By Alice Reeves
Last month, on Shrove Tuesday in fact, The Creperie opened up on Ship Street in Brighton. I saw various tweets about them giving away free pancakes on their opening day, which I thought was such a lovely touch, but I assumed that there wouldn’t be anything gluten-free on offer so I skimmed over them.
Then, a few days later, fellow gluten-free blogger Shelley posted this review on her site. I was thrilled to hear that they offered gluten-free savoury galettes! When I worked up at the University of Sussex, they used to sell these in one of the campus cafés and they were my standard Friday lunch treat – I’m SO happy that I can find them somewhere in central Brighton now. Options for café-style gluten-free lunches can be hard to find.
A couple of weeks ago I was in need of a quick dinner before heading to an early evening event in The Lanes and – not sure whether they’d be open or not – I wandered down to The Creperie. Turns out, not only are they open in the evenings, but they offer a “Dinner Club” deal where any of their gluten-free galettes and a glass of wine is just £6.50. Bargain!
I went for the ‘Crepe Du Maison’ described as a “traditional french tartiflette made with potato, bacon, onion, reblochon cheese & cream”. It was a tough choice though as everything sounded delicious – you can check out their full menu here.
I ordered a coffee rather than the wine (unusual for me, I know, but I needed a caffeine boost) and headed downstairs. While the upstairs area is all hustle and bustle, with seating right next to the takeaway counter, downstairs is a chilled out seating area that – despite being in a windowless basement – feels lovely, light and airy. When the Brighton wind is beating around the seafront, this would be a great little refuge in which to grab lunch and a coffee.
My galette was as tasty as I’d hoped and surprisingly filling. When you’re getting a hot, gluten-free meal for under £7, you can’t go wrong! I’m going back there for lunch on Saturday and can’t wait to try more of the menu.