Gluten Dodging in the Brecon Beacons

I’ve just returned from a week away in the Brecon Beacons in Wales – and all I can say is thank goodness for all the exercise we did, because otherwise I think I’d be the size of a small house. The Welsh love their food, and rest assured, even if you have coeliac, they won’t want you to miss out!

As it turned out, the pub opposite our cottage was a fantastic find for gluten dodgers. The Star Inn at Talybont-on-Usk served not only gluten free fish n’ chips, which I sampled and can definitely vouch for, but they will also do gluten free onion rings with your steak, as well as GF chips! I was sorely tempted, I must admit, to ask for a bowl of them on the side, but there is such a thing as too much batter, I am told. I needed to leave room for the gluten free Sticky Toffee Pudding, anyway (oh yes, really). Don’t be put off by what looks like a small portion, I promise you, you’ll be bursting the seams, because it’s rich, sweet, sticky, and everything you’d expect from a proper British pud!

The Star wasn’t the only fantastic foodie find. The Bear Hotel at Crickhowell served up a fine feast after a hard afternoon’s mountain biking around the area. They do a gluten free menu, which has a decent selection of starters and mains, and a cheeseboard that they will do with GF oatcakes. Top marks however for being able to adapt most of the specials dishes for a GF diner too – just to be super-awkward, I decided I fancied the tuna dish on the board, and when I tentatively asked, they happily went and asked the chef, who obliged willingly. The tuna was cooked to absolute perfection, with yummy saute potatoes and fennel and a tomato salsa. Although not GF, Mr Dodger’s slow cooked rib of beef and sweet potato fries looked amazing and went down a storm – he even ate the side salad.

I have one criticism though, it was light on the puddings. Vanilla panna cotta isn’t my favourite dessert, but it’s one that often appears on gluten free menus for obvious reasons, however if like me you’re not a vanilla fan, there wasn’t much else, so we ended up skipping dessert and polishing off the rest of my birthday chocolates.

However, after a week of all these foodie indulgences, I’m feeling the need for a few more vegetables and fruits in my life, so I’m going to be dusting off the juicer. If you’ve got a favourite juice recipe, why not post it and I’ll try it out – winning recipes featured on the next post!


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