Recipe share: a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free breakfast idea

One of the many businesses who call Gillingham, Dorset home is the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the prestigious Great Taste awards (the world’s largest and most trusted food and drink awards, so a pretty Big Deal).  We are honoured to be on their preferred list of accommodation providers and we host members of their judging panel when they travel to Gillingham to blind taste test the widest range of food and drink you could possibly imagine.

We recently met a judge who was here to judge the “free from” category of foods and as she was herself gluten-free and her  travelling companion was dairy-free,  so was my breakfast offering!  Here’s the overnight oats dish I made for them – quantities used may vary, based on the containers that you use, but this is what I did for two portions.  The great thing with this recipe is that it can be flexed so many ways, based on people’s preferences; use regular oats instead of gluten-free,  cow’s milk yoghurt instead of soya or coconut, switch around the fruits.

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Gluten and dairy-free overnight oats

Gluten and Dairy-Free Overnight Oats – serves 2

60g gluten-free oatmeal
200ml vanilla flavoured soya yoghurt
150g mixed berries, with a few reserved for decoration

Method: the night before, take two tall glass containers (I used sundae glasses) and fill them with layers of yoghurt, oats and fruit, ending with a layer of yoghurt. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

The following morning,  remove from the ‘fridge about an hour before you wish to serve or eat the dish. Top with a layer of fresh fruit and perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon.

I was delighted that our guests loved it and they kindly left us this feedback:

We stayed at Sunflowers Bed & Breakfast Dorset for one night and were impressed with such high standards and the warm welcome. Thanks for going to so much trouble to cater for our gluten free and dairy free diets. A magnificent breakfast! We know where to stay when we return to Dorset!

Do you also have special dietary needs or preferences? No problem – just let us know when you book and we’ll happily cater for you – right down to the chocolates and treats we provide in the guest rooms.

Visiting Gillingham, Dorset on business and need a place to stay?

We continue to meet a fascinating range of guests who are in the Gillingham, Dorset area on business and who want to stay somewhere that has a bit more personality than a chain hotel – but yet which appreciates the need for flexibility when it comes to dealing with business travellers.

In recent weeks,  we’ve hosted guests who work for such a diverse range of entities as the NHS, our local coffee roastery (918 Coffee – check it out in Waitrose!), the National Trust and an international charity, as well as guest speakers and performers at many of our local area schools.

Feedback from 918 Coffee who often use us to host their guests:

“They said they really enjoyed their stay and felt very pampered by you – I really appreciate it.”

And from the guests themselves: “Thank you for a good night’s rest after a busy working day.  A beautiful house with very welcoming hosts.”

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(c) Francis Frith Collection

Some of our locally based companies include Dextra, Sigma, Neal’s Yard and vintage photo company Francis Frith (owner of this lovely photo, taken in 1965,  which shows the road around the corner from ‘Sunflowers’) – so if you have Gillingham, Dorset area based business dealings with these or any other local companies, please do keep us in mind for your accommodation needs.

We offer fast wi-fi as standard and are happy to check you in/out and to serve breakfast at times to suit your business commitments. We also have a private guest dining room where you are welcome to work outside scheduled meal times. Please call Cleo via the link on the page to discuss – and we look forward to meeting you soon.

Visiting Gillingham, Dorset on business

2016-11-12-08-52-35We had our first business guests in a while earlier this week;  they were in Gillingham in order to conclude a deal with one of our big local firms and were booked in by the client company for two nights so that they didn’t have long drives back and forth at the end of their busy day.  They were very appreciative of both our fast wi-fi and also the guest dining room,  which they used as office space in between their on-site meetings.  It was no trouble at all to arrange a late check in and an early breakfast for them and I look forward to welcoming them back again next month.

Need a week night booking? Please contact us.