We have so many amazing places to eat here in Manchester, but it can be difficult for those out there with allergies and intolerances. Gluten seems to find its way into a lot of what we eat, but there are many places around the city catering to people with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, whether it’s certain gluten-free options or entire gluten-free menus. Here’s our guide to where to find gluten-free dishes here in Manchester.
1. The Allotment Vegan Eatery
You may think that a vegan menu would be pretty gluten-free, but it’s harder to find than you may think. The Allotment‘s usual menu isn’t overwhelmed with gluten-free options, but the Sunday set menu is particularly accommodating with gluten-free options for 2/3 of the starter and main course options, so our gluten-intolerant friends can enjoy a hearty but healthy end-of-week meal too! Both the Sunday roast and jackfruit tacos can be sans gluten, as well as the soup of the day and cauliflower wings, all of which will leave you truly satisfied. The Allotment Vegan Eatery, 1-3 Cathedral Gates, Manchester, M3 1SW.
2. Purezza Manchester
Fully vegan pizzeria Purezza has become a favourite in Manchester ever since it landed here, and with proper roots, bricks and mortar now here in the Northern Quarter, it’s also a go-to for a gluten-free feast. All of their delicious vegan sourdough pizzas can be made with a sourdough ‘Freedom Gluten-Free’ base on request, with toppings including pesto, pepperoni and agave, and indulgent black truffle. Much of the rest of the Purezza menu is also naturally gluten-free, so you can enjoy the likes of courgetti spaghetti, mac and cheese and their selection of salads. Purezza, 75-77 High St, Manchester, M4 1FS.
3. Mowgli Street Food
With an entirely separate ‘gluten-friendly’ menu, the Indian street food masters at Mowgli love to cater to all you gluten intolerants! The GF options span most items on the usual menu including the special fries, dahls, paneers, lamb chops, curries and sides, in addition to the gluten-free tiffin boxes for one, with the choice between the ‘Office Worker’s Tiffin’ (meat, veg and carb) or the ‘Indian School Tiffin’ (veg and carb). With three desserts to choose from too, Mowgli has really put a lot of thought into its gluten-free menu and is well worth a try. Mowgli Street Food, 16 Corn Exchange House, 37 Exchange St, Manchester, M4 3TR.
4. Côte Brasserie Manchester
French brasserie Côte serves all things French-inspired, much of which is gluten-free so you won’t be missing out on the fun. All of the steak options on the menu are gluten-free, along with many Côte classics such as Tuna Niçoise, Poulet Breton and Beef Bourguignon. The likes of the sea bream and duck confit also come gluten-free as standard, as well as a hand full of starters, sides and desserts – you can’t go wrong with Côte! Côte Brasserie Manchester, 4-12 St Mary’s St, Manchester, M3 2LB.
5. Honest Burgers
Honest Burgers is a great place to drop into for a juicy burger whatever the time of day, and it turns out that their entire menu is actually gluten-free! Rejoice! That’s right, from the chicken pesto and classic beef burgers to the amazing fritter and vegan teriyaki burgers, you gluten-intolerants and Coeliacs can tuck in, no holds barred. Not only that but all sides and sauces are also gluten-free, so you can tuck into buffalo wings and rosemary salted chips covered in chipotle mayo or BBQ honey mustard to your heart’s content. If you’re looking for banging gluten-free burgers in Manchester, look no further! Honest Burgers, 36 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT.
Known around the country, and the world, for serving some of the best Indian food around, Dishoom is the eatery that garners queues down the street come the weekend. Dishoom also has its very own gluten-free menu, including some favourites from each section such as the Parsi Omelette in the breakfast section and the classic Dishoom chicken tikka from the grill, to name just a few. You’re very well covered if you’re looking for gluten-free options at Dishoom, so go and be bougie! Dishoom, 32 Bridge St, Manchester, M3 3BT.
7. The Counter House
Healthy eatery The Counter House in Ancoats is a go-to for those airing on the lighter side of life, but they have a fair few gluten-free options that are pretty enticing. Many of the large plate options will suit a gluten-free diet including the pan-roasted 12oz sirloin with charred spring onion and Padron pepper, and the delicious miso glazed aubergine with pickled fennel and cucumber slaw. What’s more the Counter House bowls are a real staple, combining the likes of rice, veg and egg, and 2/3 come gluten-free, so you can enjoy a warm grain bowl with brown rice, chickpeas, avocado, charred broccoli, edamame, red onion and radish, or the crispy beef fillet salad with pak choi, red pepper, cucumber, carrot, mint, chilli and lime dressing along with everyone else! The Counter House, 35 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ.
Vnam is a huge Manchester favourite, serving delicious traditional Vietnamese dishes with no fuss, just great food. All of the bún (rice vermicelli noodles in a spicy broth) and phở (flat rice noodles in a hearty broth) served at Vnam are gluten-free, with options including mixed seafood, chicken and beef, and many of the appetisers, sides and specials also cater to a gluten-free diet. Vnam also has a completely separate vegan menu, the majority of which is gluten-free, so various dietary requirements are covered! Vnam, 20-26 Edge St, Manchester, M4 1HN.
Indo-Chinese street food mecca Bundobust knocks gluten-free eating out of the park, with almost its entire menu being naturally gluten-free! Everything from the chole saag to the tasty bhajis, as well as all of their bowl combos, are completely gluten-free – basically everything but the popcorn and pops snack. So dig in and enjoy a gluten-free beer at Bundobust Brewery, perhaps along with a football game or event on the screen! Bundobust Brewery, St James’s Bldg, 61-69 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 6EQ.
10. Evuna NQ
Beloved in Manchester for its wonderful tapas and great atmosphere, Evuna in the Northern Quarter serves small plates that lend themselves to a gluten-free diet. Of course, not everything is gluten-free, but the format of choosing small dishes makes it easy to pick and choose what suits you. The likes of the chickpea salad, Manchego cheese and Spanish butterbean stew are all safe for the gluten-intolerant persuasion, along with the majority of the seafood and meat sections. All of the paellas to share are gluten-free too, so you most definitely won’t be missing out on that Catalonian feeling!
Evuna NQ, 79 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1LQ.
Another wonderful Vietnamese restaurant in Manchester, NAM is the neighbour of The Counter House in Ancoats and serves a pretty impressive amount of gluten-free options. Again, the phở is completely gluten-free, as are the filling options, as well as the sea bass and almost all of the small plates, including the tamarind tofu, stir-fried Asian greens and succulent chicken skewers. NAM offers a traditional Vietnamese street food experience and one that gluten-free folk can still vibe with!
NAM, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ.