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Conglutulations to the Real Food Cafe!

Updated: Apr 11

The Real Food Café in Tyndrum has announced the return of Gluten Free Fortnight on Thursday 11th April, putting the restaurant on the map for gluten-free dining experiences in the Central Belt and Highlands this spring.

The event, which runs from 11th – 25th April in collaboration with Coeliac UK, Forth Valley Food and Drink and The Real Food Café aims to raise awareness of coeliac disease and the range of delicious gluten-free food and drink options for diners living with Coeliac disease and gluten sensitivities.

Coeliac disease affects an estimated 1 in 100 individuals worldwide, with many others actively avoiding gluten due to sensitivities or personal dietary preferences.

Gluten Free Fortnight first launched in 2019 at The Real Food Café in Tyndrum, an A grade Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer that has been serving gluten-free dishes since 2005.

Since then, the campaign has gained momentum and has been recognised for its success, being shortlisted for the Best Marketing Campaign award at the 2023 Cateys Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of the hospitality industry.

Sarah Heward, owner of The Real Food Café and one of Scotland Food & Drink's Regional Food Tourism Ambassadors said:

“We are hugely excited about the return of Gluten Free Fortnight this week, which will be our fourth. It really is such an important opportunity to highlight the demand for more diverse, specialist and inclusive menus and it’s something we’re proud to champion at The Real Food Café.”

“We started serving gluten-free menu options in 2005 and over the years we’ve seen that people will travel considerable distances to enjoy quality, safe and delicious gluten free meals.”

“Menu highlights for April’s Gluten Free Fortnight include a Scottish Cheese and Salami Pot - a melted brie from Ballochmyle and Great Glen venison salami, salad, red onion chutney, Nairn’s GF oatcakes and chips, Macsween Haggis & Chips, McWhinney’s Sausage and Chips and of course, The Real Food Café’s award winning MSC Haddock and Chips with homemade tartare sauce.”

You can view The Real Food Café’s Gluten Free Menu here

About Gluten Free Fortnight

The aim of Gluten Free Fortnight is to transform Scotland into a destination with great and safe gluten free food.


Gluten Free Fortnight Survey Results

The Real Food Café conducted a survey with customers following last year’s Gluten Free Fortnight event which attracted 166 responses for customers. The survey found that:


  • Almost half of respondents had chosen to visit The Real Food Café to experience the Gluten Free Fortnight menu.

  • 93% of respondents said that they found it challenging to get gluten free options at fish and chip and take away restaurants

  • 72% of respondents ordered from the gluten free menu 



About The Real Food Café

The Real Food Café is situated at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands in Tyndrum, on the West Highland Way, just before the A82 splits to Oban and north to Fort William.  The restaurant, which opened in 2005 is an iconic ‘pit stop’ for the many who travel through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park for business and leisure.

The Real Food Café is an A-grade Coeliac UK Accredited Caterer, with a dedicated gluten-free menu available year-round, including their award-winning gluten-free fish and chips, The Real Food Café has become a trusted destination for Coeliacs and diners seeking delicious gluten-free options.A multi-award-winning business with a strong ethical foundation, its focus has always been fourfold; on the food, the customer, team and community with the café delivering outstanding and noteworthy initiatives and projects around those four pillars.

The Real Food Café was listed in the Top 30 Best Places to Work in Hospitality 2023 by The Caterer magazine and also won the Staff Training and Development Award the National Federation of Fish Friers National Fish & Chip Awards 2024.


The restaurant was named as Business of the Year at the Stirling Business Excellence Awards in February 2024


The Real Food Café website can be found at


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