Supporting gluten free friendly restaurants at this time is so important. We had a trip to Elie in Fife recently, to go for a wonderful windy walk and then enjoy a late lunch at the Ship Inn.
Like many restaurants, the pub has been on reduced hours, but seems to have got through the worst of Covid and is now open all week. Innovatively, they have some great non alcoholic drinks (including an alcohol free gin in a tin).
With the usual extra spaced tables and a bit of sanitising apart, the experience was really normal, friendly and the food was amazing. We can’t expect a wide choice for dietary issues right now, but there were a couple of choices that were GF – though they were a little bit vegetarian focused for my liking. I am sure that during the busier months there is more choice and I have eaten here before and never felt that I was compromised on my choice. Life is definitely different for a while …
In the starters, there was a beetroot mezze and in the mains, there was curried cauliflower, a dish of hake with chickpeas and chorizo and on investigation, we found the burger is also GF if you don’t have the bun (you could sneak in your own?). Sadly, as I knew from previous visits, the chips are not gluten free, but are cooked in a frier with gluten items. This is always a disappointment, particularly after a long walk! But we have all learnt to be sanguine about it, haven’t we? (As an aside, however, the only time in which I was really cross about the lack of GF chips was when I was on the penultimate leg of the West Highland Way and was told in advance by a pub that their chips were GF, so I spent the whole walk reminding my fellow walkers that chips were waiting for me in Kinlochleven. When I arrived, I was told that they were NOT actually gluten free. This night was not the highlight of my walk!)
Back to Elie: my lunch was totally delicious and the chickpea/chorizo mix beneath the hake was packed full of flavour, with the hake nicely crispy. A side of green beans and shallots was also really tasty.
The puddings included a gluten free mix of meringue and raspberry or a selection of ice creams. I enjoyed a scoop of very good salted caramel ice cream. It went nicely with the remains of my ‘gin’ in a tin.
The service in the Ship Inn is brilliant and the decor and vibe, even at the moment, is great. The place is usually fit to burst during the summer months, so a November afternoon was nicely peaceful and as we left, the sun was setting across the beach.
A wonderful day out rounded off brilliantly, with a tasty and beautifully served meal.