Genius rolls at Caffe Nero
A Genius lunch at Caffe Nero
Who’d have thought a year ago that chain restaurants like Pizza Express, ASK, Pizza Hut and Dominos would all be offering gluten free alternatives? Although the Free From product aisles in my local supermarkets haven’t expanded, the diversity and quality of products on said shelves has definitely improved. The launch of Warburton’s Newburn Bakehouse range and products like Perkier Foods have definitely upped the taste stakes in the gluten free product market.
It is now possible to go out for a coffee and enjoy a tasty little treat with it courtesy of Costa’s Cherry Bakewells (my favourite) and you can partake in a gluten free lunch in the form of a Genius sandwich or roll in Starbucks. Although I must admit that I have found them them to be rather on the dry side. Maybe it’s because gluten free bread doesn’t react so well to the chiller cabinet and absorbs too much moisture from the sandwich filling?
According to a Genius press release I received, the company has carried out some research showing that coffee shops, restaurants and hotels are losing out on a potential £668m in revenue every year by NOT offering gluten free options. So in an effort to right this Genius has teamed up with another coffee chain, Caffe Nero who will now offer a Genius gluten free chicken salad and pesto roll in 600 of its branches. There’s even a very handy “find your nearest” (scroll down to the bottom of the page) on the Genius website so you don’t have to go traipsing around on a fruitless mission.
Now along with not having a Pizza Express, there also isn’t a Caffe Nero in my home town so I’ve only recently been able to try the new Genius roll out. It was also mildly exciting to be able to select a slice of wheat free (not gluten free) cake in the same establishment! Now, I didn’t eat the roll immediately because it was quite chilly having just come out of the refrigerator so I sipped my Which award winning coffee for a while whilst contemplating life in general. When I did come to eat the less chilly roll, I really enjoyed it, not at all dry and had lots of flavour. The carrot cake * was also really good too, (please see below) . A definite thumbs up from me and a GF&G score of 10/10.
Have you tried the Genuis rolls at Caffe Nero yet and what did you think?
Just so you know…. I was sent a voucher for a free Caffe Nero coffee by the guys at Genius so I can could try the roll out. I always inform companies that I will write an honest review of their product and I always do.
*As Carly from GlutenFreeB has pointed out in her comment below, the carrot cake is not gluten free only wheat free as it’s made from rye flour. Wheat is my problem so I’m OK with Rye but you may not be.
©Maria Brannigan 2013