Restaurant Review: Oscar & Bentley’s, Canterbury, Kent

Oscar and Bentley’s in historic Canterbury were this year’s winners in the Restaurants category of the inaugural Free From Eating Out Awards. You can read about the FFEOA here.

In advance of visiting O&B, I had called to check how they manage allergies (I’m allergic to almonds as well as intolerant to gluten). I received the most detailed reply ever on cross contamination controls. Not only did I receive an explanation on how and where nuts were stored in the kitchen, but I was also informed they made a nut free crumble (after the kitchen had been cleaned down) and they would keep a portion for me just in case I would like this for my pudding. Impressed.

O&B is located in the very heart of Canterbury, just off the High Street. The décor of this 100% gluten free restaurant is quite glam.

The menu is interesting covering more than your standard fare of naturally gluten free items (chilli, curry, griddled chicken,jacket potatoes etc.,) and instead includes items normally off the menu for coeliacs such as fish and chips, crispy duck wrap and tempura king prawns. Everything is gluten free. Items suitable for dairy free, vegans, vegetarians are listed on the menu. Nut free dishes were listed on the pudding menu.

A special nod to the kids menu. Kids can select between 3 and 4 options within each category of main (protein), side (carbs), veggies, drink and pudding. Overall there was a good balance of healthy vs treat options. This is an excellent place for kids with allergies to eat. Not only would they have safe options but they can choose what they’d like to eat. Imagine how exciting that would be for a child with allergies!

I decided to choose items from the menu which I couldn’t normally eat. So chose a lot of battered items!

I don’t think I could have been more impressed with the quality of the food. The batter was light, very crispy and not in the least greasy. Although this is a 100% gluten free restaurant the quality of the food is such that you would forget you’re eating gluten free food – it’s that good. Mr D pronounced the chips served with his burger to be the best ever.

Gluten free fish & chips and onion rings

I was also impressed with the drinks menu, Celia gluten free lager plus a great selection of Kentish wines at reasonable prices.

Gluten free Celia

Gluten free Celia

Canterbury can be reached in 58 minutes on the high speed train from London’s St Pancras. Perfect for a day trip to explore this beautiful city and have a wonderful, safe lunch at Oscar and Bentley’s!

Would I go back?: Try stopping me!

Cost: £56 for two people who ate 3 courses including a beer each

Address: 10 Guildhall Street, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JQ

Opening times: Closed Mondays but please check here for current opening hours

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