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 Post subject: Moving to Scotland
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 10:55 pm 
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My hubby is thinking of trying to start an office of his company in Edinburgh, and moving the family over for 1-2 years while he gets it up and established. I have not started researching health care there yet. Anyone have input on the good, the bad, and the ugly of living in Scotland with allergies? Food labeling, eating out, and getting both maintenance and emergency health care? Thanks for your feedback.

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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 3:51 am 
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Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities in the world! I am sure you will like it there. I've visited Edinburgh many times and my son went there for the first time last year.

Food labelling in the UK is great. The following supermarkets are excellent in labelling their own-brand products.

Waitrose: http://www.waitrose.com (search for Edinburgh under Branch Finder at the top of the page)

Sainsbury's: http://www.sainsburys.co.uk (search for Edinburgh under Store Locator at the top of the page)

Marks & Spencer (M & S): http://www.marksandspencer.com (search for Edinburgh under Store Finder at the top of the page. Make sure you search for stores that have "Simply Food")

I hear Morrisons is also good but I have never shopped there. http://www.morrisons.co.uk (search for Edinburgh under Store Finder at the top of the page)

You will find that Tesco is everywhere. Personally I don't shop there because I find their labelling frustrating. They write "cannot guarantee nut free" on all their products. However, they do also specify if the recipe has nuts in it and if it was manufactured in a facility that has nuts. Some people don't mind the "cannot guarantee" disclaimer, others do. http://www.tesco.com

Allergy awareness isn't as good as it is in North American restaurants but I can recommend the following restaurants. We had good experiences there, although I can only comment from a peanut/nut allergy point of view.

Vittoria's: There are two restaurants, one in Leith and one on George IV Bridge, which is where we ate. The food is great and the servers can answer questions on ingredients. There were no menu items with nuts, apart from the desserts. http://www.vittoriarestaurant.com/

Another allergy-friendly restaurant in Edinburgh is The Mussel & Steak Bar. We went there twice and the waitresses were very accommodating and doublechecked all the ingredients with the kitchen. http://www.musselandsteakbar.com/

Do NOT go to Gordon's Trattoria on the Royal Mile. The service was terrible and they told us they had nuts in everything.... flour, pasta, etc.

If you need to visit before you move, there are lots of self-catering options around Edinburgh. That way you will have your own kitchen. Try to find a place near one of the grocery stores mentioned above. I haven't tried self-catering though. Hotels have been fine for us as we only stay a few days.

The health care system is a bit different in Scotland than in England and Wales (I heard it's better). There is a UK based allergy forum where you can get more info: http://www.peanutallergyuk.co.uk

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Self: allergic rhinitis, fragrance/chemical sensitivities, oral allergy syndrome


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Wow, Storm - thanks for posting.

I'm saving this link for our next U.K. visit. I'd love to go to the Edinburgh Festival one day, and I'm a huge fan of Rennie Mackintosh architecture.

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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:15 pm 
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Storm, that is an incredibly helpful post that likely eased the writer's worries. Very kind of you :D

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Storm you are an incredible resource!

It's great to have a member with a foot on either side of the pond! :D

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 8:04 am 
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Thank you, everyone. Always glad to help. :D

I wanted to add the following info. Some of the grocery stores have their allergen lists online and others require you to request a list.

Marks & Spencer (M & S): http://tinyurl.com/pr8d8j

Sainsbury's: http://tinyurl.com/yjylduj and http://tinyurl.com/yjylduj and http://tinyurl.com/yfvrca8

Waitrose: http://www.waitrose.com/food/healthandn ... diets.aspx

Also found this. It's a guide to supermarkets in the UK for allergen labelling: http://www.nonuts.co.uk/supermarkets.htm

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 Post subject: Ice Cream in Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:05 pm 
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We are going on holidays to Scotland but have added nuts to our food to avoid list. Is there a brand in Scotland that is nut-free like Chapman's in Canada?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:51 am 
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the only problem i can forsee is that its very difficult to get hold of a NHS immunologist in scotland. There is no full time allergy clinics, in scotland.

well, last time I heard.

so, you may have to travel some distance for support in this area.


i havent been to scotland yet, on the border, gretna green, and really want to go one day.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:12 pm 
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ginger wrote:
We are going on holidays to Scotland but have added nuts to our food to avoid list. Is there a brand in Scotland that is nut-free like Chapman's in Canada?


It's Nut Free products are available throughout the UK.

http://www.itsnutfree.com/products/stockist.php

Urban Fresh Fruit has a nut free statement on their packages.

http://www.urbanfreshfruit.com/index.ph ... re_to_buy/

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