Whether you’ve been living by a gluten free diet for some time or you’re still relatively new to the adaptions that need to be made, finding restaurants in London that accommodate your dietary requirements might make it that little bit easier. Here, we list those that do it especially well, from entirely gluten free establishments to those that include a comprehensive list of additions to their existing menus.
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The all-day menu at Modern Pantry’s two London locations is each studded with gluten free options which blend seamlessly into the rest of the menu – every recipe (gluten free or otherwise) features something a little unexpected that makes it special. The Finsbury Square location not only boasts an exciting selection of dishes but beautiful interiors as well; it’s housed in a Grade II listed art-deco Alphabeta building complete with high ceilings and white-washed walls. The Loch Duart salmon sashimi comes highly recommended, as does the roast lamb rump – just two examples of the gluten-free options on this innovative menu.
Part of the Ottelenghi family and designed with similarly clean-cut interiors and a welcoming atmosphere, Nopi on Warwick Street is a sophisticated spot in the heart of bustling Soho. During the working day it’s the perfect place for meetings and it transforms itself into a cosy dinner spot after hours. We guarantee you’ll love it, not least because no matter how many times you visit, you won’t get bored of the menu – it changes daily. There’s an entire gluten free offering on request and dishes are specifically curated but you can guarantee one thing; their signature black rice ‘porridge’, served with coconut milk and fruit will remain a non-mover.
Positioned a stone’s throw from Exmouth Market and a short walk from Angel tube station, Niche boasts a completely gluten free food menu so it’s free reign when it comes to what to order. The recipes are seasonally-inspired so they’re forever changing to include the freshest of ingredients and answer your cravings. For now, expect warming dishes such as sweet potato pancakes at brunch and slow-cooked pork belly as part of the all-day offering.
Dotted around the more affluent areas of the city, namely St. Johns Wood and Marylebone, The Good Life Eatery might not be the most affordable meal on-the-go option but it’s worth it for the guarantee that what you’re eating is undeniably nourishing. All smoothies, mylks and juices are completely gluten free, as is the homemade breakfast granola (halleluiah!) which is served with coconut yogurt and berries. At lunch, there’s a wealth of salads and hot dishes to choose from including chicken meatballs.
We’re yet to find someone who doesn’t love a little afternoon tea but it can be tricky to find one that openly caters to a gluten free diet which is why we’re championing Ethos Foods as our number one spot for it. Their menu offers not just a gluten free alternative to the usual savoury snacks, cakes and scones, but a vegan option too, so there are plenty more bases covered than you might find elsewhere. The cost is the same for each menu which again, is a pleasant surprise, so why not top up the order with a glass of skinny prosecco and make a celebration of it?
Australian dining destination, Granger & Co. brings a whole new dimension to gluten free eating with its tempting recipes, both on the main menu and within the sweets and treats section. The Chelsea branch is especially accommodating to those with specific dietary requirements and it houses a tempting selection of baked goods that are perfect for that 4pm pick-me-up or to follow up from the signature Aussie breakfast, a delicious combination of avocado, hot smoked salmon and greens. Dishes aside, the interiors are also something to be marveled – each Granger & Co. location is designed in a way that’s consistent with the brand but that also had a touch of individuality about it. Head upstairs at the Chelsea branch to find cosy, intimate spots in Art-Deco style surroundings.
Gluten free carb lovers rejoice for Beyond Bread in Fitzrovia is here to answer all your bread-related prayers with its delightful loaves, cakes and savory snacks. From substantial sandwiches like the Off The Hook tuna melt to sweets that promise to curb the 4pm sugar lull (we recommend the oat and raisin muffin), all goods in this cosy little haven are baked in a completely gluten free kitchen which means you can order without having to check its reliability first.
First making its mark on the London dining landscape back in 2010 and now positioned in four locations across the capital, we’re sure you know of Indian fusion restaurant, Dishoom, but did you know it’s a strong contender when it comes to the best gluten free restaurants in the capital? Many of the dishes on the main menu are gluten free already, some can be made so on request and there’s a comprehensive menu that offers a clear outline of exactly what’s what incase you need clarification. We suggest trying the bombay omlette on the breakfast menu and keeping things classic for dinner with masala prawns and gunpowder potatoes.
From smoothie bowls to ‘build a farm bowl’ salads, there’s ample choice for the gluten free at Farm Girl, both in Notting Hill and in their newly launched location on Carnaby Street. The best part? Specifically-created gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar free treats from Fred and Butter are now a permanent fixture on the menu, making it the perfect place to treat yourself without the guilt. Take a break from shopping, order a charcoal latte and try the banana bread for a warming pick me up without the post-snack sugar crash.
Hidden away in the suburbs of South London and bringing a little taste of luxury to health industry, Deliciously Ella at The Kitchen Counter is one that Herne Hill locals probably want to keep a secret. All salads and granola dishes are gluten free and they offer coeliac-friendly alternatives to the rye toast dishes so there’s minimal limitation on what you can order from the menu. This sweet little space is also available to hire out for supper clubs and private dining so it takes a very personal approach to service – a luxury that goes hand in hand with being situated a little further out of the city centre.