Gone are the days where those amongst us who were lactose intolerant, coeliac or allergic to nuts had to miss out on half the menu. Now whatever you can or can’t eat is catered for in London, which is one of the reasons why our food scenes is the best in the world -we like to think so! Here are 8 of the best ‘free from’ restaurant’s and menus that London has to offer.
Raw Restaurant at La Suite West
What: Sophisticated rawness
Why: Tucked away in this boutique hotel, this healthy haven provides ‘some of the best that nature can offer’ with its extensive vegan friendly, dairy free and raw dishes. All dishes are clearly marked with plenty of gluten free options. We love the breakfast choice here and the ‘Vegan fry up’ with scrambled tofu, vegan sausage and rosti potato is so delicious it’s likely to make even a hardcore meat eater confused.
Where: Hyde Park Towers Hotel, 41-51 Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, W2 3JN
What: Body and Mind restoration
Why: ‘Everything at Tanya’s is raw living, plant based, hand-picked, organically grown, ethnically sourced and free from refined sugar, dairy or gluten.’ Wow. Even they admit that’s a bold claim. What could possibly be left to eat? Well plant-based burgers, curries, lasagna’s and nachos are just a few of the delicious things on the menu. See if you can spot the little signs dotted about designed to feed into our psyche; ‘What are we grateful for?’ and ‘Everything’s going to be ok.’ Oh yeah… in your face negativity.
Where: Branches in Chelsea, Parson's Green and Selfridges
Niche Food and Drink
What: Good, honest, British comfort food
Why: Niche is proud to be London’s first Coeliac UK accredited 100% gluten free restaurant, with a great range of vegetarian and dairy free choices too. We love the two-course pre theatre menu here, our favourites being the signature Niche Quiche (love that rhyme) followed by the warm chocolate brownie and ice cream. There is some amazingly cool photography to appreciate here too, with shots of London over the walls, entirely processed on an iPhone.
Where: 197-199 Rosebery Avenue, Angel, EC1R 4TJ
Romeo's Sugar Free Bakery
What: A sugar/gluten free heaven
Why: Walking past a bakery and smelling fresh baked bread or seeing all the mouth-watering cakes in the window is hard enough for someone on a diet but for a coeliac well you would just cross the road and not put yourself through it. Cross back over and go in. Everything and anything at Romeo’s is 100% gluten-free from their cakes and pastries to their bread and tarts, so quite frankly you can have whatever the hell you like. Go here for the best gluten-free sausage rolls in London or if you have more of a sweet tooth the carrot cake is delicious.
Where: 178 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RG
Andina London Picanteria and Pisco Bar
What: Peruvian hotspot in Shoreditch
Why: Did you know that some of the world’s most nutritious ingredients are found in Peru? Quinoa (currently holding the record for most used/talked about ingredient on Instagram), maca, amaranth, cape gooseberry and purple maize are just some of the unique and healthy Andean ingredients you’ll find on the menu, which is 50% vegetarian and gluten-free. Sit on the bar stool by the kitchen, watch them cook and see what you think of this light and authentic Peruvian cuisine.
Where: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DJ
The Truscott Arms
What: Family run pub with a passion for GF
Why: Sometimes all we’re craving is pub grub isn’t it? Filling and comforting you just can’t beat it. This lovely place has gone all out and made it their mission to make even the naughtiest things on the menu gluten free. The only option for Fish and Chips is with a big bold GF. The batter is made with Celia Lager and Dove’s Farm gluten free flour and the beef shin chips’ are pressed and coated in gluten free flour and polenta, and fried. They even serve Gluten free ale and beer here. We didn’t even know you could get that?
Where: 55 Shirland Rd, Maida Vale, W9 2JD
InSpiral Lounge Café & Bar
What: Vegan eco cafe/Organic Bar/Events venue
Why: Overlooking the famous Camden Lock waterside, this laid back cafe will swallow you up and make you want to stay all day. Its basically a restaurant, cafe, diner, juice bar, music venue and health shop all rolled into one selling a huge range of plant based nutritional yummy things. Try the vegan milkshake loaded with energy to keep you going all day. Their ‘Maca’ powder is packed with iron along with dates, almonds and chia seeds.
Where: 250 Camden High Street, Camden Town, NW1 8QS
What: Award winning vegetarian and gluten free curry in Camden
Why: So we think we’ve established that healthy ‘free from’ food is a far cry from boring, and we can even enjoy it when going for a ruby. Not only has the restaurant won worthy awards here, the chef has too due to its extensive gluten free menu that shows impressive alternatives of all our favourite dishes including Pistachio Chicken Korma and Dumpukht Biryana and gluten free Naan! So long boring boiled rice and steamed veg, you’re long gone.
Where: 64 Parkway, Camden/Primrose Hill, NW1 7AH