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 amongst 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 chefs are more than willing to whip up something suitable for you as long as you make them aware. 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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Pieminister - Stokes Croft

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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Better Food – Wapping Wharf

If you want to stay in and create your own gluten-free feast, then a great place to pick up your ingredients is the Better Food Company. You can find them in St Werburghs, Wapping Wharf and on Whiteladies Road. Recently awarded the ‘Best of Organic Market’ by the Soil Association, you can rest assured that by shopping here, you are picking up the best in quality, whilst supporting local farmers and the economy. They stock a huge range of gluten-free produce and you will also be supporting independent businesses by shopping here.

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Cox & Baloney

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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Maitreya Social

A Wriggle favourite, Maitreya Social specialises in serving Bristol with seasonal, flavoursome vegetarian and vegan plates from their spot in Easton. It's a cosy and comfortable space to eat and drink, taking your pick from many of the hearty dishes which feature on their menus. There is plenty of choice for gluten-free diners, some of which include falafels and charred aubergines, spicy jackfruit and black bean tacos (just yes) and walnut cake with espresso ice-cream.

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The Pony & Trap

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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The Stable

If pizza and cider is your thing, look no further than The Stable. Taking up a spot on Bristol’s picturesque harbourside, they offer a whole range of gluten-free pizzas. Their menu is vast with lots of choice and they often have live music acts in the evenings. They also have a HUGE range of ciders to explore and you can order a cider tasting plank which means you are able to taste a bit of everything… do we need to give you any more reasons to visit?!

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Thali Café

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 Cafe

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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Burger Joint

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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Published -22nd August 2017