Showing posts with label The Oxford Place. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Oxford Place. Show all posts

Friday, November 13, 2020

Tales from a Gluten Free Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching I'm pleased to share my experience as part of Coeliac UK’s ‘Tales from a Gluten Free Christmas’ campaign. Visit the Coeliac UK website and check out the #gfchristmas hashtag on social media to find out more.


This year we've been missing meeting friends for a meal at our favourite restaurant, The Oxford Place in Leeds.

With a bit of luck we'll be able to get over there for a meal this year after the current national lockdown in England.

Dining out gluten free


Since we first heard about The Oxford Place in 2016 we've eaten there a lot. Not only is the entire restaurant and kitchen 100% gluten free and safe for Coeliacs, it serves superb meals that my non-Coeliac friends have loved eating too. They pass the "you can't tell its gluten free" test every time.

Last year I had my first Christmas Dinner at a restaurant since I don't know when!

Christmas at The Oxford Place in Leeds
Last Christmas at The Oxford Place

It wasn’t any old Christmas Dinner either. The Oxford Place always put so much effort into the dishes they serve up and they are a treat for the taste buds and the eyes.

Normally by this point of the year we'd have been to Leeds for celebration meals, for fun, to attend events and see friends. In 2020 we've been there a grand total of zero times.

We've had so many wonderful meals at The Oxford Place. From light lunches to three-course meals, to birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas Dinners with all the trimmings I've been able to feel somewhat normal again by having the choice of anything and everything on the menu without worry of cross-contamination, or the annoyance of having something removed or replaced to 'make it gluten free'.

We can't wait until we're able to get back to the city and The Oxford Place. I know I'll be making up for lost time and ordering a lot of food on my next visit.

If you haven't been to The Oxford Place I suggest you make a booking and try it as soon as you are able to.

A gluten free Christmas at home


Being a Coeliac doesn't mean you have to miss out on treats. I've certainly snacked on and scoffed my fair share of Christmas food since being diagnosed in 2008.

Last year you could get Lebkuchen by Schar at Asda. They were something I'd really missed so I bought a lot of them. I haven't seen them in store yet this year, but fingers crossed they'll be doing them again.

It'll be fun making some too. There's an excellent recipe for gluten free Lebkuchen in the Gluten-free Baking at Christmas book by 'The Happy Coeliac' Samantha Stein.

Home-made gluten free Lebkuchen
Home-made gluten free Lebkuchen biscuits

We'll be enjoying Christmas at home again this year, cooking up a superb festive meal with all the trimmings, including Yorkshire Puddings.

The range of gluten free food available in supermarket's Christmas ranges has also improved over the last ten years and we've ordered a few extra treats from M&S already.

What is your favourite thing about being gluten free at Christmas?


Check out Coeliac UK's Christmas website for more information, ideas and inspiration for gluten free food and drink.

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Friday, November 01, 2019

Gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds

We were recently back in Leeds and so had to have a meal at our favourite restaurant, The Oxford Place.

Gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
The food at The Oxford Place is superb. And 100% gluten free

The menu at The Oxford Place is 100% gluten free. Check out The Oxford Place website for more information.

Luckily we've got some more trips to Leeds planned this year and can't wait for our next meals there.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Gluten free in Leeds

A gluten free day out in Leeds.

Last Saturday we visited the Gluten Free Food Fair organised by Leeds Coeliac Group at Pudsey Civic Hall. It was the first gluten free food fair we've been to in a while and it was nice to buy some cakes and savouries from some new suppliers.

About to eat my first Jam Doughnut in over a decade!
About to eat my first Jam Doughnut in over a decade!

We bought some brilliant food and drink from Wildcraft Gluten Free Bakery, Lottie's BakehouseK&N's Gluten Free Kitchen, Gluten Freekz, Barkat and Green's Beers.

We couldn't be near Leeds and not have a meal at our favourite restaurant, The Oxford Place. Once again we had a superb meal, although after scoffing the jam doughnut from Wildcraft Bakery earlier in the day I only had room for two courses.

Gluten free meal at The Oxford Place in Leeds
I had the Pan Seared King Scallops with Samphire, Tomato and Shallot to start

Gluten free meal at The Oxford Place in Leeds
Emily had the Duncombe Park Shot Pheasant & Black Pudding Terrine, Homemade Piccalilli and Sweet Onion Marmalade for her starter

Gluten free meal at The Oxford Place in Leeds
We both had a Gourmet Beef Burger with Smoked Mango Chutney, Harrogate Blue Cheese & Skinny Frites for our main course

Gluten free meal at The Oxford Place in Leeds
A very happy Coeliac

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Oxford Place gluten free restaurant in Leeds

Dining out 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place restaurant in Leeds.


We recently visited Leeds specifically so we could once again dine out at The Oxford Place. The restaurant is superb. We had two brilliant evening meals and a great lunch. There are so many nice touches about dining at The Oxford Place. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. It's brilliant that the food is 100% gluten free and safe for Coeliacs. We're looking forward to our next visit already.

One of three excellent meals I had at The Oxford Place in Leeds over the weekend
One of three excellent meals I had at The Oxford Place in Leeds over the weekend

Visit The Oxford Place website for more info, opening times and menus.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Two more great meals at The Oxford Place in Leeds

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds.


We recently dined at The Oxford Place in Leeds for the first time since the restaurant changed hands. I'm very pleased to report that it is still offering excellent and 100% gluten free food.

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
I had the Ham Hock Terrine starter

We first dined there when it was called 2 Oxford Place in February last year and have tried to visit the restaurant and Leeds as often as possible since then. It really is that good.

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
The meal was preceded by an appetiser / amuse-bouche of Gazpacho soup

Once again we had two superb meals. After having starters and mains on Friday were were unable to fit in a dessert. But we did leave room for pudding on the Saturday.

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
Not the most summery of desserts - but the Sticky Toffee Pudding was absolutely delicious. It was a giant portion too

It was brilliant to feast, safe in the knowledge that the meals were 100% gluten free.

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
Look at the size of the crackling that came with my Pork Belly main course

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
Some fresh Oysters to start my second meal at 2 Oxford Place

Dining 100% gluten free at The Oxford Place in Leeds
The best burger I've had in years

There are very few places which offer 100% gluten free options and so it's brilliant to find a restaurant able to cater for people with Coeliac Disease.

Little things like NOT having to explain to the waiting staff that I have a medical condition before ordering, or asking to see a 'special' menu, makes a BIG difference. And eating with the knowledge that there is no risk of cross contamination with any gluten containing ingredients is a relief.

Long may The Oxford Place continue offering diners - Coeliac and otherwise - superb food and service. I really hope some other restaurants take a leaf out of The Oxford Place's book and make the switch to 100% gluten free.

Visit The Oxford Place website for more information, opening times and menus.

We are really looking forward to our next meal there later this summer.