Often when you are in a rush, you just need to grab a quick bite – a sandwich or something sweet to tide you over until you get home.
This is when life used to be difficult for the gluten-free, as so many snack foods that are available in a coffee shop are full of gluten.
However, we are lucky enough that our coffee shops (in alphabetical order) have responded to the growing demand for gf goodies:
Although Caffè Nero was one of the first coffee shops to supply gluten free products, it does not carry that many at the moment.
However, the delicious taste and Genius bread used by them for their gluten-free Chicken, Salad and Pesto Roll makes up for the lack of choice.
If you fancy a sweet treat, their Gluten free coconut and raspberry slice (which is also dairy free) and their gluten free double chocolate brownie are both exceptionally tasty.
Costa Coffee can also be easily found on our high streets. Costa offer many choices for gluten-free eating.
There are a number of gluten free wraps – Coronation Chicken, a seasonal Turkey, Bacon and Cranberry and Chicken with Coconut and Lime.
For the sweet toothed snacker, there are Costa's gluten-free Belgian Chocolate Brownies, Fruity Crumbles and Mini Bakewell Tarts, all of which are clearly labelled.
This fabulous café which now has branches in both Hampstead and Belsize Park in London offers gluten free bread and also clearly sets out which of its specials are gluten free.
It also serves some delicious gluten free cakes.
Leon is amazing. They call themselves naturally fast food and they have made sure that you can eat gluten free delicious healthy food all day long.
All clearly marked and very tasty.
This gorgeous Scandinavian coffee shop, which has three locations in London, has introduced sandwich and muffin alternatives that are free from gluten.
In some ways. Pret are extremely helpful as they provide a very clear list of all the products that they stock which are gluten free, which is available online at pret-a-manger-gluten-free-options
However, this list comes with a caveat that although the ingredients in the products do not contain cereals containing gluten, Pret use cereals containing gluten in their kitchens and that therefore they cannot guarantee that no cross contamination has occurred, despite their efforts to avoid it.
Having said that, the list of gluten free foods at Pret is impressive – ranging from porridge, salads, sushi and soup to own brand snacks and their very popular popcorn bar which is clearly labelled as gluten-free.
Starbucks not only sell a delicious fudgy, chocolate fairtrade gluten free brownie but they also stock gluten free wraps.
Depending on which branch you are in, there may be the choice between the gluten-free veggie good falafel wrap (gf sweet potato falafel, houmous, spinach, harissa chickpeas, pomegranate kernels, carrots and yoghurt & mint dressing in a seeded gluten free wrap) or the veggie good houmous wrap (a gf seeded wrap rolled with Moroccan-spiced carrot and orange chutney, lemon and coriander houmous, shredded carrot, crisp spinach leaves and roast mixed vegetables).
In addition, all Starbucks at the moment stock a gluten free Peanut and Cashew Bar and a gluten free Raw Raspberry and Nut Bar.