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M&S Cafe - Gluten Free Options

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Everyone knows my love for M&S food hall, so when one opened down the road from me I was ecstatic! I have brought many a lunch and groceries since it opened (a gluten free haul is on its way!) But today for the first time I tried their cafe. I found they had plenty of gluten free options although the ploughman's sandwich I wanted to try was out of stock!

They do also sell gluten free sandwiches in the shop, but mine have yet to stock them in store as it is very new.

Items to choose from in the cafe that I saw:
  • Chicken salad sandwich
  • Cheese ploughman's sandwich
  • Pecan and caramel slice
  • Brownie
  • Salted crisps
  • Cheese and onion crisps
  • Salt and cracked black pepper crisps
  • Jacket potatoes
I had already picked up a pecan and caramel slice in the store so I just opted for the last chicken salad sandwich and a small decaf latte. 

The sandwich was around 450 calories and filled well with chicken pieces, cucumber, lettuce and tomato. I found the bread was a little on the drier side but at the same time it was not overly dry, just a bit different to the Genius bread I'm used to. I think if I can find this bread in the store, it would be great toasted with soup or cut into squares and lightly fried to make croutons or a breakfast fried bread. 

The sandwich was £3.95 which I do agree is on the pricer side of pre packed sandwiches but it did have a lot of filling, much more than other pre packed sandwiches and is great for convenience or as a cafe option to go to when eating out with others. My latte was £2.15, totalling £6.10 for a lunch which is quite a competitive price when you take a look at other cafes and coffee shops in the gluten free market.

I really enjoyed the M&S cafe and with so many options I would certainly visit again as I know they will always have something for me, including jacket potatoes. 

I have noticed that coffee shops are becoming more conscious of us gluten free lot! I think M&S and costa are my favourite for choices so far! 

Hannah x

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  1. Asked for gluten free soup. Not in fixated on cafe me u. Manager with phone called over. Unclear about which of the four soups was gluten free . Big debate. Another till had to be opened. Roll arrived without butter. What a palaver. M and S you can do better than This!

  2. I am glad you have had a good experience with M&S’s cafe. Unfortunately I have not found this to be the case. I was told that the only gf option was a scone (now £2for one scone). Or soup but as they had no gf rolls despite there being plenty in the food all, they would give me a packet of crisps instead. I had to ask if there were jacket potatoes and was given a cheese jp after I queried twice if the cheese was gf. The result I was glutenised. So a weekend of stomach cramps.

  3. My experience was not good either. I went and there was nothing gluten free. I queried this with a member of staff who said they don't stock "funny food" any more. I put a complaint in and received an apology. Very disappointed with them

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  5. M&S Cafe at Sprucefield.
    We asked what Gluten Free options they had for lunch to be told jacket potato only. That they sometimes have scones but didn't have any at the moment. The attitude of the server was appalling making us feel terrible for even asking. We walked out I have to say without even a coffee.
    I find the lack of GF food in a company as big as Marks and Spencer absolutely shocking.
    Sprucefield has one of the biggest food stores I have ever been to and the fact that they can't be bothered to put GF food in the cafe astounds me.

  6. Please can you let me know if jacket potatoes with tuna and prawn mayo is gluten free? I've had stomach ache since having it but not sure if it's to blame. Thankyou