Just back from a very short but sweet stay in Sheffield, a.k.a. ‘The Steel City’, after going there with the boyfriend to see The Sunshine Underground’s last ever tour (sad times). Great gig.
As I tend to do before going to a new place, I did a bit of research on food places for sensitive tums before heading there. Such places aren’t the easiest to find – not specifically for IBS at least. It always takes modifications. (The day there’s an entirely FODMAP-friendly eatery in the U.K. will be incredible!)
I tend to search the t’internet with phrases along the lines of ‘gluten free places to eat in x’. While I’m not gluten intolerant, it means that I have more control over at least some FODMAPs when eating out – giving me flexibility to modify the rest of the dish, which is also likely to contain a number of other FODMAPs. The life of a modified low-FODMAPer, eh 🙂
So, after searching for this, I came across a brilliant site called ‘Steeliac’ – a blog listing an extensive list of gluten-free places to eat, or at least gluten-free options in Sheffield.
Zizzi – Sheffield
Arriving in Sheffield mid-afternoon, we headed for trusty Zizzi and enjoyed a gluten-free pizza. You know what to expect there and it didn’t disappoint. Meanwhile, I’d picked out ‘The Cabin‘ as somewhere I really really wanted to visit. Don’t get me wrong, chain restaurants can be great, but I love trying out unique eateries that I wouldn’t normally be able to visit.
The Cabin – Sheffield
While there was too little time and too much to eat, I did manage to check out ‘The Cabin’. The gluten-free pancakes and waffles appealed big time but I knew my stomach threshold wouldn’t quite manage it after a pizza, so I went for a massive peanut butter brownie slab instead (not gluten-free), as you do. It’s a great little place tucked off the beaten track but the menu was ‘wow – I could eat that, and that, and that…’ If there was more time I’d have snuck a second visit in. Guess I’ve just found my excuse to head back there.
Another place that caught my eye was ‘Nourish’ – ‘everything fresh’ type of place. Unfortunately, my stomach had to make a choice between here and ‘The Cabin’ and ‘The Cabin’ won…
My very brief encounter with Sheffield showed that there’s options when eating out for those with IBS/sensitive tums, I just needed more time to discover! As ever, it always depends on individual tolerances.
I do take a bit of a ‘sod it, I’m going to eat what I want’ approach when away, but ultimately my stomach always wins, so instead, I try to compromise with it and often end up appeasing it when I’ve pushed it too far. But sometimes, that peanut butter stack is just too tempting, and that mojito too…