The Willow

16 The Triangle, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 3RT

Overall Winner 2018
Gold Winner 2018
Independent Restaurant category – sponsored by The Anaphylaxis Campaign
Focus on Gluten – sponsored by Coeliac UK
Crème de la Crème – sponsored by Food Matters Live

Judges' comments - September 2018

'I had booked in advance and on the phone they asked about any special requirements. They mentioned that the restaurant was 100% gluten free anyway and plenty of options for other allergens. On arrival we were welcomed and again I mentioned allergens which did not phase them at all. We immediately felt at home here and cared for. I had confidence that they were taking all allergies seriously.

I think we have gone to allergy free heaven here!! Not only that but you could see the effort they had put into making sure it catered for all tastes. It was obvious that they also focus on nutrition - where else would you get a lion's mane and tomato saute - definitely my kind of place. There were snacks, sides, starters, mains, desserts and an extensive drinks menu. Simeon was thrilled because there were plenty of df and egg free vegetarian options as he is also a vegan. Meat is also carefully source - grass fed, organic features extensive on the menu. I asked about more obscure allergens and they were able to advise on the dishes to select.

WOW - 11 gluten free beers and all the wines are organic and low sulphite!! They have amazing soft drinks and plenty for children. Plus lots of hot drinks . I loved the matcha latte made with almond milk.

The food was amazing - I absolutely loved the lion's mane saute. The Fish was beautifully cooked. The vegan bean dish was plentiful but could have been a bit more seasoned and maybe a few more veggies included. We then had a vegan gf salted caramel and pecan cheesecake which was wonderfully flavoured, creamy and melt in the mouth.

This is a jewel in Kingston. I don't actually think there are any restaurants quite like this. One comment - more variety please for vegans but apart from that it has a great selection of options for everyone. This is high quality, nutritious focused food that is gourmet tasting. The fact that they can cater for so many different diets and allergies is exceptional.'

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