South East England – 100% gluten free
Welcome to this series of posts aiming to capture all the 100% gluten free venues in the UK. This post covers Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Kent, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
The criteria I used for inclusion, was that the business has to be:
- 100% gluten free food (ie no cross contamination risk), and
- have its own outlet that you can visit, such as a shop, café or a stall at a market.
If you know of a business that fits the criteria that is not listed, please let me know via the contact page.
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This pub is owned by a gluten intolerant landlady who in 2015 made the menu entirely gluten free. Winsor is between Southhampton and the New Forest national park. If you also have a dog, it is a dream come true to have an entirely safe meal with your dog at your side as the pub is dog friendly too!
The food is traditional pub food at a good price. You can see in the menu above there is a wide variety of meals and below is an example of a roast dinner.
You will also find plenty of dessert options (#fruitisnotadessert)!
I have seen mention on social media that they are a predominantly adult only pub and children must be well behaved. Kitchen open 7 days for lunch and dinner.
Photo credits: T Colbert
Winsor Road, Winsor, Hampshire, SO40 2HE (2 miles from M27 J1)
Phone: 02380 812 237
[previously known as Cafe Meon]
Coeliac vegetarians rejoice! Offbeet is a vegetarian/vegan cafe that become 100% gluten free in 2015. You will find a variety of healthy lunches and plenty of tempting cookies and other bakes.
For pictures of what is on offer, please check their Facebook page. Some outdoor seating is available if you have your dog with you.
Chesapeake Mill, Bridge Street, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5JH
Phone: 01329 834078
Open Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun & Bank holidays 11am-4pm
Hampshire Gluten Free Company
Shop in Burghclere is currently temporarily closed, but online orders are still possible. Also see market in Berkshire.
Mum & Dad’s Kitchen (various events around Hampshire/Dorset)
Gluten free cakes & pies produced in a registered gluten free kitchen. They have won the Hampshire hot and cold pie of the year awards and more exciting products are in the pipeline!
Order online or check website on Events Page for stalls (regular examples are below).
Hampshire – At Car Fest South in August. See event website below.
Dorset – At Christchurch Food & Wine Festival in May. See event website below.
Nibsy’s is a 100% gluten free café in Reading, a busy shopping and business area in Berkshire. Not surprisingly, it is run by a lady (Naomi Stoker) who is gluten intolerant herself.
The café is set up for both ‘grab & go’ lunches and for eating in. The offering is sandwiches (can be toasted), wraps, quiche, cakes and biscuits, as well as seasonal items (eg pies, soups, smoothies).
For a full review, please go to this link, but to whet your appetite, below is a toasted ham sandwich and a scrumptious quiche.
The variety of cakes is also great!
You can see some of the other items available on their Facebook page.
26 Cross Street, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1SN Phone: 01189 597 809
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm, Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wokingham General Market, Market Place, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1AL
Please check website for dates attending. Historically one Saturday a month from 9am-4pm.
The Willow (Kingston-upon-Thames)
The Willow Health Restaurant and Bar in Kingston is a new ‘Food as Medicine’ style restaurant serving 100% gluten free lunch and dinner dishes – even the award-winning draught beers are gluten free!
Photo credits: Lauren McLean
Locally sourced real food that uses cooking methods that maintain nutritional integrity. As a coeliac himself, head chef Paul Smith understands the struggles of dining out and struggling to find dishes that won’t cause harm. He says “Blending my love of great food and striving for a healthier, gluten-free lifestyle has allowed me to follow my real passion – creating great dishes that create great memories, real foods that use nature’s medicine cabinet with locally sourced, sustainable produce”.
Click link for a review by Forever Free From.
The Willow, 16 The Triangle, Norbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 3RT Phone: 020 3034 2424
Mon-Sat 7am-11pm, Sun 9am-10.30pm
Facebook/yourwillow Twitter @your_willow Instagram your_willow
A 100% gluten free artisan bakery, offering an array of freshly baked cakes, brownies, loaves, savoury food, juices and coffee. All created fresh everyday on site.
41 Market Place, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1JQ Phone: 020 8974 5444
Mon-Fri 10am – 7pm, Sat 9am – 8pm, Sun 10.30 – 6.30pm
Pinch of This (Kew)
Pinch of This provides fresh, delicious, gluten free baking including cupcakes, French macarons, brownies & much more. Their products are gluten free but have the taste and texture of regular baked goods. They only use the finest natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Find them at markets (Kew, Acton & more) and also available for canapé catering. See Twitter @pinchofthisuk for events and market attendance.
Kew Village Community Market, 1st Sun of month 10am – 2pm, Station Parade (next to Kew Gardens tube), Kew TW9 3PZ
The first fully gluten free restaurant (including drinks) in Brighton, just off the seafront. Great for locals and tourists alike!
**UPDATE** Unfortunately the Creperie is closing at the end of February 2017.
You will find sweet and savoury crepes, as well as waffles and ice cream cones and of course, an abundance of delicious toppings to choose from!
The galettes are made from buckwheat flour and are also dairy free and suitable for vegans. There is even gluten free beer! Follow on Twitter @TheCreperieBTN for mouthwatering pictures of the food.
They have meticulously checked every product used in food preparation to ensure that nothing contains gluten.
2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD Phone: 01273 323 830
Situated just off Brighton seafront, between the West pier & Brighton pier.
Tues-Thurs 12pm-6pm, Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm
This bakery and cafe is a welcome addition to Worthing with breakfast, lunch and dinners available.
They won the gluten free category in the Tiptree World Bread Awards in 2014 and in 2015 they won several awards, so if you don’t know where to start with sampling their bread this list might help:
|Gold||Hove Seeded Loaf|
|Silver||Shoreham Cob loaf|
|Silver||Bracklesham brioche burger rolls|
|Silver||Firle Focaccia loaf|
|Bronze||Eve’s Chocolate Brioche|
For some background and pictures of the amazing looking bread, click the article below.
Revenue Chamber, Chapel Road, Worthing, Sussex BN11 1BG Phone: 01903 214 172
(opposite Worthing Museum)
Open 7 days for breakfast/lunch and Thurs-Sat for dinner
Oscar & Bentleys is a must visit if you are in the lovely town of Canterbury.
Founded in 2012 by children of a coeliac who saw their mum struggle to eat out safely. They specialise in gluten free food and also cater for dairy free and nut free (although not a nut-free establishment) and won the Free From Eating Out Awards 2015 overall award and for their category.
10 Guildhall St, Canterbury, Kent CT1 2JQ Phone: 01227 454544
Tues 9am-5pm, Wed-Sat 9am-late, Sun 11am-5pm. Closed Monday.
Smart, modern casual pub and bar serving gluten free British inspired sharing tapas and Sunday roasts. The daughter of one of the owners is unable to eat gluten so they understand the difficulties of eating out. They make all dishes from scratch in their 100% gluten free kitchen.
You will find items that are usually hard to find gluten free, such as fish & chips, roasts, scotch egg, breaded brie, breaded mushrooms, croquettes, flat breads and mixed platters.
The menu below is a sample, but you can see the latest version on their Facebook page.
There are also daily specials and desserts.
1 Heath Road, Barming, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9LQ Phone: 01622 727122
Food hours: Thurs-Fri 7pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-10pm, Sunday roast 12pm-3pm
Pub opening: from 4pm weekdays and midday weekends
Knife & Fork pop up restaurant and B&B (Deddington)
A pop up restaurant run by Tanya Young, a coeliac chef. With a fine dining style menu, she serves a 5 course taster menu for £41 per head (Feb 2016 pricing), which also includes canapes, a glass of prosecco on arrival and tea/coffee and petit fours at the end of the meal. The menus vary with the seasons and is traditionally a British meal, but special nights such as an Asian theme are also undertaken.
Enjoy a sociable night at large tables shared with other diners or book a private table for 6 or 8. If there are 10 or more of you are very welcome to book a private night and have your own ‘dinner party’ with friends without having to do any of the cooking or the washing up! Book ahead to get the dates you are after.
If you are looking for accommodation, you can stay overnight as a B&B guest in one of two large ensuite bedrooms. Breakfast is also gluten free, but normal bread is available (stored separately to avoid cross contamination). For more details and photos see link below.
Restaurant is open most Friday and Saturday nights. Check dates & book via website (address provided upon booking).
Two-three course meals are also available Mon-Thurs for B&B guests.
Yippee Gluten Free, Banbury
August Banbury Food Fair in the Town Centre.
October Banbury Canal Day.
Check Twitter @yipeeglutenfree and Facebook @yippeeglutenfree for up to date information on events they will be attending.
There are currently no listings for Buckinghamshire.
Photo credits: All photos are author’s own or have been provided by the businesses and they retain the ownership rights to these.
For more ideas on eating out gluten free in London and the UK, please check the following links:
- 100% Gluten Free UK page (including London)
- Visiting the UK
- Summary of chains offering gluten free options
- London restaurant reviews
- all UK restaurant reviews
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