Eating out – Beefeater

Eating out – Beefeater

Hi and welcome back.

Today I am back with another instalment of my Eating Out series; this time its the multi-chain pub Beefeater. I was down in Basingstoke a few weekends ago catching up with friends and family and we decided to go out to eat. For us, the closest place was a Beefeater called The Spruce Goose. Sometimes, I find multi-chain pubs can either be really good at catering to the coeliac, or I find myself looking at a forest of a binder, trying to find anything that doesn’t contain gluten. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I get when I find something that doesn’t contain gluten and then realise its mayonnaise, or peppercorn sauce.

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Halloumi Salad

Thankfully, the Spruce Goose have created a gluten free menu which means I do not have to waste time perusing through a binder. Unfortunately, the prices aren’t listed on the non-gluten containing ingredients menu. This meant I had to make a selection, then search through the normal menu to find the price. I do struggle with this a little bit because it was hard to look through a menu with a good selection of gluten free options and then see all the items excluded to me just to look for the price.

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Beefeater NGCI menu

Anyway, once you do look at the menu there are a variety of selections available for starters, mains and deserts. While I was sorely tempted by Beef Crisps or Loaded Potato Dippers (with cheese and spring onion, or a cheese, bacon and spring onion option) to start we were short on time so opted for just mains and to consider deserts later. The options for mains was a good selection too which doesn’t just limit us to the the traditional salad option. Again, I was tempted by the BBQ Chicken ‘n’ Pork Ribs or Halloumi Salad  but couldn’t resist the  Smoky Paprika Chicken with a side salad and upgraded the normal chips (which are gluten free) to sweet potato fries.  The meal was tasty and the sweet potato fries definitely satisfied my craving.

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Smoky Paprika Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries

The desert options – for the sweet tooth – are limited to Lemon Curd Sorbet or Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt which I didn’t opt for as the main meal is so filling.

If you are ever looking for a meal out with family and friends, just know the Spruce Goose has a variety of non-gluten containing options that are tasty, won’t blow the budget and so much better than a salad not that there is anything wrong with that.

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Beefeater, Spruce Goose

Thank you for reading this Eating Out addition. If you ever visit a Beefeater, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page. Let me know where else you would like to see in this mini-series. Newsletter coming soon, don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss out on any future blog posts.


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