I’ve decided to do a new section for my blog: ‘Gluten Free Hot Spots’ I really want this blog to develop into a Gluten Free resource, as well as providing you with ma’ tasty dishes. So every month or so i’ll be highlighting cafe’s, restaurants, eateries, deli’s, shops, you name it – wherever there is consistent Gluten Free i’ll be there. To ensure that there will always be Gluten Free options i’ll be interviewing, or how i like to put it, ‘chatting’ to the owners on their views. I also want to pick places that are quirky, full of friendly people and which provide customers with more than a stop-and-go.
Sound good? Excellent.
My first pick of the bunch has been a favourite for a while. I’ve been heading into Bath quite a lot for work recently and it’s become my second home-i mean- my ultimate place to stop; it is Gluten free cake heaven. Society cafe aims to provide a spot where you can relax, stop by for a few hours….
..perhaps with your kids- they have a section all set up for them downstairs?…
..or with your university friends to chill out downstairs discussing photography, foreign cinema and the like in front of their awesome projector screen?
…or simply with your partner to read the papers, people-watch, and share their indulgent signature Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake at 11am on a Sunday.
Just because you can.
I spoke to one of the owners Jane Campbell-Howard, about their Gluten Free cakes of heaven.
I had a Battenburg Cake. Gluten Free. See what i mean?
Hi Jane, how are you and what’s your beverage of choice today?
A flat white made with our full-flavoured E6 blend and organic milk from the pasture-fed Jersey cows at Ivy House Farm. It’s so naturally sweet and full-flavoured – milk like it used to be.
We love café’s, have spent many hours in them all over the world. Infact, one of the first dates that Adrian took me on was to a café in San Francisco called, incredibly, Squat and Gobble!! It was a brilliant place – clean, simple, fresh. Pretty much all the things we had in mind when setting up Society. We also love idea of being part of the local community which is why we have found somewhere with a lot of space where we can put out inspirational books, art, magazines. People can relax, people-watch, bring their laptops, children, friends and family, chat and make new friends. It’s a fun place to be.
For us gluten intolerant folk, it’s ever so handy to be able to rely on a coffee shop / lunch spot to offer a gluten free option. Is this something you always had in mind?
So many people prefer to eat gluten free cakes and biscuits so it was definitely part of our plan. We had no idea how popular our gluten free cakes would be and so we are now swapping most of them over using GF flour or ground almonds/hazelnuts in place of flour and hope to be able to offer more biscuits soon too.
I hear you may be turning Society Cafe into a chain and opening stores in other areas of the U.K- which i am sure would delight lots of my readers, where would these plan to be?
We are looking at several places in and around the South West. Nothing is concrete yet and I don’t want to jinx it! You’ll be the first to know when it’s all confirmed!
Just a perfect place to go.
4 & 5 Kingsmead Square
Tel: 01225 519074