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Hi and welcome back.
If there is one thing I love to do its going out for a meal to celebrate an occasion. Whether its a birthday, promotion, engagement or just because its the end of the week, nothing is better than taking the night off from cooking and cleaning and just enjoying time with family and friends.
Today is another addition to the Eating Out mini-series and this time we are focusing on one of my favourite places to eat, The Crewe and Harpur.
Situated just off the A50 in Derby across from the Swarkestone Causeway, this gorgeous pub has both indoor and outdoor seating with a friendly relaxed atmosphere and good food. There are a variety of options available for the coeliac including, halloumi and grilled pineapple or sharing nachos which have the option to add piri-piri chicken to them. Other options include pub favourites of ham, egg and chips, grilled steak and gammon with chips, Balanced BBQ Pulled Pork Hash, Rotisserie chicken with gluten free southern style gravy, salads and jacket potatoes.
For me, I couldn’t resist the Craft Platters with grilled halloumi (I have a total weakness for this) and Chip Shop Bites which are a new addition to the menu. They are pea and potatoes seasoned with vinegar in a crispy cider vinegar batter. They were incredible! It was so nice to enjoy a sharing starter with people and not to be eating totally different food.
For main, I couldn’t resist the rotisserie chicken with skin on fries. I was so excited to find these are cooked in a separate fryer (do check before ordering). When asked for sauces, I was initially hesitant. I am still growing with my food options and I’ve never been the biggest fan of gravy. However, I wanted to try something different and now I am obsessed. I get this every time I come here now. Please try it if you go.
The best part of the meal for me is always dessert so I had to order the Salted Caramel and Pecan Brownie. Okay, I know it is a brownie and we always have a brownie option on the menu, but this one is just too good to pass up. Seriously, you need to go to Marstons just for this. There are options available for dessert including ice cream or Sticky Toffee Pudding if you don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as me.
If main meals are too much for you, Marstons also have a gluten free light bites menu and sides you can enjoy too. Having visited the Crewe and Harpur since my trip with my friend, I have enjoyed this menu too. My favourite was the Tiger Tops; a speciality of the chain which are skin-on fries mixed with sweet potato fries. They are served with a variety of toppings; The Mexican topping of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and red jalepenos are divine. Other options on the light bites menu include the 5 oz gammon steak, salads and even sandwiches. The sandwiches are served on gluten free Genius bread with options including: Mature Cheddar and Caramelised Red Onion Chutney, Rump Steak and Onion, Rotisserie Chicken and Cheddar Cheese Melt. The one I am desperate to try is The Classic Club – three layers of bread with chicken, bacon, little gem lettuce, beef tomato and mayonnaise.
Festive Menu 2018
Christmas 2018 was a magical time for me; we hosted our first Christmas in our home. My husbands parents, grandparents and brother all came to join us. They wanted to go somewhere on Christmas Eve so my first choice was the Crewe and Harpur. We had to pre-order from the Festive Menu and sadly it was only available until the 4th January 2019 which we have now passed. However, the staff informed me they do a gluten free festive menu every year so hopefully these dishes will be available Christmas 2019 too.
They could adapt most of the starters and mains to be gluten free which was amazing to find out. For me, I opted for the Spiced Butternut Squash and Spinach Soup with a gluten free roll for starter. Heaven with a bit of a kick behind it; I love spicy food so this was perfect for me.
The main course again had options: while the Roast Turkey sounded devine, I was cooking turkey for Christmas Day and didn’t want to eat it for two days running. Instead, I opted for the St Clements Kiln Roasted Salmon Tart on gluten free pastry, gluten free roasted potatoes and vegetables. This was incredible and it was such a treat to enjoy good quality gluten free pastry when Eating Out.
Desserts had many options but I didn’t pre-order this as I was worried I would be too full. However, I could still manage dessert (sometimes I think I have a separate stomach for just sweet treats, anyone else?) Sadly, the sticky toffee pudding had sold out but I still got to indulge in my favourite treat; the Salted Caramel, Pecan and Fudge Brownie. Seriously, is there a better way to spend Christmas Eve than enjoying good gluten free food with family and not having the hassle or worry?
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