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Eating & Living Gluten Free July/Aug 2015

Eating & Living Gluten Free
Issue 7 July / Aug 2015 

Gluten free getaway DORSET

This issue, we go glamping and explore the delights of the Dorset countryside.

Let's go glamping!

Editor Sarah and her family go camping Honeybuns style in the heart of Dorset

glamping food

We arrived at Naish Farm to be greeted by Emma Goss-Custard, the talented baker behind the Honeybuns brand. She led the way to our home for the weekend, the Honeybuns Ark, a beautifully restored cedar-clad caravan from the 1940s. Inside it was tastefully decorated with vintage accessories, kitsch cushions and fairy lights.

We live in the heart f Bristol so being able to wake up and step out the caravan to collect fresh eggs, say hello to the donkey and horse, and enjoy the picturesque view over Bulbarrow Hill was a unique and joyful
experience.

As a seasoned camper, my bugbear tends to be the poor quality of the bathroom facilities on site, but this certainly isn't the case here. Just a few steps away from the caravan is your own bathroom with a roomy roll top bath, power shower and cosy interior. 

Ark

Honeybuns Bee Shack Cafe opens to the public on the first Saturday of each month; on these weekends you get access to the fully equipped cafe kitchen and comfy seating, complete with log burner, from late Saturday afternoon. If you visit any other weekend, as we did, the cafe is ours to use, as you like. You may not need to use this though, as we found the cooking facilities in the caravan more than ample. As well as a mini fridge, there's a small hob and a toaster, for gluten free bread only. In fact, the entire cafe and caravan are gluten-free zones, so coeliacs don't need to worry about cross-contamination. As part of the package, we received a plentiful gluten-free breakfast hamper containing bread, milk, butter, cereal, jam and more.

As it was a sunny weekend, we made use of the barbecue area and enjoyed our baked fish from the swing seat as our little one nejoyed the toadstool tea party area especially for smaller people.

After a busy day exploring the local town of Sherborne, we were grateful for the large and luxurious double bed, with cotton-soft duvet cover and reading nook. There's also a sofa that sleeps up to two small children comfortably. All in all a wonderfully relaxing and refreshing break away.

VERDICT
A weekend at the Honeybuns Ark is a true glamping experience and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as a getaway to those following a gluten free diet, or in fact any diet. Look out for their swimming pool coming in 2016.

Let's eat Cake
The Bee Shack is an entirely gluten free and vegetarian cafe. Open on the first Saturday of every month (April to December) for delicious cakes, cream teas and fresh coffee, the cafe also hosts activities such as children's crafts, apple pressing and tree hugging! Visit www.honeybuns.co.uk for more details.

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