First off, No 1 The Grange is a great gluten free destination because they have GF beer on tap: from our local Bellfield Brewery.
Secondly, the food is good and the atmosphere is low-key, friendly and comfortable (of course, this might change on a Saturday night when the rugby is on!). The menus have a pretty good GF choice. The midweek night we were there, there were two starters which suited, but we were heading straight for mains.
I chose the special for that evening, which was salt and pepper coley with pea cream, celeriac fondant, peashoots and carrots. And you can see why this makes such a good photograph! The vibrant colours just leapt off the plate. However, the flavours were also good and went well with a side order of buttered potatoes and savoy cabbage, with a lovely mix of creaminess and piquancy. The potatoes were good for clearing up the delicious pea cream at the end too.
Sadly, the chips (and here we go again like a stuck record!) are not GF as are cooked in the same fryer as other things. I dream that one day a separate fryer will be standard. However, there is enough choice without the fried items to create a great meal out – there’s a good choice of tasty and interesting starters and they do have GF bread.
Puddings were popular with my gluten loading diners. The GF choices were a good sounding rice pudding and some seriously quirky flavoured ice creams, some of which were also vegan.
While the choices aren’t extensive, if you are after a top whack pub meal in lovely surroundings with a pint of beer by your side, then No 1 The Grange is a good choice.