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After hearing so many good things abut this place I really did have to try it, I've been planning on going for so long as it is within a reasonable driving distance to me most of the time but just never had chance, however I was in the area this week so there was no better time to give it a shot.
At first we didn't see the massive building and drove straight past, lead by google maps though we got back to where it was on foot and face palmed ourselves when we saw the sign right there in front of us.
Walking in the place was quiet, but people were only just finishing work which was obviously why it was quiet. Sitting down, the very first page of the menu had a gluten free section and business cards for the company who made their gluten free fishcakes, a nice intro clearly indicating they do gluten free which included fish, fishcakes and chips. For a change I opted to try one of the fishcakes, they had 4 different varieties so I decided to try the Chinese style prawn and rice one just because it sounded different.
I went to the till to order and asked if the gluten free was cooked separate, the lady looked at the ceiling and proclaimed that yes it was cooked separately. Satisfied that my food was being cooked separately I ordered my fishcake and chips. Sitting back down I heard her ask the chef for a gluten free fishcake but she never asked for the chips. To be honest I never thought anything of it, I automatically presumed they would do the chips with the fishcake.
On receiving the food, the chips I got were a bit bitty, I might have been spoilt with other chip shops, but these were not the nicest I have had but ok and the fishcake was a little hard, it was tasty and different but the outside which was some kind of batter crossed with breadcrumbs took some cutting through, but for the cost of the food I really couldn't moan, I usually pay double the amount I paid here.
We left after eating and half an hour later I got familar pains that I haven't felt in months, definite gluten pains were stabbing in my stomach. I don't doubt the gluten free fishcake was cooked separate however what I did doubt are the chips. Were cooked with my boyfriends who had none gluten free battered sausage and chips? If the chips were cooked with my fishcake then there is definitely some cross contamination issue going on. I have read many reviews that have said Mothertown are good for gluten free but this time they didn't live up to my expectations.
Maybe I will return and give it another shot one day, after all the other reports I would say they are worth trying out.
EDIT: On talking to the owner, I have been assured my chips were cooked seperate and the chef has good knowledge of gluten free (something I have been told many times so have no doubt about). Therefore I am willing to accept that my "gluten" pains (I call them that as a pain caused by gluten feels entirely different to any other pain) were accidental on this occasion, perhaps not from cross contamination during preparation (the red plates indicate gluten free I have been informed) but definitely at some point but can't conclude where, an error on mine or my boyfriends part maybe, who knows.