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.
Londoners know Spitalfields for its awesome markets and its important place in the timeline of London’s history! Spitalfields has been a notch on the infamous British cities history since the 1100’s! Yep, the area has been ‘around’ before much of America even existed! Impressive huh?!
An area that has been blessed with breweries, bakeries and a diverse sense of culturally rich community. The Jewish, Russians and the Irish descended on Spitalfields in the 1700’s, opening shops, jewellers, and restaurants. Cultures that still shine through Spitalfields today.
Walk around the streets of Spitalfields today and be faced with modern buildings coupled with historical architecture. Dine in new swanky cafes or old, dark and atmospheric pubs!
A fusion of so many different places to have fun, relax and eat!
Spitalfields market is a place tourists and locals flock to and is officially Londons oldest market. Open seven days a week and with over 100 stalls to wander through, it’s worth a detour to work up an appetite.
The market is a heady mix of locally made crafts, beautifully made clothes, delicate homemade cakes and bakes and food trucks offering a huge variety of food. Food trucks with names like ‘The Duck Truck’ and with many dietary requirements catered for, you will easily find somewhere to let your inner sweet or savoury gluten free tooth loose!
The market is held in the infamous undercover area; where for hundreds of years a market has been held. Restaurants and independent shops line the market outer rim and you will be hit in the face with smells of coffee, baked goods, and other stomach rumbling goodies.
I have been lucky enough to live in this wonderfully diverse area of London and have eaten in many of the cute and quirky eateries. As a gluten free girl in Spitalfields, I was certainly spoilt for choice.
I have listed a few of my favourite places to stop and watch the tourists wander by!
Gluten-Free Breakfast Spitalfields Style
There are some great small chain restaurants popping up that are hitting the gluten free menu nail right on the head. Independents will always get my vote, but when the food and ethics are good, who am I to argue.
LEON – Chain restaurant alert! A very laid back fast food style place with wooden benches, large and bright menu options and food such as; poached egg pots and cranberry infused oatmeal. Menus offer great value for money and the ambiance is chilled. I have to say the coffee is not too bad either!
Address: LEON, 3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 7.30 am – 9 pm
Saturday – 8.30 am – 10 pm
Sunday – 8.30 am – 7 pm
Canteen – With an accolade of ‘Best British Breakfast’ I had high expectations and I was not disappointed. Although not an entirely gluten free restaurant, it certainly offers a large and varied gluten free menu. From traditional British bacon and egg butties to freshly made oatmeal, it is definitely worth a breakfast time stop.
Address: Canteen, 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, E1 6DW (Inside the undercover market area)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 11 pm
Gluten-Free Lunch like a Londoner
Pies have a sacred place in the heart of most Londoners. After all, the backbone of London’s bakeries relied on this classic dish for hundreds of years. Finding a gluten free pie that lives up to the recipe of old is no easy challenge, however, I happened to find one such place serving a pie Londoners would be proud of!
Duck & Waffle – Great Pies! A restaurant with a view, situated on the 40th floor it offers an impressive and extensive gluten free menu as well as a unique setting. A little pricey, but what city restaurant with a view isn’t! An impeccable reputation and fresh, inspiring menu will leave you feeling like you have hit the gluten free pie jackpot. Must try the duck and waffles too!
Address: Duck & Waffle, 40th floor, Bishopsgate, EC2N
Monday – Sunday 6 am – 11 pm, (Late Nights) 11.30 pm – 5 am
Ottolenghi – An independent restaurant offering a fusion of foods. With health and vitality at the heart of everything they prepare you will be taken to tastebud heaven. A light, airy and relaxed atmosphere and super friendly staff. Tuck into toasted orzo with roasted cumin broccoli or indulge on one of their many gluten free desserts. You will be back for more – I assure you!
Address: Ottolenghi, 50 Artillery Lane, E1 7LS
Monday – Friday 8 am – 10.30 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 6 pm
Gluten-Free Dining around the globe!
You could easily eat dinner at the above two restaurants, but if you fancy a couple more gluten free options, the below two quirkier diverse gluten free restaurants should keep your hunger pangs at bay!
Pho Restaurant – Vietnamese chain restaurant with zest! With a focus on freshly made and authentic Vietnamese food, this restaurant certainly offers a different gluten free dining option. Quirky décor and a very relaxed atmosphere give Pho a ‘go to’ for anyone wanting to try something different. Knowledgeable staff and a large menu help too.
Address: Pho Restaurant, 48 Brushfield Street, E1 6AG
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 10 pm
Saturday – 11.30 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 11.30 am – 10 pm
Andina – Peruvian restaurant that is small but perfectly formed. Any gluten free local will recommend Andina restaurant as a must eat place. With gluten free options a plenty and dishes such as black pudding served on quinoa toast and lamb sweetbreads, you will be suitably impressed. A small restaurant with a big passion for cooking awesome authentic Peruvian dishes.
Address: Andina, 1 Redchurch St, Shoreditch, E27DJ
Monday – Friday 8 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am – 11 pm
Finding somewhere to eat in any city is a daunting task, especially in somewhere as diverse as London. The area of Spitalfields is not only a place for great shopping, visiting places of interest and wandering around markets, it is a place full of places to enjoy some awesome British gluten free food.
York is so packed full of history. Romans formed the city, Vikings fought in the city and the Victorians industrialised the city.
The city is packed full of ancient sites where you can still see what our long-lost ancestors have left behind. A city lined by a castle wall, which is home to mystery and intrigue of its wartime past.
York is a gem of a city to walk around, it’s cute cobbled streets lead the way to old fashioned sweet shops, old inns and plenty of places to enjoy a coffee with a slice of gluten free cake.
Like many cities, York is host to a plethora of foodie events and their food festivals are well known throughout the North of England.
York is host to three large food festivals. Treat your taste buds to the Chocolate festival in April, the taste food festival in June and the large ‘main event’ food festival throughout September and October. All three festivals promise local producers, gluten free food treats and a fabulous atmosphere in a glorious setting.
If you are not as fortunate to be in the area for the festivals, York is home to beautiful and vibrant farmers markets. Farmers market have been gracing the streets since the 1950’s and long before they became fashionable.
I love farmers markets for digging out local producers who are passionate about their food and I have often found the most amazing gluten free treats. Sometimes, you just want to grab lunch and sit on a bench in a park and enjoy your surroundings, especially if you are blessed with a pretty British summers day! They happen occasionally!!
Farmers markets are held every Thursday in The Shambles Market and on the first Friday of every month, 9 am – 4 pm in St Sampson Square. Both are worth a visit.
York is known for its ham and a bountiful supply of Yorkshire cheese. With so many cheese producers within the area, you will undoubtedly be blessed with trying a few out in the many restaurants.
I had no idea what to expect from the gluten free menus of York; luckily for me and you, I was very pleasantly surprised. I found lots of independent restaurants all working hard to offer gluten free food that was fresh, delicious and affordable. Music to my gluten free ears!
Get ready to enjoy your gluten free eating in the beautiful city of York!
A full Yorkshire Breakfast.
Ask any Yorkshire man (or women) what they think of when asked what a Yorkshire breakfast looks like and they will always say the ‘farmers breakfast’. The breakfast consists of fried eggs, sausages, bacon, fried tomato, toast, baked beans & black pudding – well when in Yorkshire it would be rude not to try it!
However, if you fancy something a little lighter the below gluten free options will keep everyone happy.
1. Filmore & Union – A BIG gluten free farmers breakfast. A strange interior, with a mix of French architecture and farmers style décor! Do not be put off as the service and food were both amazing. Dig into their famous farmers full English gluten free breakfast and you will not be in need of anything until dinner. You can also dig into hummus eggs, coconut milk pancakes and smashed avocado – all served gluten free. A decadent setting with great food.
Address: Filmore & Union, 62a Low Petergate, York (city centre)
Monday – Wednesday & Sunday 8 am – 8 pm
Thursday – Saturday 8 am – 10 pm
2. Chloe’s of York – Great local name! A very cute family run cafe offering delicious, fresh and affordable gluten free breakfast options. Bagels, toast and great coffee await you. The staff were super friendly and the ambience is relaxed, you could easily sit and watch the world go by. A family run gem in the centre of York who focuses on cooking fresh locally sourced food. My gluten free bagel was delicious!
Address: Chloes of York, 28 Collergate, York (city centre)
Monday – Friday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday – 9.30 am – 4 pm
Good things come in fours, so here are a couple more options for your Yorkshire breakfast feast. Osbornes at 68, 68 Gillygate Rd offer a sultry setting, good coffee, and healthy gluten free breakfast options or for simple food to start your gluten free day head to La Cremeria, 20 High Petergate where awesome hot chocolate, smoked salmon bagels and gluten free treats wait to be devoured.
Cheese sharing plates await
Lunch is served in York
I found gluten free eating at lunchtime easier in York than breakfast. There were lots more options and menus seem to offer more choice. I did not manage to find one place that was 100% gluten free, but in a small city like York, this was not a total surprise. Eateries need to cater for everyone to grab as much of the tourist trade as possible. However, the below should keep you full until dinner!
3. Lucky Days – Although the menu is not extensive, the food itself was fresh, delicious and great value for money. The chef is incredibly passionate about his food and that certainly shines through. Choose gluten free open sandwiches, soups and super squishy gluten free sponge cakes. A lighter lunchtime option that will not disappoint. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere feels suave and relaxed.
Address: Lucky Days, 1 Church Street, York
Monday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
4. Mannion & Co – Cheese, please. A visit to York is not complete without digging into a cheese plate or two! An artisan bakery with a passion for serving great food, the fact they include a good range of gluten free options is a bonus. The cheese plate is a ‘must try’ and they focus on speciality grazing platters so you can build your own delicious sharing plate. Lovely relaxed atmosphere with a huge focus on fresh, locally sourced foods.
Address: Mannion & Co, 1 Blake Street, York
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Always one to share here is a couple more lunchtime options. Shambles Kitchen, 28. The Shambles is well known locally and offer fresh, delicious gluten free sandwiches that sell out most days, head there between 11.30 am – 1 pm. For lunch more refined head to No 8 Bistro, 8 Gillygate and enjoy excellent food in a lovely restaurant-style setting.
And for dinner…
5. Little Italy – Italian in York? Pasta and gluten free fill me with fear and excitement in equal measure. I reluctantly chose this place as it was recommended and it scored pretty high via online reviews. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable although I did call and warn them I was gluten free, so they were expecting me! The gluten free pasta was absolutely delicious and you could taste it was homemade and fresh. Lovely ambiance and flexibility made this restaurant a winner for me.
Little Italy, 12 Goodramgate Rd, York
Monday – Saturday 5 pm – 10 pm
Sunday – 4.30 pm – 9 pm
6. Yak & Yeti Gurkha Restaurant – Gluten free heaven for your taste buds. I have always liked Nepalese cuisine. Authentic restaurants are difficult to come by, so this was one was a must try for me. With a HUGE menu and most dishes being gluten free, I was in heaven. The food was authentic, delicious and good value, you will be spoilt for choice. The staff were friendly and the ambience was relaxed and authentic. Vibrant gluten free dinner awaits. This is not in anyway connected with Yak on York in Australia.
Yak & Yeti Gurkha Restaurant, 63a Goodramgate Rd, York
Monday – Saturday – 5 pm – 10 pm
York will give you history, beautiful surroundings, and friendly people. A city that always feels alive with hidden secrets of our ancestors. Gluten free eating was fun and gave me the chance to try new foods I would never have associated with an old British city. Take time to find your own places to try new gluten free food, just be sure to let me know when you find them. York is a city I will definitely be back to eat in.
Gluten free York did not disappoint.
Related Tag: Gluten Free Meals
West London in particular is a great area to explore gluten free friendly restaurants and cafes – they are everywhere! It is more unusual round there to find a restaurant that doesn’t highlight gluten free options on there menu and most have at least a handful of options for the Coeliac customer to choose from (and there are a few that are entirely gluten free).
In terms of price, it will probably come as no surprise that the restaurants and cafes in this area aren’t cheap but generally you do get what you pay for and let’s face it no where in London is cheap.
Tried & Tested Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in West London
- Hummingbird Bakery, Various locations dotted around the city, I visited the South Kensington branch. 47 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3JP. This bakery sells the most delicious and beautifully decorated cakes, including gluten free cupcakes. Choose from a selection of gorgeous flavours including vanilla and red velvet. All of those that I’ve tasted have been really tasty and have a great texture. The icing is really yummy too!
- The Truscott Arms, 55 Shirland Road, W9 2JD. If you are a coeliac looking for traditionally British, hearty pub grub, then The Truscott Arms has your name all over it’s gluten free menu. Yes, they have a dedicated gluten free menu and serve classic pub favourites such as, gluten free fish and chips and gluten free burgers. It is also worth noting that hey also serve gluten free beer here too.
- The Good Life Eatery, Various locations. The Good Life Eatery restaurants have a focus on healthy eating and living. They serve lots of amazing combinations of smoothies and juices which are great for an on the go pick me up This is also a good breakfast option for a coeliac as they have loads of gluten free breakfast choices on the menu. The gluten free granola that they make here is really good as are the chestnut and almond waffles if you are looking for something a little different (and delicious!).
- The MaE Deli, 21 Seymour Place, W1H 5BH. An article on gluten free eating in West London wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Deliciously Ella’s deli cafe. Again, this is a great breakfast choice as they have plenty on offer (everything they sell is gluten free), but is also equally great for lunch or dinner. Try the fennel and aubergine curry ‘Mae bowl’, wonderful flavours and really filling. They also have a deli counter selling lots of delectable items for you to take away (perfect to stash in your hotel mini bar).
- Squirrel, 11 Harrington Road, South Kensington, SW7 3ES. Another restaurant with a focus on healthy eating (yes, there is a theme here, they are everywhere!). The restaurant has an interesting ‘outdoors’ themed decor and serves yummy, healthy food – what’s not to love?! Try the ‘guac ‘n’ roll’ it’s really tasty!
Related Tag: Gluten Free Recipes
Gluten Free Travellers
Gluten Free Travellers was born from the need to find gluten-free-friendly restaurants that offer more than just a boring old salad. We love food, but travelling with food allergies and intolerances can be extremely challenging. We started this gluten-free diet blog in order to help others discover new restaurants and to travel safely, while still enjoying the local cuisine. Feel free to look around. Happy eating!