A Gluten Free Guide to Liverpool

If you love food as much as I do, then you will LOVE eating out in Liverpool. It is a DREAM for any foodie, Coeliac or not! And everywhere is pretty much in walking distance from all the great attractions around the city. 

So if you fancy some Tapas after visiting the Tate or a curry after going to the Cavern, I’ve got you covered with my ever-growing list of gluten free options! This is a mix of a few of my favourite independents and most reliable chain restaurants. I often feel safer eating at independently owned restaurants, but I guess it’s always up to you as an individual on where you feel safe eating.

Just before you scroll down, I just wanted to share my number one tip for eating out with Coeliac disease or any food allergy so that you lovely bunch can stay safe! As the hospitality industry changes, some restaurants adapt their menus and kitchen setups accordingly.  Therefore, I always advise that anybody eating out with food allergies and intolerances to ALWAYS ask your server/chef for updated allergy information and ask the right questions to determine if you feel safe eating there. No matter how many times you have visited before, it’s always good practise to make staff aware of any allergies or Coeliac Disease so that they can prepare your food in a safe manner. 

P.S. it’s not being fussy, or a burden, it’s taking care of your health. 

So let’s get started!

Mowgli Nisha Katona’s famous Indian street food. Can I just say that this is my favourite place to eat at in the entire city!? I dream about the house lamb curry all the time. There are two in Liverpool, one in Bold Street and one on Water Street. They have a separate gluten free menu and I have found the staff always very accommodating. If I have been sharing with friends in the past, they have been able to make my friend’s dishes gluten free where possible too. Definitely book a table at this place as it fills up fast! 

Elif, Bold Street This is fantastic for Turkish Cuisine, they have a separate, very large gluten free menu and do huge sharing platters. Their rice contains Orzo pasta so that is off the menu but with the variety available on the gluten free menu you honestly are still spoilt for choice.

Pieminister – If, like me, you can’t find their gluten free pies in any supermarkets, their restaurant is the next best option. GF pies do have a small additional charge, but they are still great value with their menu deals. Huge gluten free pies, including their GF Vegan moo-less moo.

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Lunya – This place always used to catch my eye as it has a fantastic deli inside serving cheeses, chutneys and just all sorts of great picky bits! But they are another great place for tapas and the place is spotless. Most of their menu items are naturally gluten free, and their allergy matrix is easy to navigate. They seem to understand cross-contamination very well by using separate fryers with fresh oil and a separate clean grill for GF bread.

Bundobust – Another location offering Indian Street food. These guys have a few restaurants up and down the country, and any gluten free items are clearly labelled on the main menu. Have a chat to them about which dishes are coeliac safe and you’re all good to go.

Italian Club Fish – This is one for the seafood lovers, and everything is prepared fresh! I have heard that this place is great for coeliacs. All of their pasta dishes can be made gluten free, but some of their other items on the menu are prepared fresh so I would have a word with your server for allergy information on other dishes. 

Honest Burgers – If you haven’t been to Honest Burgers, you haven’t lived! They can make almost any burger on their menu gluten free, WITH a bun! And not only that, but their rosemary salted fries and whopping great big onion rings are all gluten free too! I always feel safe eating here and they’re my favourite go-to takeaway in Liverpool. 

Caribou Poutine – Clearly, these specialise in Canadian Poutine, and have various options available. The GF options are clearly marked on their menu, just specify that you require gluten free gravy.

Riva Blu – These guys have a few restaurants in Birmingham and Manchester, and they have a separate menu for gluten free items. From pizza and pasta, to steaks and Cheeseboards for dessert, their menu is sure to get your mouth watering.

Cosy Club – I love cosy club and their gluten free menu! They seem very good at adapting their regular dishes where they can and creating gluten free versions on their main menu. I recommend booking in advance here as it does get very busy. 

Salt House Tapas – I am a fan of this place, The have a great gluten free menu and it really doesn’t feel like you have to miss out on your favourites. They even have gluten free beer!

Silk Road Tapas – This place is lovely and ideal for dinner or lunch with friends. Their gluten free options are labelled on their main menu, they have separate fryers and their Banquet menu can be adapted to be made gluten free too. The menu is a mixture of eastern food and Mediterranean tapas dishes.

Maray – Whilst these guys don’t offer a separate gluten free menu, they are very transparent about allergens in their food, and do their best to ensure that people with allergies can dine out safely so offer a full allergy matrix. Just speak to their staff and they will be more than happy to assist!

Bistro Franc. – This French inspired restaurant have lots of gluten free menu items clearly marked on their main menu, including lots of fresh meat and seafood dishes, and even frogs legs! 

Hanover Street Social – These guys have fabulous gluten free lunch, dinner and Social Sunday menus on offer. Some fried items may be fried in shared fryers however, so please double check with your server to be on the safe side. 

The Monro – These guys used to specialise in comforting meals such as Scouse, however they have turned to Greek style cuisine and do it well! The last I heard, they were hoping to get gluten free flatbreads on the menu, but they have a bunch gluten free options available. Along with this they have GFV and Vegan menus, PLUS bottomless lunch deals. Oh, and they have gluten free beer too!

Free State Kitchen – The ‘home’ of great burgers in Liverpool, they have a wide range of gluten free meals available. All of their burgers can be made on gluten free buns, and they also do rosemary salted fries. Whether they stand up to Honest Burgers , I will let you decide.

Trattoria 51 – This little Italian gem has been a favourite of mine for a long time. They can adapt most of their menu to be gluten free, and do LOADS of your Italian favourites in a gluten free version, they even have a few cracking desserts. They also have a small stall called Pasta 51 Express in St John’s shopping centre food hall that do gluten free pasta pots.

Tiger Rock – This place specialises in East Asian food, and what a find it is. Tons of their menu items are labelled gluten free, or can be adapted to be gluten free, such as their noodle dishes. They have two restaurants in Liverpool, one on North John Street and another on Smithdown Road.

Duman Mediterranean Breakfast & Patisserie Cafe Bold Street – These guys have some great-looking gluten free cakes, brownies and blondies in their cafe, and from what I hear from others it seems like there is a wide selection. Call in if you are passing, they also have vegan options too.

Cote Brasserie – Cote are a great place for modern, fresh, French cuisine. They have a bunch of gluten free mains available and a few desserts.

Bill’s -Bills is great for gluten free breakfast, brunch and all day munching. There is a great variety of dishes on offer, including veggie options, and they do gluten free bread as well as a couple of decent dessert options.

The Vibe – This cafe is 100% plant-based and has a gluten free option for most of their toasties, main meals, and even pancakes! They do their utmost to avoid any cross-contamination with allergens.

Pho A lot of you may be familiar with Pho – they have so many amazing fresh, gluten free options on their menu and are very transparent when it comes to cross-contamination. Out of all the chains, this coeliac uk accredited venue is definitely one of the best.

Pizza Punks – The gluten free pizzas from these guys look awesome! These are based on Bold Street and have not long opened. They have lots of deals on Cocktails throughout the week, and bottomless brunch.

Cat Cafe – Bold Street – So this one isn’t on the list as a ‘place to eat’ as such, but I love cats and it would be nice to inform those who are visiting that the Cat Cafe Liverpool DOES have a few gluten free cakes that you can enjoy there! They also don’t use oat milk, so no cross-contamination with any hot drinks steamer. Plus the drinks inside are unlimited once you’re in, and you get to see lovely kitties.

So, which one are you going to try first?

The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing, but if you are reading this from the future and spot anywhere that is no longer with us, or is highly unsafe then please give me a quick message and I can amend it accordingly.

Likewise, If you have any recommendations, then also comment so I can add them, we love friends helping friends!

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