Before moving to Bristol earlier this year we had visited quite regularly and eaten at a few restaurants in the city. While I am yet to explore thoroughly, I thought it might be helpful to share some of my gluten free Bristol recommendations now! Then I’ll be adding regularly to this guide as I find more coeliac friendly spots in the coming months (as we now live here!).
I’ve always found it easy to find gluten free options in Bristol. There is good awareness and plenty of eateries offer either a gluten free menu or have staff who can advise you on coeliac friendly choices.
Where to Stay
Marriott Royal Hotel – I’ve stayed at this hotel a couple of times now. It is right in the centre of the city, so you have easy access to lots of nearby restaurants. We actually walked 5 minutes to go to Cosy Club for our breakfast, but the hotel contains the Coeliac UK accredited restaurant Miller & Carter too if you prefer to eat there.
Gluten Free Bristol Guide – Restaurants, Cafes & More
Pieminister – let’s start with pie shall we! Pieminister have some brilliant gluten free pies and when I visited the Stokes Croft branch most of the sides were gluten free too. Staff were really helpful and reassured me that my gluten free food would be kept away from the gluteny pies.
Cosy Club – a very coeliac friendly spot and a great choice for brunch. It’s set in the centre of town in a beautiful building. They have an extensive gluten free menu and staff were really helpful. All dietary requirements get put through as allergies so the kitchen takes it really seriously.
Pho – Coeliac UK accredited Vietnamese food. I am a big fan of Pho as 95% of the menu is gluten free and their food is delicious! Try the spicy wok fried rice, or go for a classic bowl of Pho noodle soup. Everything here is yummy, plus they have a great kids menu (including options for unders 2s).
Honest Burger – for one of the best gluten free burger feast around, go to Honest. They have a very gluten free friendly menu (their chips and onion rings are naturally gluten free) and have processes in the kitchen to minimise the risk of cross contamination. Order a gluten free bun for your burger and a nice cold gluten free beer, and you are all set!
Yurt Lush – this cafe in a yurt is close to Bristol Temple Meads train station and I had a really nice gluten free brunch here with a friend. They had gluten free bread available and reassured me that they would prepare my food safely.
Dough – this pizzeria has brilliant gluten free pizzas, prepared in a coeliac friendly way. Their gluten free bases are amazing and you can even get gluten free calzone.
Nandos – plenty of gluten free options are available at this restaurant chain, which specialises in chicken and chips. If you are coeliac you’ll need to let them know when you order and then the manage supervises the cooking of your food as a safety precaution.
Others on my hit list, which I have received as recommendations from other Bristol coeliacs but not tried personally yet, include:
- Asado – when my son was in the children’s hospital (across the road from Asado) I nearly got takeaway from here and had a reassuring chat with the manager. They do not have gluten free buns but can prepare a bunless burger and fries safely. Let them know if you are coeliac and they will take extra care with your order.
- Revolucion de Cuba
- Severn Shed
- Society Cafe
- Mud Dock Cafe
- Spoke & Stringer
- The Cottage Inn
- Three Brothers Burgers
- The Florist
- Atomic burger
- Miller & Carter Steakhouse is Coeliac UK accredited
- strawberry thief
- the stable
- Catch 22
- Burger Theory
- San Carlo
- Bella Vista
- Urban Tandoor
- Quay Street Diner
- Ahh Toots
- The Hippy Chippy
- 99 Queens
- The Giggling Squid
- The Hub Box
- The Penny
- The Spiny Lobster
- The Canteen
- Poco Tapas Bar
- Masa + Mezcal
- Cafe Kino
- Casa Mexicana
Wapping Wharf is a cool area to wander around, with shops, cafes and restaurants in shipping containers. If you fancy a picnic lunch, check out Better Food for gluten free supplies. There are a few gluten free friendly restaurants and cafes (some offering takeaway) to try too:
- Loki Poke – this poke bar is fully gluten free as they use tamari instead of soy sauce. We loved their poke bowls and would absolutely recommend them.
- Cargo Cantina – for amazing tacos and margaritas, this little restaurant at Wapping Wharf has loads of gluten free options and can cater for coeliacs. I grabbed some delicious tacos to takeaway and enjoyed them sitting next to the water on the wharf, dreamy! A couple of coeliac friends have since told me their dining in experience was excellent too.
- Gopal’s Cury Shack – I’ve not try this spot yet, but they apparently have some good gluten free options.
- Salt and Malt – *Wapping Wharf branch no longer suitable for coeliacs, but Chew Valley Lake outside of Bristol is*. Which is gutting as they used to be but recently have stated they cannot cater for coeliacs because their kitchen space is too small. All their batter is gluten free, along with chips, peas, curry sauce, tartare sauce. They use a dedicated fryer and also have battered sausage and batter halloumi on offer. They have a non-gluten free breaded scampi, so this is the cross contamination risk. The good news is that their Chew Valley branch close to Bristol can still cater safely for coeliacs and their fish and chips are delicious!
- Pizzarova – *not suitable for coeliacs due to cross contamination risk* but if you are simply avoiding gluten and are less sensitive they offer gluten free bases here.
- Some others I plan to check out this year: The Wild Beer Co (gluten free pale ale features on their menu and I’ve heard a rumour their fish and chips are gluten free); Box-E (awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand and apparently able to cater for gluten free customers); Harbour & Browns (plenty of gluten free marked on their menu, I’ll find out if it’s coeliac safe); Oliver’s Ice Cream (potentially has gluten free cones, so if they could scoop from a fresh tub it would be okay for coeliacs); Root (awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand – lots of reviews about positive experiences from coeliacs, staff are apparently very knowledge about which choices are gluten free); Tare (they state on their website that if you give them prior notice they can cater for gluten free customers).
North Bristol – Bishopston/Redland/Clifton
The Gallimaufry – on Gloucester Road, I love this place and it’s one of our locals! Their food is amazing with great gluten free options and a dedicated fryer. We always have the buttermilk fried chicken and also enjoy their arancini. It feels like the kitchen is run by real foodies, as the flavour pairings are always top notch. They have a good selection of gluten free beers too.
Boston Tea Party – we ate at the Redland branch in North Bristol, but they have a few cafes across the city including in the centre of town. They have some good gluten free choices marked on the menu and assured me that my gluten free bread would be toasted separately.
Fishers Restaurant – a seafood restaurant located in Clifton in North Bristol, we have had a great experience getting takeaway gluten free fish and chips from here. Staff were so reassuring and helpful when I spoke with them, assuring me that all gluten free food is cooked in a dedicated fryer. The fish and chips were top notch. They also have a dine in restaurant, which I haven’t tried yet but definitely will once things reopen.
On their website they note that the majority of their food is gluten free or can be made gluten free and they won an award in 2016 in the Free From Eating Out Award. They also have some yummy gluten free desserts such as banana fritters and sticky toffee pudding!
Eat a Pitta – I’ve tried the Clifton and Gloucester road branches personally and was so impressed. A real go to of mine when I am out and about. They have a station dedicated to preparing falafel boxes for coeliacs, away from the very gluteny pittas. When I first went in I was so dubious, but they were brilliant and changed gloves, used clean utensils for picking up my falafel (straight from the fryer), then selected my salads and prepared my falafel box in the dedicated area.
The Coconut Tree – We had a delicious meal and a very good experience at Coconut Tree on Gloucester Road. They had plenty of gluten free options on the Sri Lankan style menu, and when I informed them I was coeliac they told me they would take really good care and that I could relax and enjoy my meal safely. What a nice response!
Oh Purezza, you make me happy! Purezza is a vegan pizzeria I used to love when we lived in London and I was so happy that they opened a Bristol restaurant (conveniently right by my house :D). I am not vegan but their toppings as so good you really don’t miss the meat or dairy. They have gluten free bases and if you are coeliac they can cook the base in a pan (they call it a “flatbread”) as an extra safe precaution. Loads of great choices and I have always had a positive experience here.
Our local fish and chip shop that serves a meeeeean gluten free fish and chips! They have coeliacs in the family so understand how to cater safely and have a seperate prep are for the gluten free food. Their gluten free battered prawns are a favourite of mine and they also do gluten free kids meals. We get takeaway from here regularly and have never had any issues.
Other Options I haven’t tried yet:
- Breaking Bread
Not tried personally but recommeded to me:
- The Burger Joint – Southville
- Eat Your Greens – Totterdown
- Don Giovanni’s – Redcliffe
A brilliant outing for kids, there are plenty of gluten free options at this farm park/zoo. From prepackaged gluten free cakes and ice cream to hot lunches. I had a jacket potato and staff assured me they take care to avoid cross contamination in the kitchen when you mention you are coeliac.
This is a lovely little pub with a dedicated gluten free fryer. Gluten free options include fish and chips hooray! There’s a great walk nearby too, up to Kelston round top, in case you want to work up an appetite first.
Excellent gluten free fish and chips that are suitable for coeliacs (as their kitchen here is larger than Wapping Wharf, giving them more space to keep things safe). Grab a portion and enjoy them sat next to the lake – it’s a lovely spot.
For more UK gluten free guides, you might like the following:
- Bath Gluten Free Guide
- Cornwall Gluten Free Guide
- Devon Gluten Free Guide
- New Forest Gluten Free Guide
- London Gluten Free Guide