I've been friends with Léonie for 11 years now (eek!) - we lived together at University in our final year with three other girls and managed to not fall out with each other once. She disappeared a couple of times in the following years (once to Wales and once to India of all places) but we have always been good friends and she has crashed on our spare bed after nights out more times than I can count. If I am utterly honest about it I looked forward more to us pulling out the sofa bed in the living room, wrapping ourselves in duvets with gigantic mugs of steaming tea and watching back to back re-runs of My Super Sweet Sixteenth whilst fighting off the hangover.
Lé has always been a vegetarian but has, in the last few years, also been required to switch to a GF diet. She is also tee-total these days but we don't talk about that.
Oscar and Bentley's, the home of glamorous, gluten free food in Canterbury, was the ideal place to take her for an afternoon treat one cold winter's afternoon.
You can book and reserve tables for special occasions; there was a 50th birthday party going on when we were there and I'm fairly sure they had been working their way through the extensive wine, beer and champagne menu (which include a GF beer made from malt and hops!)
Oscar and Bentley's was born.
All of the cake's and bread are fresh and baked daily in the store and there is a real emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and produce.
I dug into a white chocolate rocky road slice; gooey and sticky and chewy and moorish and not at all like other gluten free food I have eaten. It had flavour and texture!
Tripadvisor) and Katherine and Sarah are also regulars on the food fayre scene, popping up with delectable nibbles of cake and pastry for people to try and converting people to the concept that a GF diet does not mean boring, at least not anymore!
I'm lucky in that I have no food allergies or dietary requirements and so have never had to look through a menu and discard the majority of the items because I can't eat them. I can't even imagine how that must affect your enjoyment of dining out, or even dining in.
It felt wonderful being able to take Léonie somewhere where I knew that she and I could look at the same menu and she could have anything she wanted, knowing she was safe and wouldn't be suffering the next day.
Now that is a priceless feeling!