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I love a good Sunday roast and gluten free carveries are, luckily, becoming more and more easy to come by. As it's a dish that can easily be converted for coeliacs, many more establishments are starting to offer various free from options.
I had heard a number of good things about The Hunters Inn at Newton Tracey, North Devon, from both gluten free people and gluten eaters, so for Mother's Day I booked a table for their Sunday carvery.
The Hunters Inn is set on the road between Barnstaple and Torrington - a lovely little country drive to this classic old pub which has a nice little beer garden area and a fire indoors.
The menu was clearly marked with gluten free - showing which dishes could be made gluten free on request. If you go, remember to state you want the dish gluten free as some of them are prepared different for gluten eaters!
We decided to go all out and opt for starters, mains and desserts, and mum and I share the mushrooms on toast (gluten free style) which was amazing!
Delicious mushrooms in a rich and creamy sauce, placed on a lightly toasted gluten free roll, and served with a generous portion of salad. The mushrooms were so tasty and half of this was the perfect size to whet my appetite.
Obviously for my main course I had to go for the roast, and with crackling on the menu, pork was my number one choice. I was definitely not disappointed at all!
Mine came with it's own gluten free gravy, and all of the vegetables were gluten free (except the cauliflower cheese, but I was advised the chef could cook me up some plain cauliflower if I wanted).
The food was amazing and I well and truly stuffed my face! The braised red cabbage was amazing, the other vegetables were cooked to perfection and the roast potatoes were deliciously fluffy.
The meat itself was so tasty and the crackling - OH MY GOD, the crackling! I was in heaven.
Even though I was so full after this, I still went for dessert! It would have been rude not to, I reckon. I opted for the espresso panacotta with a hazelnut and cinnamon brittle.
It was the perfect combination - the panacotta was so light and creamy, and not too sweet at all - which made the sugary crunch of the brittle just perfect. The whole meal was delicious.
My only criticism would be the pub does not serve espresso coffee - I normally love a cappuccino after my meal - but that is just me being fussy I guess!
I would certainly recommend The Hunters Inn for their gluten free choices and hope I can go back again one day soon and experience their evening menu choices too!
Sounds fantastic - love a carvery. My only caveat would be to watch the serving counter, I had a carvery at a nice hotel in Dartmouth and watched as the (wheaty) customer in front of me asked for half of a v large Yorkshire pud which the young chef put onto the meat carving board to cut - covering it in wheaty crumbs which, had I not seen and asked him to change the board and knife, would have been stuck all over the meat joint he carved for me! Love all your reviews.