UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019: NB CAFE ROUGE AT GATWICK AIRPORT HAS CLOSED. HOWEVER, THEY HAVE MANY RESTAURANTS OFFERING A GLUTEN FREE MENU ALL OVER THE UK.
We flew to Rome from Gatwick’s North Terminal and since I knew there would not be any meal for me onboard our British Airways flight to Rome we decided to have lunch in Cafe Rouge instead. I had called ahead and was told by BA that in Economy a special meal service is not offered on flights under 3 hours. This is a little shortsighted since when we flew to Lisbon last year on TAP Airways I quite enjoyed their gluten free sandwich. You can read my blog post here.
I haven’t been to a Cafe Rouge for absolutely years but remember when they first started expanding and they seemed quite exciting back then. How times change, eh?!
We were seated in Cafe Rouge right by the window. A true plane spotters dream seat!
I asked the waitress for the allergy list but she said they’d just changed their menu in the last week and so didn’t have an up to date version.
The menu was fairly sandwich / gluten heavy but there were some salad options including a salmon Nicoise which I thought was a good twist on the classic salad.
I went for steak and salad of rocket, spinach leaves, tomato and crispy green beans. The salad came with a dressing but I opted to have it plain and requested olive oil to dress it myself.
How did it taste? The griddled steak was well seasoned but was not the medium rare I requested. My steak and salad was £14.95 which I think is quite pricey for what I received.
Cafe Rouge have branches all over the UK and are a reasonable chain restaurant option for gluten free dining. Hopefully they will ensure their allergy information is distributed soon to all their restaurants and also publish it on their website.
Key information for Cafe Rouge at Gatwick Airport
PLEASE NOTE THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW PERMANENTLY CLOSED – BUT CAFE ROUGE DOES HAVE MANY OTHER OUTLETS AROUND THE UK OFFERING A GLUTEN FREE MENU.