Find the best gluten free dishes in Brighton
Brighton and Hove are superbly equipped to cater for all the main dietary requirements – dairy, vegan, vegetarian or gluten intolerant.
Meet our Gluten Free Reviewer, Chloe
I first found out that I was intolerant to gluten in 2011, I was having a lot of digestive problems, felt anxious and tired all the time and became quite run down. Someone suggested that I cut out wheat, which as a food lover I immediately thought it was a tragedy – so many good foods that I would miss out on! I eventually gave it a go, and I felt amazing. No more anxiety, I had loads more energy and the digestive problems virtually disappeared.
It took awhile to adjust to a gluten free diet, but now I find it easy, and I enjoy helping others through their journey.
Restaurants are now becoming more and more aware of peoples intolerance and allergies and their menus are definitely starting to reflect that!
Lewes-based Italian restaurant Aqua, has a whole separate menu dedicated to being gluten free. There’s plenty to choose from such as risottos, salads, grills and lots more! You can visit Aqua any day of the week and even have a 241 Bellini for your perfect Aperitivo!
Purezza, Vegan Pizzeria
Purezza is owned by a lovely Italian and English couple who moved down from London to open up their dream. As Brighton is renowned for it’s great vegetarian and vegan community, cafes and restaurants, they thought that it was the perfect city to start sharing their exciting vegan recipes and dishes to the UK. Available for takeaway too.
1847, Vegetarian and Vegan
Named after the year the Vegetarian Society was formed, 1847 specialises in quality, locally produced vegetarian, vegan & gluten free dining within their North Laine restaurant. The basement also houses a super-chic bar area named Dandelion, serving botanically-based cocktails where clientèle can have an aperitif before dinner or just drop in for a drink.
Rootcandi, Vegetarian & Vegan
For anyone that believes vegetarian is all lentils, brussel sprouts and broccoli – they need to come back down to mother nature’s earth and visit a quaint tapas place called Rootcandi. A great addition to the buzzing Brighton’s vegetarian scene, Rootcandi is a plant-based, vegan restaurant with out of this world flavours and textures.
Indian Summer, Indian
Gluten free dining at Indian Summer has been a regular offering for a number of years and this is why it is rated very highly among gluten free diners. Ideally positioned in central Brighton in the South Lanes, Indian Summer is brought to you by Minesh Agnihotri and Byron Swales and has had a great reputation in the Brighton restaurant scene for over ten years.
Ten Green Bottles, Wine and small plates
Yes it may be a wine bar, but did you know they do fantastic sharing platters? Perfect for a light bite before heading out and about, Ten Green Bottles is a super choice for those avoiding gluten as they can offer GF crackers with all their platters and their cheeses and meats are naturally gluten free. We particularly like the Per Las blue cheese served with honey and walnuts…
Gluten Free Facts
- Gluten free crackers are available with all their platters
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The Bull Inn, Pizza
Located just north of Henfield, this traditional style pub welcomes the whole family (including the dog!). With plenty of space and a delicious menu specialising in freshly baked pizza we think this is a venue that will please the kids and adults alike! Kid’s are well catered for with a separate menu featuring mini pizzas, pasta dishes (including a gluten free option) and salad bowls.
Gluten Free Facts
- Gluten free pizza and pasta available
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Moonstone, Sri Lankan Restaurant
Located in Hove and serving very tasty southern Sri Lankan food. Speak with Dimithu the owner or a member of their team and learn about how most Sri Lankan food is gluten-free anyway (among other incredible health benefits). Food does not come much healthier than this, with important Ayurvedic properties which compliment certain treatments of food allergies.
Limes of Lindfield, Bistro
On the second Thursday of every month, Head Chef, Patcharee, holds a gluten free vegetarian feasting night at Limes of Lindfield. Serving no less than eleven tasting dishes inspired by her home country of Thailand, with accompanying wines, the menu is completely vegan.
Eatalio, Italian Street Food
Eatalio is located on Queens Road, about a 5 min walk from the station near Brighton’s clock tower. Inspired by the simple yet healthy food served from the street carts in Italy, Eatalio provides affordable, grab and go food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Chilli Pickle, award-winning Indian
The Chilli Pickle is a nationally recognised Indian bistro adjoining the glamorous MyHotel on the popular Jubilee Sq in Brighton. The Chilli Pickle caters extremely well for gluten free dining, in fact most of their menu is suitable for gluten free dining, vegans and vegetarians. All food is cooked fresh to order – communicate any allergies on arrival.
Situated a short drive outside of Brighton, The Oak Barn and Restaurant is a great spot for getting away from the city and chilling out. Serving a seasonal menu full of traditional British fare they are keen to cater for those who are gluten free, adapting dishes to be suitable and offering gluten free bread. The perfect location for a Sunday stroll and lunch.
Gluten Free Facts
- Dishes on the menu can be adapted to be gluten free. GF bread is also available
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Eat Naked, Juices & clean eats
Clean Eats and Protein Treats. Eat Naked are set in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, serving organic clean eating & vegan deli foods, cold pressed juice & nut milks, clean treats, Climpson & Sons coffee, and quintessential loose leaf tea. Eat Naked truly believe in a nutrient dense, well-balanced diet and whole foods that nourish the body and have super health benefits.
The Restaurant at Drakes, Fine dining
The Restaurant at Drakes is an award winning restaurant providing sumptuous cuisine and fine dining in the heart of Brighton.. Andrew McKenzie is a wonderful chef who creates inspiring rosette winning dishes. Why not try their super glam cocktail bar for a pre-dinner drink and stunning sea views? One of the top ten Restaurants in Brighton.
Grow 40 Kitchen, French
Grow 40 delivers a French-British affair in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. You can pop along for a glass of wine and a shared charcuterie board, or settle in for a 3 course meal. Grow 40 is an exciting place to dine in the North Laine area of Brighton, just on the corner of Kensington Gardens.
Head Chef and owner, Douglas McMaster spent 6 years cooking in some of the U.K. and Europe’s best restaurants including St. John and Noma. The lunch and evening tasting menu provide an opportunity to see what can be done with seasonal and foraged ingredients.
Morelli Zorelli, Pizza
At Morelli Zorelli they lovingly make their sourdough every day on the premises using a 150 year old sourdough starter all the way from Sardinia. Luckily for those who are intolerant, they are now offering gluten free pizzas, topped with their original high quality imported ingredients from Italy. Sit in the comfortable restaurant in Hove or choose to takeaway.
Gluten Free Facts
- Gluten free pizzas available
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Chaula’s of Brighton, Indian
Chaula’s serve authentic Gujarati cuisine which is typical of North West India. With secret recipes that have been passed down from Chaulas mother and grandmother, there is no wonder that this venue has a reputation for quality and tradition. Most of their menu is gluten free.
Moksha Caffe, Brunch & coffee
Moksha Caffe was built around a passion for excellent coffee, great cooking and a skill for professional baking. There are quite a large variety of cakes and sweet treats that always provide at least one gluten-free option. There are also gluten-free homemade soups, salads and jacket potatoes on the menu daily.
Gluten Free Facts
- Gluten free cakes, soups, jackets & salads available
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The Bali Brasserie, Balinese
At the Bali Brasserie they are very proud to be able to offer gluten free dining as well as dairy free, vegetarian & vegan dishes. Even on their set menu, The Indonesian Rijsttafel (The Rice Table) they can adapt the menu to cater for most allergies and dietary requirements. Anything is possible at the Bali Brasserie and there is always something for everybody!
V & H Café, Brunch & coffee
Virtually everything on their menu at V&H Cafe comes, or is available, gluten-free. V & H provide wonderful gluten-free bread that is miles apart from your processed shop bought stuff, as are the breakfast muffins that give you all the extra incentive you need to indulge in a Benedict, Florentine or brunch muffin.
24 St Georges, Fine dining
24 St Georges specialise in providing a relaxed and informal dining experience, using fresh and local ingredients in a way that could easily be served in a formal fine dining environment. 24 St Georges comes highly rated and is a regular in the Restaurants Brighton Top Ten. Gluten free dishes are well catered for – as our gluten free expert discovered!
Al Duomo, Italian
Al Duomo understands the dietary issues facing their gluten free customers today so offer a wide selection of salads and dishes for all palates as well as vegan and vegetarian options. They also have gluten free pasta which can be enjoyed with any of their delicious sauces.
Coggings and Co, Burgers
Most of the burgers on the menu at Coggings and Co are made to be gluten free, so you shouldn’t miss out on any of the combinations. They have even made the rarebit gluten free in one of the burgers . Expect top notch service, local produce, and a welcoming environment to eat some of the best burgers in town.
The Chimney House, Gastro pub
The Chimney House serves outstanding food, a great selection of quality drinks and it ticks many boxes as an unpretentious, rustic, retro and a good all round pub! The Chimney House in Brighton is situated just north of the Seven Dials and the Old Shoreham Rd and east of Dyke Road.
Terre A Terre, Vegetarian
Terre a Terre is multi award-winning and caters for vegan and gluten free diners on a daily basis. Terre à Terre is Brighton’s iconic acclaimed restaurant where vegetarianism is more about indulgence than abstinence. Find out more about their exciting approach to food just here.
Curry Leaf Cafe, Indian
The food of South India is renowned for being lighter, healthier and fresher-tasting than that of the North. Many dishes are naturally gluten-free, with gram (chickpea) flour taking the place of wheat in battered and breaded dishes. Curry Leaf Cafe also sells a range of gluten-, sugar- and dairy-free cakes during afternoon tea.
Lucky Beach, Light bites
Love a good burger but can’t eat the bun? Never fear as Lucky Beach offers gluten free buns for just 75p extra, and plenty of gluten free menu options to fill your hungry boots. We’re particularly enamoured with the salads – not just your average lettuce job but chock full of seasonal gems such as Fenugreek scented char-grilled chicken, crispy chickpeas, roasted cauliflower and pomegranate. Staff are happy to advise on what’s GF whilst you sit back, chill out and enjoy the view!
Gluten Free Facts
- GF buns are available and staff are happy to advise on what’s GF
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The Eastern Eye, Indian
The Eastern Eye are serving up a number of spicy gluten free options for you to try. Why not try their gluten free dosa to start things off? Delivering some of the best southern Indian Cuisine we have tasted, this restaurant attracts many of Brighton’s Indian residents and you won’t find modified ‘English versions’ of Indian dishes here. One to try definitely!
Riddle and Finns, Seafood
Wonderful seafood platters, shell fish, oysters, and they cater for gluten free. No need to book in advance, just turn up. Does get very busy on weekends. One of our personal favourites. In 2013, Riddle and Finns also opened their second venue on the seafront Riddle & Finns II.
Gluten Free Facts
- Caters for gluten free requirements
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Wai Kika Moo Kau, Vegetarian
Casual Kensington Gardens cafe with wooden tables serving breakfasts, a ‘five-minute’ lunch menu, plenty of cakes and some great gluten free dining options. An independent vegetarian and vegan cafe located in the Laines in Brighton. Serving up fresh, tasty food and great coffee – the home of healthy indulgence. Everything on the menu is cooked to order.
Gluten Free Facts
- Vegetarian & vegan with gluten free options
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