten free diet, but the pastry chefs in charge of creating some of the UK’s most wonderful afternoon teas have created some delectable alternatives.
Coeliac disease affects approximately 1 in every 100 people in the UK and is a condition whereby the body reacts negatively to anything containing gluten. Anything made from wheat, barley and rye contains gluten, therefore one would imagine that afternoon tea was out of the question for anyone suffering from coeliac disease but thankfully this is not the case. Coeliacs can now enjoy a delicious afternoon tea just like anybody else thanks to the huge variety of gluten free afternoon tea menus out there.
We thought it might be a nice idea to highlight some of the superb gluten free options out there so here are just a few to give everyone an idea of just how wonderfully delectable a gluten free afternoon tea can be.
The fabulous St Ermin’s Hotel in Mayfair has created a divine gluten free menu of mouth-watering proportions. Gluten free scones, gluten free bread and delicious cakes such as Tonka bean panna cotta, juniper and lemon macaron, cherry Bakewell and apple crumble all feature on this marvellous menu.
The renowned afternoon tea at Fortnum & Mason has also been given a gluten free twist, featuring irresistible treats such as rich chocolate cupcakes, lime, coconut and raspberry tart and rose scented macarons along with gluten free scones and bread.
One of our most recent additions to Afternoon Tea Online is the wonderful Beas of Bloomsbury, a veritable paradise for afternoon tea. Their gluten free option is sublime and features sweets such as mini meringues, fruity marshmallows and mini brownies. Freshly baked gluten free scones are truly mouth-watering, served with strawberry preserve and thick clotted cream.
Afternoon Tea is one of life’s real pleasures and just because you are a coeliac, there is no reason whatsoever to miss out on indulging in one of our favourite British pastimes. Take a look at our brilliant and very helpful Gluten Free page and you’ll find a variety of fabulous afternoon tea venues throughout the UK offering a gluten free menu.
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