I have a confession to make. Ever since being diagnosed with coeliac and living in Scotland I have felt a bit left out. I think the feeling stems from seeing all the great food available in cities such as London that has made me feel like I wished I could be there to experience the wonderful choice and options of gluten free food that are available. Everyday on Instagram I see fantastic street markets, wonderful specialist restaurants and blogger meet ups at fantastic locations.
To counteract this feeling I have been challenging myself to get out exploring more and find places and brands in Scotland that could help me try new foods and try to raise awareness off for coeliacs living north of the border.
This is my selection of Scottish based brands and businesses which have made my first 6 months of blogging and being ‘The Positive Coeliac’ such a fun time and have made me very glad to find them. Getting a coeliac diagnosis was really difficult to take and has it’s hard times but finding these awesone companies has made being coeliac so much easier. I am in no way affiliated with these brands I just enjoy their products and appreciate that they offer awesome gluten free products.
When I first got my coeliac diagnosis and was at the research stage I panicked that I would never be able to drink a beer again. I wasn’t a huge beer drinker anyway but do enjoy one to relax and on nights out. Luckily enough I was advised that there was gluten free lagers and beer available for coeliacs. In the space of two years I have already saw the choice getting better with new launches including Tennents gluten free and the recent Cobra gluten free available in Asda.
One brand I have grown very fond of is Bellfield Brewery. Bellfield are a new family run brewery based in Edinburgh. It was actually founded by two coeliac friends so it shows the passion that they have to develop a product that coeliacs feel comfortable to drink.
Currently they have two craft beers available.
A classic Czech pilsner style, featuring Saaz, a noble hop, pale with a light body, background bitterness and gentle floral tones leading to a soft finish. The Bohemian Pilsner was the first beer to go into production.
Lawless Village IPA
Named after the brewers neighbourhood of Portobello. It is a copper coloured, aromatic beer brewed as a traditional American IPA made with pale crystal malts and Cascade and Centennial American hops for a modern, citrusy finish.
My favourite of the two is Bohemian Pilsner but I really enjoy both! Bellfield are currently trying to get their craft beers in to more shops, restaurants and bars and are available to buy online on Amazon, Beerwulf and their own online shop. Bellfield are a small business and still growing, there beers are definately worth checking out and the guys are very active on social media if you have any questions you may want to ask.
WILD FLOURS BAKERY
What can I say about Wild Flours Bakery!! I visited here earlier in the year and it was really fantastic.
Wild Flours are also a small family run business, located in Giffnock in Glasgow. Established in 2013 as a mother and son team supplying gluten free cakes and treats across Glasgow. Wild Flours eventually opened their own premises in 2016 in the current site selling their own products to the public.
I just loved the relax feel of the bakery with a coffee service and outside sitting area it has a really chilled vibe. They have some fantastic looking cakes ranging from lemon drizzle to fudge cake. The bakery is famed for it’s beignets (delicious doughnut style treat) The bakery bake fresh bread twice a week which is also available to purchase.
When I visited I decided on an empire biscuit since it had been so long and they certainly didn’t disappoint!!
If I could travel to Wild Flours more often I think I would visit every day it was THAT good. If you are coeliac and around the Central Scotland area this is an essential to visit.
WHEAT FREE BAKERY
Another gem for gluten free baking products in Scotland is The Wheat Free Bakery. Located in Broxburn, West Lothian (near Edinburgh) The Wheat free bakery sell direct from the factory and you can order online to collect or be delivered. They bake hard to find items such as potato scones,naan bread and strawberry tarts!!It is Well worth a visit and they have a fantastic reputation for great service.
Mrs Tilly’s are a family run confectionary company based in Larbert in Scotland which began in the late 1990’s. Starting up as a home based confectionary company they grew and grew and now have a presence in most of the larger retailers.
With products ranging from rum and raisin fudge to some of the best tablet you will ever taste the company are leading the way for scottish confectionary. With the added bonus that most of the range is gluten free, the range is perfect for coeliacs like me with a sweet tooth.
What I like best about Mrs Tilly’s products is that they are ideal as home baking extras. I made these awesome cookies with the fudge.
Check out Mrs Tilly’s and help support this family run business who have really offer a great quality of confectionary.
Just: Gluten Free Bakery
Just: Gluten Free bakery are a small business based in Motherwell just outside my home town. They offer delivery of baked gluten free goods across the UK such as bread, hot cross buns and some of the best brioche rolls available on the gluten free market. With products available in retailers such as Waitrose the small bakery offer an excellent quality range if products. Some health boards in Scotland now offer Just products on the gluten free prescription service. This is another small business that can offer so much to coeliacs. The products are great tasting and the bread is one of the closest to gluten full bread of old times.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these Scottish brands. If you have any questions please leave a comment or email me.
‘The Positive Coeliac