Fellow allergic and intolerant diners, discover the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards for a treasure trove of great places to eat out! As of 2017 the Awards are firmly established as the eminent programme for highlighting the very best venues. What are the Awards all about? Quoting direct from the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards site:
“The awards seek out the best ‘freefrom’ eateries from beach hut cafés to five star restaurants – and then send out their expert judges. Based on the judges’ reports, gold, silver and bronze awards are made to eateries who understood how to cater safely for food allergic people. But, as important, awards go to those who have learned how to provide guests on restricted diets with exciting, innovative and delicious food which can rival, if not excel, their ‘normal’ offer.”
FreeFrom Eating Out Awards
As a coeliac with a preference for vegan foods and friends with other allergies including dairy and nuts I *am* one of the expert judges. I witness and contribute to the process. The first step is a thorough assessment of written submissions. Venues shortlisted after this are visited secret shopper style. Places I have personally helped assess include Silver Award Winner Olley’s Fish Experience, and Gold Award Winners Yorica! and The Willow.
I thoroughly recommend seeking and eating out at venues that have received FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. In addition to being a judge I personally follow the awards. Free From Eating Out Awards are one of my favorite ways to find safe and fantastic places to eat.
When entries are open you too can participate by recommending venues that should enter. You can make recommendations to the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards team, direct to the venue, or both! Entries for 2017 are closed and judging well underway but each year welcomes more and more venues. Great news for FreeFrom diners! Follow the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed and get involved.
FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Map
Use the Google Map below to quickly find venues that have received Free From Eating Out Awards. You can zoom to your area. You can use the left side navigation panel to filter for Cafes, Fish & Chip Shops, Restaurants and B&Bs & Guest Houses. If you are using desktop, hit the expand button top right to go to full screen.
The map currently includes all Award Winners and Shortlisted candidates from 2014 to 2016. 2017 Winners will be added once announced in November. Descriptions for each marked venue indicate the type of Award received and offer a teaser of judges opinions. Bigger chain venues have their own category so you can filter them in or out as you prefer.
Note that whilst many FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are not limited to gluten. Some venues even have menus with dishes free from all 14 major allergens. As ever you should still take care of yourself or family by ensuring that your personal needs are catered for before dining.
Do you have any questions or feedback about the map? Do you know of a venue that should be participating? Have you eaten out at any of the winners? Tell us via comments!