A BRIXHAM fish and chip shop has been shortlisted for a national award for its efforts to help people with coeliac disease.
David’s Fish and Chips in Bolton Street offers a choice of fish dishes cooked in a batter which is suitable for coeliac suffers and those with a wheat allergy or intolerance.
It is only one of eight fish and chip shops nationally to have made it on to the shortlist of the Free From Eating Out awards.
The takeaway has been providing gluten-free meals on request for the last five years.
They are prepared in a separate area and cooked on a separate fryer, away from the main range, to reduce the risk of contamination.
All ingredients used are certified as gluten free and staff have completed a course by the Coeliac UK. Menu choices available include pollack, scampi, chicken nuggets and jumbo sausage.
A spokesman for the shop said: ‘As anyone with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance knows, eating out can be a bit of a nightmare.
‘We have just learned we are only a handful of fish and chip shops nationally that have made it through to the finals regarding our gluten-free menu.
‘People with this condition face many issues while eating out.’
Now in their third year, the Free From Eating Out Awards recognise outlets which make an effort to provide gluten-free items on their menus.
The shortlist for the 2017 awards shows how the food sector has grown with a wide range of independent outlets scattered across the country.
Awards director Michelle Berriedale-Johnson said: ‘We are really pleased to see how this year’s entry has grown in terms of numbers and quality.
‘Bigger players (such as Center Parcs or JD Wetherspoons) are now taking the sector seriously while the quality of the offer in the independents has just rocketed.’
The winners will be announced at a party on Tuesday, November 22, the first day of the Food Matters Live event at Excel in London’s Docklands.