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May 15, 2013

Gluten Free Dining at The Ivy Chelsea Garden, London

Fridays are perfect for a late lunch date especially when it’s at The Ivy Chelsea Garden with one of the nicest bloggers around; Angie from Silverspoon London.  Strange but true, I had met Angie at a few blogger events but had never sat down one to one before so it was nice to sit down and chat about our various travel adventures…I think we can safely say we have both had a few if you read our blogs!


Now onto the gluten free food, that’s the reason why you’re here!


I didn’t have a starter as I saw something on the dessert menu that I had my eye on…the eye was on the prize; DESSERT!

Main Course

As I was dining with Angie it seemed fitting that I ordered the chargrilled salmon fillet with steamed asparagus and watercress hollandaise (Angie has a love affair with Salmon and Sushi and I often wonder if she has thought about renaming her blog to Salmonspoon or Sushispoon plus I was slightly scared of NOT ordering salmon while dining with Angie)…I digress….back to the Salmon which was beautifully cooked and divine.


I’m currently having a love affair with buttered kale and spinach; Popeye eat your heart out!


Unfortunately the zucchini fritti aren’t gluten free…I could have cried.


Definitely my favourite course at The Ivy Chelsea Garden…the Melting Chocolate Bombe which is gluten free folks….yes I repeat it’s gluten free, I almost had kittens!


You probably want to book a table now after seeing the photo of the gluten free chocolate bombe…you can do so here.  Don’t bother reading the rest of the review….book a table now!

The hot salted caramel sauce is slowly poured over the chocolate bombe to reveal a vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre; it was okay (I lie, it was pretty darn tasty and worth every single calorie!)


For the Gluten Monsters

As Angie eats gluten, I’m going to call her a little Gluten Monster.  Angie went for the Scallops for starters and Tiger Prawns for her mains; you can Angie’s full review of The Ivy Garden Chelsea here.



Unfortunately I couldn’t drink alcohol so I opted for a fresh orange juice and Angie a glass of bubbles; we were ladies who were lunching so bubbles are compulsory!



The service was good however there was a moment when I asked if something was gluten free and I had to ask for a second time…it was nothing really and didn’t spoil our meal in any way.


We were sitting outside in the garden and while there was a slight chill in the air and a little drizzly (it’s London folks!), we were toasty warm under the umbrellas and outdoor heaters.  The outdoor area is stunning and I can imagine enjoying a meal or two in the gardens with a few glasses of bubbles during the summer months.


Gluten Free Information

The menu doesn’t show which items are gluten free however the staff were able to point out which items were gluten free after a discussion with the kitchen.  It would make life a little easier if the gluten free items were highlighted on the menu.

You can take a glance at the delectable menu here…warning it will make your drool!  Now I just need to find out if they do a gluten free afternoon tea…imagine enjoying scones with lots of clotted cream and jam in the gardens during the summer months!


After an enjoyable lunch with Angie, I strolled back to South Kensington Tube Station to burn some calories and to snap a few doors and window boxes for instagram of course!


So have you visited The Ivy Chelsea Garden in London before – what did you think of the restaurant?  Is there anything else you would like me to add to the reviews going forward?  Where else do you recommend to try for a bit of Fine Gluten Free Dining?

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