It’s often said, and only half-jokingly, that people from Brighton are tolerant of everything except gluten.
Famously, our lovely hippy city by the seaside has countless options for vegans, but way less well-known is the sheer depth and quality of places we boast which cater to the brave new world of gluten-free.
So if you’re looking to banish bread, give wheat a wide birth (or merely forego flatulence) here’s our pick of the best coeliac-friendly eateries in Brighton and Hove…
Gloriously gluten-free. Plant-based pioneers, Purezza, have crafted their own gluten-free pizza base that's indistinguishable from the traditional wholegrain sourdough. Available with any of their mighty pizzas, and just one of the steps they're taking to become one of the most inclusive eateries in the world.
12 St James St, BN2 1RE
Gluten-free fish and chips you say? They said it couldn't be done, but this stylish Hove institution, just down from the station, has it all wrapped up. Not to mention gluten-free battered sausages, for when you’re feeling health-conscious, but not really.
The kind of place you imagine James Bond swinging by for a California roll and a couple of Martinis, Moshimo (in the shadow of the town hall) is hands down the classiest sushi place in town. Plus they have an entire gluten-free menu, and even special gluten-free soy sauce for total peace of mind.
The beloved local chain has been noisily praised by gluten-free groups for it’s fastidious approach to gluten intolerance – even in the gluten-rich environment of a sandwich shop they guarantee zero contamination, coupled with ultimate yummy bagel flavour.
16 Duke St, BN1 1AH
The next time someone tells you a gluten-free diet is joyless and lacking flavour, give them a slap. Then take them for a bite at this badass North Laine institution, consistently voted among the best, juiciest, dirtiest burger joints in the whole country. Unfortunately the meaty options aren't available GF but you can tuck into a devilishly delicious halloumi burger without the gluten guilt.
97 North Rd, BN1 1YE
Staff at this smart multi-award winning pavement cafe in Hove really know their stuff. Which means everything is locally sourced and cooked to perfection, obvs, but also supported by a good range of gluten free brunch options and cakes. And they REALLY know their allergies. Try them.
This up-and-coming local chain don’t compromise on anything. So the decor and layout is always arresting and lively, the wine always top notch, and the gluten-free pizza base as doughy and yummy as the Neapolitan classic. Plus kids eat free, which is a godsend especially at their Hove location.
Did you think breakfast in gluten-free land was all about yoghurt and fruit? Nah mate. When you’re craving a hangover-crushing fry-up swing by this goody-two-shoes cafe in North Laine and stuff your face full of gut-friendly goodness. They also make a mouthwateringly good lunchtime salad.
In a welcome attempt to curry favour with Brighton’s discerning gluten-free community this stonking Indian has gone all-out. That means poppodums made with lentil-flour instead of wheat, crispy paneer pappads and dhosas instead of naan, and specially formulated sources that keep your tummyaches at bay. Spicy.
Hankering for afternoon tea? We got you fam. Swing by East Street for a four-tier feast featuring corncake, edamame, wasabi ouzo pesto, orange-and-almond polenta cake, tea-soaked sultana scones and pink-peppered meringue. Treat mum, she’ll never figure out it’s gluten-free.