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23 November 2015

Oscar & Bentleys Winner of Free From Eating Out Awards 2015
Antony Worrall Thompson and Phil Hooper of headline sponsors, Sodexo, presenting the trophy to Sarah Ormond Smith, Katherine Durio and Mark Kennet of Oscar & Bentleys in Canterbury

Eating out when you have allergies is a massive hurdle to overcome. It takes a lot of trust and questions to be able to have the confidence to order at a restaurant or cafe. For this very reason I have followed to Free From Eating Out Awards with great interest. 


Canterbury restaurant triumphs at second national FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

Antony Worrall Thompson presented the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards silver salver of excellence to Sarah Ormond Smith of the Canterbury restaurant, Oscar & Bentleys at a presentation ceremony at Food Matters Live today. The awards are sponsored by Sodexo.

Oscar & Bentleys, second time winner of the Restaurant category at the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, was praised as ‘faultless’ by the incognito judges who ate there. ‘The restaurant exudes excellence and competence – everything is fully thought through, the staff are friendly and inspire total confidence – and the food is beyond excellent! Nothing is too much trouble and they were not even fazed by the prospect of catering for a guest with nine life threatening allergies!'

Runners up for the accolade were:

2 Oxford Place, Leeds
'From the very first phone call to the friendly farewell from all the staff as we left – this was the ultimate free from experience.' 

Eden Food Service (School caterers)
‘As corporate members of the Anaphylaxis Campaign you would expect Eden to provide a comprehensive service for the 60,000 children that they care for – but they really go over and beyond.' 

The Royal Oak, Marlow
'Oh yes please! There is a world of difference between catering for an allergy with a roast with no gravy, and coming up with a delicious dish that meets multiple needs without compromise on flavour. The Royal Oak hits the nail on the head.’

"Great entries to the awards again this year. As the food service world has started to get its head around food allergy and intolerance, so the number of outlets that can offer really exciting ‘freefrom’ meals has grown. We were literally overwhelmed with fish and chip shops offering excellent gluten-free evenings this year while the range of gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free dishes on offer in cafés and restaurants around the country is positively heart warming!!" - Awards Director, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson

"We are delighted by the ongoing success of these awards. It is so important that food service is able to take on board the new allergen regulations so that they can cater safely for the growing number of people who have to live on restricted diets." - Wan Mak, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics at awards sponsors, Sodexo

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are run by the same team as run the very successful FreeFrom Food Awards (now in their 9th year) and the FreeFrom Skincare Awards (now in their 5th year). 

Categories for the The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards are as follows

  • Cafés, coffee shops, tea rooms
  • Fish & Chip shops
  • Pub Restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Corporate Hospitality and venues
  • B&Bs and guest houses
  • Schools, colleges and universities 
  • Food Manufactured for food service

For the complete list of Winners and Runners Up visit FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2015

17 September 2015

allergies intolerance bad advice gluten free dairy free
This week I read an article on Femme Intemporelle which caused me great concern. I was deeply saddened by the post titled "Living with Food Allergies: How to make it easier on yourself." When I was told over twitter that the article would not be changed and it was written and edited by people with intolerances/allergies, I was left scratching my head. 

30 December 2013

As everyone prepares to say Goodbye to 2013, I thought I would round up my blogging year with a summary of my personal highlights. I wrote a similar post last year and it's interesting to look back on the goals I set out to achieve with my blog.

New Beauty Brands Discovered - I found some wonderful brands this year – Bathing Beauty, Lyonsleaf, Peppy Galore, Inner Soul, Opulentia Organics, Bloom Remedies, B Skincare, Big Green Tree, Mel Millis, Marble & Milkweed and Kris D'Armour.

Favourite Skincare - It would appear cleansers and facial oils were my most loved products to review. I can see myself repurchasing Antipodes, Blue Labelle and Odylique during 2014.

Favourite Brands - I think it's fair to say this year was dominated by Essential Care and Deep Steep with a bit of Antipodes, Bodhi and Desert Essence thrown in along the way.

Exciting Experience - Taking part in the Free From Skincare Award judging stages was a brilliant experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

New Ventures - I ventured into the world of YouTube this year and I have enjoyed the experience so far despite the pain of editing and camera issues. I see it as an extension of my blog and it offers a new way to interact with followers. I'd like to thank my friend Pete for allowing me to use his music for a little intro jingle, he's a talented person.

Meeting People - A shout out to the fantastic bloggers I finally got to meet up with this year – Alice (Brightown Girl), Kat (Tales of a Pale Face), Jessica (Spoiltface) and Andy (Pampered Prince).

Green Blogging Community - this year I have seen a rise in the number of bloggers, from around the world, who have a passion for the environment and non toxic skincare. It is really nice to finally fit in somewhere after always feeling a bit of an outsider to the main beauty blogging community. I have experienced online bullying and in a weird way I feel safer in this little niche community where I know people have similar beliefs and passions about ingredients.

Free From Foods - The release of Ms Cupcakes cookbook was hugely exciting and it has been a year of delicious Vegan cupcakes and an ever expanding belly. Vegfest was also another highlight for me, my first "cream" cake in over 20 years and not forgetting the amazing Mighty Fork hot dogs.

Fingers crossed 2014 brings me as much blogging excitement as 2013.

Sarah x

24 July 2012

Amy's Kitchen

I've updated this post because originally I featured Amy's Kitchen ready meals which are no longer available. I'm a fan of their soups because it is often hard to find can soup without milk. All of Amy's soups are very tasty but I am a fan of the Organic Split Pea which I can buy in Tesco. I'll often have the Bean & Rice Burrito (non-dairy version) in my freezer for emergency lunch snacking.

It's now 2022 and two new products have been added - Thai Vegetables and Rice Bowl and Mexican Veggies & Black Beans. Visit their website to find your local stockist and try an Amy's Kitchen product for yourself, I'm sure you would enjoy it.



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