On our last night in Cornwall, we decided to have dinner out in Looe. If you’ve never been to Looe before, it’s a lovely little fishing town, with a beach, a nice harbour and lots of little restaurants and cafes to choose from. We initially decided to go to Squid Ink as they had gluten free options indicated on their menu, but unfortunately they were fully booked. So if you fancy a trip to Squid Ink, definitely book in advance.
We managed to get a table at Trawler’s on the Quay instead. This restaurant didn’t have gluten free options on the menu itself, but they said on the phone that they catered for gluten free diets.
It turned out to be a fantastic choice – the food was amazing and I was impressed by the choices for people on a gluten free diet. When we first arrived I was given home made gluten free bread. In most restaurants there is either no gluten free bread at all, or you get a chewy, dry piece of bread, so this was a real treat. You can see my photo below of the two different kinds of bread, one with chillis in it.
The menu had a great choice, especially if you are a fan of seafood. They told me to just choose what I wanted and they would tell me if it was possible to make it gluten free. For a starter I decided to opt for the Fowey River mussels with cornish orchards apple juice and smokey bacon. I wasn’t too sure about how the apple juice would go with the mussels, but it turned out to be delicious – the bacon really complimented the apple juice and there was a hint of cream in the sauce.
Stuart opted for the Scallops 3 Ways, which included 3 scallops, one panko crusted with herb mayo, one cerviche style with garlic and lime and one pan fried with pea puree. It looked delicious and I imagine it could be done gluten free without the panko crusted one.
For our main course we both choose the 5 Spiced Oven Roasted Monkfish, with creamy mash, roasted fennel, grilled courgettes and a soy and honey dressing. Since soy sauce has gluten in it, they made me a hot balsamic dressing instead, which went really well. I was also impressed that they did this as many restaurants would have just served it without the sauce.
There were also a few gluten free dessert options on the menu but I didn’t manage to squeeze one in!
Overall we had a fantastic meal, at a very reasonable price and in a nice setting. If you are in the area and looking for a delicious gluten free meal, I highly recommend paying a visit to Trawler’s on the Quay.
- gluten free in looe