The prospect of giving up gluten might seem daunting, especially for those of us who love to eat out and enjoy a beer or two on a Friday night. Luckily, chefs in Bristol are great and you can easily enjoy food and drink that’s gluten free wherever you are in the city. And don’t worry, you can still eat carbs!

Breakfast & brunch | Lunch & dinner | Pasta | Pizza | Burgers | Sweet Treats | Bakeries | Health Food Store

Breakfast & brunch

Cote Brasserie

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Start the day as you mean to go on, filled to the brim with some delicious food. Côte Brasserie offer a range of gluten free breakfast options, as well as having a huge dedicated GF main menu meaning even the pickiest of eaters will leave satisfied.

If you fancy going somewhere Instagram friendly, Whites Botanicals near St Nick’s Market is a photographer’s dream. Enjoy a banana pancake or a gluten free sweet treat and a turmeric latte amongst the hanging plants.

The Wild Beer Co. at Wapping Wharf offer gluten free options for the majority of their brunch menu – including the sensational-sounding ‘Wafflafel’, ‘Pancake Stack’ and ‘Avo Smash’.

Lunch & dinner

Pieminister

Image - Pieminister on Stokes Croft

After brunch comes lunch and Bristol has a whole host of options. Enjoy a toasted sandwich and a sugary snack at Caffe Clifton or Stokes Croft's Cafe Kino or head to your nearest Friska for healthy and flavoursome world food, including spicy hot pots and pho that’s full of flavour.

For a more filling lunch, head to Pieminister on Stokes Croft or by the Harbourside. Three of their delicious pies and one of their skillets can be GF, meaning you can tuck in to some traditional south-west grub and the gravy won’t be off limits! They also have a stall in St Nick’s Market for lunch on the go.

Speaking of St Nicholas Market, if you find yourself in the vicinity of this foodie haven, Eat a Pitta do gluten-free salads and falafel, and you can also find a range of GF snacks and treats at Source Food Hall and Cafe nearby.

The café at Windmill Hill City Farm is very coeliac-friendly. Much of the produce comes fresh from the farm itself or is carefully-sourced and it’s a great spot for a family-friendly breakfast, lunch or cake.

Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe

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The Fishers Restaurant have declared that they have a menu that is 90% GF, meaning tucking into some good old-fashioned fish and chips is no longer a pipe dream when you give up gluten. Josh Eggleton’s Salt & Malt at Cargo in Wapping Wharf (and out at by the lake at Chew Magna) also offer gluten free fish and chips. His Michelin-starred Pony and Trap in the Chew Valley can offer GF options on request.

If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket, The River Grille by the waterfront is a great place to impress a date with fancy (gluten free) food. It was a winner in the Bristol Good Food awards 2018 as well.

The Clifton Sausage offer GF versions of their lip-smackingly good sausages on request as well as GF beers, traditional British dishes, bread and pudding options.

Clifton Sausage

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Enjoy the freshest seasonal ingredients and banging steaks at The Cowshed on Whiteladies Road. Gluten free options are displayed clearly on the menu.

The Thali Café has a total of five establishments in Bristol, serving authentic Indian flavours to hungry customers. Allergen information is marked on the menu or you can check their online allergy chart for extra official-ness.

Delve into the atmospheric, cavernous wine bar at Racks Bar & Kitchen near pretty Clifton Village for GF food there’s an entire menu devoted to gluten free dishes with loads of good stuff on there.

Dotted around Bristol you'll find several LoungesThe Lounge (Bedminster), Tinto (Gloucester Road), Banco (Totterdown), Grupo (Westbury-on-Tryn) and Porto (Fishponds). Their all-day menus have a gluten free version that covers mains, sandwiches, burgers, tapas and pudding, so there’s plenty of yumminess to choose from.

Strawberry thief

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Luckily, the South West’s favourite drink, cider, is naturally gluten free. However, for the beer lovers amongst us, there are also plenty of places around the city to sink a pint. In the heart of Bristol’s old city, The Strawberry Thief’s huge range of beer includes gluten free flavours.

Scottish craft beer brewing experts, BrewDog, have their own bar by the Harbourside, so you can enjoy one of their GF pale ales by the riverside and drink your gluten worries away. Brewhouse and Kitchen serve a range of gluten free alcoholic beverages including lagers and stout.

Pasta

Pasta Loco

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Don’t let your gluten free diet put you off trying the much-coveted Pasta Loco in Cotham - fresh gluten free pasta is available for your eating pleasure. Expect exceptionally delicious creations using seasonal ingredients, with some surprises thrown in.

Pizza

Pizza

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Gluten free pizza is a thing and its great. Bristol has a lot of options to try and we think some of them may be as good as ‘normal’ pizza. As well as chain restaurants like Pizza Express, Zizzi and Bella Italia, Bristol is host to a range of independent pizzerias offering up their delicious pizzas on gluten free bases.

Gluten free pizza bases are available at The Stable on the Harbourside. And the cherry on the GF cake? All their desserts are gluten free.

In the city centre, get a true taste of Italy at La Grotta. This family-run pizzeria offers a full GF menu, complete with garlic bread and mouth-watering triple chocolate brownies.

The White Rabbit in Clifton are kings of the GF pizza scene and their pizzas are also stocked in selected stores across Bristol so you can enjoy them at home. They have a roof top terrace to sit out on and enjoy when the weather’s good. They also stock a gluten free lager for the perfect Saturday night combo of pizza and beers.

Planet Pizza on Gloucester Road serves a really good gluten free pizza and you can choose from nearly all of the toppings offered for regular pizzas.

Burgers

Burger joint

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The Burger Joint tout themselves as being the original gourmet burger restaurant in Bristol and their great for gluten free eaters too. They offer a gluten free bun and all their meat patties are also GF.

On Gloucester Road you can find Atomic Burger, a retro American-style diner that offers a range of gluten free burgers and sides inspired by your favourite movies and comics. The décor is sure to impress kids. And big kids. And basically anyone who was around in the 80s.

At Cosy Club in the Old City you can opt for a gluten free bun with your burger, or simply ask for them 'naked'. There's also an extensive GF menu including tapas, mains and puddings.

Sweet treats

Cox and Baloney

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While away a few scrumptious hours with a gorgeous vintage-style afternoon tea at Cox and Baloney Tea Rooms. A full gluten free afternoon tea is available (just let them know in advance).

Bakeries

Assembly bakery

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Down in Wapping Wharf, the ethically-minded The Assembly Bakery has made it its mission to stock gluten free (and vegan) offerings. Pop in if you’re near the Floating Harbour. Meanwhile, Pinkmans on Park Street bake a scrummy GF corn loaf and all their pizzas can be made on a gluten free base.

We have it on good authority that the gluten free bread from Hobbs House Bakery is so good, you’d never know it wasn’t the real thing. They also sell the GF bread mix so you can whip up your own batch. You’ll find their Bristol stores on Gloucester Road and North Street, Bedminister.

Health Food Store

If you want to try cooking up your very own GF feast, there’s no better place to get your ingredients than Better Food. Located in St Werburghs, Wapping Wharf and on Whiteladies Road (the first two also have a café serving GF goodies, including scrumptious cakes), this award-winning health food store stocks a range of organic, local produce and offers products for whatever your dietary requirements may be.

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