Did someone say Paleo?


Location – Royal Leamington Spa
First visited – October 2014
Type of establishment – Restaurant
Serving – Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Price – £££
Level of Paleo – Primarily Paleo

The clue is pretty much in the name. Opened last year, this restaurant in the delightful town of Royal Leamington Spa is probably one of the best places I have eaten in terms of the variety of choices for a grain free diet. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, using only paleo friendly cooking oils, they offer a full range of options to suit a quick bite to a 3 course meal. They do have non-paleo options on the menu for those who don’t eat grain-free, but they have kindly altered their menu to highlight in italics those ingredients which aren’t paleo friendly.
The burger is particularly good, although the paleo bun isn’t really worth it for the convention, but their menu now offers the choice of a lettuce wrapped burger too, so you can still eat your burger the traditional way. You can eat the delicious sweet potato fries (quite often found on menus nowadays) safe in the knowledge they aren’t deep fried in a seed oil, and it’s nice to find BBQ chicken wings not coated in sugar-laden marinade.

The desserts aren’t brilliant, simply due to the nature of Paleo desserts, but the choice is there if you’re eating with others and don’t want to feel left out if they’re having one. If you do indulge, go for the hazelnut tart. It won’t leave you feeling like you shouldn’t have.

Booking is essential at weekends for dinner.


Going Against the Grain

Hi! As my first post, I thought I’d give a tiny bit of my food background, but more importantly, the purpose of this blog and what you can expect to find in future posts, should you choose to stick around.

Hopefully you’ve stumbled across my ramblings because you too are searching for places to eat primal/paleo/grain-free or similar, and want to read an incredibly biased account of establishments which offer just that. If not, and you’ve arrived here by accident, I apologise, and offer my sincere acceptance that you may want to move on. No hard feelings. If what you see interests you, stick around, and I’ll do my best to provide you with as succinct as possible a review  of my personal experiences at eateries which I find fit in with my lifestyle.

Four and a half years ago, with my husband, I began a Primal lifestyle, which essentially meant giving up all grains, sugars, legumes and processes foods, and eating real food, consisting of fresh fruit and veggies, meat, fish, nuts, seeds and, at the time, dairy. After many ups and downs, good and bad choices, eliminations and additions, one thing remains constant – the search for somewhere to eat that suits my choices.

My posts will primarily be an insight into where in Great Britain you can find Paleo/Primal/Grain-Free fare, based on my personal experiences, but as I travel further afield I’ll be sure to provide information on what I find. I’ll also comment on paleo-friendly snacks and foodstuffs as and when I discover them, for those of you looking for on-the-go goodness.

From time to time I will also touch upon other issues current to myself and the caveman community.

However, for now, let me say I will do my utmost to provide the information you’re hopefully looking for – an aggregation of grain-free grazing options in Great Britain, to best assist you in your travel choices.