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Hertfordshire pub restaurant wins first nationwide FreeFrom Eating Out Award

Hertfordshire pub restaurant wins first nationwide FreeFrom Eating Out Award

The Alford Arms has been judged to serve the best free from food (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free) in the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards.

The Alford Arms, one of a small chain of Home Counties pub restaurants, has been judged to serve the best ‘free from’ food (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free) in the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, launched to raise awareness of the new allergen declaration regulations coming into force on December 13.

“I am hearing heavenly choirs,” enthused the final round judge who ate, incognito, at the Alford Arms. “As someone with multiple serious allergies, I have never been so well fed and cared for. Before I arrived they had prepared me a special menu with multiple choices of excellent fresh, imaginative and delicious food, and checked it with me three times; yet on the night I was treated like any other guest - absolutely no embarrassing fuss.”

Runners up for the accolade were:

  1. The Pizza Express pizza chain that now offers a full, Coeliac UK-accredited, gluten-free menu with dairy and soya-free options thoughout their 400 nationwide restaurants.
  2. HC3S (Hampshire County Council Catering Service) that serves wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free meals to all of the 46,000 primary school children within their county so that all of their children, whether on restricted diets or not, can enjoy the same food.
  3. Tea42 in Manchester for creating a cool yet vibrant and trendy eatery that is also entirely gluten free and where the gluten and dairy-free food (especially the cakes) are to die for.

Here is the full list of winners in the six categories (B&Bs, cafés, food manufactured for food service, pub restaurants, restaurants and schools/universities):

Overall Winner - The Alford Arms, Frithsden

Runners Up - Tea 42 (Manchester); Pizza Express; HC3S (Hampshire County Council Catering Services)

Category Winners

B&Bs and Guest Houses - Ravenstone Manor (Cumbria)

Individual Cafés, Tearooms and Takeaways - Tea 42 (Manchester)

Coffee House Chains - Costa Coffee

Food manufactured for Food Service - Big Oz Organics gluten free cereal selection pack

Pub Restaurants - The Alford Arms (Frithsden, Hertfordshire)

Individual Restaurants - Oscar & Bentley's (Canterbury, Kent)

Restaurant Chains - Pizza Express

Schools, colleges and universities - HC3S (Hampshire County Council Catering Services)

For more information visit: www.freefromeatingoutawards.co.uk

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