Cornwall, in South West England, is an absolutely beautiful part of the country and the ideal staycation destination. Not only are there stunning beaches, peaceful countryside and quaint villages galore, but you’ll find tonnes of gluten free food across Cornwall.
In fact, there are some real gluten free culinary delights on offer and we found lots of options for coeliacs. From Michelin-starred grub, to fish and chips on the seashore and pasties on-the-go.
My family and I visit Cornwall regularly and, having visited most of the county now, I’ve been able to compile lots of helpful gluten free tips.
What’s more, this guide has been bolstered by wonderful tips from local Cornish readers and other coeliacs who have discover hidden gluten free Cornwall gems. I’ve researched those tips and included them in this guide where appropriate.
Below is a run through of some places in key Cornish towns that I have either tried personally or received a trusted recommendation for.
Please note, while I update this guide regularly, menus and offerings can change so you should always double check before you order. Give restaurants or pubs a call before you visit, to ensure you don’t have to make a wasted trip.
Gluten free recommendations for the following towns and villages are included in this gluten free Cornwall guide:
- Carbis Bay
- Charles Town
- Gorran Haven
- Kynance Cove
- Par (and Tywardreath)
- Port Isaac
- Roseland Heritage Coast
- Sennen Cove
- St Agnes
- St Austell
- St Ives
- St Just
- St Mawes
- St Merryn
- St Michael’s Mount
- Trelissick Gardens
Plus a few lovely Cornish spots in the surrounding countryside! Locations are listed in alphabetical order, so simply scroll down or use CTRL + F to find the place you are wanting information on.
If you have any additional tips you think are missing from this guide, please email me (Laura) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! xx
Places to Break The Drive to Cornwall
If you’ve kids like me, a pit stop on the drive to Cornwall is often needed. A couple of coeliac friendly options:
- Darts Farm near Exeter – brilliant for kids, with a big outdoor play area and animals, plus a rather glorious farm shop with all sorts of gluten free treats. The cafe also sells gluten free pasties cooked in their won packaging to avoid cross contam.
- The Hog & Hedge Services near Okehampton – recommended by a reader, who told me she always stops here as their gluten free options are amazing. She mentioned gluten free sausages and pasties.
Gluten Free Cornwall
- Camel Trail Tea Garden – ah this place was great! We were doing a camel valley trail bike ride and hadn’t taken any lunch with us. We stopped here and it turned out they had a load of gluten-free options! I had an ace fresh crab salad with gluten-free bread. They also had gluten-free cake, can make gluten-free sandwiches and jacket potatoes. The garden is lovely so we had a nice sit in the sun to rest our weary legs. Family-owned. While on the trail, I would recommend a little pit stop at the Camel Valley Vineyard for a glass of Pinot Noir Rose Brut (mmmm).
- Welcome Stranger – a full gluten free menu is available, featuring battered fish and chips (also dairy free) and dedicated fryer. Extra care taken for coeliacs too. They also offer a range of gluten free desserts.
- Red Lion St Kew – a reader tip. This pub offers various gluten free options and will take special care to reduce any cross contamination risk for coeliac customers.
- Boscastle Farm Shop & Cafe – recommended by a reader, who enjoyed a wonderful gluten free Cornish breakfast here. Gluten free bread and sausages available. However, I’ve also had feedback recently that they aren’t always so clued up about gluten free and staff were rude.
- Toby Jug – the person who had a bad experience above visited Toby Jug instead, a small cafe nearby, and raved about it. They had a lovely afternoon tea and there are also breakfast and lunch options available, all very good value. Plus gf vegan options for those who need it.
- Fryers Tearoom – lots of gluten free food options at this cafe, plus gluten free cream teas available.
- Gillets Chippy – a chippy with gluten free batter and dedicated fryer. Options include battered fish, chicken nuggets, chips, jacket potatoes, pineapple fritters, mushy pea fritters, battered sausage, sausage, curry sauce and mushy peas.
- The Olive Tree – this restaurant offers gluten free options including battered fish and chips cooked in a dedicated fryer.
- The Plaice Fish & Chips Shop – the owner of this fish and chip shop contacted me to say they have installed a brand new fryer to cater for gluten free customers from March 2021, so naturally I went to check it out as soon as we visited. They have a full gluten free menu will be available to view on their website and the food is lovely, with staff taking great care over our order. I had some lovely scampi and chips from them. Definitely worth a visit.
- Rosie’s Kitchen Cafe – this beach side cafe offers various gluten free dishes, including chicken burgers, gluten free fish and chips and kids meals.
- Temple – we had a light lunch here with friends. There were a few gluten free choices and they could do fried potatoes instead of bread as the brunch bases. Plus a range of gluten free salads.
- The Croust Hut – I haven’t tried this one personally, but a local coeliac recommended it for inclusion in this guide.
- Becks Fish and Chips – for a proper gluten free battered fish and chips dinner, this place is a good bet. They have a wide gluten-free range on offer (fish, scampi) and a separate fryer and preparation zone so it is all very coeliac friendly. Oh and try the onion rings, they are awesome! You can eat in or buy to takeaway. I even got chatting to a fellow coeliac in the queue who is a regular and assured me she eats there regularly. I’ve eaten here on half a dozen occasions now and have had a very happy tummy every time.
- Restaurant 1894 at Carbis Bay Hotel – a reader recommendation, they had a very good experience here with dishes being adapted to be gluten free, staff very accomodating. Good place for a treat meal.
Charles Town & Carlyon Bay
- The Longstore – recommended to me by a few readers as being good for gluten free options.
- Edie’s Kitchen – close to Chalres Town, this family-run restaurant was another one recommended to me by readers. I emailed them and they confirmed they have lots of gluten free options and can cater for coeliacs. They have a small kitchen, so as a precaution for sensitive coeliacs they recommend booking at 12pm or 6pm (the start of service), so that chefs can take extra care before they get really busy.
- Carlyon Bay Hotel – they do a good gluten free Sunday roast I hear!
- The Bowgie Inn – this fab pub overlooking the beautiful beach. They have a big outdoor area and very good social distancing measures when we visited in July 2020 and June 2021. They usually have a gluten free menu by when we visited they hadn’t been able to update the app yet. Nevertheless staff were super helpful and told me what choices I could. They reassured me that extra care would be taken with my order as I am coeliac and when my meal arrived they confirmed it was the gluten free one.
- Amanzi – seriously meaty South African cuisine with the gluten free options marked on the menu.
- Beerwolf Books – a really cool pub/book shop with a haul pf pinball machines! They serve gluten free Mongozo beer here.
- BooKoos – this burger joint has a large gluten free menu with loads of delicious-sounding choices.
- Gem Fish & Chips – another coeliac friendly chippy, often battered gluten free fish and chips and even onion rings!
- Gylly Beach Cafe – set on the beach, this cafe has lots of gluten free choices (inc gf bread for swaps) and helpful staff. They also offer a gluten free full Cornish breakfast.
- Indidog – lots of gluten free options on their dinner menu, recommended by a follower.
- The Meat Counter – a burger restaurant offering gluten free buns.
- Mariner’s Fish & Chips – (Penryn nr Falmouth) gluten free fish and chips available every day, cooked in a dedicated fryer.
- The Natural Store – lots of gluten free supplies for home catering, also a little cafe at the front with some gluten free lunch options to take away, as well as Honeybuns cakes. You can buy gluten free pasties and pies to bake up at home.
- Oggy Oggy – on the high street, they serve gluten free pasties and cakes. The pasties are from individually sealed bags, then are heated on a dedicated gluten free tray and they know to use clean tongs etc to serve. Takes 30 minutes for them to bake a gluten free pasty, so preorder and then go for a little wander. I tried one of the veggie cheese pasties (the other gluten free pasty flavour is steak), which was tasty and filling. Oggy Oggy had a few gluten free cakes available too when we visited.
- The Pandora Inn – near Falmouth, this pub was recommended by a reader. She says it was “super coeliac friendly and incredible menu options – my tempura gf fish and chips were amazing and my husband had the gf adapted ploughman’s (bread was delicious and normal sized!).” Gluten free options were clearly marked on the menu.
- The Stable – gluten free pizza available here.
- Takeaway By Havener’s – a new fish and chip shop that offers gluten free batter every day, on request.
- Brown Sugar – this cafe offer gluten free options and confirmed to me they would take extra care with coeliac dishes.
- Kittows – this delicatessan had a few gluten free options, including really good gluten free pasties cooked in their own packaging. I had a steak one and it was really tasty.
- Sam’s Fowey – recommended by readers as a good spot for a gluten free sit down meal.
- The Dwelling House – for gluten free sandwiches, scones and cake, this place is a good bet.
- The Haven Takeaway – a chippy that offer gluten free battered fish cooked in a dedicated fryer. They seem to offer it every day of the week but please call to check as I couldn’t find confirmation.
- Lula Shack – this cute beach cafe has plenty of gluten free options on the menu and usually (please check on the day you visit) a dedicated gluten free fryer. We had fried chicken, salt and pepper squid, garlic prawns, chips and sweet potato fries – yummy!
- Philps – they have three types of gluten free pasty available (the Made Marion ones that are heated in their own bag, steak/cheese and veg/veg), which you can preorder as they take 1 hour to cook. I bought a frozen one to reheat at home and it was a tasty treat!
- Trevaskis Farm – brilliant place to visit if you have kids or like food! The on site cafe catered really well for me – they have a gluten free menu and a dedicated gluten free fryer. I had yummy ham egg and chips for the first time in ages! Pick your own fruit, a great farm shop (with a gluten free section) and farm animals to see too.
- The Terrace – recommend by a local coeliac. She says they offer gluten free pasta and pizza, with the pizza being cooked in a separate oven.
- The Old Forge – another local recommendation. A great menu for gluten free customers, including pizzas, sandwiches and breakfasts.
- Mr Bs – recommended by a local as having lots of gluten free ice cream flavours (no cones).
- Iced on The Quay – I saw on Instagram that this ice cream parlour has recently sourced gluten free cones, so it’d be worth checking them out. They state that they store the cones seperately to avoid cross contam, plus they have gluten free New York cheesecake in the chiller section.
- Black Lobster – only open during the summer months, for fresh seafood and chips cooked in a dedicated gluten free fryer. They use rice and gram flour so lots of gluten free options. They do have some bread in their kitchen so did stress there will always be a cross contamination risk when they get busy, so visit at the start of service if you want to be safest.
- Dominos – I know it’s not an exciting independent option, but they are Coeliac UK accredited and do a yummy gluten free pizza!
- Birdies Bistro – cafe over-looking the saltings, which plenty of gluten free choices. They are marked clearly on the menu, have gluten free bread and a dedicated fryer. I enjoyed a bubbles and squeak dish plus side of sweet potato fries (double carbs for the win). Good baby changing facilities and a kids menu. While I and others have had a good experience (it was also recommended to me by a local coeliac), one reader told me really to recommend you stress that you are coeliac when you order (and not just trust GF on the menu), to ensure proper care is taken. She did not and thinks she was glutened.
- Kynance Cove Cafe – a lovely spot overlooking the beach and cove, they had a few gluten free cakes available when we visited.
- Launceston Fryers – gluten free fish and chips available every day.
- Red Chair Cafe – the owner of this cafe is coeliac and they are extremely accommodating of free from diets. Most of the menu can be made gluten free, they take care and have procedures in place to minimise any cross contamination risk. Thank you to local Nic, who recommended this little cafe for inclusion in this guide.
- Wavecrest Cafe – gluten free options available at this cafe, although they stress that they cannot guarantee the absence of allergens due to having a mixed kitchen.
- Catch – fish and chip shop with gluten free battered fish and chips made on request. Call ahead. Battered sausage, goujons, fish bites and kids menu too.
- Fleur Cafe – this cafe has a strong gluten free menu, which includes Cornish pasties and scones! Plenty of dairy free options too.
- Robbie’s – an icecream parlous with gluten free cones
- Sarah’s Pasty Shop – they offer gluten free pastries, which you can preorder, however a reader recently was told “that whilst they prepare gluten free first thing in the morning there is plenty of flour in the environment and settles from the air”, so staff recommended that it would not be suitable for coeliacs. This could just be a general disclaimer, and it is good that they are being honest, but you decide on what is best for you personally.
- Asquiths – recommended by a reader, who told me she had a fabulous experience here and that “Everything down to the buttermilk fried duck livers could be made gluten free along with the best white chocolate caramel Pana cotta i’ve ever had. Staff were amazing at pointing out options, safeguarding measures etc and gf bread was bought out as appetiser. Has 2 AA rosettes and was very decently priced.“
- Teacup Tearoom – a huge selection of gluten free cakes and scones are available here, all stored in a dedicated gluten free display area. They state that their gf scones are extremely popular (and baked carefully each morning to avoid cross contam), so best to call the day before to reserve if you don’t want to be disappointed.
- The Harbour Tavern – lots of gluten free choices on the menu including gluten free battered fish and chips at this coeliac-friendly pub menu. I chatted to staff and they assured my catering for coeliacs was no problem for them.
- Martin’s Bakery – when we visited this bakery stocked a selection of gluten free cakes from BBs Gluten Free Bakery, in their fridge section.
- The Lost Gardens of Heligan – I was impressed with the gluten free options here, which included lots of the main menu, fresh baked gluten free cake and even some grab n go salad boxes (plus tubs of ice cream). We ordered a meal in the main cafe, the staff noted that I was coeliac so they could take extra care. We even had tempura vegetables cooked in a gram flour batter in a dedicated fryer.
We took our own supplies to the Minnack, but when we were there last summer there was a hot food stall that was entirely gluten free, called Katie’s Cornish Hot Pots.
- Rectory Farm Tearooms – a lovely place to stop for lunch, this tearooms has a great range of gluten free options. From pasties and sandwiches to gorgeous homemade cakes. They do have gluten free scones too, however they advised me that there was a cross contamination risk for these (I am coeliac so avoided them).
- Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar – this place was recommended by a reader as being very helpful towards gluten free customers. She didn’t specify options but it might be worth checking out if you are looking for somewhere to eat in Newlyn.
- Oak & Maple – fully gluten free juicery run by a coeliac, the focus here is on nutrious, plant-based food and drink. They focus mainly on cold press juices, but also have healthy cakes and rainbow wraps for takeaway.
- The Beach Hut – just up the coast from Newquay in Watergate Bay. We visited as one of my lovely coeliac followers on Instagram works there and recommended we come for a visit. The food was excellent, with plenty of gluten free choices, plus you HAVE to try their huge chocolate-button-topped hot chocolates for dessert. They use a dedicated gluten free fryer for fries and have gluten free buns available for burgers plus gluten free bread for other dishes. I had the chicken bacon burger and we also tried the thai fish with peanut salad and pineapple sambal (which was epic). The restaurant is right on the beach so you can watch the surfers while you eat. It is dog friendly and they have a gluten free kids menu.
- The Chippy – we had fab fish and chips from this chippy, which has a coeliac cook and dedicated areas for gf prep and frying. They have extensive gluten free choices and we thought the fish was great quality and portions were generous.
- Cloud Cafe – for gluten free pasties and cakes and even waffles. They also have extensive gluten free choices on their menu, plus various dairy free choices too. They have a room dedicated to the prep of the gluten free items and I found visiting for takeaway to be a great experience. Their gf scones are HUGE and delicious (we took frozen scones away to heat at home) and you must try the cheesecake brownie. It was amazing.
- Stein’s Fish & Chips – gluten free battered fish and chips cooked in a separate fryer and they even have gluten free chip vinegar.
- The Orient Chinese Takeaway – this Chinese takeaway has a gluten free menu listed on their website, however I have not tried them personally. Please call and check coeliac suitability when you are ordering.
- The Port & Starboard – in nearby St Columb, this chippy offers a large array of gluten free items on the menu. Even scampi, curry sauce and gravy! Please double check about the fryer situation, also that they cater every day (one person said they do, another said they only do Mon, Tues, Weds).
- The Chough Bakery – a gluten free Cornish pasty option, with the gluten free pasties coming individual wrapped to avoid cross contamination.
- Cherry Trees Coffee House – this cafe usually has gluten free scones available.
- The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow – we visited this Rick Stein establishment for a celebratory birthday lunch. They were very capable at catering for a gluten free diet and once we got hold of the waiter he helpfully ran through what we could and could eat, and provided gluten-free bread. The food was good (see my Singapore Chilli Crab, gluten free style, below) but maybe a bit overpriced (we went a la carte – they have a set lunch menu that was much better value). Service was a bit slow, but perhaps they were just having an off day when we visited. Overall certainly worth considering if you are staying in Padstow as they did a good job on the gluten-free front.
- Rest A While Tea Garden, Hawkers Cove – (open seasonally) break up your coastal walk with a stop at this cliff-top cafe round the coast from Padstow. Gluten free sandwiches and gluten-free cream teas on offer.
- Stein’s Fish and Chips, Padstow – coeliac-friendly, cooking chips in separate fryer. The lovely people at Rick Stein’s tell me they now offer gluten free batter too, hooray! Staff were totally clued-up on allergens and were really helpful. Note though that a sneaky one to avoid is the tartar sauce – the mustard powder in their homemade version contains gluten (the staff made me aware of this).
- Embers Pizza – recommended by a reader as a great place for gluten free pizza. I’ve not tried it personally, so please check about cooking processes.
Par and Tywardreath
- The New Inn – a fab village pub in Tywardreath with extensive gluten free menu, able to cater for coeliacs. We had a really good meal here, I went for the cajun chicken burger with chips and onion rings (cooked in a dedicated fryer). They also have gluten free fish and chips, desserts and kids menu options.
- Vals Place – this chippy offers gluten free fish and chips every day, battered and cooked in a dedicated fryer. Note cooked to order, you can call ahead if you want, although we didn’t have to wait very long.
- Par Market – open on Weds, Sat & Sun, I picked up some BBs Gluten Free Bakery cakes from Martin’s Bakery in the Food Hall. They are individually packaged so you don’t have to worry about cross contamination.
- Richards Fruit, Veg & Fish (Harbour Road) – a lovely local shop stocking all the food items you might need. They stock Tilly’s gluten free items (in a section near the counter), including gluten free bread and cakes.
- Sam’s on the Beach – round from Par at Polkerris beach (a cute spot, sheltered cove with pub and beach facilities), Sam’s have gluten free options marked on their menu. I haven’t tried this one personally, but the menu does note that their gf pizza is not suitable for coeliacs, which hopefully means the other gf options are.
- Trewellard Arms – this pub has a huge amount of gluten free items on their menu, which is largely gluten free. Gluten free flour is used as standard in their kitchen so you can even have deep fried, battered items such as fish and chips.
- Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm, Penhallow – cider cider everywhere! Cider farm with animals to keep the kids happy and lovely outdoor pub area to keep the adults happy :). Varieties available to taste and pints available to buy. The Pear Rattler was my favourite. I’ve also been recently told that they offer a gluten free cream tea.
- Fraser’s, Penzance – accredited by Coeliac UK, this fish and chip shop offers gluten free battered fish and chips that is coeliac safe. You can even go all out and try the gluten free version of their “Colossal Colin” dish if you are feeling extra hungry! I really enjoyed their fish and chips and they do wonderful calamari too.
- The Honeypot, Penzance – with a focus on catering for special diets they state that they can offer a wide range of gluten free and dairy free dishes, with gluten free bread and cake available.
- Hotel – The Artist’s Residence, Penzance – this boutique hotel looks absolutely gorgeous and they offer a gluten free breakfast option upon request.
- Browns Fish & Chips – a couple of coeliacs have recommended this chippie to me, as they offer gluten free fish and chips cooked in a dedicated fryer and use seperate utensils. Most Tripadvisor reviews are really positive, however one person mentions being glutened probably due to a mix up so please do stress that you are coeliac when ordering.
- Ice n Bites – (open seasonally) a helpful reader tells me they offer gluten free pasties and gluten free cream tea here. Call in advance.
- The Watering Hole – another reader reco, she said: “My husband returned with tandoori fish with onion bhajis, chips and nachos – all GF – apparently they were so helpful and had it all – good practice, knowledge and separate fryer. I was amazed.“
A quintessential Cornish fishing village with some great coastal walks nearby:
- The Blue Peter Inn – this pub doesn’t just have a gluten free menu, but a coeliac menu is available too!
- Michelle’s Restaurant – (open seasonally) very welcoming of gluten free diners and able to offer gluten free options.
- The Plantation Tearooms – gluten free scones and cream teas available here.
- Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Port Isaac – an absolutely wonderful two Michelin-starred restaurant. Chef Nathan Outlaw was cooking when we visited and the experience was fantastic. The restaurant focuses on sustainably-caught, Cornish seafood and on offer is a seafood tasting menu. If you book 48 hours in advance they can cater for gluten-free and other allergies, as well as vegetarians.
- Two of our group were coeliac, plus one of the coeliacs was also lactose intolerant, hence we needed one gluten-free set menu and one gluten and dairy free set menu. The restaurant did a fantastic job of creating alternative gluten free dishes for us that were very similar to the main menu. They went the extra mile in even making special gluten free lentil crackers for one of the dishes, to replace the standard wheat crackers.
- Food was beautifully presented and utterly delicious. Lots of interesting pairings and combinations. Plus, the restaurant’s location means you get a fantastic panoramic view across the sea. One of the best meals I have ever had, it was exceptional!
- Cup Cakes Cafe, Port Isaac – “Highlight of Port Isaac, the most delicious warm gluten free cream tea:)” (susiewoof)
- Chapel Cafe – gluten free cream teas available.
- Nicky B’s Pasty Shop – gluten free pasties available (best to call ahead to reserve) – thanks @refrainfromthegrain for the tip.
- The Twisted Currant – this cafe offers a full spectrum of gluten free meals and staff undergo training regarding cross contamination. Their sauces and gravies and also made with gluten free flour, meaning there is a wide range of choice her for coeliacs.
- SeaDrift Cafe – this cafe offers a range of gluten free meals and can even make gluten free waffles. Whether the latter are coeliac safe I am not sure, but there are plenty of other options. They try to use gluten free flour in their general baking too so there is a good chance that you will find some gluten free baked goods here.
- Penventon Park Hotel – I’ve not tried it personally but have seen their gluten free afternoon tea recommended by local coeliacs.
- Darren’s Fish & Chips – a local recommended this as a good place to get gluten free fish and chips. Dedicated fryer and cross contamination prevention measures in place.
- Morrish Dish & Chips – another local recommendation for gluten free fish and chips.
- Red River Cafe – a local tip – cafe with allergy awareness, able to cater gluten free.
Roseland Heritage Coast
- Shallikabooky Beach Hut – this beach cafe on the lovely Pendower Beach (which my kids loved btw, shallow water and a river running down the sand) has gluten free deli box options that you can preorder. They also have gluten free ice cream cones, but note coeliacs there’s likely a cross contam risk unless you can get them to scoop from a fresh tub.
- The Hidden Hut – not for coeliacs, but if you are generally gluten free there are some lunch options here, billed as “low gluten”. It’s at the back of Porthcurnick Beach, which was a great one for kids.
- The Boat House – in Portscatho (you can walk here from Porthcurnick, only 10 mins on the coast path), is a great coeliac friendly lunch or dinner option. I chatted to staff and they told me they have a dedicated fryer, gluten free fish and chips and other options too. Casual spot, with highchairs available.
- Old Success Inn – this pub has a gluten free menu and plenty of options to choose from. It’s also dog friendly with a lovely setting overlooking the sea. I spoke to the owner and he explained that his wife is coeliac so their menu is usually 90% gluten free. It gets popular so best to book in advance. I had a brilliant crab roll (and it was fab gf bread) and chips.
- The Blue Lagoon – give them a call to check they still offer gluten free, but I was sent an old tip that this chippy offers gluten free cod and chips cooked in a separate fryer.
- The Driftwood Spars – I read that they brew their own gluten free beer, so maybe worth checking this pub out if you are in the area. Their food menu is marked up to show gluten free choices and there is gluten free bread available on request. At the time of writing, the Sunday roast menu features gluten free Yorkshire puddings too!
- Miners Arms – there are quite a few positive reviews about gluten free options at this pub. So another option to explore!
- The Wagon Wheel Fish & Chips – in Trewoon just outside of St Austell, we had some incredible gluten free fish and chips from here, plus onion rings! All cooked in a dedicated fryer and they have a lot of coeliac regular customers, so have solid processes in place too. Some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. A good one to hit on your way home from the Eden Project.
- B&B: The Lookout Guesthouse – I have heard that this guesthouse caters especially well for gluten free guests as one of the owners is coeliac.
- Malcolm Barnecutts – do gluten free pasties, cooked in their own packaging. I tried one in Fowey and it was really good.
- The Allotment Deli – some gluten free biscuits and treats are often available here.
- Beer & Bird – gluten free fried chicken!
- Cellar Bistro – lots of gluten free options, all marked on the menu at this restaurant bistro.
- Cornish Deli – we were not able to visit as they were closed on our recent visit to St Ives, but their menu mentions lots of gluten free choices.
- The Market Place Cafe – a tea rooms offering gluten free cake, scones and gluten free Cornish pasties.
- Porthmeor Beach Café – all gluten free items marked on the menu. Lots of delicious tapas options and gf puds too! Plus lovely view over Porthmeor Beach and there’s a surf school attached.
- Porthminster Beach Café – a multi award-winning seafood restaurant. Lovely food, excellent service from staff who showed good knowledge of gluten free. They provided me with a menu marked up by the chef indicating what I could and couldn’t have. They also successfully catered for a nut allergy in our party. Nice views over the bay too. A more recent visitor says they now have small print saying they cannot guarantee no cc though, so maybe call to check before you visit.
- Porthminister Kitchen – I haven’t tried this place personally but a reader recommended them as good for gluten free. Is it the sister cafe to the beach location noted above. Gluten free options (and DF) are clearly marked on the menu.
- Searoom – it seems they are now able to cater well for coeliacs, with a selection of gluten free tapas (a few years ago when I visited they couldn’t cater for me). I’ll check them out in August when I visit.
- Scoff Troff Cafe – gluten free bread is available here for their sandwiches and lots of dishes can be adapted to make them gluten free.
- The Yellow Canary – this is one that bounces in and out of the guide, as over the years people have had varying experiences here. I’ve only had good feedback recently, so am adding it back in! It has been recently recommended to me as good for gluten free pasty and sadnwich options.
- The Hub – recommended by another coeliac visitor, who mentioned they do gluten free fried chicken, burgers, halloumi fries and onion rings. Sounds yummy!
- Blas Burgerworks – they offer gluten free buns, but as they cook them on the same grill I would say it’s not suitable for coeliacs. They clean the grill down briefly between use, but there’s no way they could get all the gluten off and I did not feel confident to eat there.
For really good fish and chips, check out Becks Fish and Chips in Carbis Bay (details above), as this is right next to St Ives.
- The Square – this cafe offers gluten free cake and even gluten free pizza. Let them know you are coeliac and they will take precautions to prevent cross contam.
Food aside, I really recommend kayaking in the river near St Mawes. You can hire kayaks in the harbour and they will show you the route to take – so much fun!
- Mr Scorse Gourmet Deli – my friend and fellow coeliac @refrainfromthegrain tells me she had an amazing crab roll here that was excellent.
- Cornish Arms – another one in the Rick Stein empire. I actually really liked this pub, and they did great gluten-free options. They had gluten-free bread so I was able to have sautéed field mushrooms on toast with rocket and parmesan salad. Also, their chips were coeliac-friendly and the grilled hake was beautifully cooked. Big beer garden so you can sit outside if it is a sunny day. I enjoyed eating here much more than the main Rick Stein seafood restaurant in Padstow.
St Michael’s Mount
On St Michael’s Mount itself, I found lovely local ice cream available in mini tubs at all the icecream huts – perfect for avoiding cross-contamination. The cafe there had a couple of gluten free options too, including gluten free cake.
- Cutty Sark Restaurant – off the Mount in Marazion, this pub was very helpful at advising which menu items could be made gluten free. They also had gluten free bread available. We stopped for lunch, but staff told me most of their evening menu is naturally gluten free.
A quick mention that the cafe at Trelissick Gardens near Truro had quite a few gluten free options when we popped by. Choices vary each day but include dishes such as sausages, homity pie, baked potatoes and sweet options included gluten free cake.
- Bread & Butter – recommended by a follower as a good place for gluten free pancakes.
- The Cornish Vegan – gluten free sweet and savoury options available here, marked up on the menu, at this vegan cafe.
- Driftwood – a short drive from Truro is this michelin starred eatery focused on local ingredients and sustainability. We had an amazing meal here for my birthday. Their cocoa husk sorbet on one of the dessert courses was developed to embrace the No Food Waste movement and tasted immense – I’ve never had anything like it! We opted for the long tasting menu and everything was excellent. They catered very well for me as a coeliac, with minimal adjustments needed to the dishes and even giving me fresh gluten free bread and homemade gluten free linseed crackers. Recommended for a treat meal on the South Cornish coast.
- Flourish – lots of gluten free options.
- Lily’s – I spotted some gluten free cake options available at this cafe and apparently they nearly always have gf choices on their breakfast and lunch menus too.
- Lemon Quay Chippy – recommended by a follower, gluten free fish and chips from a shipping container!
- Truro Lounge – they offer a dedicated gluten free menu.
- Great Cornish Food Store – gluten free cream teas available.
- Seasmiths – nearby in Porthtowan, all of their fish and chips are gluten free, so coeliacs will do well at this chippy.
- The Maltsters Arms – a pub in Chapel Amble, the majority of the menu is gluten free or can be adapted to be gluten free.
- The Pity Me Inn – one to investigate! They have lots of gluten free options and reviews are good, but I’ve not checked out the coeliac friendly processes myself so please ask questions (and report back if you get there before me :D).
- Strong Adolfos – this roadside cafe is actually a great place to get a gluten free toastie. They use dedicated boards and utensils to prepare the gluten free items, using coeliac friendly methods when we visited.
Enjoy beautiful gluten free Cornwall and check out some other gluten free travel guides while you are here!
- Bath Gluten Free Guide
- Devon Gluten Free Guide
- Majorca Gluten Free Guide
- Menorca Gluten Free Guide
- New Forest Gluten Free Guide