A North Yorkshire fish and chip shop has again won national approval for its gluten-free version of the nation’s favourite dish.
Scotts Fish and Chips, located on the A64 at Bilborough, near York, has retained its GF (gluten-free) accreditation from Coeliac UK, the national Charity for people with coeliac disease and dermatitis herpitiformus.
The restaurant and take-away, together with its sister venue, Scotts of Helmsley, are two of a small but growing number of fish and chip shops to gain this GF recognition from the charity.
And such is Scotts’ reputation amongst those with a gluten intolerance, it now boasts an army of regular customers travelling to both venues on a regular basis, with one customer with coeliac disease making a monthly journey to Bilborough from his Nottingham home.
The official accreditation by Coeliac UK means that Scotts has demonstrated it has all the procedures required in the kitchen to serve safe, gluten-free food.
Additionally, staff are trained to keep the gluten-free food separate and handled differently to the regular fare, ensuring those on gluten-free diets will know that their own specific needs are taken into account.
Scotts owner Tony Webster said: “Winning the Coeliac UK’s GF Accreditation for our gluten-free fish and chips was fantastic news, but to retain it is even better.
“This renewed accreditation shows our ongoing commitment to making sure that everyone who visits us can enjoy fish and chips made to the highest standard, whatever their individual dietary needs.
“We are very proud of our gluten-free fish and chips, and customers with coeliac disease and a wheat intolerance travel long distances to eat from our menu. They do so because they know they can trust us with its preparation and service.
“We go to great lengths to ensure the ingredients and utensils never get mixed up. The fish is cooked in a separate fryer and is served with gluten-free bread and butter.”
Mr Webster added: “In addition to our fish and chips, we have a number of other gluten-free dishes, including desserts, condiments and even a range of gluten-free drinks on our menu. And these are available seven days a week.”
Coeliac disease is a lifelong autoimmune disease caused by a reaction to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Some people are also sensitive to oats. Those with the condition have to follow a gluten-free diet for life.
Symptoms include (but not exclusive): bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, tiredness, sudden weight loss, hair loss and anaemia.
Research conducted by Coeliac UK has shown that fish and chips is one of the things that people diagnosed with coeliac disease miss most.