Gluten Free Bread Available At Subway: But How Good Are They?

Gluten Free Bread Available At Subway: But How Good Are They?

It's taken long enough but Subway UK have finally introduced gluten free bread into their stores, albeit not all stores. However, Subway is a minefield for cross contamination so how good are they exactly are dealing with Coeliacs and not just "fad dieters"
So, Subway have started doing gluten free bread! Yay! About time! I was going to blog about this revelation when it happened, but I though "no, let's wait and see what people think". So I've waited and to be honest I have been pleasantly surprised by the reactions.

When I heard they were doing gluten free, I did go "Nope, not a chance, cross contamination NIGHTMARE", I haven't set foot in Subway for years, the crumbs on the counter give me the heebie jeebies, however it seems most branches have a procedure in place to prevent contamination.

So, from my understanding of the hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts and messages I have had the majority of stores have a nice solid procedure to follow. The bread is kept frozen away from other bread and warmed in the oven when needed in the packaging, gloves are changed before handling the bread, the side is wiped down and a separate board is used for preparation.

From what I know the majority of stores are using fresh ingredients rather than the ones lose behind the bread prep area which has no doubt been showered in crumbs, however this is one to be aware of and the one stores seem to be missing the most, so do get them to use fresh ingredients. As far as I know when toasting they are using something to avoid the subs going on top of crumbs but I would double check that, that industrial toaster is the second bit I would be most concerned about with contamination.

For the most part everything I have seen has been positive I have had the odd comment where stores haven't used the separate board though or only changed gloves, so do talk to your local branch and make sure they follow procedure, we all know gluten can sneak in very easily.

Overall comments have been very positive, some people have said the bread isn't the best which isn't surprising really (it seems to be rare we do get a decent bread),however others have said it's ok, so I guess it is down to personal taste! Also be sure to check your branch is actually doing the bread, not all stores are, it seems to be in most but some people have been left disappointed as there store isn't doing it, beware the gluten free bread isn't advertised either so unless you ask you won't actually know if they do it.

Let us know what you think of the subs if you have had one yet!

Your Comments

I was in a petrol station subway and just on the off chance said you don’t do gluten free do you ? And pow ! “Yes actually we do “ I had Bacon chicken and cheese melted then salad and mayonnaise. I sat in my car and As I’m typing I’ve just finished it . It was definitely a real treat and the bread I thought was great it didn’t fall apart, 10/10 score . They didn’t use separate toppings but I think the cc will be minimal. I’ll know within about 40 minutes if I’m going to be I’ll so I’ll let you all know how I get on. My girlfriend is celiac but Im gluten intolerant and more sensitive than she is. My symptoms are stabbing pain in lower intestines followed by my body emptying out so I’m 🤞

Stephen Duller - 17th September 2019
Alison @ Coeliac Sanctuary replied to this comment on 17th September 2019

Thats good to hear, some Subways are better than others with cross contamination.

Be very careful at Subway with the fillings you choose as the staff are not very well trained to understand though the bun maybe Gluten Free, a lot of the fillings are not. Be sure to check the allergen book yourself.

Katie - 4th January 2020

Would avoid Subway and similar outlets. Bread may be gluten free but the standards and training of staff varies, including putting GF bread on surfaces normal bread placed on, using same knife as normal bread, and cross-contamination when fillings contaminated with wheat bread crumbs or by staff handling wheat bread and then using same gloved hand to pick up the fillings. GF bread means nothing if the cross contamination risk is there and staff badly trained.

Brendan - 9th January 2020

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