Gluten Free Afternoon Tea

Where to find gluten free and nut free afternoon tea in London, UK

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at Brown’s Hotel, London

Me and afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel are well acquainted. I’ve been there countless times over the years. I first started going there, long before diagnosis, with an Australian friend. We loved a Saturday catch up together over delicious cakes and tea in the beautiful dark wood panelled English Tea room. Chatting away while deeply sunk into winged back arm chairs in front of a fireplace, cosseted against the wet, cold, rainy London winter is a memory of London I’ll long treasure.

Despite a mix up on one occasion when we served gluten-full, not gluten free sandwiches (always remain vigilant even when chatting too much!), whenever I’ve been asked where to go in London for gluten free afternoon tea, it’s always Brown’s Hotel that I’d recommend.

So I thought that it’s probably about time to write an updated version of my post from 2011 (er, wow, so long ago?!) based on the afternoon tea I enjoyed at Brown’s hotel in March 2017.

My dining companions on this occasion were Carly and Kelly.

They are both Coeliac so required the gluten free afternoon tea whilst mine also needed to be nut free as well as gluten free.

The regular, Traditional Afternoon Tea menu:

We were served the same selection of gluten free sandwiches as those listed on the Traditional menu, but on super soft gluten free bread.

Refills of sandwiches are offered and we partook. I know it’s weird, but I truly love the sandwiches at afternoon tea more than the cakes.

We were then served scones, with raisins, and strawberry jam and clotted cream. Look at this mighty gluten free scone!

A few crumbs on slicing but the scones were lovely and soft.

A nut free and gluten free afternoon tea seems to result in a higher than expected quota of mousse based sweet options for me. I honestly don’t mind so much – I’m definitely more of a sandwiches and scones kind of girl, than cake. My selection of gluten free and nut free cakes are on the bottom plate in the photo below:

If you’re gluten free and planning to visit Brown’s Hotel, you should be aware that a new menu has been introduced. The Tea-Tox afternoon tea has been devised by “nutritionist” Madeleine Shaw and was launched in January 2017. The menu for the Tea-Tox is:

Carly and Kelly had ordered the Traditional afternoon tea to be served gluten free. And whilst they were served gluten free sandwiches and scones, they were served the “cake” selection from the Tea-Tox afternoon tea. I don’t know if this was an error, although the waiter seemed a little taken aback when we pointed out that the classic (i.e., sugar-full) version had been ordered, so perhaps not an error.

We asked the waiter if Carly and Kelly could have the gluten / nut free version I’d enjoyed and they were served the same selection as I’d received:

Gluten and Nut Free Afternoon Tea at Brown's Hotel, London

In summary, if you’re looking for a gluten free afternoon tea offering raw brownies and less refined sugar, Brown’s Hotel can offer you this as an afternoon tea.

However, if you’re looking for a delicious gluten free (and nut free) afternoon tea in the elegant, classic English Tea Room within one of London’s most luxurious hotels, Brown’s Hotel can offer you this too. But I’d recommend clarifying at the time of booking what you will be served if you expecting to receive a regular selection of sugary cakes within your afternoon tea.

Raw fruit bars and chocolate dipped bananas do not make a gluten free afternoon tea in my view!

Location: Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP

Website: Brown’s Hotel, London

Cost: Traditional and Tea-Tox Afternoon Teas are priced at £55 / person, or £65 with a glass of champagne. Service charge is added on top of this.

Would I come back?: Much as I’ve loved my afternoon teas here (and especially the company I’ve enjoyed it with!), I felt this time it was lacking in the something special I’ve enjoyed here in the past. I can’t put my finger on it….service was perhaps not up to usual scratch, perhaps the addition of the Tea-Tox (and potential for confusion to those with a medical reason not to consume gluten, rather than for lifestyle reasons) or maybe it’s that I’ve had my head truly turned by the gluten free afternoon tea I enjoyed at Claridges last Autumn. I’m sure I’ll be back, but perhaps I’ll be trying the afternoon teas at the Dorchester or the Langham hotels first.


Looking for other gluten free afternoon tea options? Click on the following links to read my reviews on gluten free afternoon teas at Claridges Hotel, Fortnum and Mason, Sanderson Hotel.

Gluten (and Nut) Free Afternoon Tea at Claridges Hotel, London

As the venue for my first ever gluten free afternoon tea, Claridges Hotel in London has a special place in my memory. A gluten free afternoon tea hosted by Genius bread at Claridges Hotel in London was the first event I was invited to as a result of writing this blog. I love with the Art Deco style of the hotel (who wouldn’t) and it’s stunning Dale Chihuly chandelier in The Foyer. The chap I was seated next to at the event was fascinating (an investor to the Genius business) and the gluten free cakes and sandwiches were astounding. Any thoughts that gluten free food would be bland or unglamorous were banished that day.

So when it came to choosing an afternoon tea for a special birthday treat for my Mum, reserving a table at Claridges was top of my wish list.

At Claridges it’s possible to book a table for afternoon tea up to 5.30pm. We booked for 5pm. The perfect time as we were heading on to the theatre that night.

Am I alone in getting goosebumps as you enter through Claridge’s hotel’s revolving door? The interior is just so stylish and glamorous. Hydrangeas were arranged beautifully throughout. (NB excuse the poorly lit photos; 5pm in late October means it was dark)

Seated in the low lit Foyer  we enjoyed the musicians playing nearby while we admired the Chihuly chandelier.

gluten free afternoon tea Claridges Hotel

The atmosphere was relaxed and the room had a lovely chattery buzz. Not in the least bit stuffy; people were well dressed but not OTT. (The dress code is elegant smart casual). And in a reminder at how popular afternoon tea is; every table was occupied.

gluten free afternoon tea menu Claridges

We started with a glass of champagne and our sandwiches were delivered with a flourish. Now call me weird but it’s usually the sandwiches I love most about afternoon tea. And these sandwiches were just marvellous. The gluten free bread was pillow soft.

gluten free afternoon tea Claridges Hotel

And the fillings. Oh my. They were all delicious but if I had to choose a favourite it would be the Dorrington ham with truffled Parmesan dressing and the Severn & Wye smoked salmon with lemon and samphire running a close second.

gluten free sandwiches Claridges hotel

Aside from the taste and imaginative, good quality fillings, what really impressed me about the sandwiches was that I had exactly the same as the gluten eaters. I had (a lovely) afternoon tea at the Lanesborough recently but my sandwich fillings were vegetarian. Delicious, but I’d have preferred to be served, as at Claridges, the same fillings as everyone else.

Once our sandwiches and champagne had been demolished (yes they replenish the sandwiches if you would like and yes I did), we moved on to scones and pastries along with the tea choice.

I’m a complete jasmine tea fan so I was keen to try the Claridges blend and it didn’t disappoint!

gluten free scones

The gluten free scones were spectacular! Not in the slightest crumbly and delivered warmed. Alongside the Cornish clotted cream, I liked the Marco Polo gelée they were served with. Although if I had one thing I’d have changed, it would be to have lemon curd with the scones. Is that sacrilege? I don’t know but I loved the lemon curd served with scones at the Lanesborough.

gluten free afternoon tea

My pastries in this photo are all both gluten and nut free. If you are only gluten free, I think your selection might be a little different.

gluten free claridges hotel

A final word on service. Just extraordinarily great. I realised after we left that I didn’t lift the tea pot once; my cup was constantly and seamlessly replenished, almost without me even noticing. At no point during our afternoon tea did we feel even remotely hurried or pushed to vacate the table for later guests. Perhaps this is a result of the 5pm booking, but I suspect we could’ve stayed (and I would’ve been happy to settle in) for the whole evening. If you are looking for a special treat, I could not recommend the whole afternoon tea experience at Claridges more highly.

Location: Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Website: Claridges Hotel
Would I come back?: In a heartbeat
Cost: Traditional Afternoon Tea £58 / with a glass of Laurent-Perrier £68 / with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé £78

Top tip: Book as far in advance as you can, afternoon tea at Claridges is very popular.

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Gluten and Nut Free Afternoon Tea Claridges Hotel, London

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea, London: Mad Hatter’s at The Sanderson

Going for gluten free afternoon tea when you’re supposed to be on a sugar free, mostly carb free diet is not exactly ideal timing. However, there was no way I was going to miss out on the chance to see Kelly and Miriam (was really sorry not to see Carly on the day too). The venue was the hip Sanderson Hotel tucked behind Goodge Street/Oxford Street for their very fun Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea.

In advance of the afternoon tea at The Sanderson Hotel, London I’d contacted the hotel to check it would also be nut free. Unfortunately I had to exchange a number of emails with them before I received a reply which reassured me that I would be catered for safely. In fact nuts are not used in any of their afternoon tea dishes (gluten free or not) but it took a number of emails to establish this as I kept receiving stock response emails without actually answering my questions.

somewhere over the rainbow

Our table was sat out in the light and airy courtyard garden. We checked again with the waitress that we would be served gluten free afternoon tea but were slightly alarmed when the waitress questioned if we could eat fish or ham in response to our questions on being served gluten free options. Not comforted we would be safely eating there, we asked to speak to the manager who did firmly reassure us that everything served to us would be both gluten and nut free.

The major attraction of this gluten free afternoon tea was the styling on the Mad Hatter’s theme. It was just so special. Delicately beautiful cakes. The tiny carrots poking out of green shoots, the little pink mushrooms. The clock faces on the cakes. I loved how the sugar cubes were served from a wind up musical box which played “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. I also particularly enjoyed the sandwiches and the bread was soft and the fillings flavoursome.

The only downside for me was the scones. We were chatting too much for me to realise I’d mistakenly put clotted cream on the savoury scones. It was only a slightly strange after taste that made me question what I was eating. Despite my fundamental error I didn’t enjoy them. They crumbled like I have never seen a gluten free scone crumble before. The sweet scones were the same on the crumble front. Definitely could do better.

crumbly scones

Gluten free afternoon tea is expensive. It’s also a slightly superfluous meal. You can’t really eat beforehand because you need to save your appetite and you’re inevitably too stuffed / overloaded in sugar to eat afterwards. So it needs to be good. The Sanderson’s gluten free afternoon tea certainly delivered (except for the scones).

While the end result was good, I do think the Sanderson hotel needs to invest some time in training their teams (both waitresses and those responding to phone/email queries) on food intolerances and allergies. Our booking contained information on the need to serve us gluten and nut free food. I would expect the wait staff to have been fully briefed in advance of our visit so they knew our dietary requirements without us needing to double check but this was not the case.

Cost: From £38 excluding service (automatically added)
Would I return?: Definitely. This was a really fun treat with good quality cakes and delicious sandwiches
Location: The Sanderson Hotel, 50 Berners Street, London W1T 3NG

A Gluten Free Guide To London: Eating Out

Coming to London on holiday? Or a Londoner looking for safe places to eat out in our exciting capital city? The restaurants I’ve listed below in my Gluten Free Guide to London: Eating Out have been chosen because I’ve visited them and know they can offer a good, reliable gluten free dining experience. Perhaps chain restaurants may not be everyone’s idea of a gastronomic meal out, however the advantage they have for the allergic or intolerant diner is that many have allergy menus and procedures in place to cook safely for those with food sensitivities.

Light Bites

Pod – Plenty of gluten free breakfast including porridge (which comes gluten free as standard) and they offer gluten free bread. Lunch ideas include veggie packed salads, nori wraps and hot dishes from a regularly updated menu along with individually wrapped gluten free (and some nut free) sweet treats are on offer at this growing chain. Clear allergy labelling is shown against the dishes on the menu boards. £

Eliot’s Cafe – If you are into food markets, this cool little restaurant with a daily changing menu is perfectly situated for Borough market. I booked a table for Saturday brunch (of delicious leek, goat’s cheese and Jersey Royal frittata) here via OpenDining with a note on my dietary restrictions. I was extremely impressed they called me back within 10 minutes to confirm they could safely cater for me. Check their website for opening times. ££

Starbucks – Offer gluten free sandwiches or wraps (fillings change from time to time), salads and cakes. The packaging does not shout about the wraps being gluten free so it may be worth asking if they have any in stock if you can’t immediately see them. The gluten free cakes are usually unwrapped (and thus present a possible cross contamination risk) but it’s possible to ask for a wrapped one from behind the counter. £

WAGfree Cafe – Gluten and wheat free cafe and bakery serving a great choice of gluten free pasta, toasties, cakes, biscuits in great atmosphere of Brixton Village. WAGfree also supply their wonderful products to Selfridges in London. Check their website here for location and current opening hours. £

Refuel on the Tourist Trail

Tate Modern – Offers gluten free options as well as delicious gluten free cakes if you need a sugar fix with a slice of modern art. £

The Natural History Museum – lots of gluten free options in The Restaurant (including fantastic gluten free pizza), a dedicated buggy park and plenty of high chairs. ££

Royal Academy – The Peyton & Byrne restaurant has been very accommodating in adapting dishes to be gluten free on numerous Friday night visits. They also do gluten free chocolate cake. ££

British Museum – Offers gluten free Afternoon Tea for a very reasonable £18. Advance notice required. ££

Reasonably Priced Lunch or Dinner

Honest Burgers – The original location is in the thriving culinary centre that is Brixton Village but they are expanding their restaurants all over London. Honest serves arguably London’s best burger in a gluten free bun along with house chips (French fries) with rosemary salt which can’t be beaten. They even offer gluten free Daura beer! If you only had time to visit one gluten free place for lunch in London, I would choose either Honest or Leon. £

Leon – Possibly my favourite place for a healthy quick lunch with a wide choice of gluten free options such as felafel served with rice and slaw is my favourite. Clear and well displayed allergy labelling. They have a good kid’s menu and welcome small people with pencils, paper and smiles. Branches located all over London and expanding. Can be found landside at Heathrow T3, King’s Cross and Folkestone Eurotunnel for any Eurostar travellers. £

La Polentaria – This friendly Italian restaurant located in the centre of Soho specialises in, you’ve guessed it, polenta based dishes. Everything on the menu – even lasagne and tiramisu – is gluten free. La Polentaria has Coeliac UK accreditation, meaning a safe option for Coeliacs eating out in central London. ££

Itsu – A chain of good sushi restaurants located all over London and even airside at Heathrow T5. Itsu offer a good range of gluten free options which are shown on their website here. They do not offer gluten free soy sauce but this may change in the future, so do ask. £

Wahaca – Chain of Mexican restaurants set up by a former Masterchef winner. There is a gluten free menu, waiters are (normally) very clued up and there are plenty of gluten free options. There is one branch located near to Trafalgar Square/Covent Garden and Olympic Park visitors can get their taco fix in the Wahaca at the Westfield shopping mall, Stratford. ££

ASK Italian, Zizzi, Carluccio’s, Pizza Hut and Bella Italia – These Italian chain restaurants which are easily found all over London all offer gluten free menus. Carluccio’s is my favourite for pasta, even offering this laminated gluten free menu. I prefer the gluten free pizza at ASK Italian££

Gourmet Burger Kitchen – Offer gluten free buns made by bFree. Sadly, they don’t offer gluten free fries but their burgers are delicious.

Something Special

Perhaps you’d like a special romantic meal? Or maybe you’d like to entertain a client (or even better, be entertained?). London has many excellent and Michelin starred restaurants and the majority of these will be able to cater for gluten free diets without fuss by adapting the dishes. Good restaurants do get booked up long in advance so if you have somewhere special in mind, make sure you call in advance and reserve a table. At the same time, notify the restaurant of your dietary restrictions, discuss with them how they will handle cooking for you and ask they confirm which menu options would be suitable for you.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park – voted top 5 restaurant in the world, this 2 Michelin star restaurant delivers spectacular British food from historical recipes. I’ve been lucky to go three times and on each occasion they’ve catered both gluten free and nut free effortlessly. ££££

The Ledbury – This 2 Michelin star restaurant in Notting Hill has won a slew of awards. The menu focuses on the best of British produce in its stunning dishes. The food was delicious but I found the interior décor, whilst stylish, to be a bit lacking in atmosphere. Perhaps just the January night I visited. ££££

Le Gavroche –  Michel Roux Jr’s 2 Michelin star restaurant achieved the near impossible and catered not only gluten and nut free but also for me when I was in the early stages of pregnancy and suffering from extreme morning all day sickness. This was no mean feat since it meant no shellfish and – pregnant or not – I refuse to eat any red meat when cooked well done.

Nopi – Lebanese / Middle Eastern / Asian influenced dishes. Many naturally gluten free options or can be easily adapted which means your (non gluten free) dining companions should be very happy with the choice of gluten free sharing dishes. £££

Hakkasan – Think you can’t eat gluten free Chinese? Think again! With one day’s notice the kitchen can prepare dishes such as Golden Fried Soft Shell Crab gluten free and without the risk of cross contamination. The interior of this Michelin starred restaurant is dark, sexy and I particularly love the pink mojitos here. ££££

Nobu– Japanese food in this well known celeb spot on Park Lane. They were incredibly helpful with gluten free dining and provided me with gluten free soy sauce. ££££

Rivington Grill – On a recent visit I had notified their Shoreditch location in advance of my dietary restrictions. When I arrived the chef had pre-prepared a menu for me with the items I could eat indicated. Menu focuses on modern British cuisine and has a lovely brasserie feel. Olympic visitors may find the Greenwich location convenient. £££

Polpo – Arrived in London without making any plans? This Italian bacaro in Soho could be the place for you as they don’t take advance reservations. Reasonable selection of gluten free dishes to share. However, it scores extra points with me since they were playing The Smiths the last time I ate dinner there! £££

Something Different

Fish & Chips – No trip to London could be complete without fish and chips! On Tuesday evenings, Olley’s in Brockwell Park offers this great British tradition in gluten free batter. Olley’s is 10 minutes by overland train from Victoria station to Herne Hill. ££

Indian – How about a curry (or ‘Ruby Murray’ in Cockney rhyming slang) on Brick Lane in London’s East End? This busy and vibrant street on the eastern edge of the City, London’s financial district is home to numerous restaurants from the Indian sub-continent. Indian food uses mainly non-wheat based flours making it an ideal choice for the gluten intolerant diner but obviously discuss cross contamination issues as you would in any restaurant. Not keen on spicy food? That’s OK, there are dishes such as korma or passanda which are less spicy. Indian food is also offers an excellent choice for vegetarians. ££

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea – Why not celebrate just being in one of the world’s most exciting cities by treating yourself to that quintessentially English tradition of Afternoon Tea?  Many of the top London hotels offer gluten free afternoon tea alongside their regular afternoon tea menus. Some also cater for additional dietary requirements such as diabetic and vegan. The best afternoon teas can be found at Brown’s HotelClaridges Hotel, and Fortnum & Mason. The Sanderson Hotel offers a Mad Hatter’s themed gluten free afternoon tea. Prices vary but budget for around £40 per person. Afternoon Tea is VERY popular and weekend slots can be booked weeks or even months in advance so please plan ahead and reserve if at all possible. £££

What are your favourite gluten free places to eat in London? Please do leave a comment below and help fellow travellers to London, along with residents, get the best out of gluten free London. 

Gluten Free Cupcakes at The Hummingbird Bakery

Tuesday was a MCD. A Mandatory Cake Day. Ever have one of those? A day where your mood is so low it’s a requirement to eat cake. Truly. It’s the law.

So what do you do when you need a gluten free cake? Your options are usually so limited. To be honest, I think it’s a good thing I can’t usually lay my hands on a slice of delicious spongy sweetness without true effort. When my colleagues bring in trays of synthetic smelling doughnuts I breathe a huge sigh of relief I can’t eat them. Really, how can anyone enjoy eating those rings of artificialness with their toppings in radioactive colours? That’s one mahoosive consolation for not being able to eat gluten as far as I’m concerned!

I took a walk at lunchtime to clear my head and came across the sign for the Hummingbird Bakery at the turn into the gloriously named Frying Pan Alley:

The Hummingbird Bakery store in Spitalfields is part of the new Nido student development (lucky students!):

I wandered in and spotted these Red Velvet cupcakes. Sitting in their own covered case, they were gluten free (more on that coming later…).

I practically swooned at the packaging my cupcake came in:

So how did it taste? The cream cheese frosting on the cupcake made it more like a dessert than a cake. The cupcake itself was also pretty crumbly so any attempts at breaking off small chunks to eat were impossible as the pieces turned to tiny crumbs. Instead I went the dainty route, with a fork. The cake itself was so light and fluffy it was like eating a delicious cloud. Albeit a very sugary cloud. I certainly had a nice sugar rush to the head from the cream cheese frosting. Very occasionally I make gluten free cupcakes (I have a killer chocolate cupcake recipe using ground almonds) but I never put frosting on them. I guess this is probably sacrilegious in the world of cupcakes but a cupcake with frosting is just too much sugar for me. So for once it was lovely to enjoy a cupcake with such delicious frosting. Won’t change my mind on the frosting for my own cupcakes though.

After I’d eaten the “gluten free” Red Velvet cupcake, I looked on the Hummingbird Bakery website and saw the following:

“* Our Made Without range uses gluten-free ingredients, however, please note that they are baked in kitchens that also handle ingredients that contain gluten.

In the interests of our customers’ health and well-being, The Hummingbird Bakery does not certify our Made Without range as gluten-free. Customers who require further information on the ingredients used in our Made Without range should contact us.”

Interesting. When I’d gone into the store, I’d simply asked if they had gluten free cupcakes and I’d been shown the Red Velvet cupcake I bought. Looking at the photo now it does appear that there may be a disclaimer on the sign above the cupcake. I’ll be honest, I was so happy in my otherwise poor mental state to have found a gluten free cupcake that I didn’t bother reading the sign.

But also interesting on another level. These cupcakes have been made with gluten free ingredients but in a kitchen which handles gluten containing ingredients and therefore cross contamination may occur. In January 2009 the EU made a change to the food labelling laws that only items with a certified gluten limit in the final food of 2oppm or less can be labelled as gluten free. Food producers have until January 2012 to comply with the new law. Does compliance with the new law mean that we will see more labels like this? Where companies either can’t or don’t want to acquire certification for the new gluten free levels where once they would have labelled them as gluten free? You can read more about safe levels of gluten here.

Before I make a return visit, I’ve contacted the Hummingbird Bakery requesting more information on their “Made Without” labelling and cross contamination levels. I shall report back when I receive a reply from them.

Update 14th August 2011

I received the following reply back from The Hummingbird Bakery:

“Thanks for your enquiry regarding our Made Without range!
We have labelled these products as “Made Without” because they are made with ingredients that do not contain gluten.  This includes the vinegar that we use on the Red Velvets and all the sprinkles that are on the other flavours.  We have technical specification sheets from our suppliers for all our ingredients, therefore, have made sure that we are using gluten-free ingredients for this range!
We do not label the products as Gluten-Free, because, as you point out, we have not had them tested to be compliant with the new Codex coming into force next year.  We do our best to prevent cross-contamination, however, as we point out in-store on the point of sale material next to the price labels and online, “Our Made Without range uses gluten-free ingredients.  Please note, however, that they are baked in kitchens that also handle ingredients that contain gluten.  In the interests of our customers’ health and well-being, The Hummingbird Bakery does not certify its Made Without range as gluten-free”.
Practically, we wash down the mixing equipment before mixing the Made Without batters, these are then kept separate and labelled, and then finally we bake them in the distinctive silver cases so that they stand out from the “regular” range.  As with nut allergies, we do handle ingredients containing gluten, so we cannot guarantee that there won’t be traces of gluten in the products.
Therefore, you must use your own judgement as to whether you are comfortable consuming these products.  We have many Coeliacs who are regular customers since we introduced this range, and have had no problems since we introduced the range in January.  But we have always been careful not to promise “gluten-free”, and have consulted with the Coeliac Society before we introduced this range and the name for it!
We hope this helps!”

After receiving this reply, I went back and asked if they had any plans to have their cupcakes tested for compliance with the new Codex which will be enforced in January 2012. This is the reply:

“We will not be having our range tested for the Codex.  Unfortunately, our kitchens are VERY small and we cannot create “sterile” areas where gluten never enters.  Therefore, we cannot permanently guarantee that our Made Without range is 100% gluten-free, as we explained in our first response.  We didn’t want to mislead people just to jump on the “gluten-free” bandwagon.  We wanted to make a range that people could enjoy with the correct information and using their own judgement!
We do sell about 1 tray a day of the Made Without range in each store – that’s about 24-30 pieces… compared to 400 – 1000 a day of our “regular” range.  Therefore, economically, we cannot justify constructing a special/sterile kitchen that would guarantee gluten-free.”

In conclusion the choice is yours whether you take the risk or not of consuming the Hummingbird Bakery’s Made Without cupcakes.

I think we will see many more food outlets following a similar path. I guess we can all think of a cafe who produces a gluten free cake to go alongside it’s regular cakes, for example. I hope I’m wrong but I suspect what the new Codex means is that the number of “gluten free” products which can currently be found in shops and cafes all over the UK will inevitably be reduced as manufacturers large and small decide against compliance with the new gluten free Codex as it may not prove economically viable to do so.


Cost: Red Velvet cupcake was £2.95 to take away (in a super cute little box!)

Location: Hummingbird Bakery Spitalfields, 11 Frying Pan Alley, London E1 7HS

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 08.30 to 18.30. Saturday and Sunday 11am to 6pm

Hummingbird Bakery has 3 other branches in central London. Click here for locations.