The winner of the 2016
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Deb Bailey-Knibbs of winners Labyrinth Holistic Café being presented with the winning salver by Executive Chef Dominic Teague of Indigo at One Aldwych, winners of the Pathfinder Award.
Labyrinth Holistic Café, Stockon on Tees
'Not only is Labyrinth a not-for-profit business, it is 100% for the community. They cater for everyone, all diets and are 100% gluten free. All the staff are knowledgeable, totally allergy aware, well trained, friendly and passionate about giving others the best experience they can...
Labyrinth operate a food bank, pay it forward scheme, and collect filled handbags for ladies on hard times. They are CUK accredited and since they won the award last year the business has developed and progressed in leaps and bounds. They really deserve to win the award again... it could be made for them... everything they do is for everyone... no one is excluded.
Knife & Fork – Banbury
'Tanya LIVES for what she does – and LOVES it. Everything is made with allergens in mind, and of the highest quality with minute attention to detail. The flavour of every dish was exquisite. It looked amazing, the presentation was perfect, everything was cooked to perfection, with a variety of textures, colours and flavours that complimented each other perfectly. The entire meal was a feast to the eyes. And this applies to breakfast as well as dinner.
'It is clear from visiting Percy's that the owners have a passion for serving food that everyone can enjoy. The gf and df dishes were accomplished and extremely tasty. This is the first time I have enjoyed a full 5 course set menu since having to eat gf and df.
The Alford Arms - Frithsden
'Our waitress was amazing. I was drilling her pretty hard about their procedures and practices and she was totally cool with everything. She really reassured me and I knew they were 'on it'. Huge choice for GF & DF and they are happy to make dishes for the most obscure allergies – although it is MUCH easier when people call ahead!
The Royal Oak - Marlow
'The chef had been through the whole menu and prepared a special allergen free menu for me with so much to choose from. In total I had the choice of 6 starters, 7 mains and three puds which for someone who is allergic to dairy, nuts, wheat and soya and intolerant to tomato and celery is pretty amazing. The food itself was really great and I felt totally confident in the staff's ability to look after me.'
The Willow - Kingston upon Thames
'I have rarely felt more safe and relaxed whilst eating out. When gluten is not allowed through the door that makes it easy. However, if I had other allergens to avoid, the professionalism and knowledge demonstrated by staff would have given me confidence and comfort.
Vinegar Jones - Bowness on Windermere
'Fab fish and chips! Batter was light and crispy, with no soggy-next-to-fish going on. Fish was very fresh, and perfectly cooked. Chips were great too - proper chips, and not greasy. We had a portion of mushy peas too. Possibly the best gluten free fish and chips we've had - and Coeliac Daughter loves gf fish and chips, so we've had a lot!'
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