Sunday, 17 March 2013

Bristol series - Lahloo pantry

So this is the start of what I will term my ‘Bristol series’ as I am from Bristol, and my parents and extended family still live there, I am headed to the south west every few months, when I am there, I like to try and check out new venues and cafes offering gluten free fare and Lahloo Pantry was somewhere I was excited to check out.

I finally got to find a slot in-between visiting family to visit Lahloo pantry. It's a tea shoppe/cafe in the Clifton village area where all the well-heeled and cool kids hang out, so I felt right at home ha!

We had been shopping nearby, so decided to swing by for an early lunch, it was a Friday, so busy but not rammed, downstairs there are 4 large tables with a glass wall letting in light one end, and French doors leading to a courtyard garden at the other, it's not a huge space but is modern and well designed, upstairs on a mezzanine floor are stools and high tables, on the ground floor is the counter with scrummy food to tempt you coming in or leaving.  We decided to head downstairs, there were two big groups in when we arrived, having what looked like 'creative' meetings, e.g. young people having casual chats with sketch pads and iPads, they weren’t too loud so we found ourselves a table in the corner.   Lahloo specialises in tea and has tons of different varieties, my husband and I tried a few the nice waitress recommended, and ordered a light lunch, our waitress explained in detail the gluten free options available for me, I went for the welsh rarebit on gluten free bread with chilli jam and leaves which was really yummy, a really good example of a pretty simple dish but with really great ingredients allowing it to sing, the chilli jam was amazing.  Jules had a bacon sarnie that also came with the more ish chilli jam, we really enjoyed our food but I did wish I could have some of the pastries or scones on offer!  After brunch we reluctantly got ready to leave but not before I got ready to choose my desert to takeaway, there were 3 gluten free cake options and so I chose the rose and lemon cake and a single macaroon which I scoffed in the car which was delicious! The cake was moist with an almond polenta type flavour, nutty taste, with cream cheese icing in the middle and with raspberries studded through it.  It was really good but I didn’t really get any of the rose flavour.  Overall I really liked Lahloo and think if I lived closer it would be a regular haunt.

Rose and almond cake – 8/10 scrumptious

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