Eating good quality gluten free food, mainly in Edinburgh


Gluten Free Round-up

My Christmas present is a round-up of gluten free cafes and restaurants in Edinburgh worth a try.  People kindly send me recommendations all the time and I try hard to visit everywhere, but sometimes my day job takes over and I don’t have time.  So these are the places I am committed to visiting and reviewing in 2020 which have been recommended by others who love them.

Let me know if you try them:

Bread Meets Bread – 92 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BE

I can’t believe somewhere with this name is a coeliac’s option, but they tell me it is!  They have their own GF menu.

Roots Café – 18 William Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7NH

These kind and clearly brilliant, people frequently send me pictures of their GF specials, so this deli and café is up there on my list!  The food is ethical and sustainable and looks amazing – salads, soups, a “protein bar” (includes cheese options) and they even have takeaway dinner kits.

The Little Chart Room – 30 Albert Pl, Edinburgh EH7 5HN

So many people have told me how fantastic The Little Chart Room is and there are good GF options – definitely worth a visit. I just don’t get down to Leith very often …

Tupi Kitchen at the Dog House Pub – 18-24 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9HX

The excellent guys from Tupiniquim have opened up in the quirky Dog House pub on Clerk Street with a fully gluten free kitchen.  Top of my list!

Milk and Honey – 95A George St, Edinburgh EH2 3ES

The Instagram for this place tells me it is wonderful – all sorts of fresh treats, and they tell me they have plenty of GF, including chocolate.  Nice.

Brilljewellery and Coffee – 22 Deanhaugh St, Edinburgh EH4 1LY

This is a good idea – it’s a sort of jewellers with coffee and cake.  You can enjoy nice jewellery while having the best coffee and as the owner is GF intolerant, there are plenty of good GF treats and understanding about allergies.  I am certainly not allergic to diamonds …

Thrive – 171 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG

Brunstfield has always been good for GF and alternative options and Thrive is right in the heart of the area.  Strong on vegan and all vegetarian, but also good for GF and ethical, sustainable sourcing.  I have been in, but not eaten.

Bowls – 13 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QH

I walk past this every morning and 20 yards afterwards always remember I need to drop in.  Healthy, beautiful looking bowls of vegetarian/vegan goodness, with plenty of GF choice.  It looks lovely and according to their Facebook Emma Thompson once dropped by!

Otro – 22 Coates Cres, Edinburgh EH3 7AF

Owned by the same team as owns the fabulous New Chapter restaurant on Eyre Place in the New Town, Otro has the same approach: excellent, brilliant value food.  They are great for GF and the service and food is brilliant and I have heard good things about Otro too.

Outside Edinburgh:  I have also heard good things about Wild Flours GF Bakery in Glasgow; Mama Bear baking GF in Dunbar; and The Green in Haddington.  All comments gratefully received.

And my top picks for where I have eaten in 2019?  Well, Sugar Daddys fully GF Bakery in its new Marchmont café, is always top of my list!  And the new Tap Room, serving the excellent GF beer from Bellfield Brewery is a brilliant place and they even have a quiz night.  The new Loudons near Waverley was excellent for brunch; and my best find was the slightly quirky, but packed full of fish & chips, Safari Lounge.

A happy GF 2020 when it comes!