The Real Food Café announce return of Gluten Free Fortnight

The Real Food Café based in Tyndrum has announced they will be returning once again with their Gluten Free Fortnight between the 15 – 31 October. Following the success of the inaugural event in 2019, the Real Foods Café is excited to launch the event once more and continue to serve the best gluten free fish and chips, gluten free beer and many other tasty dishes on the menu.

The Real Food Café is a roadside diner which has been serving delicious food for years, including its famous gluten free fish and chips. The diner has been recognised for over a decade as an A Grade Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer with a variety of gluten free items on the menu and a kitchen carefully set up to accommodate the allergen.

The Gluten Free Fortnight was a success in 2019 and Real Food Café has high expectations for its return. The highlight of the menu will be the ever-favourite gluten free fish and chips, and the café has expanded on the menu to include new dishes such as a gluten free roll and pork sausage, a Macsween battered sliced haggis, Battered Letterfinlay sausage and chips, Tangy tomato tacos, Smoked haddock kedgeree, vegan Mediterranean vegetable and halloumi stew, and Salted caramel brownies.

The sponsors of the event themselves are a testimony to Real Food Café’s aim to provide the best, locally sourced and highest quality food to its customers. The event will be sponsored by Goldensheaf, which provides the café with its regular and gluten free batter mix, and Bellfield Brewery, a gluten free brewery based in Edinburgh. Throughout the event, the café will serve 330ml bottles of Bellfield’s Lawless Village IPA and its Bohemian Pilsner.

During the first Gluten Free Fortnight in 2019, the café conducted a successful market research survey and they will do the same again this year. They will ask all the customers for feedback so they can continue to improve the event and everyone who gives feedback will be entered into a prize draw for a hamper full of Real Food Café favourites.

Warren Kidney, Account Manager, Kerry Foods (Scotland): “Kerry Foods is looking forward to being part of Gluten Free Fortnight, we were part of the previous event which was a real success. Our Goldensheaf Gluten Free Batter Mix is made only 55 miles away in our manufacturing site just outside Glasgow. It is renowned for its quality, heritage and sustainability. We hope all the customers enjoy this Gluten Free Fortnight as much as they did the last one.”

Alistair Brown, Co-founder of Bellfield Brewery: “We are delighted that our award-winning Bellfield beers – all gluten free and vegan - are now stocked widely across Scotland and the UK and it is particularly satisfying to have a presence in the Real Food Cafe and to support their Gluten Free Fortnight. The cafe is our go to stopping off point on family trips to the West Highlands since discovering their gluten free Haddock and chips”.

Sarah Heward, co-owner of The Real Food Café said: “We launched Gluten Free Fortnight back in 2019 on the back of the loyal gluten free following we have established. We were one of the first in our industry to start serving gluten free dishes and we want to give people suffering from gluten intolerances the chance to enjoy a specific gluten free event. I am so pleased that Goldensheaf has come back on board this year and that Bellfield Brewery is now involved. We will continue to grow the event each year and expand our offering. I am really looking forward to it and know that the event is keenly anticipated by those following a gluten free diet across Scotland and beyond.”

Sarah Heward started The Real Food Café in 2005 and has since created a wonderful and well-known café with its fantastic tasting food from the famous fish and chips to excellent home baked goods. The café has become a valued asset within the community and is loved by locals and tourists alike.

The Real Food Café is a strong advocate for excellent fish policing. They are members of the Marine Stewardship Council whereby all their fish products are sourced from sustainable farming methods. They also members of Visit Scotland’s Taste our Best scheme. One of the criteria is that the business must buy at least 40% of its produce in Scotland and at the last audit, The Real Food Café bought 80%, so they are true champions of the Scottish market.

In 2020 the Café won the National Fish Fryers Federation’s Quality Award Champion at the National Fish & Chip Awards and was crowned Best Informal Dining Experience at the national Thistle Awards.

Sarah Heward and Alan McColm, co-owners, continue to grow and develop the café. Their priority is to champion careers in hospitality, particularly in the fish and chip industry.

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