Corporate Hospitality & Venues – sponsored by Nairn's
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Winner – The International Centre, Telford
'The caterers at the International Centre were superb. They didn't just prepare a separate meal for each of us with allergies, intolerances or coeliac disease, they had a special table for us with a wide range of choices.
In the evening they provided a hot buffet which was beautifully presented with copies of the FSA's allergen matrix laminated for all diets at the front of the buffet service area. There were 6–8 main course dishes and all the food was delicious. The staff were well informed and everything was very relaxed – no stress about being different. As a person with a severe peanut and nut allergy I could enjoy all the choices on offer.'
Henlow Grange, Bedfordshire
‘What a treat! The chefs are so great at labelling the food with the allergens that it is freefrom – but that is not enough for them. The chef took me round the buffet telling me what would be safe for me – but he was worried about cross contamination so decided that he would plate up all my food in the kitchen and serve it to me instead.
The food was delicious and there were lots of gluten free desserts which could also have been dairy free but, sadly, not nut free. But a good choice of alternative milks. Indeed, all round they are just very switched on – which makes for a very relaxing stay.'
Crowne Plaza, Birmingham
'Very on the ball staff – were able to cope well at short notice and were absolutely on it as far as cross contamination was concerned. The meal I had was delicious an the staff checked back several times to make sure all was well – but never made me feel in anyway that I was being difficult.'
The Gluten Free Kitchen Company, Tralee
'Very reassuring to have a dedicated gluten and wheat free facility but very good awareness of other allergens and the dangers of cross contamination. And all well controlled for off site catering. We understand that they are franchising the concept – what a great idea.'
Royal College of Physicians, London
'Great building, really helpful and knowledgeable staff – nothing too much trouble – good allergen awareness and good food. What more can you want in a venue?'
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