Dining in ManchesterOn Friday 9th October we began the rather long journey to Manchester for the Rugby World Cup, England vs Uruguay match. There we stayed in a Travelodge for two nights whilst exploring what Manchester had to offer. Whilst there I discovered a fantastic gluten free restaurant called MCR 42, which had lots of dairy free options too. Then on Sunday we went to Chester Zoo, which I discovered catered gluten free also! Read below about my experience.
TravelodgeFrom my previous experience of Travelodge’s I knew it would be unlikely that they would cater gluten free, so I needed to be prepared and pack extras. So I packed some gluten free rolls enough for 1 each day at breakfast, a carton of long life dairy free milk that didn’t need refrigerating and a small tub of dry gluten free cereal. In their English breakfast buffet the eggs, bacon, beans, tomato and mushrooms are gluten free but the egg contains milk. As I had been prepared I didn’t have a problem eating breakfast; I had a bacon sandwich both days with a bowl of my cereal and milk. I even managed to keep it low FODMAP opting to avoid the beans and mushrooms. Had I been travelling alone I would have opted to not have the breakfast and pay for the bed only. As all Travelodge’s vary I suggest you call the branch prior to your visit to discuss any dietary requirements you may have and ensure they can cater for you.
This was a very stylish restaurant with an extensive gluten free menu, there was so much that I wanted to try! If I only I lived closer to Manchester this would become my regular eat out! Maybe Southampton will catch up soon and offer a solely gluten free restaurant. The waitress and staff there were brilliant, the menu was clearly labelled and very easy to understand. I had the burger titled little piggy which was a delicious pulled pork burger served with crisp skinny chips and homemade coleslaw! James choose the Bangkok Burger which was a Thai inspired crab and cod burger with sweet chilli sauce, which he had with sweet potato fries and homemade coleslaw. For dessert we shared the blueberry polenta cake, which was the only gluten and dairy free dessert available. It was incredible if only they could share the recipe I’d love to recreate it at home! If you are ever visiting Manchester this place is a must to dine at! Their cocktails were also good and they do 2-for-1 all day every day at the moment!