Anyone who follows a gluten-free diet will know the difficulties of navigating through menus whether you’re at Sunday brunch or at a celebratory dinner with friends.
But the good news is that, if you’re living in (or visiting) London, you’ll find a plethora of choice at your fingertips.
There are a host of restaurants serving up free from meals, whether you’re coeliac, severely intolerant or simply looking to cut down on gluten in your diet.
Of course London is a big place, so we’ve narrowed it down to some of our favourite restaurants with gluten-free menus…
Oh, and if you’re after a pre/post-dinner tipple, we’ve also got a few picks of great pubs and bars offering wheat-free beer.
1. Niche, Angel
Niche needs to be top of your list, as it serves up a menu that is 100% gluten-free, and with heaps of choice.
Think hearty pies, burgers and classics like sausages and mash, not to mention a dessert menu packed with brownies, crumbles, tarts and ice creams.
Basically all those beloved foods you’ve had to watch others eat in non gluten-friendly restaurants.
Find out more at nichefoodanddrink.com.
2. Purezza, Camden
It can be really hard to find a pizza that’s both gluten-free and delicious, but Purezza have created just that.
This pizzeria boasts a wealth of different flavours whether you’re after classic toppings or quirky alternatives, and the best part is that any of them can be made on a gluten free base.
As an extra bonus, their food is also vegan-friendly, so if you are following both diets this may quickly become your favourite place.
Find out more at purezza.co.uk.
3. Redemption Bar, various locations
Billing itself as the ‘world’s healthiest bar restaurant’, Redemption serves up wheat-free, sugar-free and vegan food, alongside alcohol-free drinks too.
Think everything from buckwheat pancakes for brunch and hearty salads at lunch, to dinner options ranging from burgers to courgette spaghetti and wheat-free pasta.
With eateries in Notting Hill, Shoreditch and Covent Garden, it makes for an easy option for getting to no matter where you are in the capital.
Find out more at redemptionbar.co.uk.
4. Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery, Islington
Pastries, cakes, tarts, biscuits… these are all things that usually are out of bounds for coeliacs and gluten intolerants.
But not anymore.
Romeo’s Bakery is re-opening the world of these delicious treats with its gluten and wheat free recipes.
So next time you want an afternoon treat or simply want coffee and cake, head to Islington; you won’t be disappointed.
Find out more at romeossfbakery.com.
5. Ardiciocca, Fulham
Italian cuisine can be tricky when you’re gluten free, especially when you’re facing a menu that’s predominantly pizza and pasta.
However Ardiciocca offers an exclusively gf menu packed with traditional Italian recipes, with dishes ranging from Genovese stuffed vegetables to potato and mussel croquettes, as well as gluten free pasta and pork steaks.
Find out more at ardiciocca.com.
6. Paladar, Southwark
This stylish Latin American wine bar and restaurant didn’t set out to be gluten-free, but all of the recipes used traditional ingredients in Latin American cooking meaning that there is very little wheat anyway.
Therefore chef Jose Rubio Guevara tweaked some extras such as replacing soy sauce with tamari, to create a 100% gluten-free menu.
Dishes include the likes of seared prawns, pork skewers, green plantain crisps and hearty stews.
Find out more at paladarlondon.com.
7. Leggero, Soho
You’ll find plenty of hearty, delicious Italian dishes at this gluten-free restaurant in bustling Soho.
Think the likes of homemade (wheat-free) bread, Arancine bolognese, Butternut squash flan and lamb meatballs, with plenty of dishes also catering to both vegan and dairy-free diets.
Find out more at leggero-london.com.
8. Maize Blaze, Camden
Tucked away in Camden Market’s West Yard, head here if street food is on the cards.
Serving up Columbian cuisine, the menu is 100% gluten free, alongside a host of vegan options. Check out their Maize Blaze marching box with sautéed mini potatoes, garlic rice, slow-cooked red beans, guacamole, sweet fried plantains, balsamic red cabbage on a bed of mixed leaves with toasted pumpkin seeds, spring onion, fresh chillies, red onion salad and fresh coriander.
Find out more at maizeblaze.com.
9. Farm Girl, Chelsea
Although the menu isn’t predominantly gluten-free, Farm Girl still offers up an impressive choice of gf options.
Think more of a brunch/lunch vibe, ideal for those chilled out Sundays or healthy days, with dishes including the likes of avocado toast, superfood bowls, sandwiches and tacos.
There are also Farm Girl restaurants in Notting Hill and Soho.
Find out more at thefarmgirl.co.uk.
10. Riccardo’s London
Riccardo’s is an Italian in the heart of London offering both wheat-free and vegan-friendly options alongside its non-gluten dishes.
Expect hearty pasta dishes, meat and vegetable dishes, heaps of cheese and plenty of indulgence.
Find out more at riccardos-italian-restaurant.co.uk.
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