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

Bistro Saigon

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.

Pizza Express

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.

Bistrot Pierre

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.

Kashmiri Aroma

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.

Filmore & Union

(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.

La Casita

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.

The Ilkley Cow

1-2 New Brook St, Ilkley LS29 8DQ

The Ilkley Cow is a steakhouse and grill.

Love Brownies

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 Cafe

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.

Gluten Free Stockholm
Stockholm is a very modern, forward-thinking place – especially when it comes to food. All cafes and restaurants in the city are required by law to list ingredients and allergens on the menu, making it easy to tell what’s safe to eat. Click To Tweet


Stockholm is a very modern, forward-thinking place – especially when it comes to food. All cafes and restaurants in the city are required by law to list ingredients and allergens on the menu, making it easy to tell what’s safe to eat and what isn’t when you’re avoiding gluten.

So you don’t waste your trip studying menus, we’ve rounded up the best gluten free restaurants in Stockholm, giving you at least 5 excellent choices you can rely on when the hunger pangs strike!

Top 5 gluten free restaurants in Stockholm

Friends of Adam

Address: Hornstulls Stand 13

A 100% wheat free and gluten free bakery in Stockholm, Friends of Adam is the ideal place to go when you’re craving something wholesome and homemade. From sweet and delicious cakes, cookies and muffins to savoury breads, pizza bases and pastries, this bakery has got it all covered. And since absolutely nothing they sell contains any gluten, you can order whatever you like without worrying about the consequences.


Address: Katarina Bangata 19

Chutney is a flavour-packed vegetarian restaurant that specialises in exotic cuisine from all over the world. Whether you’re in the mood for a Mexican stew, an Indian curry or some Chinese noodles, you’ll find it all here. They offer a minimum of two gluten free options which change every day, so there’s always something new and tasty to try. And the best bit is, you can go back for a second serving at no extra cost!

Creperie Fyra Knop

Address: Svartensgatan 4

For one of the best lunches you’ll have while being gluten free in Stockholm, pay a visit to Creperie Fyra Knop. This delicious spot serves up gluten free French-style pancakes made with wonderfully nutty buckwheat flour. There’s a huge range of sweet and savoury options to choose from, such as banana chocolate, ham and cheese, and mixed veggies, guaranteeing something to satisfy all cravings. They’ve also got a fantastic drinks menu with loads of tempting teas and coffees.

Urban Deli

Address: Nytorget 4

Urban Deli is another fantastic choice for a gluten free lunch in Stockholm. This sophisticated, trendy café offers a wide selection of delicious sandwiches made on freshly-baked gluten free bread. The place prides itself on using only the finest hand-selected ingredients and seasonal, locally-sourced veggies, so you just know whatever you order is going to be delicious and nutritious.


Address: Valhallavägen 131

For something totally different, make a reservation at Kouzina. This Greek restaurant doesn’t offer a separate gluten free menu, but the chefs claim they can make absolutely any of their dishes completely gluten free. This means you can enjoy all kinds of yummy eats, from meze platters and grilled halloumi to roasted lamb and homemade baklava with your dining partners without having to feel like the oddball.

Following a gluten free diet should never stop you from travelling around the world. Just a little preparation and planning is all you need to make sure everything runs smoothly!

Gluten Free Brighton UK
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A vibrant, creative and colourful city, Brighton has a rich and varied history, with plenty of places to explore. And it’s only an hour from London, so it’s the perfect place to escape for a day or two if you’re planning a city break to the UK’s capital. But what about its gluten-free dining options, we hear you cry! Well, listen up, because not only is Brighton an amazing city to explore, it’s also one of the best places in the UK to grab some great gluten-free grub.

10 of the Best Places for Gluten-Free Dining in Brighton

V&H Cafe

There’s no better way to start the day than a knock-out gluten-free brunch. So make your way to Holland Road’s V&H Cafe for a huge array of gluten-free cakes, pastries, breakfasts and brunch dishes, as well as top quality loose leaf teas and coffees. The chocolate rainbow cake is a winner, just so you know.
There’s no better way to start the day than a knock-out gluten-free brunch. So make your way to Holland Road’s V&H Cafe for a huge array of gluten-free cakes, pastries, breakfasts and brunch dishes, as well as top quality loose leaf teas and coffees. The chocolate rainbow cake is a winner, just so you know.

Terre a Terre

This veggie haven first opened its doors back in 1993, and it’s been going strong ever since. If you’re heading here we recommend trying their gluten free afternoon tea. Well, you can’t go to the UK without tucking into afternoon tea, can you?

Chilli Pickle

If you’re craving Indian cuisine Chilli Pickle is the perfect place to get your fix. This Indian restaurant is fabulous, and the staff are very knowledgeable about gluten-free diets. We loved the tandoori quail – so tender and flavourful, and absolutely no gluten involved! They also serve gluten-free beer!

Prestonville Arms

The Great British pub is a real institution, but it’s rare to find one that caters for gluten-free diets. The Prestonville Arms goes against the grain, with a kitchen that’s 100% gluten-free! So, you can relax, indulge and eat absolutely anything you fancy. We’ll see you at the bar.

Black Mocha

Seeing all the sights of Brighton can be exhausting, so make time for a pit stop at this quirky cafe. Every day there’s a new selection of gluten free cakes and savoury bakes on sale here. They also do a cracking dark hot chocolate.

Cloud 9

If you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth you’ll love Cloud 9. There are two outposts of this cake shop in Brighton, you can find them in The Lanes and in Kensington Gardens. It’s a real festival of sugar here, with a vast selection of gluten free cakes and cupcakes, as well as vegan bakes and ice cream. The chocolate cheesecake brownies are not to be missed. You’ve been warned!

Little Bird

It’s all about the tea and cake at Little Bird, a great Brighton cafe catering for coeliacs and those on gluten-free diets. There are always gluten-free bakes on sale here, as well as vegan bakes which are often gluten-free too. You can get your cake to take away, so make sure you grab some for the train journey back to London.

Pizza Face

We couldn’t talk about gluten-free food in Brighton without mentioning Pizza Face! This is a fabulous restaurant serving gluten-free pizzas with a huge array of different toppings. Our favourite is Jakub – an indulgent pizza topped with chorizo, salami, caramelised onion, mascarpone, dried chilli and oregano. We’re drooling already, and we’re not ashamed to admit it.

Wolfies of Hove

Fish and chips is a British classic, especially at the seaside! Often those on gluten-free diets are forced to forgo this scrumptious treat, but not in Brighton. At Wolfies and Hove you can tuck into gluten free fish and chips and even gluten-free battered sausages, made with German bratwurst. There’s a separate fryer for all gluten-free products so you don’t need to worry about cross-contamination, either.


If you’re on the hunt for a quick lunch in Brighton you can’t go wrong at Bagelman. The gluten-free bagels are delicious and they have a wonderful choice of fillings. You don’t see gluten-free bagels very often so this is one Brighton café you won’t want to miss!

So, if you’re heading to Brighton soon you can rest assured that your gluten-free diet is well and truly catered for. In fact, we’d go so far as to say you’ll eat like a King! We’d love to hear what you think of our gluten-free recommendations, so please leave us a comment and tell us all about your adventures in Brighton!

Gluten Free Spitalfields, London
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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.

Gluten Free Edinburgh Scotland
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You will find Scotland’s beautiful capital city of Edinburgh nestled into the coast and just before you fall into the entranceway to the highlands; where countless loch’s, open roads and breathtaking scenery await you.

Edinburgh is a compact city, a perfect city for walking and exploring. Its pebbled pathways, haunted old buildings and of course its impressive castle sits high upon a hill and looms over the city all give an atmospheric and charming view.

It’s hard to imagine Edinburgh castle has been protecting the city for nearly 1000 years. Long before the words ‘gluten free’ existed!

I love Edinburgh, it’s a city full of atmosphere, unpretentious independent restaurants and plenty of hidden lanes and shops to explore.

I had little expectation about the gluten free food on offer in Edinburgh. However, I always hope a city will offer me more gluten free choices or present me with a gluten free dish I have not devoured before.

I also have to admit that Scottish food filled me with thoughts of deep fried chocolate bars and other unusual and unhealthy combinations (sorry Scotland), but never one to generalise I hoped deep down the city would deliver a culinary surprise!

I am pleased to say I was not disappointed, Edinburgh blessed my gluten free taste buds and left me feeling like there was still so many more places to discover and eat in.

The city is split into the old town and the new town. Each offer a range of amazing gluten free places to eat, the old town has plenty of independent coffee shops and restaurants and the new town is plagued with chain coffee shops and well-known restaurants. Both have a buzzy, city atmosphere and offer something different.

Top Picks for a Gluten Free Edinburgh Trip

Gluten Free Brekkie

Breakfast or ‘brekkie’ as the Scots like to call it, is, of course, the most important meal of the day and you will be able to happily start your day eating in one of these super tasty places.

Le Cafe Bleu – A very quirky and family run cafe. Conveniently located near the castle and with a menu offering stacks of gluten free options you will be suitably impressed. Pancakes with fresh fruit, English muffins with smoked salmon and amazing hot chocolate await your delectation. The friendly staff are knowledgeable about their gluten free offerings too. Arrive early as space is limited.

Address: Le Cafe Bleu, 62 West Port, Edinburgh (Near the castle)
Monday & Saturday 7.30 am – 3 pm

Urban Angel – Any food place with Angel in the name has my interest! Cobbled stone flooring, large chunky wooden tables, and low lighting make this place a very cool place to start your day. The menu is impressive, with homemade granola, haricot beans with poached eggs and french toast will make your gluten free breakfast decision a tough one. Super friendly staff and great gluten free tasting food.

Address: ‪Urban Angel, 121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh (Old Town)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 9 am – 5 pm

These two lovely gems will also keep you full until lunchtime. The Edinburgh Larder, 15 Blackfriars for simple gluten free toast and great coffee or for food on the run, including gluten free sausages, give BBL, 65 pleasance a try.

Gluten Free Lunch

Edinburgh is a cold, windy city! You will naturally walk and wonder around the city in a kind of fun, brisk and fresh-faced fashion! It makes me look forward to warming up with a delicious gluten free lunch! The below options should be a good start.

The Educated Flea – I love a good name! Although not a 100% gluten free restaurant, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable and prepared to run to and from the kitchen to ask questions. Great lunchtime set menu options and the food was fresh, plentiful and they even have gluten free beer on offer too. A slightly upscale lunch option at an affordable price. Lovely, relaxed décor too.

Address: The Educated Flea, 32B Broughton Street, ‪Edinburgh (Near the Edinburgh playhouse)‬
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10 am – 10 pm

Earthy – I love a place that gives me the anticipation of healthy food before I have even opened the door! Do not be fooled, Earthy offers pasta, tortilla chips and gluten free bread galore so you can choose to be a ‘salad’ kind of eater or a ‘carb’ craver! Super fresh food and with three locations across the city, you are never too far away from one. You can even buy food to take away and cook, which is a bonus if you plan on staying a while.

Address: ‪Earthy, ‬1 – 6 Canonmills Bridge & 33 – 41 Ratcliffe Terrace
Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm
Friday – 9 am – 7.30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

With so many lunch options in the city, I had to share a couple more with you. David Bann, 56-58 St Mary’s Street for a vegetarian menu with flair and incredible taste or for when carb cravings are calling check out Mamma’s Pizza, 28-30 Grassmarket for affordable homemade gluten free pizza! Bellissimo.

Gluten Free Dinner

Wrap up warm and get ready to walk the cobbled streets of Edinburgh in style. Dinner options are in abundant supply and will you be able to devour warm, hot and well cooked gluten free food.

New Chapter Restaurant – Swish red brick, low lighting and a spacious seating area all give this dinner gem and great feel. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a great selection of gluten free dishes kept me very happy! The fish dish I had was exceptional and staff we more than happy to answer any gluten free inspired questions.

New Chapter Restaurant, 18 Eyre Place, New Town, Edinburgh
Monday – Sunday 12 pm – 2.30 pm & 5.30 pm – 10 pm

Aizle – With dessert options such as homemade chocolate ice cream with bee pollen and only using ingredients that are fresh and in season, this restaurant is constantly voted as the best place to eat dinner in Edinburgh. With gluten free catered for on the 5 course tasting menu and the chance to try some weird and wonderful food combinations, you will not forget your meal at Aizle. Romantic setting, comfortable atmosphere and extremely good wine! Not cheap, but definitely worth it! Book ahead and let them know your gluten free too.

Aizle – 107-109 St Leonards St, Edinburgh
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday – 6 pm – 9.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 5 pm – 9.30 pm

Afternoon Tea like Scottish Royalty

If there is a place offering ‘the best’ gluten free afternoon tea than I am always going to check it out and give my opinion! The below two really did live up to expectations, maybe not the best I have had, but definitely close – very close!

The Colonnades, Parliament Sq, Royal Mile – Super posh afternoon gluten free tea in a ‘fine’ setting. It really was close to being the best I have ever tasted. Book early!

Palm Court, The Balmoral, 1 Princes St – Dark panelled walls, beautiful chandeliers and smartly dressed staff make the entire afternoon tea a traditional experience. A great gluten free selection of fancies made this a divine gluten free afternoon tea treat.

Edinburgh offered my rumbling stomach some awesome gluten free restaurants and I was so happy to find that nearly all of them were independent too. Take time to stroll the streets full of history, marvel at the architecture and of course feel welcomed by the friendly locals too. Gluten free eating just got easy and educational!

Wrap up and embrace gluten free Edinburgh!

Gluten Free York, UK
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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.

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