About: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital Blackburn BB2 3HH
As a coeliac, I am often subjected to a limited menu in many restaurants/cafes as they have few or no gluten free options on their menus. This is often because they either cannot guarantee gluten free food, in these days of easy litigation, or do not fully understand the consequences of a coeliac eating gluten. On two occasions recently, whilst visiting an in patient in Blackburn Royal I visited the Grane restaurant where I hoped to buy a meal or a snack. I was very surprised however, to discover that the hospital restaurant had fewer available options than a basic cafe, where you can usually purchase pre-packaged gluten free biscuits. I did not see any available food labelled as Gluten free. There was a sign advising anyone with allergies to speak to the staff for advice but unfortunately when I did so the assistant whilst sympathetic could not help. In fairness I did not see labelling other than price and description on any food which I find amazing for a hospital canteen which should be supporting healthy/accessible eating. I hope that after reading this review that the restaurant won't hide behind the often used excuse that there would only be a limited amount of people who would want gluten free food. This is not acceptable as there are many meals which would appeal to everyone but which can be made gluten-free . The restaurant needs to revise it's menu and attitude as I can't believe that this level of service is acceptable in a hospital.