Those with special dietary requirements are well catered for in Bristol, and a gluten intolerance in this city doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the carbs or dodge dining out.
So whether you’re veggie, vegan, gluten intolerant, on a paleo diet or all of the above, you’re spoiled for choice with this list of 5 of Bristol’s best diet-friendly, gluten-free restaurants and cafés.
The Burger Joint
Check out this pic, amazing makes me hungry looking at it pic.twitter.com/jdObi9ym
— Dan Burger Joint (@DanBurgerJoint) November 16, 2012
Their ordering system is simple: choose your bun, your burger and your fillings, plus a side and sauce from their vast range (peanut butter, anyone?) by ticking which options you want on a menu card. Opt for a soft gluten-free bun to go with your meal and you’re away, with none of that awkward asking the waiting staff which items are suitable fuss. The burgers themselves are top-notch, juicy and well seasoned, whilst their small but well-chosen selection of warm robust salads are fresh and tasty. Veggies are well catered for as well, with delicious toppings to jazz up that veggie or mushroom burger. The restaurant vibe is simple and relaxed, just like the food. Be sure to book ahead on weekends as they do get very busy – these guys do some of the best – if not the best burgers in Bristol.
83 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, Avon BS8 2NT, theburgerjoint.co.uk
— Maitreya Social (@MaitreyaSocial) July 11, 2014
Maitreya Social’s name has become synonymous great quality vegetarian and vegan cooking here in Bristol. In fact, it’s so good, that carnivores are often seen hunkering down for an evening of freshly cooked veggie delights under Maitreya’s roof. If you’re entertaining those with special dietary requirements – whether they be vegan, gluten intolerant or just watching their waistline – then this is the place to take them; whilst the seasonally changing menu is exciting and elegant enough to make it a celebratory meal destination. Typical menu offerings include unctuous butternut squash and smoked applewood tatin, hearty spiced vegetable broths and fresh griddled Wye Valley asparagus salad, with mains costing in and around £10.
89 Saint Mark’s Road, Bristol, UK BS5 6HY, cafemaitreya.co.uk
If you aint done this, you MUST! The Stable in Bristol. Pulled pork pizza & the cider board. (Pear & mint is best) pic.twitter.com/C8p0i2ODEZ
— Craig J Lewis (@CJFifieldLewis) January 24, 2014
Brash and bold – these words apply to both the dining atmosphere and the flavours offered up by this newcomer to Bristol’s pizza scene. Of course gluten intolerance doesn’t mean you can’t eat carbs any more, and pizza lovers are well looked after in this restaurant: choose a stone-baked gluten-free base, then adorn it with any combination of toppings you desire. Staff are super-friendly, and always happy to inform you about their gluten-free ingredients so you can rest easy in the knowledge that your pizza will leave you feeling happy, full and in tip-top condition post feast. Their Harbourside Herbivore is a must, for veggies and meat-lovers alike.
South Bldg Anchor Square, Canon’s Road, Bristol BS1 5UH, stablepizza.com/locations/the-stable-bristol
A fantastic meal at Harry Krishna's Kitchen on Zetland Rd, can recommend! pic.twitter.com/lZyWZ9goVa
— Bishopston Matters (@bishmatters) March 30, 2013
For insanely delicious, authentic Southern Indian food with a gluten-friendly menu, look no further than this charming Keralan eatery on Redland’s Zetland Road. Its contemporary Eastern-chic decor means it’s just as well suited to a relaxed evening meal with friends as is a date, and their staff are as warm and welcoming as you could wish for. Choose from their extensive menu of South Asian delights, then pick a gluten-free chapati bread to mop up all that spicy sauce. Mains cost around £7, and two can dine for around £20 a head, including drinks.
31a Zetland Rd, Bristol, Avon BS6 7AH, krishnanskitchen.co.uk
— B24/7 Martin (@B247Martin) October 17, 2014
Anywhere that combines cult films n’ fiction with a steaming bowl of GF Vietnamese pho (pronounced ‘fuh’) is a winner in our eyes, and many a lazy Saturday afternoon has been whiled away in this shop/café. Take a mosey around their vintage clothing, books and record store upstairs before popping down to the café for a breakfast or brunch, all with zero dietary-induced stress because these guys have got you covered. Each item on the menu is marked to indicate its suitability for those with special requirements, so whether you’re a veggie, vegan gluten intolerant or wheat intolerant, you can sit back, relax, and dig in. Their Lebanese lamb hot box is a must, at £5.25.
70 Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1QU, friskafood.com
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