There is good news for those who need to follow a gluten free diet because Little Bay Restaurants have just introduced gluten free pasta and beer to their menus. The new additions are influenced by tennis ace Novak Djokovic, who has been making food headlines since his switch to a special gluten free diet – which some believe may have had a positive influence on his game.
For those intolerant to the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, every little helps when it comes to eating out and it’s good to know where there are clear gluten free choices.
The modern European restaurant chain Little Bay was founded by Peter Ilic, who created a news frenzy in February 2009 by telling customers to pay what they thought his food was worth at the group’s Farringdon branch. Although some people were aghast at this move, it turned out to be an overwhelming success and was hailed as an innovative promotions tool in difficult times.
Diners can sample the new gluten free menu at the four Little Bay restaurants in London and as Peter Ilic commented: “This menu will not only benefit those suffering from coeliac disease, but will bring Londoners a new healthy, yet tasty dietary option. If we can get Londoners to be as energetic and successful as Novak, London will be a much happier and healthier place!”
It’s hard to know where to head in London for a romantic meal for two, so with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’ve done a quick trawl of what’s on offer at a handful of restaurants in the capital.
Valentine’s value in the West End
Bistro 1 offers a vibrant bistro environment, with a Mediterranean style menu and for lovers on a budget, it will be hard to beat their Valentine’s Day value this year.
With a choice of three restaurant locations on either Frith Street, Brewer Street or Beak Street each Bistro 1 venue has a Valentine’s special romantic candlelit dinner on February 14th with 2 courses for £15.50 per person or 3 Courses for £17.50 person.
Chic Parisian style meal appeal
Inspired by some of the fabulous Parisian brasseries such as Le Couple and Lipp, Le Bouchon Breton is in the rejuvenated Spitalfields Market on the fringe of the City. With a Champagne Bar and an impressively huge dining area – with over 200 covers – it’s got everything for a night out and the menu offers a range of classic dishes to keep any Francophile happily fed.
On Valentine’s Day, you can romance the night away here for £39 per person for a four course dinner with live music. You might want to budget for something luscious from their Champagne Bar too if you’re looking to impress ‘the one’.
Cosy up together in Fulham
If you’re withing easy distance of Fulham, you can get cosy with your loved one at My Dining Room the wonderful home from home on the doorstep of Fulham locals.
It’s designed to be the perfect place to socialise, eat and drink in a relaxing and unpretentious venue, so think comfy sofas and roaring fires for a pre dinner drink in the lounge, followed by dinner in the contemporary but homely dining area.
This place is particularly good if you can’t make a special meal on the big day itself, because the Valentine’s Special Menu is available from February 11th to February 14th, with four courses and a glass of champagne for £40 per person.
Romance and luxury
With executive chef Pascal Proyart at the helm, One-O-One is reputed to be one of the finest seafood restaurants in London and has an exquisite range of Breton dishes on the menu, all served in an elegant and stylish Knightsbridge venue.
If you really have found the love of your life, this might be just the place to pop the question, or at least to impress them sufficiently and let the world know you’re a match made in heaven. Assuming that you both like seafood that is….
The six course Valentine’s menu is available on February 14th for £95 per person, with gourmet courses such as Cured Seabass and Vanilla Olive Oil and Roasted White Halibut with Langoustine Dumpling.
There are plenty more Valentine’s deal too – check out the full range of restaurants in London with Valentine’s Day offers.
If you’re looking for restaurants outside London for the big day, check back in a day or two, as we’ll be doing a round up of offerings for other cities too.
Looking for somewhere you can take the kids for a meal in London where they’ll be fussed over rather than frowned at, or simply want to eat out with the family but avoid the fast food joints?
We’ve pinpointed five places that aim to offer a dining experience that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
Babylon Restaurant – Kensington High Street
The ultimate in smart sophisticated dining, Babylon’s roof terrace restaurant is 100 feet above Kensington High Street, offering panoramic views of the city beyond. It probably wouldn’t be the first restaurant that parents would think of when heading out with their children, but Babylon caters especially for its young visitors by offering an inviting ‘Young Diner’s Menu’, which is geared towards the palates of children, without resorting to pizza and chips. With two courses for £6 or three courses for £8, youngsters who prefer this menu can choose from dishes such as salmon fish fingers with new potatoes or chips, or linguini pasta, whilst the main menu overflows with mouthwatering dishes such as roast Gressingham duck with creamed savoy cabbage and baked fillet of Loch Duart salmon with buttered curly kale.
Bumpkin Restaurants – South Kensington and Notting Hill
With restaurants in both South Kensingon and Notting Hill Bumpkin restaurants focus on good home from home style British cooking, served in a relaxed environment with a touch of rustic charm. Their special children’s menu has a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, designed to tempt children to eat and enjoy, whilst using wholesome ingredients. Examples include organic chicken breast with a tarragon potato cake, macaroni cheese with summer beans and bangers and mash with onion gravy. Adults fare well too, with an inspired choice of great British classics such as roast Cornish monkfish with baby grilled vegetables & lemon dressing, roast rack of Elwy Valley lamb with stovies, broad beans & mint and a salad of heritage tomato, roast beetroot & soft goat’s cheese.
Fire & Stone
With four locations in London and others outside the capital, Fire & Stone is a snazzy and stylish pizza specialist, with all pizzas made fresh on site in their huge wood fired ovens. It’s just the place to take the kids for pizza, whilst satisfying adult culinary cravings at the same time. For £4.95 the kids can build their own pizza, tuck into a bowl of pasta or nibble at a platter of anti pasti and their soft drink and ice cream pudding is part of the deal too. The grown ups meanwhile, are enticed with all manner of pizzas from the Koh Samui with coconut curry sauce and roast sweet potato to the Sydney with crisp oven roast smoked bacon.
This is the place to head to for a burger treat without restorting to the fast food chains. Sticky Fingers is co-owned by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and is awash with a showcase of rock and roll memorabilia and renowned for its award-winning burgers. As well as burgers, they also have a good range of other North American and Mexican favourites, from steak to spare ribs, which will cause the inevitable sticky fingers …