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.

Bagelman

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 Gran Canaria
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The volcanic island of Gran Canaria makes up one of the seven Spanish Canary islands. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 210km off the coast of Africa. Due to the island’s location it experiences year round sunshine and has it’s very own microclimate. Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island.

Question is, for a coeliac traveller, what are the gluten free food options like over there?

On first glance, when strolling through a resort and scanning the menus outside each restaurant, it doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of choice on offer. However, if you speak to the waiting staff, most of who speak very good English, they are usually more than obliging to help you pick something gluten-free off the menu or tell you how a meal can be adapted. In terms of gluten free meals actually being highlighted on restaurant menus, I found this was quite rare in Gran Canaria but there were a few restaurants that did this.

Having travelled around a lot of the island and after visiting many of the towns and resorts,

I have picked my top 3 gluten free friendly restaurants in Gran Canaria:

Mana 264

Avenida Estados Unidos 54 Local, 131-18, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

This was a funky, dimly lit restaurant that served spanish cuisine, including tapas style food. They, unlike a lot of restaurants in Gran Canaria, actually marked on their menu card what was gluten free and what food was not, which was great for a coeliac. A few of the tapas choices were gluten free and others were able to be adapted.

Basils

108 Local, 35138 Puerto de MoganMogan, Gran Canaria, Spain (permanently closed)

A cosy, small restaurant on the edge of the harbour, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This restaurant served mediterranean style meals, from pizza to paella. Once I had explained to the waiting staff about my gluten allergy they brought out a menu card which described the ingredients of each dish and if there were any allergens, they also explained how dishes could be amended to be gluten free. Fish dishes are really great here and even better when washed down with a nice glass of sangria and looking out to sea, heaven!

 

Ristorante Pizzeria Piccola Italia

C.C. San Agustin 2a Planta Loc. 156 | Calle Las Dalia, Gran Canaria, Spain

Quite a large restaurant located in San Augustin, Maspalomas. This place was really worth seeking out as they served both gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta, the only place I came across in Gran Canaria that did, so lots of choice for the coeliac visitor! The waiting staff appeared to be very knowledgeable regarding allergies. I recommend the gluten free pizza margherita, the base was really good and the creamy mozzarella and tomato topping was delicious, they did not skimp on the cheese here!

As Gran Canaria is a Spanish island, tapas is a very popular menu choice there and a lot of them are actually gluten free. Listed below are a few of the most popular dishes that are also naturally gluten free (always confirm with restaurant):

  • Patatas Bravas: Potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce.
  • Pimientos de Padron: Cooked small, green peppers seasoned with salt.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: King prawns fried in a garlic and chilli oil.
  • Serrano Ham: A cured spanish ham, cut into wafer thin slices.
  • Tortilla da Patatas: A spanish omelette, usually made with egg, onions and potato.
  • Olives
  • Manchego Cheese.
Gluten Free Spitalfields, London
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. Click To Tweet

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 Dublin Ireland
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The Emerald Isle’s Gluten-Free City

When I think of Ireland, Dublin immediately springs to mind, as well as green lush countryside and of course their famous dark brew – Guinness! Although not a tipple for gluten free beer drinkers, you cannot deny it’s luring black silkiness is still a temptation!

Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and with nearly 2 million people gracing the houses and suburbs of the city; it has a natural, friendly and typically ‘Irish’ atmosphere!

A country built on the backbone of Viking settlers and dating back to the 9th century, you will be faced with awesome museums, historical buildings and some of the best pubs and restaurants in Europe.

I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days!

Pubs seemingly choose not to embrace gluten free food, usually through lack of knowledge or education! If you run a bar with a focus on alcohol, why bother to keep your food menu current – right?!

Well, thankfully I was pleasantly surprised and I managed to find lots of places to eat, drink and play in this awesomely bustling Irish city.

Although Dublin is crowded with hundreds of quirky pubs, many as traditional and atmospheric as they were when they opened hundreds of years before, unfortunately as anticipated many of them failed to offer gluten free food options.

Many of the gluten free places I found were independent restaurants who realised there was a big ‘gap’ in the dietary requirement needs of the locals and millions of tourists who visit each year.

Take the time to carry out your own research and see if you can find that traditional Irish pub who offers a gluten free option, other than salad! If you happen across one, let me know!

Never one to be beaten, I yet again took to the streets and sniffed out the best places for you to enjoy your time eating gluten free in Dublin!

Gluten-Free Breakfast on the Emerald Isle

Dublin is a great ‘walking’ city, all the major attractions are close together and you can easily stroll around the streets in the knowledge you are never too far away from somewhere delicious to eat.

Antoinette’s Bakery (permanently closed as of 30th June 2017) – CHARMING is the optimum word for this place. Bunting, pretty décor and wooden tables await you. Offering a fantastic range of baked treats, including gluten free toast and pastries. It is a bakery rather than a restaurant, so ideal if you just fancy a quick but tasty gluten free bite! Great coffee and a friendly service await.

Address: Antoinette’s Bakery, 6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm

Queen of Tarts – Over 4000 positive reviews and voted 30 out of 2500 restaurants in Dublin, it is easy to see why! A fantastic and quirky place for breakfast. All the food is freshly mad and locally sourced. Opened by pastry chef sisters, their focus being on wholeheartedly making sure you eat the best food available and you are given the true Irish impeccably friendly service. Eating gluten free just got awesome.

Address: ‪Queen of Tarts, Cows Lane, Dame Street & Cork Hill Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 7 pm

With so many independent restaurants banging loudly on the gluten free door, be sure to check out the following gluten free breakfast places. Eat brunch at The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane for quirky décor and healthy gluten free food. Small, family run and 100% gluten free kitchen, Gluttony is a GEM of a place. Gluttony, Jane Cottage, Newtownpark Ave, Newtown is worth the little extra walk.

Gluten-Free Lunch

I am typically drawn to healthier places to eat, but on the odd occasion, I just want to feel comforted by a big plate of something a little naughty. Albeit a burger or fish and chips, I am not into the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels we give food! Everything in moderation!

Bunsen – When that burger hankering hits. The homemade delicious melt in the mouth burgers will leave you in meat heaven. Freshly made to order and served on a toasted gluten free bun that is as soft as a pillow will remind you just how good a burger can be! Simply great gluten free burgers at affordable prices too!

Address: ‪Bunsen, 22 Essex St East, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 12 pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm

The Millstone – Close to a traditional Irish pub, but with a LOVE for creating delectable and delicious food, it’s a bonus it happens to be gluten free too. Not the cheapest place, but certainly worth the extra money you will spend, they do offer early bird set menu deals. Tuck into homely, traditional Irish dishes in a comforting and warm setting.

Address: ‪The Millstone, 39 Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11.30 am – 11.30 pm

Short on time for lunch? These gluten free lunch eateries might be able to help! SABA to go, 13 Rathgar Rd for Vietnamese food at its gluten free best. For a little style Cornucopia, 19/20 Wicklow Street delivers organic, vegetarian and gluten free food in a beautiful and relaxed setting.

Gluten-Free Dinner Dublin Style
Dancing, great food, and laughter

A visit to Dublin would not be complete without dancing along to some traditional Irish music. Finding a place with great food and music is hard enough, but when you throw gluten free into the mix your choices are greatly diminished! Fear not, I happened across a
gluten free, Irish music playing gem.

The Old Storehouse – Well known by locals and loved by tourists. A large menu with plenty of gluten free options. Food is simple, traditional and well cooked, so do not expect Michelin style plates! The live music makes the entire experience a true Irish night to remember. Staff were friendly although be prepared to not ask too many questions about gluten free food! They know what they need to know about the menu and that’s good enough! Busy, loud and great fun.

Address: ‪ The Old Storehouse Bar & Restaurant, Crown Alley, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12.30 am
Sunday – 12 pm – 11.30 pm

Viva – When the need for Tapas strikes. I love to try different foods, chefs in each city present food in their own unique styles. This Spanish restaurant offers great tapas in a very authentic setting. Bright red tablecloths and traditional food await. The gluten free choice is not extensive, but what they do serve tastes fabulous and authentic. Good wine, great food, and atmosphere will make for a good night out!

Address: ‪Viva, 27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, Dublin
Tuesday – Friday 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12 pm – 11 pm

For a couple of other options to wet your gluten free appetite in the land of rainbows and pots of gold. Brambles restaurant, Terenure Rd for upmarket food, most dishes can be altered to be gluten free too! For truly awesome gluten free food Douglas & Kaidi, Dundrum Town Centre is certainly worth the detour.

Dublin is known for its incredible nightlife, it’s endless bars to drink until merry and for shopping galore.

I will remember Dublin for its eateries serving diverse gluten free food, Independent restaurants serving food this good will always win my city eating vote.

Head to Dublin and dine out in gluten free independent happiness!

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
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. Click To Tweet

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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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 Prague Czech Republic
The restaurant scene in Prague is definitely on the up. For the gluten free traveller in particular, there are plenty of gluten free friendly restaurants to enjoy. Click To Tweet

There’s more to Prague than stag dos and cheap booze. Yes, really!

The restaurant scene in Prague for example, is definitely on the up. For the gluten free traveller in particular there are plenty of gluten free friendly restaurants to enjoy.

The capital of the Czech republic can actually be quite a romantic city, just head to the ornate old town square for example, which is a great place to have a drink and people watch. There is also the beautiful castle which is not unlike something out of Shrek (it has a definite air of Dulock about the place), very picturesque.

Question is, where should you go for a great gluten free dinner after, or in between all the sightseeing? For gluten free restaurants, Prague has quite a number to offer.

Top 5 gluten free friendly restaurants in Prague

1. Mash Hana, Badeniho 3, Prague 6 – Hradcany. When you visit Prague, Japanese food might not be your first thought, but this restaurant is a great place to come for coeliacs. As with most Japanese restaurants there is a lot of choice for those with a gluten allergy, so you definitely will not go hungry! The food here is delicious and authentically Japanese.

2. Bellevue, Smetanovo nabrezhi 329/18, Prague 110 00. The gluten free food here was exceptional and although a little pricier than most places in Prague, it worked out a lot cheaper than what you’d pay in a Western European city for the same quality of meal (reason enough to go? Yes!) The decor was luxurious and the food was like that of a Michelin starred restaurant. These two things, combined with stunning views (especially at night time) over the Vltava river, make it a very memorable place to have a meal. There were loads of gluten free choices on the menu and the staff were very happy to point out meals that could be adapted to be coeliac friendly. The gluten free bread that they brought out before the meal was delicious with a great texture, all in all a great experience!

3. Lehka Hlava, Borsov 2/280, Prague 110 00. This is primarily a vegetarian restaurant but they also happen to have lots of gluten free choices on their menu. The meals are innovative, with lots of dishes on the menu that I hadn’t seen or tasted before. The restaurant’s menu has a key system to clearly show which meals are and are not gluten free, which is always a welcome find for a coeliac! They also highlight other allergens/vegan meals. Verdict? Very tasty gluten free food and very reasonably priced.

4. Svejk Restaurant U Karla, Kremencova 186/7, Prague 110 00. This is a quintessentially Czech style restaurant, with lots of traditional fayre on offer. I was excited to see that they had a whole gluten free menu, wow! This place is a coeliac’s heaven, with gluten free bread, gluten free dumplings and gluten free schnitzel all on offer. What could make this experience even better? A gluten free beer to wash it all down with, which coincidentally they also serve…

5. Tricafe, Anenska 188/3, Prague 110 00. A small cafe with quite a range of gluten free cake and various types of coffee on offer. When I visited there were 4 gluten free cakes to choose from. Great little pit stop while out seeing the sites of the city. I recommend the gluten free brownies, they were very delectable!

For a pre or post gluten free dinner cocktail head over to Hemmingway bar located down an unassuming side street, this is the place to get your cocktails. It’s an old fashioned style bar, with the waiters taking your drinks order at the table. The cocktail menu is extensive and the atmosphere in the bar makes it a place that should not be missed!

Top tip: Gluten free in Czech is bez lepku, although I found that most waiting staff were able to speak very good English it’s always good to be prepared!

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Gluten Free Paris France
As with most large cities, there are lots of choices. Entirely gluten free bakeries and restaurants can be found in Paris, which is always exciting Click To Tweet

Paris; world-renowned for being the city of love and romance and is one of those cities that you just have to visit at least once, to take in the magnificent sights of the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, the Louvre etc. But let’s address the most pressing question on a coeliac’s lips – what’s it like for gluten free food in Paris?

As with most large cities, there are lots of choices. Entirely gluten free bakeries and restaurants can be found here, which is always exciting, but you have to seek them out so doing your research before you go really helps. Paris is a city on a large scale, so you want to know where you’re going before you start walking – you may end up with sore feet and hungry if not!

Top 5 Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in Paris

1. Galette Cafe, 2 rue de l Universite | Saint Germain des Près, 75007, Paris. This is a great place to go for lunch and located just across the river from the Louvre, it makes a perfect end point to relax after taking in all that culture! Galettes are a french speciality, they’re thin pancakes made with buckwheat flour which is naturally gluten free – music to every coeliac sufferers ears! This cafe serves sweet and savoury galettes, with loads of choice in topping. The savoury galettes are all gluten free however the sweet ones also include wheat flour. This problem can be easily overcome though, as once explained to the waiters they were more than happy to request a sweet topping served on an entirely gluten free galette base. Make sure you go here hungry, particularly if you are thinking of indulging in a sweet and savoury course, you won’t be disappointed!

2. Bears & Racoons, 21 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011. This is an entirely gluten free restaurant and boy have they done it well! Loads of choice on offer (as you’d expect), with gluten free sandwiches, gluten free made to order subs, gluten free cookies, gluten free cakes etc. all on their menu. Everything we tried was amazing, the bread that they use for the sandwiches was really tasty with a great texture and taste. I also recommend the cookies, they were delicious! As well as their restaurant they have a small shop selling lots of gluten free goodies for you to take away. They are also dairy allergy aware.

3. Pierre Herme (multiple locations around the city). This is a typical, fancy, Parisian pastry shop. As a coeliac traveller I am used to passing pastry and cake shops in cities worldwide without a second glance, knowing that most if not all the produce on offer is off limits to me. In steps the Macaron. These beautiful little bites of deliciousness are in fact gluten free and EVERYWHERE In Parisian pastry shops! They’re made from the naturally gluten free almond flour and come in a variety of different flavours. I sampled a few from various cafes and pastry shops but I found the ones from Pierre Herme were the most delicious. Maybe you should conduct your own survey while you’re there!

4. Hank Burger, 55 rue des Archives, 75003, Paris. This is a small burger bar with a difference. Hank Burger’s main focus is vegan food but they also have lots of gluten free options available too such as gluten free chips, gluten free burgers and gluten free burger buns. For those who are partial to a beer every now and again, they also serve bottled gluten free beer – perfect to wash down the burger with! It’s quite a little place and can get really busy so be prepared to wait at peak times, but the wait is worth it believe me!

5. Noglu, 16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris. This is an entirely gluten free cafe and bakery which serves exceptional gluten free meals and bakes. This is the place to come to sample authentic and gluten free brioche and croissants, they are amazing! It is also really good for dinner too, with gluten free pizza and gluten free burgers both on offer, as well as other delicious dishes.

Gluten Free Belfast Northern Ireland
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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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