Eating out gluten free in Plymouth

9 Aug

One of the main purposes of this blog, is to help people following a gluten free diet find places to eat out safely.  Here is part one, and I aim to follow this up in the future with more restaurants as I find them, hopefully through your suggestions!  When eating out as a coeliac it is always advisable to call ahead so both you and the restaurant are comfortable with the situation.


I recently visited Chambers who are based on Notte Street on the Barbican and had an excellent meal.  I called ahead and when I arrived the waitress (whose mum was gluten free) spent time going through the menu, telling me which dishes they could provide gluten free.  It was made clear that most of the dishes could be adjusted to be gluten free.  While this was happening another waitress brought gluten free bread to the table, a good start!  They also mentioned they had GF crackers in so I could have the cheese course.  I enquired after the chips and if the fryer would be contaminated.  I was told the waitress would check and if so it would be no problem to change the oil.  I went for the rib-eye steak with chips.  The steak came with fried onions (replacement for onion rings) and a herby sauce which was a replacement for the peppercorn sauce.  Everyone had fantastic meals and the starters and desserts were equally good.  I will definitely be going back! Update: Read full review here

The Glassblowing House

Also situated on the Barbican is The Glassblowing House.  After my wife noticed the menu states “most of our dishes are available gluten free” we decided to give it a go.  It is a very nice setting here and we visited on a sunny day and the place opened up large sliding doors  to a view of the harbour.  I went for an organic chicken breast, stuffed with goats cheese and tomato mouse, wrapped in pancetta.  The food was very nice, though I have to say the one time I’ve been here the service was pretty slow (packed and not enough staff).  I will be giving this another go at some point.

Plymouth Canteen & Deli

Situated within the Royal William yard is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Plymouth Canteen & Deli.  The food here is excellent and they have an allergy register where you can register yourself as coeliac, though I have to say I’ve not seen any evidence that this is used for anything.  The menu is made from the freshest local ingredients, so there is a new menu each day depending what is available.  Staff are very helpful with regards gluten free options and I have now visited several times with no issues.  90% of the menu was naturally gluten free on my last visit.


There are a few gluten free friendly chains around too.  Nandos are situated both in town, and at Barbican Leisure Park.  They have a very clear allergy menu and have always been very helpful when I have been there.  If you tell them you are coeliac the duty manager usually cooks your food separately.  I have only eaten here since being diagnosed after it was recommended by other coeliacs and I’m now a regular visitor!

Bella Italia

One of the first restaurants I visited after being diagnosed was Bella Italia.  More in the “cheap and cheerful” bracket, but I had a nice meal here.  I’d called ahead and they had a separate gluten free menu waiting for me, the waiter ran through the specials un-prompted saying which ones were GF and which ones could be made GF.  There were pasta, pizza and choclate cake options on the menu.  There are nicer restaurants around, but if you are looking for somewhere cheaper or just gluten free pizza then it’s worth checking out.

See also:

Gluten Free by the Sea – Plymouth posts
Coeliac UK Plymouth
Live Gluten Free – Plymouth eating out

11 Responses to “Eating out gluten free in Plymouth”

  1. Sarah Ram August 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    Bistro One cater well for coeliacs. They do a £5 lunch deal aswell i think. Also Treasury have a new gluten free menu plus do gluten free afternoon tea. Barbican kitchen were fairly accomodating when I went there but not as good as River Cottage who said I could have anything I wanted, as they make everything from scratch and their menu is ever changing.

    • Kevin Gollop August 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Sarah. I’ve been meaning to try Bistro One for some time now, but The Treasury is definitely a new one on me so great to know! I’ve not been back to Barbican Kitchen since being diagnosed, but agree on River Cottage – always great there.

  2. Sara October 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Leandras on Frankfurt Gate will cater for Gluten Free as long as you let them know in advance. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her food there. Just let the Chef know on arrival to remind him about the G/F requirement.

    • Kevin Gollop October 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Thanks very much for the recommendation Sara!

  3. Sara September 27, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    What a great find this website is! Thank you 🙂

    • Kevin Gollop September 27, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      Pleased you like it Sara, are you Plymouth based? 🙂

      • Sara September 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

        Yes I am. Also on Frakfurt Gate D&M cafe do a small GF menu 🙂 The cheesy chips are a favourite with my CD daughter!

      • Kevin Gollop September 27, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

        Thank you for the tip Sara! You can also find Gluten Free by the Sea on Facebook if it helps:

      • Sara September 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

        Have already liked FB page 🙂

      • Kevin Gollop September 27, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

        Thanks! 😀


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