Harrogate pub introduces gluten-free menu

19 February 2013 by
Harrogate pub introduces gluten-free menu

The Shoulder of Mutton in Kirkby Overblow near Harrogate, has launched an entirely gluten-free menu for its coeliac guests.

The menu offers a range of gluten-free starters, mains and desserts including everything from Yorkshire puddings and gravy to gluten-free biscuits for cheese.

"People shouldn't have to compromise any part of the meal because they have the disease," said owner and coeliac sufferer Kate Deacon. "Our gluten-free food has proved so popular, and even people who don't suffer from the disease can't tell the difference!"

Kate, who was diagnosed with the disease 16 years ago, established the menu following her own struggle to eat out at restaurants and pubs.

"When I was diagnosed after the birth of my first child, eating out became very hard. I spoke to pub and restaurant staff but they often didn't know what I meant and I'd end up with a dish that may have been contaminated with gluten," says Kate, who is on the Harrogate and Ripon committee of Coeliac UK. "It was a no-brainer for us to make as many of our pub dishes gluten free, and people cannot believe how much there is to choose from."

"Desserts have always been a big problem for me," said Kate. "Even if a venue has one or two mains they never have desserts, or, if they do, it's always the same-old fruit salad and a crème brulee. But here, we offer five desserts - which we source from Gluten Free Kitchen in Leyburn - that include luxury bread and butter pudding, fruit crumble and even Bakewell tart."

The Shoulder of Mutton's gluten free menu is available Tuesday to Saturday 12-2pm and 6-9pm.

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