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Hello!

I'm going on a trip to Scotland next week to march in the Edinburg(sp?) Easter Parade with my dance team. We are spending the whole week there, and have to provide most of the meals for ourselves. I know that several of the supermarkets carry gluten free foods that I can buy once I get there, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any resturants in the area that had a good selection of gluten-free food, so I don't have to cook food in the microwave of my hotel every day <_< and I'm not that big of a burden to the group I'll be with.

Thanks bunches!

Taylor

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Hey Taylor

coool your off to edinburgh, i lived there for the last three years, i've never eaten in these restaurants so i can't say how good the food is, but they serve gluten free...I googled it for you to find a few....so maybe they aren't so good, but I hope it is off some help.

1. David Bann 56-58 St Mary's Street which is just off the Royal Mile and the Cowgate...vegan and vegetarian and they tell you which ones are gluten free. :) i've walked past this soooo many times and it look quite good...lol

2. Henderson's of Edinburgh, 94 Hanover Street which is off Prince's Street....vegan and vegetarian and also some gluten free food

3.Fishers, 58 Thistle Street, said to have really friendly staff and don't make a fuss when you ask for gluten free food, prepare everything from fresh...

4.La Tasca Tapas Bar, Omni Centre...a great one...clearly m arked gluten-free and DF on menu with ingrediants listed....not hard to find in Edinburgh, quite central

5.Browns, 131-133 Georges St. Says friendly to gluten free diet, but no suitable desserts avaialble.

6.Always Sunday is at 170 High Street on the Royal Mile says "The café caters particularly for vegetarians and wheat, gluten and dairy- free diets." sounds good! and is really central on the tourist bit...well all of edinburgh is the tourist bit it's so small lol

7.L'Amore D'Italia, 97/101 Fountainbridge...italian restaurant, gluten free pizza and pasta...maybe a wee bit out of edinburgh...not too far, get there on a bus or if u like walking :)

which hotel are you staying at? maybe you could phone ahead and ask the restaurant there if they could cater a gluten-free diet?

maybe google some more if these arn't so good. Some places i've been in edinburgh are so bad at gluten free food, i went to TGI's and they gave me mash..just a scoop of mash while my friend ate a whole plate of nice food :huh: There are a lot of restaurants in Edinburgh, and i think the veggie ones will probably have some gluten free food, so i hope you find something. I ate in a really good restaurant but i forgot the name, they made it all from scratch...i'll ask my friend and post it.

and your right, soooo many places sell gluten free food, it is really easy to get hold off and is clearly labelled, and now the new labelling law has come in :)

have a great time! and go up Arthurs seat! soo pretty :rolleyes:

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http://www.gluten-free-onthego.com/

is a website run by Coeliac UK - eating establishments register their gluten-free 'credentials' there.

also see http://www.sillyyak.co.uk/national_coeliac...p/Edinburgh.htm

http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=show&pageid=1029

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=506692004

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/edinburg...68,wgluten-free

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/edinburg...v621,wallergies

Dietary Alert cards provided by http://www.dietarycard.com are commonly used in Scottish restaurants to explain the gluten-free diet clearly but discretely.

For an authentically British fast-food experience, coeliacs travel many hundreds of miles to Land'n'Sea, a fish and chip shop about 25 minutes outside Edinburgh http://www.glu2go.co.uk for gluten-free fish n chips.

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Hello!

I'm going on a trip to Scotland next week to march in the Edinburg(sp?) Easter Parade with my dance team. We are spending the whole week there, and have to provide most of the meals for ourselves. I know that several of the supermarkets carry gluten free foods that I can buy once I get there, but I was wondering if anyone knew of any resturants in the area that had a good selection of gluten-free food, so I don't have to cook food in the microwave of my hotel every day <_< and I'm not that big of a burden to the group I'll be with.

Thanks bunches!

Taylor

HI. I live in Lincoln, England. Try googling Coeliac UK. THeyre realyl helpful, and have lists of restaurnats as well as places to stay that are gluten-free. Hope that helps :)

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Taylor,

Most pubs in Edinburgh do a (v cheap and big portion) baked potato with cheese, salad, tuna etc. Watch the cheese as it might be bought pre-grated and have an anti-caking agent. Baked potatoes are a Scottish staple so you'll get them in almost every restaurant and you can always just go with tuna and salad to be safe. The Mount Royal Hotel (on Princess St) near Jenners has fantastic food for lunch, you can get a baked potato there that's OK (check the cheese again though, it's been a while) and has fantastic views of the castle. It's warm and cosy, cheap prices and a well kept secret. Also go to The Elephant House (on George IV Bridge just off the Royal Mile) and sit out the back (it looks nothing from the front) - brilliant views and I've eaten there although can't remember what. Worth it for the views.

Tesco's supermarket lists known allergens on all their food labels so eating in is easy, and Marks and Spencers has some gluten-free stuff. Do the open top bus tour. And an underground city tour (Mary King's Close) in the Royal Mile is an absolute must! The Scots are really accommodating so you can always bring a gluten-free Marks and Spencers microwave meal and they'll heat it up if you're with a group that's eating. Have fun!

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I've been to Scotland twice since diagnosis and had NO problems. I was on a bus tour so had very little choice, but everywhere seemed to know what gluten-free was and be quite willing to accomodate. I got a little tired of potatoes for lunch (and, fair warning, their tuna might be a little strong to an American palate!) but I only got glutened once in 20 days total, and that might have been me (it was the first visit and I was only recently gluten-free and learning).

BTW, I second the recommendation for the Mary King's Close tour -- that was remarkable!

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I note the ideas on the previous emails and wonder if anyone has experience of Orkney and Glasgow. We will only 2 nights in Glasgow, but 8 nights in Orkney (Kirkwall). I have been there before and recall that Orkney ice cream was fine! However, wonder if anyone knows if I will be able to purchase cereal and bread/biscuits in Orkney. Thanks. Libby

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http://www.gluten-free-onthego.com/

is a website run by Coeliac UK - eating establishments register their gluten-free 'credentials' there.

also see http://www.sillyyak.co.uk/national_coeliac...p/Edinburgh.htm

http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction...amp;pageid=1029

http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/health.cfm?id=506692004

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/edinburg...68,wgluten-free

http://www.list.co.uk/restaurants/edinburg...v621,wallergies

Dietary Alert cards provided by http://www.dietarycard.com are commonly used in Scottish restaurants to explain the gluten-free diet clearly but discretely.

For an authentically British fast-food experience, coeliacs travel many hundreds of miles to Land'n'Sea, a fish and chip shop about 25 minutes outside Edinburgh http://www.glu2go.co.uk for gluten-free fish n chips.

Actually C-UK charge resto's to register. This more or less limits them to places that really shouldn't be called resto's but fast food joints since real resto's rarely pay uness they have a real good reason (like the owner is coeliac). London has 3 resto's listed .. One from Worral Smith (TV chef) and then La tasca and Smolensky's.

La Tasca is really bad Tapas ... I have used them in desperation but I always feel bad going somewhere with such poor food when I'm the reason.

Smolensky's is not bad... at leaast unpretentious diner style food (burgers, ribs, steaks)... though stray off the grill and they are really poor as well. They use frozen shrimps.. (UGGGH)... (at least its a step up from La Tasca where pretty much all the food sucks)

My local Italian does gluten-free pasta ... as well as a lot of gluten-free options.. they make real food....though they can't afford the fees C-UK demand.

Beware of anything C-UK do and even more beware of anytihng they publish. They are a very nasty organisation that lie and hide studies as a matter of course and withhold results from their members.

The "Directors" of CUK have their own business which they run from the charitiy HQ but pay no rent...

CUK have actively published articles denying depression and neurological symptoms of celiac disease. Have hidden studies and campaigned the govt. to not make listing wheat compulsary ...

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I stay just outside Edinburgh abd there is alot of places to eat and if you cant see anything on the menu just ask to speak to the chef and they will accomdate you they are generally really good, alot of the supermarkets sell stuff aswell so you should be fine.

Hope you have a good holiday its a great place

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