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Eating Out With Food Allergies – Butchers Of Llanddarog
My experience of eating at the Butchers of Llanddarog, Carmarthenshire with a dairy and wheat intolerance.
This month I went to visit my good friend who lives in Carmarthen for the weekend and while I was there we went for lunch at the Butchers of Llanddarog. My son wasn’t with me but if you’ve read some of my recent blog posts then you’ll know that my doctor has advised me to cut dairy and wheat out of my diet for six months to see if my recurrent tonsillitis is a symptom of dairy and wheat intolerance.
When the waitress came over I asked if she had an allergy menu and she said yes and brought it over for me.
Whenever I eat out and they have an allergy menu like this I feel much more confident eating there, I like that I can read the information for myself and not have to rely solely on what the waiter or waitress is telling me. However I read one side of the menu which stated that the sausages were dairy free but when I turned over the menu it had the sausages listed again but it showed that they contain milk, slightly confusing! I asked the waitress who said she would clarify this with the chef, she came back to tell me that the chef has checked and can confirm that the sausages do not contain milk and it is an error on their allergy menu. If my son who has a severe milk allergy was with me I would have left at this point as I wouldn’t be prepared to risk it, but my friend had just finished work and was hungry. I decided to play it safe and just ordered a plain chicken salad with no dressing and homemade chips which was delicious.
I understand that mistakes will happen and it may have been a mis-type on their allergy menu but allergy’s can be life threatening and they need to be taken very seriously. Simple errors like this do not install confidence in me and made me distrust everything unfortunately. I hope they have updated their allergy menu now so it has the correct information on it as the staff are lovely and the food is delicious. Next time i’m down that way I’ll be popping in to have a look at the allergy menu and I will update this post then with what I discover..
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