Restaurant Brighton's guide to
Gluten Free Brighton
Our top picks
Best for international
At the Italian restaurant, Al Duomo, you’ll find a good selection of gluten-free dishes to choose from. There are lots to get started within the starter or tapas dishes, enough to build up a meal in itself. On the mains, you can choose from a selection of risottos and gluten-free lasagne. All freshly made to order using quality ingredients.
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.
Brighton’s long-standing, outstanding, family-run Italian restaurant Donatello has been providing Brighton with healthy helpings of authentic Italian hospitality and great food since 1991. They’re well versed in the Brightonian dietary needs and fluctuations so have rolled with them over the years. Pizzas and pasta are offered as standard or with GF flour-based alternatives.
At Haus on the Hill in Hanover, you’ll find the taste of the Caribbean coming from the kitchen of Danny O’Shea (formerly of Bus Stop). There are plenty of authentic dishes to choose from that are gluten-free or can be made so and they’re all clearly marked up on the menu. Jerk wings are a local favourite or give the West Indian Fish Curry a try served with rice ‘n’ peas. For plant-eaters (who can’t eat the gluteny plant parts) the 10-bean Ital stew made with coconut milk and root veg is a wholesome choice that’s full of flavour.
Vibrant and lively, neon-lit and with a sound system to rival any club. Lucky Khao serves Northern Thai cuisine and with its bustling atmosphere can teleport diners to its Bangkok origins. The menu is divided into sections, which offers guests a range of dishes from fresh salads, flavour-packed curries to grilled meats, fish and corn. Gluten-free options are listed throughout the menu and if it doesn’t bear the GF initials simply ask your waiter and they’ll be able to tell you if it can be modified.
Feast on long luscious lunches and dinners, Spanish style at the Market restaurant in Hove. The Victorian green tiles and mirrored walls dazzle and hospitality reflects the charm of its appointed nation. The food here is served as Tapas and offers guests a sensational selection of popular Spanish influenced small plates. Gluten-free dinners will be able to navigate their way around the menu pretty well with the GF initialled dishes.
Moshimo, in Bartholomew Square, serves some of the best sushi in the city and is loved by locals and visitors alike. Moshimo has a strong sustainability policy, they will never serve fish that is registered as endangered and their Fish Love campaign has garnered international support and driven policy change in Europe. They provide guests with an abundant selection of gluten free options that also cater well for those on a plant based diet.
Treat your taste buds with a culinary trip to the Med at Nostos, Hove. This authentic modern restaurant serves elevated Greek cuisine and guarantees guests fresh and full flavours in every dish. Nostos has changed the face of Greek dining here in Brighton by shifting focus from grilled meats and fish to our local love of seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables. Those needing to eliminate gluten won’t be left out and prepare to indulge in a Mediterranean feast!
You’ll find charming French hospitality partnered with upscale French cuisine at Petit Pois. This intimate, family-run bistro is modern, stylish and exudes chic elegance. It’s a firm favourite among the Brighton foodies and the dishes here are inclusive to most dietary requirements. So, gluten-free diners get booking your next rendezvous.
Shelter Hall with its enviable setting on Brighton beach, in the middle of the two piers, offers guests a food hall experience like no other in town. Gluten-free diners will reap the benefits of having seven independent restaurants to choose from. All offer various GF dishes and allergens are clearly listed on their online menu.
Tapas Revolution on North Road is a lively restaurant embodying the fiesta vibes of Spain and the country’s home-cooked cuisine. Tapas, paella and other traditional dishes populate the menu with plenty of gluten free options. There’s lunchtime offers, happy hours and a good children’s menu, for your whole family fiesta, any time.
Best for casual
Perhaps best known for its awe-inspiring array of cocktails and flamboyant displays of mixology, Bohemia also offers an equally diverse food menu. Gluten avoiding diners can expect an extensive selection of small and sharing plates ranging from Thai-style Tiger Prawns and Basmati Rice to Patatas Bravas, Spicy Tomatoes, Huancaína sauce. And perhaps wash it down with a Porn Star Martini on the terrace?
The seductive decor is only the first thing to get excited about at Cyan. The menus there are inspired by local heritage and champion the freshest in local and sectional ingredients. Gluten-free diners can enjoy a seriously exciting selection of dishes at Cyan, here are a few examples to whet your appetite; small plates like tasty corn ribs, celery salt, rose pepper, bloody Mary ketchup to large sharing platters of oysters, cockles, prawns, mussels, dressed crab with American Marie rose, lemon, raspberry, shallots.
With a dedicated menu for gluten-free diners, one can expect a multitude of delicious dishes to dine on at Coppa Club. Some of the established favourites are available with gluten-free alternatives, such as; fusilli carbonara guanciale, Pecorino Romano, black pepper, egg yolk and truffle pecorino fries.
This long standing Brighton favourite pub, is smack in the centre of our bustling North Laine and, being just five minutes from the station, it makes for a cracking assembly point for those visiting the city. Food wise the menu at the Dorset is simple, unfussy but great pub classics. While they’re not bursting with options for gluten free diners, there are several good options and the offerings that they do provide are tasty.
It’s happy days when you can find a decent GF burger that’s sandwiched in an equally satisfying bun. Happy to report to all you burger lovers that Honest Burgers provide both banging GF burgers and wrap them in a bun that’ll have you questioning if it honestly doesn’t contain glutinous grains? We assure you they’re true to their namesake!
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 while you sit back, chill out and enjoy the view!
Brighton Marina has been patiently waiting for restaurants of this calibre to set up shop on its yacht lined harbour. The food offering here is made up of the best in Sussex sourced ingredients, made fresh to order and delivering the consistent quality of the other GBC venues. Gluten free options are available throughout both the breakfast and day menus. We recommend speaking to your server so they can help you make the most of their delicious offerings.
This pub is as easy on the eyes as the village it’s nestled in. If you’re out on a stroll then we recommend lunch or dinner here at The Plough Inn. Both menus offer a broad range of gluten-free options in the form of great pub classics. If you’re looking for a Sunday Roast, we also rate them highly but call up in advance to make sure their GF options are suitable.
As a pub that boasts a menu anchored in the fruits of the sea you may expect a healthy gluten free offering and the menu at The Urchin will not disappoint. Boasting a wealth of fresh seafood dishes, small and sharing plates and some super daily specials that are also suitable for gluten free diners. Dishes are made to order so check with your server and they’ll be able to guide you through all the gluten free options.
The menu saw a complete overhaul when the Brighton titan the Great British Charcuterie took over the kitchen at the Westhill Tavern. In true GBC form they offer a menu that is inclusive and adaptable to a wide range of dietary needs – and guess what folks? Gluten free bases for those delectable pizzas are included in the GF offerings.
Dine-in decadence at 2 Church Street in the North Laine area of Brighton. Dishes are served as sharing plates that have been sourced from premium local producers. The menu has been created to support the extensive drinks list and while simple it’s fair to say that you’ll be satisfied. Gluten-free diners will be able to enjoy all the options available. However, you will need to forfeit the bread.
Best for special occasions
Join Brighton Recency Routemaster for one of their local bus tours and enjoy their gluten-free afternoon tea. It includes a choice of freshly-cut sandwiches, made with seeded gluten-free bread and a tasty selection of fillings. For sweet treats, their pastry chef has created an array of homemade cakes including, lavender and orange drizzle cake, cherry and almond slice, rose and pistachio cake, chocolate orange square. Finished with a no gluten scone, clotted cream and their homemade jam. You’ll have the option of adding fizz or a gin cocktail to your tour package on booking.
Burnt Orange is a beautifully stylish and relaxed bar and all-day restaurant, serving locally and seasonally sourced small plates. They offer a good selection of gluten-free options, while other dishes on the menu can be adjusted to be gluten-free as everything is freshly prepared. Speaking to your server about your dietary requirements will really open up the menu.
Famed for its flame and coal-fired high quality meats, The Coal Shed is a great option for those looking to dine out in one of Brighton’s most popular restaurants. With all dishes being made to order the food is fresh and delicious. Gluten free diners are free to ask for special requirements and tweaks throughout the menu.
Up there as one of Brighton’s most distinguished restaurants you’ll have to be quick off the mark to get a reservation at this local treasure. The acclaimed masterchef Steven Edwards produces seasonally changing menus that deliver dishes of exceptional quality. The five to nine-course tasting menu is adaptable to gluten-free diets. However, the kitchen must be informed on booking.
Restaurant Interlude offers a dining experience like no other. The seasonally changing set menu showcases exquisitely prepared local ingredients, many of which have been foraged from their gardens. They accommodate food intolerances and allergies providing that these are mentioned at the time of booking.
It is true to say that Little Fish Market in Hove offers guests a culinary masterpiece. Brought to you by the acclaimed Chef, Duncan Ray who showcases simple, seasonal and exquisite ingredients over a tasting menu of fish led tasting plates. Diners will need to inform the restaurant of any dietary allergies on booking.
With two Michelin plates under their belt the Rathfinny Tasting Rooms are a serious competitor for the top spot of the finest dining experience in Sussex. The elegant menu offers local produce and can be matched with some of their most delectable home grown wines. Diners with specific dietary needs will need to flag up requirements upon booking.
Set across the road from Brighton’s seafront and serving up some of the best views in town is not all The Salt Room has going for them. They’re one of the most popular destination spots in town and they come from good stock. The menu here offers diners traditional seafood from top chefs and an assortment of other seasonally changing dishes. Gluten free dishes are available on request.
This Hove based restaurant offers diners delectable, modern British and European cuisine. The award winning team behind Wild Flor provide customers with a first-class dining experience. There are several GF options listed on the menu. However, they ask that you inform the kitchen of any food allergies on booking.
Best for plant-based
Head to Kokedama on East Street for a plant-based feast that’ll provide a fantastic and varied range of gluten-free small plates. Dishes here are prepared fresh and most listed plates will be available on the celiac menu. Let the restaurant know on booking and they’ll make sure you’re well looked after.
This family-run pub is famed in Brighton for delivering award winning 100% plant based dishes. The Roundhill offers a wide variety of healthy and nutritious meals along with vegan alternative comfort food. Most dishes served here can be altered to make gluten free and GFO is clearly listed on the menu.
Best for breakfast and brunch
Based on a sunny corner of Church Road, Hove and providing the neighbourhood with standout breakfasts and lunch is Baked. The food menu is simple and offers knockout meals made with the freshest local ingredients for a great value. If you’re seeking a great gluten-free alternative then all you need to do is ask. As the cafe doesn’t list GF on the menu but they can provide most of the dishes without the pesky ingredients, on request.
The breakfast and ‘lost brunch’ offerings at Lost in the Lanes are certainly rich ones. Local and sustainable produce make up the ingredients that result in flavoursome and beautifully presented dishes. If you ask your server to talk you through the gluten free options the menu will open up to you. Alternatively, call up before booking and they’ll assist you with your dietary needs.
Famed in Brighton for their award winning brunches, Mange Tout bagged the top stop in the BRAVOs ‘20 as the restaurant serving Brighton’s best brunch. The charming North Lane Bistro also serves small and large plates of seasonal and sustainable modern cuisine. The food here is made fresh to order so asking your server where GFO apply is your best bet for making the most out of their exquisite menu.
Not only does Redroaster serve enviably good coffee, their brunches (which conveniently are served all day) are also some of the best around. Ask your server to guide you through the menu as it might not be obvious where and what you have, but they’re in there and it’s worth digging for!
With three town centre venues The Trading Post is an extremely accessible destination for anyone in search of a banging brunch. The bread that’s offered with brunches here is available in a gluten free variety. If you let them know on ordering they will offer other switches and swaps, so even though your plate is glutenless you won’t be going without.
Best in Sussex
The Horsham based restaurant The Crabtree offers diners an exquisite menu seasonal modern cuisine and a thoughtfully crafted set menu. Ingredients are sourced from the finest suppliers with an attention to sustainable and foraged produce. Gluten-Free diners will delight in the fact that they offer a vast amount of allegiant free dishes and the kitchen will make amendments where possible.
The idyllic, West Sussex based pub The Crown Inn offers a simple and unpretentious menu of small plates and well-done pub classics. The menu lists clearly what is available in gluten-free and there are plenty of yummy options. Something we don’t see that often in restaurants and what’s caught our eye here is that they serve gluten-free garlic bread!
The Vineyard Kitchen at Manning Heath Golf Club offers guests stunning views over the estate whilst they dine. The menus here provide guests with healthy offerings of breakfast and brunch favourites, along with a lunch offering of simple British classics. Whilst the menu doesn’t highlight what is gluten free, if you ask your server they will be able to talk you through the allergen friendly alternatives.
Based in Hurstpierpoint, Morleys Bistro is a charming and well-presented restaurant that offers guests a fantastic menu of European and modern favourites. Dishes are made fresh using locally sourced ingredients. Gluten-free variations of dishes are available all across both the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
If your diet is restricted by food allergies it can be daunting venturing out of the city in search of a place that will cater for your needs. Port Hotel in Eastbourne has you covered. This stunning, sea-facing restaurant bar is set on the ground floor of a restored Victorian townhouse. The menus are vast, varied and offer service from breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Morning menus offer breakfast grains, cereals, nuts and a superb selection of cooked brunches. Gluten-free bread has been provided from the local bakery, so don’t worry you won’t have a breadless brunch. Lunch and dinner menus are focused on small plates that champion seasonal local ingredients, again many of which are gluten-free.
This charming country pub is nestled at the foot of the West Sussex Downs. They offer guests brunch to evening dining options, which include: tapas and small plates, lunchtime sandwiches and gastro classic mains. There are several gluten free options listed on the menu and they recommend stating dietary needs on booking so the kitchen can open the menu up further.