14 gluten free places to eat out
More and more people are eating gluten free and N'hants is certainly listening! Here's a Muddy round up of the best gluten free eateries around!
You Muddy readers are quite the foodies and it’s really not hard to be with so much scrumptious fare being dished up across our fabulous Shire! One food trend/lifestyle choice (call it what you will) gaining momentum faster than Usain Bolt is a gluten free diet (*see below for what gluten actually is). For various reasons (not always gluten intolerance or celiac disease), this diet is becoming more and more common and N’hants is listening. A variety of restaurants and cafes now serve up some gorgeous plates to satisfy those who want to avoid it, and here’s the lowdown on some places to grab some gluten free grub.
*Gluten is a mixture of two proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, which is responsible for the elastic texture of dough.
The Workhouse, Brixworth
We’ve written up about here before but if you’ve missed it, this place is a must visit. It’s a perfect spot for brunch, lunch, and sweet treats and they have their very own gluten free menu. The menu includes The Workhouse Breakfast, Smashed Avocado, Roasted Aubergine and so much more good stuff not to be missed.
The Good Loaf, Northamptonshire
With three places to visit, All Saints Church, Overstone Road and Kettering, The Good Loaf is a great place to go for bread lovers and offers gawjus, hand crafted artisan bread produced in the area using the best local ingredients. With vegan and gluten free options, they have a selection for everyone with a great ethos on employing vulnerable local women in a bid to help break poverty, unemployment and offending.
A top class restaurant where you can enjoy some fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere, such as Italian small plates and cicchetti with lots of wines and beers. Their menu is generous and has a great selection of gluten free options. This is a wonderful place for date night or a catch up with friends and is in the heart of Northampton town. The food is amazing!
The Church Restaurant, Northampton
This revamped church (and Muddy Award winner 2016) situated in the town centre is perfect if you are searching for a gluten and hassle free meal. With an allergen key that is almost encyclopaedic and friendly staff who are happy to help; celiacs can choose from Lamb Wellington to a lighter chicken caesar. However, since it is all freshly prepared lots of dishes are readily adapted to make them gluten free.
Dreams Coffee Lounge, Northampton
It’s a little gem tucked away on St Giles Street and has won best independent cafe and tea room in the Northampton Food and Drink Awards plus being a Muddy finalist. It’s got a great menu with gluten free options including their popular cakes that are served daily, which include dairy free too. Plus, the staff are always happy to listen to any adjustments you might need to make.
If you fancy the British classic of fish and chips then head here on a Monday as it’s guaranteed to be gluten free! Eat in, or be adventurous and take it outside in the glorious winter sun.
Heavenly Desserts, Wellingborough Road Northampton
Forget savoury and prioritise the sweet as this restaurant is entirely dedicated to sugary indulgence, with a menu long enough to be called a novel… A gluten free section boasts rich choccy fudge cake, Victoria sponge and brownies so you won’t be feeling excluded from dessert heaven!
Castello Lounge, Wellingborough
This restaurant’s interior will instantly brighten your day and so will the food on offer. Castello lounge has a glorious brunch served on their gluten free bread and rolls. The avocado brunch is sure to cure any fuzzy morning hangover and the tapas options are also worth a graze on if you’re a halloumi addict like we are.
The Red Lion, East Haddon
If you are looking for sophisticated, slightly more upmarket, yet still relaxed and reasonably priced food, then head to the Red Lion. Conveniently located a few miles from Northampton and open seven days a week, their menu is very accommodating for celiacs and non-glutens, with most meals being adapted free upon request. With gluten free tempura tiger prawns and a BBQ Rack of ribs with asian slaw, tasty food can be expected for sure.
Pizza Express, Rushden Lakes
Pizza is a nightmare for celiacs, with dough being a definite no no! However, don’t avoid this family favourite chain and take the Mudlets, as there are now 15 gluten free pizzas to choose from, all at an incredibly affordable price (you can also now find their pizza in Sainsbury’s if you want to recreate the slice of tastiness at home).
Beckworth Emporium, Sywell
So we’ve covered dessert, brunch and dinner, so let Beckworth address lunch. Our personal faves are the loaded jacket potatoes (all gluten free) that come with a hearty portion of fresh salad and coleslaw. Choose from chilli, tuna mayonnaise, roast pepper or mushroom and cheese, they won’t disappoint. Having devoured your lunch don’t forget to stroll around the deli shop as there are plenty of gluten free groceries, but more importantly hunt out the cakes and sweets, which you can buy and nosh on at home!
Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton
A separate gluten free menu! No more needs to be said really. The Halt has an extremely extensive menu, with pretty much all of their usual dishes available for celiacs/gluten free’ers – it’s great for a casual evening, which can be enjoyed with lake views near a retro station-masters house (and a few cocktails on the side in true Muddy style).
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton (Upper Mounts)
Bradlaugh Burgers, the perfect BBQ grub, have no breadcrumbs or other glutenny shizzle added and can be devoured by celiacs all summer long. All you’ve gotta do is let them know you’ll be popping in in advance and they’ll make sure your dish is gluten free. The roast dinner burger is a must try in this renovated former shoe factory named after the quirky and rebellious 19th century MP.
The Daily Bread Co-operative, Bedford Road Northampton
Having covered almost any scenario of eating out, from pubs to restaurants, to casual or more formal, the Daily Bread is in fact a supermarket, where ethically sourced and delicious gluten free ingredients and products can be purchased, perhaps for a night in with friends or family? Gluten free oats, bread, pies, cookies, flour and even paninis, their selection of celiac friendly foods is outstanding.
Contributing words: Holly Lamb & Ciaran McGonigle