Why can’t all restaurants be like Nandos?

Why can’t all restaurants be like Nandos?

So as you know, I have been travelling around the UK over the last few months for work and as such, I have had to find somewhere to eat in whatever town I am  in. As someone who is Lactose Intolerance, this can be more of a challenge than it sounds.

Recently, I was in Leicester and stayed at the Premier Inn, right in the middle of town. As part of the deal I got a “Premier Breakfast” included, which was advertised in the hotel’s lift.

This picture contains the following items:

  • Pancakes
  • Bagel
  • Croissants
  • French Patisserie
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Fruit
  • Yoghurt
  • Juice 
  • Coffee

The items in red contain Dairy, the items in do not. The cooked breakfast is half and half as some of the cooked items do and some don’t. So actually the Premier Inn breakfast is a no-no for me.

Then of course the Premier Inn has a restaurant and as you can see from the menu below, it contains SO much dairy it’s ridiculous. It’s ok, I get it, cheese is delicious and butter is so tasty for cooking with.

But would it be so hard to add a few more options, or at least make it easy to see which food contains what? Which leads me nicely to Nandos. My second night in Leicester, I decided to go to Nandos for some chicken. Before I visited, I decided to check out the menu online. I was therefore THRILLED to find I could very easily filter it by items that DID NOT CONTAIN MILK!!

This is the first time I have seen this and honestly, it made such a difference to my personal dining experience.

It meant that I could eat in confidence, knowing that I wouldn’t have a reaction. Bravo Nandos, thank you for catering for those us with special requirements. It seems to me that ALL restaurants have this information about their foods, it just isn’t commonplace for us as customers to see/use it in order to make an informed selection.

Let’s hope more restaurants follow Nandos lead and let the filtering begin.

G x




  1. Sandra Sarbutts
    18th February 2018 / 4:24 pm

    Hi Gilli, I am a 75yr old mum living in Garswood, Can u tell me please if u can get to the flashes ,thou the gate at the end of wagon lane. Last time we tried it was blocked by heavy machinery! Diggers etc. Thanking you so much. Sandra S.

    • gilliblogs
      18th February 2018 / 4:31 pm

      Hi Sandra. I’m not sure as I haven’t been down there for a while. But another option is to get to flashes via Cooper Lane, down the side of Haydock High. Plenty places to park too x

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