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Beehive Hotel – Hawthorn gluten free *closed*

** 2020 update – The Beehive closed down during the Covid pandemic **

The Beehive Hotel is a rare thing for Australian pubs – a pub without a room full of pokies!  The Beehive has some character and another big tick is that their menu is largely gluten free (excluding pizzas, although GF bases available) which makes them a Hawthorn gluten free gem.

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A primarily gluten free menu

The bistro menu is gluten free unless otherwise noted with a GFO (gluten free option) or NGF (not gluten free).  They also have a strong understanding of cross contamination (more on this later).

You can find the current menu online.  My first ever meal at Beehive was one of their most popular dishes – the gnocchi with a delicious ‘ragu of the week’ sauce.

If you are after more standard pub fare, you can’t go past the fish and chips or steak, salad and chips (hidden under the steak) or chicken parmigiana (which is huge!)

gluten free fish and chips 

There is also a specials board.  One Sunday lunch, half my table ordered the roast pork and it was cooked beautifully and was just the right amount of food.

There are a number of ‘to share’ options which is great if you just want a light meal or a snack to go with drinks. Below is the sizzling prawns and the arancini (hard to see but it was dark!!)


One weekend I decided to be healthy and have the warm chicken and quinoa salad (very tasty and very filling), only to lose my mind seeing that the sticky date pudding was gluten free.  As someone commented on my Instagram post, it would have been rude not to try it!  Needless to say, I didn’t need much for dinner that night.

gluten free sticky date pudding

How the kitchen works

Now for all the coeliac questions!  The fryer is completely gluten free.  The oven and wood fire oven is shared by GF and non GF, but seperate and clean utensils are always used for gluten free products.  Most sauces are kept in squeeze bottles (avoiding crumbs going into jars), but where a jar is required (such as the beetroot relish for the burger), a separate container is kept for gluten free.  Always let the wait staff know that you are coeliac so that the kitchen can be advised and take extra care.

They have a casual eating area next to the bar and a bistro area around the corner.  If you have your dog with you or just want to sit outside on a nice day, they also have two outdoor courtyards (ground level and up stairs to a deck).

I have always enjoyed the food at The Beehive and have confidence eating there as a coeliac – give them a go if you haven’t been yet!  It is easy to get to from the city by tram and also convenient for the surrounding suburbs of Kew and Richmond.

84 Barkers Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria 3122

7 days 11.30am to late

Parking available
Tram 109 and 48 at the door (corner Church St) or a 13 minute walk from the 75 tram at Richmond Bridge.

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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