Early on in lockdown I shared my gluten free guide to my home town, Milton Keynes. However, it didn’t include local bakeries and treat deliveries. Over the last year of being at home, treat deliveries have certainly made that time easier and I figured it was time to share the Milton Keynes based companies I love!
Afternoon Tea Mk is not a company you would normally consider eating from as a coeliac as you drool all over the amazing afternoon teas on their Instagram page. However, what isn’t obvious on their page is that the owner of the business is coeliac and can make the afternoon teas, chouxilicious (doughnut eclairs) and other treats safely gluten free.
I tried the chouxilicious when the flavours were chocolate ganache, salted caramel, white chocolate and raspberry and Parma violet. It was so nice as a coeliac to be able to order something a bit different so I absolutely loved them!
Follow them on Instagram at @afternoonteasmk and @chouxilicious
French Affaire is a beautiful French restaurant in Stony Stratford that also happens to be able to make safe gluten free crepes on a separate griddle. Their crepes are an amazing sweet treat that I recommend!
I chose the incredible raspberry and pistachio Eaton Mess crepe, but due to being such a sunny day the photos from the restaurant do not do it justice!
Follow @french_affaire on Instagram
A slightly different company as Labour of Love makes jams and preserves. However, the quality and flavour combinations that are available are amazing, and with a coeliac owner I feel worth a shout out of their own! Find Labour of Love at Woburn Sands Market every month, or order online at Local Market MK.
I recommend the limoncello lemon curd – it’s amazing, and I used the simply cherry jam to make a Black Forest Cake which went down a treat with everyone! These preserves make your home baking truly special!
Follow @labouroflovepreserves on Instagram
Kirsty, who owns Oh My Cakery makes the most amazing cakes! She has created a free from area of the kitchen which I think is amazing from someone who isn’t coeliac herself and she is really careful about cross contamination. (Do note it is a not a dedicated gluten free kitchen when you are deciding if this is right for you).
The treats boxes are insane, and I particularly love all the cookie dough pots. I’ve also ordered friends the personalised loaded brownies during lockdown as birthday presents so there are lots of ways to support this small business!
You should follow Kirsty as her stories are hilarious and her cakes incredible on @oh.my.cakery (and her cute daughter and dogs account @wrinklesandrainbows)
The only treats that I’m aware of in MK that are made in a gluten free kitchen so if you want a dedicated kitchen this is your choice. More the kind of bakes that I would make myself at home, but perfect if you want someone else to make them for you at a reasonable price!
Follow Michelle on @stanleys.freefrom.treats (Note – these were #gifted but I have since bought treats myself)
If you watched Bake Off The Professionals last year, you may recognise the owner of T.Sweetmap – Tracy. If you’re looking for incredible patisserie then these are the treats for you. I think at a push these are my favourite of all the treat boxes available as I literally have no chance of making anything like this myself. The bakes are beautiful and frequently gluten free.
Tracy also supplies her cakes to Nonnas and Bogotá Coffee Shop, but I feel the most comfortable when I collect them directly from her so there’s less chance of them being cross contaminated. Again do note that they are not made in a dedicated gluten free kitchen but Tracy has always been able to prepare the gluten free bakes – which is most of her mousse cakes and macarons – using cross contamination measures and I’ve personally never had a problem.
Everything I have tried by Tracy is light, intricate and amazing. The blueberry cheesecake macaron in the Valentines Day Box was one of the best things I’ve eaten recently and I highly recommend giving her bakes a try.
Follow Tracy on Instagram at @t.sweetmap
Beyond Milton KeynesWoburn Coffee House is amazing, and somewhere you must book in advance. I was so impressed with their effort to replicate the normal afternoon tea with the gluten free version when I visited to celebrate my birthday. It was lovely to have things other than just the sandwiches like everyone else, they really couldn’t have done more. Cod and Waffle, Leighton Buzzard
If you’re able to get to Leighton Buzzard, then I recommend giving Cod and Waffle a try. The owner is coeliac so you’re in safe hands and you won’t know where to start with options such as fish and chips and waffles all safely on the menu.
Find Cod and Waffle on Instagram @codandwaffle
Follow @thelittlebakeryofhappiness on Instagram
These are all local businesses with collection available in Milton Keynes. However, for more online gluten free treats see my full guide to gluten free businesses online which all have National delivery. I think you’ll be very tempted by the @wildcraftbakery incredible doughnuts, and soooo much more!
What are your favourite treats in Milton Keynes? Where else can I find coeliac safe options that I’ve missed?