I started writing this blog in 2010 and one of the first posts was this post on gluten free travel by Eurostar. I’ve spent a lot of time in Paris for both work and pleasure and I love the simplicity and ease of Eurostar travel. Although I do wish they were still at Waterloo as I used to be able to get to the terminal in 10 minutes from home!
A lot has changed – both in my life and the gluten free food market – in the last 5 years and I was interested to see how the Eurostar gluten free meal had changed since I’d last documented it.
There are three classes of travel carriage on the Eurostar; Standard, Standard Premier and Business Premier. I travelled in Standard Premier. Food is not served in Standard but there is a buffet car and you’re welcome to bring your own train picnic for the journey.
The breakfast on the train from London to Paris:
Service was extremely slow on the journey to Paris. It was at least an hour before any hot drinks appeared. Thankfully – since I was travelling at early o’clock – I’d picked up a coffee at Café Nero within the Eurostar station just before getting on the train.
Back in 2010 they served a hot breakfast option but no longer it seems. But look, it’s exactly the same gluten free bread!
The evening light meal on the return journey from Paris back to London:
Lamb with ratatouille. This was actually tasty. The lamb was nicely pink and the ratatouille was as good as anything you’d find in a restaurant. The gluten free bread, however, was inedible.
After going a bit mental with the gluten free patisserie options in Paris (more on that in later posts), the banana and mango compote was a welcome dessert.
Would I travel by Eurostar again? Despite the drawbacks above, as a Londoner there’s only one quick and easy way to travel to Paris, and it’s by Eurostar.
Check back this week for more posts on gluten free and nut free finds in Paris