TWO sister restaurants in Eton have been shortlisted for the 2015 free from eating out awards.

Fishcraft has been nominated in the best fish and chip shop category and Flaming Cow is in with a chance of winning best restaurant.

Sophie Balchin, manager of Fishcraft, said: "It's really good to have two restaurants shortlisted.

"It's something that we have been pushing from the start, it's a big thing at the moment and it's still quite hard to find places that do cater for gluten-free diets without making it out to be a big hassle because it's not a big hassle.

"It's not how it used to be when gluten-free pasta tasted like cardboard, food can still taste just as great when it's gluten-free."

The two restaurants in Eton High Street which are both owned by Tarek Elawadi, pride themselves on catering for those with a gluten intolerance.

Fishcraft's fish and chips, among other dishes on the menu are gluten-free and there are three gluten-free beers on offer.

Many of the patties at Flaming Cow are gluten-free, as well as the toppings and each meal can be made with a gluten-free bun.

Miss Balchin added: "The look on people's faces when they realise they can have fish and chips again is brilliant. They are always very surprised.

"It's not just for people who are coeliacs, it's also a lifestyle choice for quite a lot of people.

"There's such a big community, we had a group of 20 coeliacs in the other night who got together."

Judges will now secretly visit each shortlisted business to choose the winners of each category.

Miss Balchin added: "Even to be shortlisted is great, especially when it wasn't too long ago that we opened, we thought that would come a lot later on.

"Fingers crossed we can get the double whammy, that would be amazing."

The awards will be announced by TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson and Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, director of the FreeFrom awards between 3.30pm and 5pm on November 17 at the Food Matters Live event at Excel in London.