Gluten Free West London UK During your trip to London you will probably notice that gluten free eating in restaurants is a breeze. Generally speaking, it is a city that caters well for people with food allergies, including those with a gluten allergy or intolerance.

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!

 

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Gluten Free Belfast Northern Ireland
Although not high on the list of most people’s top places to visit, Belfast proved to be a great decision for a short break and not only for the gluten free food. Click To Tweet

Before embarking on a city break to Belfast I wasn’t sure what to expect from the gluten free food scene there. I did a little research beforehand and couldn’t find much written online about it, but now having been I am pleased to report back that Belfast is a great city for a Coeliac to take a city break to.

There are loads of gluten free friendly cafes and restaurants for Coeliacs to take their pick from and from my experience, the waiting staff all over the city were always friendly and accommodating if I had to explain my gluten allergy to them (if there weren’t visible gluten free menu choices – but in a lot of places there were).

Although not high on the list of most people’s top places to visit, Belfast proved to be a great decision for a short break and not only for the gluten free food. The shopping in the city is great, the Titanic museum was really interesting and a great way to spend an afternoon, there are some grand buildings to appreciate (like City Hall) and if you fancy taking a day trip from the city the magnificent Giant’s Causeway is just over an hour’s drive away.

So when you’re in the city and in need of some good gluten free grub, where should you go? I’ve listed my top gluten free friendly 5 restaurants & cafes:

Top 5 Gluten Free Restaurants & Cafes in Belfast

1. Graze, 404-406 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. The gluten free food I sampled here was absolutely delicious; all 3 courses! They have a focus on serving freshly cooked food made with local produce and I particularly recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy fish as there were a lot of different gluten free fish dishes on offer. This restaurant is popular and can get quite busy so I would recommend booking so you aren’t disappointed!

2. Home, 22 Wellington place, Belfast BT1 6GE. Located in the centre of Belfast, close to City Hall, this restaurant is a solid choice for a coeliac looking for a hearty meal. Once I informed the waiter of my gluten allergy he cheerily brought over the gluten free menu, which I was pleased to see listed lots of gluten free choices. I had the burger which was really good and served with a gluten free bun and chips, yum!

3. Harlem Cafe, 34 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FF. This is a good choice for a gluten free breakfast Belfast, which is what I had, although they also have gluten free lunch and dinner choices (including gluten free fish and chips), which I’m sure would be really good too. The gluten free breakfast that I chose was really tasty (eggs, bacon, tomato and gluten free toast), large and definitely enough to set you up for the day! There are other gluten free breakfast choices available too.

4. General Merchants Cafe, 481 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3LL. This cafe/restaurant is located a little out of town but the gorgeous orange and polenta pistachio cake that they served made the walk worth it! A lot of the cakes and tray bakes here were gluten free and looked amazing. A great place to enjoy a coffee and a slice of gluten free yumminess!

5. Fratelli Belfast, 60 Great Victoria Street | Unit 1, Belfast BT2 7BB. A cool Italian restaurant that has a separate gluten free menu listing; gluten free pizza Belfast style, gluten free pasta and gluten free salads (amongst other things). I can highly recommend the ‘Gamberoni Genovesi pizza’, which was tiger prawns, salsa verde and pesto topping a delicious, gluten free pizza base. The cocktails they served here are also worth a mention they were amazing!

Belfast is less than an hour’s plane journey from London and you can often get really cheap deals with budget airlines. If you are looking for a gluten free restaurant, Belfast has many to offer. I fully recommend the city for a gluten free city break, it’s time to book your trip!

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UK Chain Restaurants Offering Gluten Free Options
A number of popular UK restaurant chains are now accredited by Coeliac UK, giving those with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity peace of mind and lots of options for dining out. Click To Tweet

The UK is coming on leaps and bounds when it comes to catering for gluten intolerant and coeliac diners. A number of popular UK restaurant chains are now accredited by Coeliac UK, giving those with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity peace of mind and lots of options for dining out.

Here is our list of recommended UK chain restaurants offering gluten free options:

  1. La Tasca, a Spanish tapas restaurant chain, the dishes that can be adapted to be gluten free
  2. Wahaca, a Mexican street food chain that has a dedicated gluten free menu
  3. Zizzi, an Italian restaurant chain with ‘ non gluten’ options available
  4. Côte Brasserie (Coeliac UK accredited), French brasserie chain offering a gluten free menu
  5. Pret a Manger, a café style chain has locations all over the UK. Even though they primarily make sandwiches, they have quite a few gluten free options – great for lunch
  6. Ed’s Easy Diner (Coeliac UK accredited), 70% of their menu is gluten free, they’re responsible for the UK’s first ever gluten free hot dog
  7. Filmore & Union (Coeliac UK accredited), independent healthy eating chain across Yorkshire
  8. Handmade Burger Co (Coeliac UK accredited), dedicated gluten free menu with over 40 gluten free burgers
  9. Leon, fast but healthy Mediterranean style food, much of which is gluten free and clearly labelled
  10. Harrods (Coeliac UK accredited), currently provides a gluten free version of their afternoon tea
  11. Nando’s, Portuguese PERi PERi chicken chain, much of the menu is available gluten free
  12. Carluccio’s (Coeliac UK accredited), Italian restaurant offering gluten free pasta dishes and a gluten free menu
  13. Wagamama, an Asian restaurant chain has a range of dishes that can be adapted to be gluten free
  14. Chiquito (Coeliac UK accredited),  Mexican restaurant, bar and grill with a dedicated gluten free menu and 88 restaurants UK wide
  15. Jamie’s Italian – Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurant chain offering gluten free pasta and many other gluten free dishes
  16. Rockfish (Coeliac UK accredited), Seafood restaurants with entirely gluten free menu
  17. Wadworth & Co (Coeliac UK accredited), independent pub company in the South West and London. Their 6X Gold beer is also Cross Grain certified
  18. Pizza Express,(Coeliac UK accredited) 400 restaurants across the UK with gluten free pizza bases and other gluten free dishes, their famous dough balls are now available gluten free too! They also serve gluten free beer and dessert.
  19. Domino’s (Coeliac UK accredited), First pizza delivery chain to offer gluten free pizzas
  20. Frankie & Benny’s (Coeliac UK accredited), American Italian restaurant with gluten free options
  21. Hard Rock Cafe (Coeliac UK accredited), gluten free menu which lists versions of many of their gluten-containing dishes
  22. Pizza Hut (Coeliac UK accredited), gluten free pizza bases available in restaurant and for delivery
  23. Fish’n’chick’n (Coeliac UK accredited), Otherwise known as The Chesterford Group have a gluten free menu at selected stores so you can enjoy gluten free fish and chips on Mondays and Tuesdays
  24. Prezzo (Coeliac UK accredited), Italian restaurant chain with gluten free pizza, pasta and risotto dishes
  25. Browns (Coeliac UK accredited), 25 coeliac UK accredited locations, they offer a gluten free all day brasserie menu

We try our best to keep our listings and Coeliac accreditation information up-to-date but please always check with the restaurant and make them aware of your allergies to be extra sure.

Gluten Free Copenhagen Denmark
At Christmas Copenhagen is really special. The Christmas markets that pop up around the city are great to explore, with lots of local crafts on offer and of course mulled wine which must be consumed for warming purposes. Click To Tweet

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and my gluten free capital of Scandinavia! Every meal I gobbled up in this wonderful city was truly delicious. As a coeliac it was also refreshing to have more than one or two gluten free menu choices to choose from in every restaurant that I visited.

At Christmas Copenhagen is really special. The Christmas markets that pop up around the city are great to explore, with lots of local crafts on offer and of course mulled wine (which must be consumed for warming purposes!). There are usually a variety of food stalls at these markets too; chocolate covered fruit seemed to be popular and a really delicious gluten free treat!

The days are short in December, with the sun setting at around 3:30-4pm, which adds to the cosy, wintery atmosphere. It is also the perfect excuse to slope off into a restaurant, to keep warm and enjoy some good gluten free food.

There are an abundance of restaurants that serve gluten free meals in Copenhagen and every cuisine seems to be catered for. From a gluten free burger to gluten free pizza (leave the calorie counting at home), I found the food here was exceptional.

Top 5 gluten free restaurants in Copenhagen

  1. Tight Hyskenstraede 10, Copenhagen 1207. This is a really cool place, hidden away down a small alley it would be easily missed, but make sure you don’t! It served the BEST gluten free burger (what an accolade!) I have ever eaten, served on tasty gluten free bread, which is hard to come by. The place has a funky ambience created by the dim lighting and indie music, definitely a place to not be missed.
  2. Simpleraw Gråbrødretorv 9, 1154 København K, Copenhagen. You can’t help but feel healthy once you’ve finished your meal here. They serve lots of gluten free food as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes. Try the Poke bowl; a yummy gluten free meal consisting of a variety of veg and tofu. Friendly service too.
  3. Costa D’Hellerup Kildegårdsvej 15, 2900 Hellerup, Copenhagen. Pizza. Gluten free pizza. Heaven! They are able to make pretty much every pizza on their menu with a gluten free base and be assured, they are delicious! It’s hard to find gluten free pizza bases that aren’t like eating cardboard, but at Costa D’Hellerup they have certainly achieved it, yum!
  4. Kodbyens Fiskebar Flaesketorvet 100, Copenhagen 1711. I don’t think a trip to Denmark would be complete without sampling a fish dish, the Danes do love their fish after all. So a trip to fish restaurant Kodbyens is must. Most of the meals on the menu can be adapted to be gluten free and the waiters were more than happy to explain how the meal could be adapted, once I had explained to them about my gluten allergy.
  5. Naturbageriet Frederiksborggade 29, Copenhagen 1360. Gluten free cake is something to get really excited about and this bakery has so many choices! So many choices = So much excitement. The cinnamon rolls are highly recommended, as is the banana cake. Top tip: Come here at the beginning of your trip and take a few away to keep in your hotel mini bar fridge; the perfect hotel room snack!

So, are you a coeliac looking to book your new European getaway? Make it Copenhagen!