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Eating Out With Food Allergies – Monkey Forest
Last week was my sons second birthday, rather than have a party I decided we would go out somewhere fun for the day. My son loves animals (and cars), we have been to Chester Zoo recently so I wanted to do something different and my good friend recommended Monkey Forest in Trentham, Staffordshire. If you haven’t heard of Monkey Forest, it’s set in 60 acres of woodland and 140 monkeys live there in total freedom. The monkeys roam freely and a couple of them ran out onto the path in front of us which my son found hilarious.
Most of the time when we eat out my son will get stuck with just chips and as much as he loves them, I don’t like him having just chips every time we are out so I decided I would take a packed lunch for him as they have picnic areas at Monkey Forest. I phoned Monkey Forest a few days before we went and I asked to speak to someone in the banana cafe. I was asked why, so I explained that my son has cow’s milk protein allergy and is soya intolerant so I want to know if the chips are dairy and soya free. I was told they have an allergy menu in the cafe so he will go and check it for me and phone me straight back – which he did. He told me the chips are just potato and cooked in palm oil so they are dairy and soya free. I only asked about the chips as I had looked at the menu online and they sell baguettes, soups, jacket potatoes, hot dogs and chips, being wheat free I knew I’d just opt for the chips and my son would want to share.
When we were at the banana cafe my son was having his packed lunch and I wanted some chips. we sat outside while my mum went into the banana cafe and ordered, she checked with the staff serving that the chips are dairy and soya free. The staff member went to check with the chef and came back and confirmed they are dairy and soya free. Of course my son started eating my chips as soon as he seen them, I can’t have anything to myself these days – not that I mind.
The chips were nice, they cost £2.50 but you always expect to pay more at places like this, I got my son a dairy & soya free ice lolly from the jungle shop after lunch and that was £1.70!
The staff were very helpful and I love that they have a written allergy menu. The monkeys were fab too so I would highly recommend a day trip here. It’s worth phoning ahead if you want to check any ingredients of the food sold in banana cafe and I’d always take a packed lunch just as a back up.
Recently I have received a lot of questions on our Facebook page about cow’s milk protein allergy symptoms and I think it would be great if we can share our questions and support each other on this journey, so I have created a group on Facebook so we all have somewhere we can discuss and support each other in regards to living with cow’s milk protein allergy. Please take the time to read the group description. It is a closed group so, only members can see and reply to posts.
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