Finding gluten-free restaurants in Manchester can be a chore. Gluten can be an issue for a lot of people, many of whom might not realise it, and awareness of it is particularly important for those with celiac disease and wheat allergy or intolerance. But what exactly is a gluten-free diet? There’s a lot of confusion around this, and indeed, you’ll find quite a few guides out there that miss the mark. In this guide, we’ll explain what a gluten-free diet entails and steer you towards the best places for a gluten-less meal out in Manchester.
It has been suggested that a gluten-free diet can lead to improved health, weight loss and increased energy
In brief, gluten is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, along with oats, barley and rye. These substances are common in many meals, so removing them from your diet requires quite a bit of research, though it can be beneficial even for those without a sensitivity to gluten – it has been suggested that a gluten-free diet can lead to improved health, weight loss and increased energy.
It might sound overwhelming but there are plenty of safe foods to focus on, such as fruit and vegetables, beans, eggs, lean meat and fish and most dairy products. It’s also worth being aware of cross-contamination, which can easily happen in busy restaurant kitchens. With this in mind, when looking for a meal out it’s best to focus on venues that specifically mention gluten-free dishes on the menu, as an indicator that they’re aware of this and set up to avoid any issues in the kitchen.
When looking for a meal out it’s best to focus on venues that specifically mention gluten-free dishes on the menu
Some restaurants are happy to accommodate this diet, so it’s always worth ringing ahead to make sure. All the restaurants below have been visited by the CT team and can be verified as gluten-free friendly. So book a meal at one of the many gluten-free restaurants in Manchester listed below, and relax in the confidence that you’re eating great food, without the risk of any health issues cropping up afterward.
Here are our picks
Dough Pizza Kitchen, 75 - 77 High St, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 1FS - Visit now
Gluten-free doesn’t mean avoiding delicious food like pizza and pasta. Dough not only serves up some of the best pizza in the city centre, they also have a dedicated gluten-free kitchen, which means superb gluten-free pizza and pasta options.
Evelyn’s Cafe Bar, G18 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1NB - Visit now
One of the highlights of the Northern Quarter, Evelyn’s is a lovely intimate space with an exciting and varied menu, with numerous gluten-free choices. The staff are some of the friendliest around, so be sure to ask them for their recommendations.
Mr Cooper’s, The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 2DS - Visit now
This beautiful space in the Midland Hotel is well worth a visit. Gluten-free options aren’t flagged up on their menus, but they do have a host of gluten-free options if you know what you’re looking for – and if not, simply ask the experienced staff and they’ll guide you in the right direction.
The Creameries, 406 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 0SD - Visit now
Mary-Ellen McTague, the owner and head chef at The Creameries in Chorlton, is celiac so she’s very aware of food intolerances and you’ll find plenty of suitable food selections on the menu at this forward-thinking restaurant.
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