Bristol is famous for its fantastic array of vegan and veggie options, but did you know that our fair city also boasts an excellent array of gluten free eateries? If you've been gluten free for a while, you'll probably be able to cast your mind back to the dark days, when 'coeliac' was a word that made chefs shrug and meant your dining options were strictly limited. Thankfully, times have changed, and so has the range of choices for us bread-binners, with all manner of venues from the fanciest of fine dining restaurants to the best pizza shops in the city getting involved with a slice of the gluten-free pie. 

Nowadays our city is teaming with options for the gluten free among us, 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 Bristol…

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 to add lashings of gravy.

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If it’s gluten-free fine dining you’d prefer for 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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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 (you'll need to call ahead) 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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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 desperately fancy 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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Indian favourite Thali 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, meaning you get to try a seriously tempting range of dishes. 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 very well catered for. There is also a great children's play area at the cafe, making this a perfect place to stop off with the little ones.

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Everything about your order at Burger Joint is fully customisable, including a banging selection of patties, toppings, and that all important bun. Not only do these guys have an abundance of choice when it comes to buns, but they have a helpful section on their website explaining all the different available options and how these are cooked. Gluten free patties are also clearly demarcated – so just chat to your waiter to get the low-down on all your choices.

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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 now enjoy a stack of American style pancakes, eggs benedict, shakshouka and even the highly desirable avocado smash on toast, all without a single trace of gluten! 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 itself. Fantastic!

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It’s not every day you get to eat signature seaside dishes served in up a shipping container, and if you're gluten free then it's even less likely that you'll ever get to tuck into a proper plateful of fish and chips. Luckily, the team down at Salt & Malt Wapping Wharf cover all your sustainably-sourced fish dishes and seaside staples with a gluten-free twist, meaning us coeliacs aren't left out at sea.

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The endlessly beautiful East Village Café in Clifton Village is perfect for a lazy morning of tip-top coffee, tasty food, and proper you-time. It's a veggie and vegan paradise over here, and gluten-free eaters will also find themselves more-than-amply catered for, with an inviting selection of brunches, cakes, breakfast and lunches up for grabs.

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You don't need to leave the stratosphere to enjoy a properly tasty gluten-free pizza in Bristol – we've got tonnes of options! Thin and crispy, gluten free bases and a choice of toppings named after planets is what to expect over at Planet Pizza 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 this world pizza with your friends.

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Gluten-free beer lovers don't need to panic in Bristol – there's tonnes of options for a boozy night out. Tucked away on the illimitably pretty Broad Street, this is a bar of pure escapism. The moment you walk through Strawberry Thief's doors you'll be transported to a turn of the 20th Century Belgian beer bar, bursting with tonnes of options for the coeliacs. The knowledgable staff will be happy to guide you on what's suitable and what's not, but just don't blame us for your hangover...

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Published -1st April 2019