If you’re the owner of a B&B or hotel then you’ll know that breakfast is one of the most important meals you can offer your guests.
Get it right and you can boost your ratings. Get it wrong and you may not get a second chance.
Here’s our top tips on catering for all your guests’ breakfast diets, from vegetarians through to gluten free, and what it means.
1) Low calorie: Not everyone wants a full English first thing in the morning. They may be watching their weight, or just not a big breakfast eater, so offer B&B or hotel guests a high-quality selection of low calorie dishes.
Why not serve up a delicious cardamom and peach quinoa porridge, or hearty and healthy kale, tomato and poached eggs on toast? You’ll find plenty of inspiration online and you can tweak recipes depending on the time of year.
2) Vegetarian/vegan: A vegetarian eats grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits, and some eat eggs and diary produce. A vegan doesn’t eat dairy products, eggs or anything derived from animals.
Why not offer your guests dairy free vegan pancakes, using almond milk, or perhaps a smoothie? Being veggie or vegan doesn’t mean breakfasts can’t be brilliant! Get inspired with vegan recipes for your guests online or check out recipes in magazines.
3) Gluten free: If your guest is gluten free then it’s possible they may have coeliac disease and their immune system will react if they eat gluten. Gluten is found in a lot of typical breakfast foods, including bread, pastries, baked goods, cereal and granola. However, there are plenty of alternatives to tempt your guests: gluten free bread, gluten free cereal, delicious smoothies, eggs and meat. Explore recipes online and ask your gluten free guests what they prefer for breakfast.
4) Dairy and lactose free: Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products, and some people have an allergy to cows’ milk protein. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative food and drinks you can offer your B&B and hotel guests instead: soya, rice, oat, almond, quinoa and potato milks, yoghurts and some cheeses. Use these to whisk up some delicious pancakes or smoothies to tempt their taste buds.
Catering for different diets may seem daunting but with careful planning, inspirational recipes and fantastic ingredients, your B&B and hotel guests will be set up for the day, whatever they are doing, and you can be guaranteed of a great review.
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