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Back in October Mr What Allergy and I ventured out to our local fish and chipper in Aylesbury, The Cod Father. Love the name and love, love, love the wheat, dairy and soya free fish and chips.

Due to having both a wheat and dairy allergy it’s not usually possible to get fish and chips due to the wheat flour and milk in the batter mix though as you will discover later in this blog post, there are a growing number of chippers offering freefrom battered fish.

So it was a real treat to finally visit The Cod Father. Thanks to Debbie for the recommendation.

On the last Monday of every month The Cod Father in Aylesbury offer gluten, dairy and soya free fish and chips. It’s the day after they change all the oil over and they dedicate one fryer to the special freefrom batter.

I recommended them to the FreeFrom Eating out Awards because the fish and chips were outstanding.

Cod Father (Aylesbury) gluten, dairy and soya free fish and chips

Cod Father (Aylesbury) gluten, dairy and soya free fish and chips

The batter on mine was slightly different to the normal batter Mr WA had but it was so delicious. He tried a bite of mine and declared that it was just as good, if not better than his. He honestly couldn’t tell the difference! Hoorah! It’s been quite a long time since I enjoyed proper battered fish and chips so this was a real treat.

Well, I tell a lie, I did have the most amazing fish supper in the Lake District at Summergrove Halls, made by the ever clever and freefrom chef Chris Bridge. I really must blog about that soon.

But back to The Cod Father.

My battered haddock was just perfect. I savoured every last mouthful and the chips were cooked just how I like them, crispy on the outside and soft inside. I did fall foul of saying yes please to salt and vinegar… I wasn’t quick enough to stop the drowning but it still didn’t spoil my meal.

The staff were able to show me the packaging for the batter mix so that I could check all the ingredients and were very helpful both on the phone beforehand and on the night.

They also do battered gluten free sausages and while we were waiting for our supper someone else also ordered the #GF fish and chips so great news to see they are getting custom.

Despite their fish and chips being outstanding, it really isn’t good enough to just make great freefrom fish and chips on one day of the month to be in with even a sniff at the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards.

For now though, for me, I am very grateful that The Cod Father are offering this special freefrom night but if you can’t make that particular date you’ve missed another whole month of battered fish and chips. I’ve got it booked in my diary now and am looking forward to our next visit.

As you’ll see from the other entrants in this years’ Fish and Chip Shop category, The Cod Father doesn’t even get a look in.

The overall winner was Wolfies of Hove who, get this, offer freefrom fish and chips EVERY DAY!

‘Wow! Gluten-free fish and chips on offer all day and every day and all cooked in dedicated pans and fryers! And, even better, all the batters are also dairy free and egg free!’

‘Delicious oak-smoked haddock, lovely crunchy golden batter served with gluten-free vinegar! Also on offer, gluten-free sausages and they are working on gf pie and mash with liquor. Can’t wait! It was one of the freshest, best and best value fish and chip meals I have ever eaten!’

Follow the link above to see more brilliant fish and chips shops which were highly commended and commended.

There could be one near you! Which is your favourite #freefrom fish and chip shop?



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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