Ilkley, West Yorkshire is my home town in the UK. I was born here and went to the local secondary school, Ilkley Grammar School before going to University in Newcastle. When I left the UK to go travelling, gluten-free restaurants in Ilkley definitely weren’t as plentiful as they are now, so while I was visiting home these past few months I visited some of the restaurants, pubs and cafes that offer gluten-free dining options to check them out. The turnover of places to east is known to be fairly high in Ilkley but some of these gems have stood the test of time so far.
Ilkley has many coeliac-friendly places to eat but here are my favourite places to dine gluten-free in Ilkley and the villages and towns close by such as Addingham and Silsden.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Ilkley
1A Railway Rd, Ilkley LS29 8HQ
Bistro Saigon is my favourite restaurant in Ilkley. The head chef, Loc Bui, was born and raised in Saigon. The Vietnamese food here is to die for (and I’ve been to Vietnam) plus the menu is fully labelled up with dietaries and most of the menu is gluten-free or can be made gluten-free. My personal favourites are the fried spring rolls, chicken satay and green curry! (Booking recommended)
1 Church St, Ilkley LS29 9DR
Pintoh is a traditional Thai restaurant, offering up your usual delicious Thai dishes. The Chicken Satays, Pad Thai and Thai Green Curry amongst other options are all gluten-free just ask the charming staff. They also do an excellent value early bird menu at £15 for 2 courses.
Station Plaza Station Rd, 9B, Ilkley LS29 8HF
If in doubt Pizza Express has a great selection of gluten-free Italian dishes. My standard order is the gluten-free dough balls, La Reine gluten-free pizza and the gluten-free chocolate brownie. Closely followed by a food coma… The menu is fully labelled with GF options to make ordering a breeze.
Crescent Hotel, Brook St, Ilkley LS29 8DG
Bistrot Pierre is a French themed chain restaurant. Their menu is clearly labelled with gluten-free dishes. Start with the Calamari, Soup, Asparagus or Crab Salad. Gluten-free mains consist of Moules Frites, Steak Frites, Sea Bass, Rump Sirloin or Fillet Steak, Risotto or Salads. Finish up with delicious gluten-free desserts such as Crème Brûlée, Vanilla Panna Cotta or Tarte au Citron.
31-33 Brook St, Ilkley LS29 8AE
Piccolino is a chain of Italian restaurants. Most of the menu items off the grill can be gluten-free plus they have risotto and gluten-free pasta available but sadly they don’t do gluten-free pizza bases.
Coutance Way, Ilkley LS29 7HQ
Kashmiri Aroma is located on the road out of Ilkley towards Burley. The menu is labelled up for presence of allergens click here to see the menu online but the majority of the Indian food available is gluten-free.
(Update June 2019 – Filmore & Union has gone into administration, we’re unsure how the new owners will affect the availability of gluten-free food)
Filmore and Union offers gluten-free breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea. Gluten-free bread is available as an alternative with all your usual breakfast foods, eggs, smashed avo, English breakfast… and the menu is labelled up just the way we like it for easy ordering.
The Victoria Arcade, South Hawksworth Street, Leeds
La Casita is a small chain of Spanish Tapas restaurants. Many of the tapas dishes can be made gluten-free just ask your server and they will highlight on the menu which options you can take.
1-2 New Brook St, Ilkley LS29 8DQ
The Ilkley Cow is a steakhouse and grill.
Car Park, 21B Brook St, Ilkley LS29 8AA
A fantastic local brownie shop with the most delicious gluten-free chocolate brownies. Hand baked in a range of different flavours. Very similar to I hear brownies in Brisbane, Australia.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Addingham
The little village of Addingham is about a 10 minute drive from Ilkley.
8 High Mill Lane, Addingham, LS29 0RD
Hamiltons is a beautiful spot on High Mill, situated on the riverside in Addingham. Open for breakfast, lunch and drinks from Wednesday through Sunday 9am-4pm. Dogs are welcome.
Gluten Free Restaurants in Silsden
The Old Post Office offers breakfast and lunch plus drinks on a Friday and Saturday evening. Gluten-free bread is available so you can have most breakfast options such as eggs on toast and bacon sandwiches, they even have gluten-free crumpets. For a light lunch they have gluten-free scones, gluten-free fishcakes and chips and sandwiches on gluten-free focaccia or bread. My favourite is the chicken, bacon, brie and cranberry toasted in focaccia.
If you’re visiting Ilkley or the surrounding Yorkshire area check out these amazing gluten-free places for breakfast, lunch or dinner.