Born and raised in Ireland, I do love a potato. I appreciate that’s a stereotype, but whatever. I’m not fussed about what kind of potato or what way it’s presented. I’m partial to a boiled, fried, wedge, mashed, croquette, roast, baked, sweet – whatever! But my all time favourite is a chip. I LOVE chips.
Although this technically isn’t a Glasgow related post, it’s for anyone who fancies a day-trip up West in the direction of the highlands.
My boyfriend and I randomly went for a drive earlier this year on a miserable, wet and windy Saturday. We just wanted to get out of the flat for a little while. We kept driving up past Loch Lomond and before we knew it, we’d been gone half the day. I was starving, he was starving and we were both starting to get Hangry (hungry/angry). I was pretty worried food-wise because we were in the middle of nowhere and lets face it, getting a gluten-free lunch when you’re out and about in Glasgow can be difficult enough, let alone when you’re pretty remote.
We drove into Tyndrum because Russell needed to pee. Always. The Real Food Cafe is on the left as you drive in from the Glasgow direction and I genuinely thought it was a mirage. In the middle of nowhere, here was an amazing establishment with a sign advertising their gluten free food and award winning fish and chips. I hadn’t eaten batter in half a year so I was excited to say the least.
When we went inside and i’d calmed down, I had a look at the menu and was surprised (and bloody delighted) to see that not only was there a gluten free menu but the cafe is actually accredited by Coeliac UK, so you know you’re definitely not going to cross-contaminated in a place like this! I ordered the fish and chips and it was amazing. maybe the best batter i’d ever tasted and the portion was HUGE. I’ve added a pic below in case you think i’m just making this shit up. Russell isn’t coeliac but he assured me that the normal fish and chips were also insanely good too, so the entire family will be well fed.
The staff were lovely, it was lashing rain outside and there was a warm cozy fire inside. Honestly, this place is like a godsend. If you’re in the Tyndrum area, it’s most definitely worth a visit, and if you’re travelling towards the Highlands at all, it’s totally worth a detour. It’s close enough (in Highland terms) to Glencoe and shur isn’t that where all the tourists go anyway?
AND, did I mention they do cakes? Gluten free cakes? (And normal cakes). I had the tastiest salted caramel chocolate brownie i’ve ever had. We were so stuffed after the chips though that I had to save the cake and eat it in bed on Sunday morning. Don’t judge.
All in all, it was a random but really rewarding trip into the highlands. We drove to Glencoe (lol, tourists) and stopped off at Glen Etive along the way. That’s maybe my favourite glen in Scotland. Russell kayaks, so i’ve seen a lot of them, believe me. Here I am recreating a scene from Quantum of Solace, movie fans.
We’ve been back to Tyndrum and the Real Food Cafe a few times since our first visit and it never fails to disappoint. Here’s a link to their website if you fancy checking the place out yourself – I promise they’re not sponsoring me to write this, I just think amazing food places doing good things for coeliacs should get some credit!