It’s hard to remember a time when you struggled to get gluten-free options isn’t it? Nowadays, cafes, health food shops and restaurants offer plenty of GF alternatives, which means more variety for those among us who need to eat this way but still want to enjoy going out.

Bristol is teaming with venues that offer gluten-free choices, and tons of chefs are more than willing to whip up something suitable for you, as long as you give them fair warning. We've handpicked a selection of gluten-free spots for you to try out.

Thanks to Nat at Stuffed265 for the article! 

The small but perfectly formed Poco is nestled within the beating heart of Stokes Croft. The restaurant specialises in serving NYC style brunches, fresh salads and sandwiches and a seasonal tapas menu come the evening. Poco is leading the way when it comes to ethical and sustainable restaurants; they use only ethically acclaimed international suppliers, nearly all vegetables are sourced from nearby Bristol farms and they recycle more than 90% of refuse. Almost everything on the menu is gluten-free, so you can take your pick from the fantastic brunch, lunch or tapas options.

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Not too far from Poco, is Pieminister Stokes Croft. We think it’s safe to say, sometimes you just can’t beat a classic pie and mash combo. The guys here have taken the time to create their gluten-free pie range, which have won numerous awards. The pies are made in their own dedicated gluten-free kitchen to ensure there is no risk of contamination. Choose from the Moo, the Heidi or the Ranger, and don’t forget lashings of gravy.

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Cox & Baloney is the simply gorgeous vintage tearooms and bar on Gloucester Road. Escape the hustle and bustle by losing yourself inside the beautiful interiors and indulge in an afternoon tea with delicious sandwiches and cakes – you can also add Prosecco if you so wish! If you would like a gluten-free option, just let the ladies here know upon booking and they will sort the rest for you. It's a lovely idea for meeting friends for a catch up whilst enjoying a vast selection of handpicked teas and goodies, plus there is cake. Everyone likes cake.

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If it’s fine dining you’d prefer or a special occasion, you can’t go far wrong with The Pony & Trap. Located out at Chew Valley, this family owned and ran pub is a charming affair combining rustic style surroundings and outstanding food, which is sourced from only the best suppliers or grown on site. Seasonal menus change regularly or if you are really feeling fancy, choose the ultimate tasting menu. The team are on hand to help and offer a special gluten-free menu on request for diners so that you can also enjoy the experience.

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Indian favourite The Thali Café has restaurants dotted around the city, including Clifton, Easton, Montpelier, Southville and Totterdown. This traditional cuisine is served on a stainless steel plate with different compartments for the selection of curries on offer. All of the curries on the menu are gluten free, and there are also GF options within the starters, daily staples and sweets. Most importantly, the poppadoms and house chutneys are all gluten-free too, because you can’t start an Indian feast without these essentials surely?!

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Windmill Hill City Farm Café is a lovely community space based in Bedminster. Playing their part to promote reduced waste and caring for the environment around us, they recycle most of the left-overs produced on site and add this to their compost heaps for future harvests. There is also a farm shop here as well as a café, packed with local organic goods to buy and take home. The kitchen team here are very gluten-free savvy, so just be sure to mention to your server when ordering what your requirements are and they will be catered for. There is also a great children's play area at the cafe - so a perfect spot to stop off with the little ones.

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Last but not least are our good friends, The Burger Joint. Not only do they have an abundance of choice when it comes to buns, but they have a helpful section on their website explaining the different options that they have and how these are cooked. Gluten-free buns are available, and gluten free burgers are also listed, such as the beetroot and feta patty. The Burger Joint also has a comprehensive allergens manual at each of their sites in Fishponds, Bedminster and Clifton, so if you have any queries, you are able to discuss these with your server.

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Wild Beer's bar in Bristol has updated their brunch menu to so all but one dish either come gluten free as standard or can be requested gluten free. You can enjoy a stack of american style pancakes, eggs benedict, shakshouka and even the highly desirable avocado smash on toast! All brunch options come with a beer pairing suggestion (because brunch without booze is just a sad, sober breakfast) and can be enjoyed outside if the weather behaves. Fantastic!

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Did you know that America eats over 100 acres of pizza a day? Or that Norway eats the most pizza in the world? None of that matters if you can't eat gluten and you crazy a slice of pie. To the rescue is Pizzarova, they offer gluten free bases for those that have all but given up the dream of tasting a hot slice of za ever again. We applaud you Pizzarova.

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Aquila, in the same vein as Pizzarova heard the anguished cries of carb loving coeliacs and felt it their duty to help. Step inside the doors and take a seat my gluten avoiding pals for here you can enjoy pasta to your hearts content. Tagliatelle, papadelle, spaghetti and even a proper lasagne are all here for the eating.

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Thin and crispy, gluten free bases and a choice of toppings named after planets is what to expect here if you are gluten free. Offering takeaway, plenty of seating (including outdoors when the weather is good) and always generous with their toppings you too can enjoy out of the this world pizza with your friends.

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Published -17th September 2018