Online Editor, Lauren Morris takes you on a Gluten-Free weekend in Bristol to show you some of her favourite spots…
Times have changed and healthy eating isn’t just about cramming those 5 fruit and veg into our diets each day and cutting back on the odd glass of wine.
It is about listening to the way our body responds to certain foods. Gluten in particular, is something that many have become intolerant to, but is annoyingly one of the harder things to avoid especially when dining out. Now more than ever people are in search of restaurants, cafes, snack venues and bars that cater for their gluten-free needs.
Bristol, I am happy to report, is up there with some of the most fantastic gluten-free fancies, found not only in cool and sublime eateries but also gracing menus with exciting and refreshing recipes keen to re-ignite passion within any GF foodie. So without further ado – let me take you on a Bristolian weekend of places to eat, drink and be merry.
After all, what could be better than taking in the beauty of Bristol whilst simulataneously keeping your belly happy?
Waking up in the gorgeous city of Bristol your senses will be greeted with an array of delicious breakfast joints, often some that are inexplicably insensitive to your GF needs. But have no fear; Venue35 in Westbury-On-Trym has been serving gorgeous food for the last four years and their GF Full Monty and Traditional Breakfasts will have you set up for a day of exploring around this fantastic city. Click here for their menu
Primrose Cafe in Clifton Village boasts not only the scrummiest of gluten free breakfasts and cakes but also has been run under the same owner for 21 years. To get a real feel of Bristol in a beautiful area, hit up this cafe for a taste sensation with a hint of real Bristol tradition. As one of the city’s most highly regarded restaurants and busiest and best-loved cafes it is only a matter of time before it is yours too.
Call into Friska for a sit down and delve into some of the most beautiful Pad Thai Chicken Noodles this side of the Orient. Their menu stars Lebanese Lamb Meatballs and Roast Butternut Dopiaza as alternative favorites that will have you hotfooting back time and time again.
Fancy embracing the West Country tradition of a naughty Cream Tea but fear the repercussions from the gluten scones? Well make a pit-stop at Cox and Baloney for their delicious GF scones topped with their sinfully sumptuous clotted cream and divine jam surrounded by beautiful vintage finds. Or better yet make a meal of it with their Afternoon Tea that will have you salivating at the mere thought. Their beautiful boutique will have you parting with your pennies and you”ll not only feel happy and satisfied but you may also leave with something stunning and original for your wardrobe or home.
If you are like me, walking round this magnificent city can often leave you looking for something sweet to pick your energy levels up. Sometimes chocolate doesn’t quite hit that spot, and a spot of tea and cake is your only option; the wonderful people at The Bristol Bakehouse have you covered. One of the favorite’s to order is a batch of Rose Cupcakes. You can bask in their beautiful delicate glory before demolishing them safe in the knowledge that the Bakehouse specialise in freefrom food. Gluten free, vegan, wheat free, nut free, egg free or dairy free; the Bristol Bakehouse accommodates your every need. You can pick up your order from The Crepe and Coffee Cabin or from Princes Pantry. From June, you’ll be able to pick up your desserts from their very own shop, or if you fancy you can get them delivered to you in Bristol.
There is nothing better than a delicious, juicy matured steak sitting triumphantly next to a bowl of crispy chips and the Cowshed simply does not disappoint on that behalf. Their best selling GF dish, Lamb Noisette served with fresh and irony kale and sprouting broccoli risotto is something that is not to be missed especially followed by the Chef’s GF Crème Brûlée or chocolate mud cake (offered as a GF option), or possibly both. Well it would be rude not to.
Coming to the end of your weekend can be slightly upsetting, after all that delicious GF food, the sites and the sounds you are at risk of getting terrible Bristol withdrawal. And of course comfort eating is the best remedy for this disappointment, you don”t want to leave the city without filling your tummy with something memorable, gorgeous and slightly naughty ready for your commute home (even if that is just round the corner). This is where Salt & Malt come in. based in Chew valley, their menu is is becoming a fast favourite with many Bristolians. Their crispy golden batter delicately hugs around fresh white fish, and nestled in are some of the most exquisite chips. The food isn’t the only thing to drool over, the views surrounding you are second-to-none and would make any West Country girl proud.
Going further afield is often difficult to accommodate dietary needs. Less selection and choice often means you make sacrifices and sometimes pay for it later. The romance of packing a picnic is certainly not lost on me, but not all occasions allow for such forward planning. If you’re near Windmill Hill City Farm you are in the right area! Not only are you certain to have a great day out but you will also have a delicious range of alternatives for your lunch with the Farm Café shortlisted in the Best Gluten Free category in last year’s Bristol Good Food Awards. Seasonal salad plates are a popular choice, as well as a selection of fresh GF breads teamed with creamy plump mushrooms and Dorset Blue cheese. Or if you’re looking for something sweet to stop your cravings, then their hazelnut brownies and orange polenta cake are firm favourites.