Here’s where you can say gluten tag to the good stuff.
Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, it’s never been easier to find great food in Liverpool, whatever you like to see on your plate. But what about gluten free? Well, we’ve rounded-up some of the best places in Liverpool to get your gluten-free fix. From tacos to tiffin boxes and burgers to bravas – who said you had to miss out?
American Pizza Slice
Sometimes you want nothing more than a beer and a slice… especially when the slices look (and taste) as amazing as those at American Pizza Slice. So when the pizza perfectionists announced they were introducing gluten free pizza and beer the GF community rightly rejoiced.
Interesting Eating Co
These guys are real GF champions. Not only do they serve up GF pancakes, bread, cakes, sausages, scones, soups and sandwiches they also partner with Coeliac UK’s Liverpool Voluntary Support Group and are home to their monthly support group.
The Gluten Free Pie Company
Denise and her gluten free pies are quite beloved in Liverpool. She usually can’t make enough pies to meet demands at local markets and the quickest she ever sold out was within 20 minutes. You can find them at Mattas, Maggies Farm, Sugar and Dice, Lovelocks, The Baltic Social, The Good Catch and soon to be more places very soon. Choose from Mexican chilli & sweet potato, chickpea, spinach & coconut curry, Moroccan butterbean, blind scouse, leek, potato & whole grain mustard, apple pie, cherry & almond, blueberry and an exclusive Mattas Curry Pie.
Why have a few GF dishes when you can have a whole menu? Nisha Katona is another GF champion who is rightfully proud that it’s Tiffin Boxes for all at Mowgli – even the Gunpowder Chicken is fried in chickpea batter, so not a pinch of flour in sight.
Massive pizzas and big bowls of pasta might not seem like the first choice when you’re avoiding gluten, but Trattoria 51 can produce an incredible 95% of their menu gluten free! Get down there for some GF Italian classics.
One of the great things about Maray is their readiness to let vegetables be the star of the show and the legendary disco cauliflower is a brilliant GF option – they’ve got plenty of meaty GF offerings up their sleeve too.
Sushi has long been a gluten-free go to, but at Izakaya on Castle Street they go the extra mile so GF customers can enjoy a range of their other dishes, including the fiery Aubergine Dragon. We bao down to their dedication.
Salt House Tapas/Bacaro
Whether you like your small plates from Spain or Italy Salt House have you covered. Both offer a separate GF menu crammed with loads of options – try the gluten free pizzettes at Bacaro and the excellent tortilla Salt House Tapas.
The Italian Club
Another Italian flying the Tricolore for gluten free. These guys have been serving up some of the best pizza and pasta this side of Naples for years but did you know you can get many of their pasta dishes in ‘free-from’ form and their speciality Seafood Salad is a GF superhero.
Sometimes it’s the food that makes a place, sometimes it’s the staff and when a restaurant nails both it’s pretty special. Enter Wreckfish, brilliant food and staff who will go the extra mile to cater for your GF needs.
Everyone’s favourite Mexican street food joint – but surely it’s heavy on the gluten? Actually no, loaded tacos made with soft corn tortillas, lemon and chilli seabass and veggie burritos make Lucha Libre a little slice of gluten free heaven.
The Good Catch
Fish and chips are a national treasure that by law we should have to eat once a week. Thanks to the guys at The Good Catch every Monday is officially GF night – head to one of Liverpool’s finest chippys and get stuck in.
Are you ready for it? Halloumi fries are gluten free! Not only that, their famous sweet potato fries and falafel bowl are also gluten free. It’s time to have a Hafla party. They’re about to open their first place on Lark Lane but for now you can catch them at Baltic Market.
Lovelocks ‘want to keep their friends fed’ that’s why they serve something for everyone, including their coeliac mates so you’ll find plenty of GF options at this mega cute café – including brownies to die for.
There’s nothing like indulging in an afternoon tea to make you feel like a proper grown up, and at the Panoramic not only can they provide a GF one (with a couple of days’ notice) they will also throw in one of the best views in town.
Free State Kitchen
Suns out, buns out… there aren’t many better places to be than the FSK garden eating a massive burger on a balmy summers day – and the great thing about those burgers, and the hot dogs and chilli fries is they are all gluten free!
Crosby Tea Rooms
At this cute little café you’ll get proper loose leaf tea, vintage china and gluten (and dairy) free cakes. The staff are super friendly and most of the menu here can be adapted for GF tastes. Plus they also do a GF afternoon tea.
The Art School
Think fine dining is off the menu when you are gluten free? All you need to do is ask and Chef Paul Askew and his team will work their magic and recreate their Art School masterpieces for you – minus the gluten.
The Bistro at Blackburne House
Blackburne House is a pretty amazing place, and not only does the Bistro provide paid employment opportunities for those with learning disabilities it also cooks up proper tasty food lots of which can be adapted for GF diets.
Don’t be put off by having to venture inside a gym to find this little gem – hurling of kettle bells is optional. As the name suggests, there’s plenty of vegan fayre available here and the gluten free cakes are for winners.
The great thing about Lunya is that the majority of the menu is naturally gluten free and with a little notice they can eliminate it from all their dishes – which means you can get your chops round the finest bravas this side of Madrid.
Honourary mentions: Delifonseca, The Florist, Tea House, The Lark Bistro, Little Furnace, LEAF, Milo Lounge, Sanskruti, Cuthberts, Fattoush.
Thanks to everyone who sent us their suggestions, great work team GF. Loads of places got in touch to say they could adapt their dishes for dietary requirements – so don’t be afraid to ask. If you have a specific allergy to gluten, it’s always best to ask about the ingredients and the environment your meal has been cooked in.
Words by Angela Barlow