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    Edinburgh's Tower Restaurant Makes Afternoon Tea a Gluten-Free Affair

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      Tower restaurant's delightful-looking gluten-free afternoon tea comes with view of Edinburgh Castle.

    Caption: Gluten-Free tea time at the Tower Restaurant, which boasts a great view of Edinburgh Castle. Image: Tower Restaurant & CC BY-ND 2.0--Ullisan

    Celiac.com 12/30/2019 - Anyone familiar with life in the UK knows that they take their tea seriously. Tea in the UK is more than just a beverage. Afternoon tea is an event, replete with cookies, cakes, sandwiches and other baked delights. As such, traditional afternoon tea in the UK is not a gluten-free affair.

    That has now changed a bit, with the move by Edinburgh's Tower Restaurant, the eatery on top of the National Museum of Scotland, to offer a fully gluten-free afternoon tea.

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    To the delight of many gluten-free eaters, the museum shared a photo of its gluten-free tea spread on their Facebook page. Comments from pleased celiac sufferers and gluten-intolerant diners were swift, and overwhelmingly positive.

    Gluten-free eaters used to paying a premium over standard prices will rejoice in the news that the gluten-free afternoon tea is the same price as the regular version - £27.50, or £37.50, including a glass of champagne.

    Diners receive an array of gluten-free sandwiches, like ham and cheese, egg mayo, cress and cucumber, and dill butter, as well as savory pastries. The spread also includes gluten-free scones, clotted cream, and jam, along with fresh gluten-free cakes and desserts.

    For cocktail drinkers, the restaurant offers "G and Tea cocktails" (silver tip infused gin grenadine, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice), or "Rosy Lee Martinis" (silver-tip tea-infused Tanqueray Martini Rosso, rose syrup and lemon) to pair with your food. The afternoon tea is served between 2pm and 6pm each day. 

    Anyone who plans to be in the Edinburgh area during those times can book email reservations at tower-restaurant.com

    Read more at Edinburghlive.co.uk


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    "traditional afternoon tea in the UK is not a gluten-free affair."

    Have you actually been to the UK? We had no trouble finding lovely spots for afternoon tea in multiple cities in the UK, although it did take a bit of advance planning. One helpful site was https://afternoonteaonline.co.uk/features/ which allows to you specifically search for places with a gluten-free menu. Other times we emailed in advance, inquiring about gluten-free options, and usually places were able to accommodate us with advance notice.

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    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,500 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in science, scientific methodology, biology, anatomy, medicine, logic, and advanced research. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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