Looking for places to eat that cater for Gluten Free in Manchester? You are not the only one! Here is my guide to some of the best places I have been to for Gluten Free in Manchester. Feel free to check out the video & the guide below for a more extensive list!
1. Dough Pizza Kitchen, 75 – 77 High St, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1FS
Dough is the ultimate venue for gluten free in Manchester in my opinion. Serving Pizza & Pasta of the highest standard. Your pizza can be made in a dedicated gluten free kitchen on a separate floor of the restaurant with a gluten free base (the best I have ever tasted) & it can also be made with dairy free cheese. Everything at Dough can be made gluten free. The menu is very easy to understand and staff are incredibly friendly too. Starters and desserts are also amazing, with plenty of gluten free and dairy free options. I couldn’t recommend Dough any more highly, I love it!
2. Sweet Mandarin, 19 Copperas St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 1HS
Finding a Chinese restaurant suitable for a gluten free diet is an absolute nightmare in general terms across the UK. There are very few. However, one of the very best in Sweet Mandarin. The Gluten Free menu is extensive and filled with some delicious favourites of mine. From Sweet & Sour Battered King Prawns to Black Bean Chicken, you can get literally everything you would want. Sweet Mandarin in the restaurant run by the same lovely folk that created the gluten free Sweet Mandarin sauces you often see in supermarkets. The sauces are great, this restaurant is even better… the perfect place if you fancy a Chinese that’s gluten free in Manchester.
3. Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Dishoom is a great option if you are looking for gluten free Indian food in Manchester. There is an extensive gluten free menu.
There is plenty on offer from gluten free curries to traditional Indian desserts. What I like most about Dishoom is that it feels very authentic!
4. Whittakers Fish & Chips, 12 Station Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 9JN
Not far from the Trafford Centre, Whittakers Fish & Chips is a dreamy place for gluten free in Manchester. A very traditional Fish & Chip Shop that serves Gluten Free every single day of the week. Not only do they serve gluten free fish & chips, they also serve gluten free savoury pies, gluten free cornish pasties, gluten free sausages & gluten free curry sauce + all the usual chip shop offerings! Oh & thats not all, they go beyond your wildest expectations by also providing fresh, homemade gluten free puddings. These vary, but think gluten free apple crumble, gluten free bread and butter pudding, gluten free lemon drizzle etc! Whittakers is an absolute diamond of a place & I would definitely recommend if you are looking for gluten free in Manchester.
5. Côte, 4-12 St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
Recently Côte received accreditation from Coeliac UK for their gluten free menu & it is definitely well deserved. Côte offer a huge variety of different dishes to suit everyones tastes on the gluten free menu. When I visited recently I found the staff extremely friendly and understanding about allergens too. You feel like you are eating somewhere top quality when you visit Côte. The chips/frites are all 100% gluten free + the selection of meats & fish are perfection too. If you want a good steak, I would recommend Côte. Oh & they also offer a gluten free breakfast menu, which features gluten free bread, so you don’t have to miss out at any time of day at Côte.
6. Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, 44 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1NB
Evelyn’s is a lovely restaurant that offers delicious food and drink all day & night. If you are looking for somewhere that staff are incredibly understanding about ensuring your food is gluten free, this is one of the places I would recommend. The food is modern, yet classic. It has that quirky, healthy twist to it; & what you will be pleased to know, is that it caters superbly for those eating gluten free in Manchester. The menu outside clearly states what is gluten free on their menu, but the staff are more than happy to make adjustments to dishes too. There is great variety of meat, fish & vegetarian options here + if your a ‘quinoa & kale’ kind of person you’ll be exceptionally smitten!
7. Greens, 43 Lapwing Lane, Manchester M20 2NT
Greens is a vegetarian restaurant in Didsbury run by Simon Rimmer (off Sunday Brunch on Channel 4). They have plenty of gluten free options but best of all I found that they could cater for me – someone with multiple other intolerances. Obviously I let them know in advance but just the fact they could cater for me made me very happy 🙂
8. and the dish ran away with the spoon, 230 Burton Road, West Didsbury, M20 2LW
I mean, c’mon the name sells itself right?! Please do check on each occasion you go about cross contamination processes, but it’s a delightful tea room over in West Didsbury (on Burton Road), that just entices you in. The cakes & bakes always vary, but there is always something gluten free on offer. They have a wide range of possibilities in terms of gluten free cake & you can always make orders in advanced too. From Gluten Free White Chocolate & Raspberry Blondies, to Gluten Free Rose & Pistachio Cake they really do offer more choices than you would ordinarily find when looking for gluten free in Manchester.
9. Fosters Fish & Chips, Didsbury & Alderley Edge & Bramhall
Now Fosters Fish & Chips might ring a bell to a few folk as they tend to enjoy plenty of Fish & Chip Shop Awards! One of the best things about Fosters is that they serve Gluten Free Fish & Chips. HOWEVER, they only serve them on a Sunday. I wish they would serve them every single day, but having a Gluten Free Fish & Chip Shop (at least one day a week) literally just down the road from me is really great! They have 3 fish & chip shops around the Manchester area (Didsbury, Bramhall & Alderley Edge), all of which have a Sunday Gluten Free Fish & Chip night! They also have a delicious range of fish that goes beyond cod & haddock. Sea Bass & John Dory make an appearance on the menu at Fosters! Well worth a Sunday Takeaway!
10. 8th Day Co-operative, 111 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7DU
8th Day Co-Operative is a shop that many people don’t even know about in Manchester. Along Oxford Road this vegetarian and vegan supermarket (& cafe downstairs) is a real find, & it’s full of free from food! There is a large selection of gluten free cakes behind the deli… the gluten free cheesecake brownie & the white chocolate caramel slice are definitely my favourites! The shop itself is full of gluten free pasta, flours, cereals, biscuits. It is also full of dairy free cheeses, milks, chocolate & ice cream. It’s a must visit for gluten free in Manchester for free from foods to enjoy at home. They also sell VEGO & Ombar 🙂
11. Fig + Sparrow, Oldham St, Northern Quarter, Manchester M1 1JA
Fig + Sparrow is one of my favourite cafes that serve gluten free in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Two minutes walk from the hustle of the city centre streets this is a great venue to stop off at for a delicious gluten free traybake, they usually have a few little cakes on offer that are gluten free. Take a look next time you’re in the area!
12. Gusto, 4 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5AB (& more locations across MCR)
There are quite a few Gusto’s dotted around Manchester, so you will never be far away from one. The choices are not massive & you can’t yet order a gluten free pizza here. But all of their pasta dishes can be served with gluten free pasta. The Lobster & Prawn works really well with gluten free pasta, and the Smoked Haddock Risotto is perfection. I thought I’d include a bit of Gusto on this list, just so that if you wander past one, don’t think you can’t eat there… you can!
13. Croma, Chorlton & Didsbury & City Centre & Trafford Centre & Prestwich
Gluten Free Pizzas are springing up left right and centre at the moment across all the chain restaurants and a lot of independents too. Croma has restaurants across Manchester and they serve gluten free pizza. So, it you aren’t close by to Dough & you fancy some gluten free pizza, Croma would be a great alternative.
14. Federal Cafe & Bar, 9 Nicholas Croft, Manchester M4 1EY
I thought I would point out Federal Cafe & Bar to you because it is so frickin close to the Arndale, yet you might miss it! It’s on the Northern Quarter side of the Arndale & I think is the perfect place to go for brunch or lunch if you are in the city centre. They don’t have a gluten free menu, but what they do have is gluten free bread & an amazing adaptable menu. I love a top quality Eggs Royale or Eggs Benedict and you can certainly get that here on some delicious gluten free bread. The sandwich choices are brill too, from truffled egg to chorizo or just some smashed avocado on toast. It’s a simple, yet well thought out, slightly hipster looking joint & it ticks plenty of my boxes when it comes to gluten free in Manchester.
15. Honest Burger, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT
Honest Burger is hands down, the best spot for a burger in my opinion.
Their gluten free buns are amazing – plus they even do gluten free chicken wings and onion rings.
Of course, all their fries are gluten free too. This is mine and Mark’s fave spot for a fast dinner and it’s great there is one in Manchester now!
Honest is definitely in my top 3 recommendations for gluten free in Manchester!
16. Pieminister, 53 Church St, Manchester M4 1PD
Pieminister in the Northern Quarter offers gluten free pies as well as gluten free beer. Plenty of the sides are gluten free as standard too so this is a fab place to pop into 🙂
17. Mowgli, Corn Exchange House, 37 Exchange St, Manchester M4 3TR
Mowgli is based within the Corn Exchange in Manchester – one of the best places to go for food in the city centre. The Corn Exchange venue itself is lovely, and the food choices is even better. Mowgli is Indian Street Food in the middle of Manchester. It’s Indian food at its very best; & best of all they offer a gluten free menu & a vegan menu. This isn’t somewhere to get your English/Indian classics like a Tikka Masala, this is more real. Theoretically Indian food should always be a safe bet for those following a gluten free diet as Indian food traditionally uses gram/chickpea flour instead of wheat, however this is rarely the case I have found. Mowgli however does follow tradition & therefore offers plenty to us gluten free folk. From dahls, to lamb keema & Mowgli’s special sticky wings, you will definitely tantalize your tastebuds for gluten free in Manchester!
18. Hard Rock Cafe, The Printworks, Exchange St, Manchester M4 2BS
The Hard Rock Cafe is somewhere incredibly close to the hearts of Mark & I. We love them. The cocktails are amazing, the food is delicious & the atmosphere is first class. We used to go a hell of a lot before we realised gluten was a problem for me, since then we have laid off going… until now! The Hard Rock Cafe’s in the UK have been accredited by Coeliac UK and now have an official gluten free menu. There is plenty of choice & they offer gluten free buns with all their burgers, as well as fries. There are gluten free starters & massive sundaes for dessert. No longer will us gluten free folk have to miss out on the best at The Hard Rock Cafe, we can now all go ham. BUT remember they are only accredited in the UK, so when abroad make sure you check. Basically if you hunger for gluten free in Manchester… just come to the Hard Rock Cafe…. it’s awesome!
19. Chilli Banana, Wilmslow & Bramhall & Macclesfield
I guess Chilli Banana isn’t actually in Manchester really. They have restaurants in Wilmslow, Bramhall & Macclesfield though, none of which are too far to travel really. Chilli Banana is all about Thai Cuisine! They are amazing with gluten free food & have a very extensive separate gluten free menu. They are very understanding when it comes to gluten free & allergens & I never find too many places that serve thai cuisine that are like this. On top of the fact that the menu is so brill, it is a top quality restaurant that everyone/anyone looking for gluten free in Manchester would enjoy visiting. I’ll leave a link to the Gluten Free Menu from the Wilmslow restaurant here, it’s too good to not have a look at!
20. Bundobust, 61 Piccadilly, Manchester M1 2AG
Indian Street food in the centre of Manchester. The menu has plenty of gluten free options for example, the onion bhaji’s and okra fries are both gluten free too!
21. Reds True BBQ, 22 Lloyd St, Manchester M2 5WA
Plenty of choices as you would expect at a very meat heavy, Reds True BBQ! The Manchester branch of Reds are very accommodating & have a good understanding of allergens too. Plenty of choice stated on the menu & the staff are happy to help too… oh plus the food is frickin tasty! Gluten free in Manchester has never been so tasty!
22. Pho, The Corn Exchange, 37 Hanging Ditch, Manchester M4 3TR
If you have followed my blog for a long time you will know I love Pho! Pre blog, on my first trip to Brighton back in 2010 I discovered Pho & have never looked back. I’m so pleased that in recent years Pho have started to expand across the UK as I really do believe you haven’t experienced food till you’ve tried Pho. Pho is Vietnamese, it’s all gluten free & accredited by Coeliac UK. The flavours are amazing, there is so much to choose from. I have always been a massive fan of the Bun Noodles (the spring roll is amazing) & of course you can’t go to Pho, without having a Pho (noodle soup), its delish. This is definitely one of my top reccomendations for gluten free in Manchester.
23. V Rev, 20-26 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HN
So V Revolution is a vegan cafe in the Northern Quarter. This is a recommendation more for all those dairy free folk & of course egg free people too. V Revolution creates vegan fastfood and plenty of freshly made cakes too. You will often find a gluten free cake within, so if you are in the area it’s worth checking it out. Also they sell a whole host of dairy free cheeses & my favourite vegan chocolate VEGO!
24. Proove Pizza, 160 Burton Rd, Manchester M20 1LH
A local pizza place in West Didsbury that have created their own recipe for gluten free pizza dough. They don’t charge any extra for a gluten free base which is a bonus. Make sure when you order you emphasise you are gluten free and ask about cross contamination too.
25. Gaucho, 2A St Mary’s St, Manchester M3 2LB
I first went to a Gaucho in Amsterdam and then in London. The Manchester one is such a cool space, like all their other branches. It’s an Argentine Steak house that does some of the best steak I’ve ever eaten. I’ve always found eating gluten free here to be really easy and have safely been able to eat chips here too.
26. Expo Lounge, 766 Wilmslow Rd, Manchester M20 2DR
Expo Lounge is one of many Lounges restaurants across the UK. I couldn’t recommend them enough for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. They really understand gluten free and have an extensive gluten free menu. I never know what to order as there is so much. This one is in Didsbury, one of my fave areas but as I said, you probably aren’t far from one wherever you are all over the UK.
27. Alberts, 120-122 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 2PU
When we lived in Manchester we used to like to go to Alberts for a special occasion. It’s again based in Didsbury which I love. If you are planning a trip to Manchester, definitely venture out to Didsbury Village and West Didsbury they are lovely little places. Alberts is always busy and has a full gluten free menu that you’ll definitely find something you like on 🙂
And… a few more options for Gluten Free in Manchester for you:
Yo Sushi – a few of these in Manchester with plenty of GF options as well as GF Soy Sauce always being available on request.
Itsu – plenty of gluten free choices, beware of any soy sauce though.
Wagamama – though the menu isn’t overly clear, the staff are very knowledgable & are always very willing to tell you the ways in which you can adapt most dishes to be gluten free.
Zizzi – Gluten Free Pizzas, Pasta and desserts
Prezzo – Gluten Free Pizzas, Pasta and desserts
Ask – Gluten Free Pizzas, Pasta and desserts
Las Iguanas – Delicious varied choice of Latin & South American Food.. (Separate Gluten Free Menu)
Carluccios – Plenty of delicious Gluten Free options. (Separate Gluten Free Menu)
GBK – Gluten Free Buns (Separate Gluten Free Menu but no chips are coeliac safe)
Nandos – Nandos is full of gluten free choices, love a Nandos Takeaway too!
TGI Fridays – Great chain for Gluten Free, highly recommend. (Separate Gluten Free Menu)
Basaba Eathai – A delicious Thai restaurant with knowledgable staff & lots of options!
La Vina – Spanish tapas in the city centre, with lots of gluten free options.
SpudULike – jacket potatoes in the Trafford Centre and the Arndale Centre 🙂
There you have it, my guide to destinations that offer gluten free in Manchester. Gluten Free is catered for so much better now than it once was and Manchester is certainly no exception to this rule. I had a great time living in Manchester over the past years & I will definitely be back plenty more times in the future to indulge in more gluten free in Manchester! Have you been to any of these places or do you have any recommendations of other places? I would love to know & I am sure lots of other folks would love to know too. Just leave a comment below, or on Facebook/Twitter. Oh & please subscribe to my YouTube channel for plenty more Gluten Free guides!
Thanks for reading & watching. Manchester is an amazing city & will always have a very special place in my heart.