Guide: Gluten free York

Finding gluten free eats in York was really easy for me. I have been spoiled for choice every visit. There are several gluten free cafes which have all the treats you can ask for. York chocolate story even has gluten free vegan chocolate! I remember picking it up thinking ‘no way will this be gluten free as it uses oat milk’ – well I was wrong. It melted in the mouth so perfectly too. Lunches – you have light bites as well as ‘grab and go’ options. Oh and as for dinner, there is a wide range of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Although I do recommend some of the hearty pub meals.

Oh and if you don’t fancy eating out, there is also Tullivers which supply healthy whole foods with a vast amount of gluten free products.

If you haven’t been to York yet, I definitely recommend taking a trip. It is one of my favourite cities in the UK as it is simply stunning. Not to mention that it is really friendly to tourists.

Happy dining. Hope you have a great time visiting York xx

Last updated August 2023


Breakfast and Brunch

  • Bailey’s: You can grab an (all day) gluten free breakfast at Bailey’s. Situated between the York Minster and the museum gardens.
  • Black Swan: A beautiful pub with an equally gorgeous breakfast. Seperate gluten free fryers too. Their portions won’t leave you hungry.
  • Brew & BrownieThis little bakeshop/cafe has gluten free, vegetarian and vegan sweet & savoury breakfast options available every day. Note: these are not suitable for coeliacs due to the production process. Make sure to ask the server for details.
  • Double Dutch Pancake House: A trip to York is not complete without visiting Double Dutch. It was the first place I ever ate in York, and I honestly cannot wait to go back every time. Great for brunch pancakes!
  • Drift-in: Breakfast is served until 12pm before the lunch menu kicks in. They have a range of cooked breakfasts, pancakes and toasts to choose from. Ideal for dairy free and vegan diets too.
  • Mannetti’s: So much choice when it comes to breakfast! Another York hot spot. I told you there was plenty of eateries to choose from, right? This actually has one of the more extensive brunch menus I’ve seen.
  • Partisan: Make sure you arrive here early or book a table – it is one of the most popular breakfast/lunch spots in York. It actually took me a few attempts to get a table. It is very astetically pleasing, but they don’t compromise on taste.
  • Rise: A pretty little cafe with an outstanding brunch menu. You can get eggs on toast, vegan avocado toast, full cooked breakfasts and more. Gluten free bread can be offered for all brunch dishes.
  • Tricolor: Colombian street food for breakfast? Why not! Dig in to one of their nibbles or arepas to kick-start your day.
  • Wheldrakes: Your go to gluten free breakfast in York. It is one of the most raved about places around, for gluten freers and non alike. Brilliant communication for allergies too.

Lunch and Light Bites

  • Bailey’s: This is a place which has an extensive gluten free lunch menu including pies, chips and lasagne. If you fancy something lighter, they also serve a variety of sandwiches.
  • Bosuns: For a more ‘up market’ lunch then make sure to head to this waterside restaurant in York. Absolutely stunning to say the least. The majority of the menu is gluten free or adaptable, so you will be spoiled for choice. They also have a Sunday lunch menu too.
  • Cakes D’licious: A spot for a gluten and dairy free lunch. This vintage tea room has a lot to offer. Sandwiches, cakes and more. Maybe even opt for one of their afternoon teas.
  • Coto Kitchen: A small menu offering Vietnamese food. The majority of food here is gluten free.
  • Double Dutch Pancake House: As well as brunch, I also recommend Double Dutch for lunch. They have savoury pancakes as well as sweet (if you’re like me, you should order one of each). They are very coeliac aware and also have a vast array of vegan options. Ideal for the dairy free people too.
  • Drift-in: A cute and cosy cafe in York which has an array of both gluten free and vegan options. The staff are very allergy aware. Sandwiches and salads can be made gluten free upon request.
  • Forest: A warm and cosy retreat at Galtres lodge. A couple of gluten free items on the lunch menu (including both traditional and vegan fish and chips). Great for if you’re staying at the hotel.
  • Goji Cafe: A fully vegetarian (mostly vegan) eatery with a couple of gluten free options. They often have a GF cake on offer too.
  • Krep: This offers artisan crepes and galletes just off the infamous York shambles. You can get both sweet and savoury options here which are perfect for a quick, on-the-go meal. Note: this is not coeliac-safe due to the potential cross-contact in the small kitchen, using the same utensils. Only suitable for intolerances.
  • Los Moros: Fancy some African street food? Well here’s your chance to grab some. Open Wednesday to Sunday in the Shambles. They also have a restaurant if you’re fancying something a little bigger (or small – seeming as they’re small plates).
  • Mannetti’s: For a lighter lunch, make sure to visit Mannetti’s. They have a wide GF menu, also accommodating vegans. You’ll be able to get salads, soups and sandwiches here.
  • Partisan A bustling cafe near York train station. They have plenty of gluten free options on the menu, and are also able to adapt upon request. They have all day breakfasts and sandwiches to choose from.
  • Plush Cafe: If you’re in the mood for pizza, head down to Plush. They have GF bases upon request, with toppings for veggies and vegans too. They also serve gluten free nachos to share.
  • Smokehouse Burritos: Another one fro Shambles market. You can grab a gluten free burrito bowl here.
  • Tabanco: A Spanish tapas-style restaurant by Ambiente. They have a set menu for lunch which is good for a more budget-friendly option.
  • Tricolor: Putting this down for lunch as well as dinner. A quick option for a filling lunch. Most of the menu is gluten free, with options of classic Arepas, plantain, empanadas and more.
  • Wheldrakes: If you Google ‘gluten free York’, this is bound to pop up. They are one of the most popular spots for GF lunches in the area. They have a range of salads, platters and more to choose from. Make sure to take a cake away with you!


  • Ate O ClockFor a decedant evening, make sure to head here to sample their British/European cuisine. They have a seperate gluten free menu with plenty of choice (including set menu options). Good if you fancy something slightly ‘fancier’, without the extreme price tag.
  • Black Swan: Pub food at its finest. I absolutely adored my visit here. They have gluten free items clearly maked on the menu and try to reduce the risk of cross-contact as much as they can. The portions are also decent, meaning you don’t go home hungry.
  • Bosuns: For a more ‘up market’ dinner then make sure to head to this waterside restaurant in York. Absolutely stunning to say the least. The majority of the menu is gluten free or adaptable, so you will be spoiled for choice.
  • Coto Kitchen: A small menu offering Vietnamese food. The majority of food here is gluten free and are clearly marked on the menu. Plenty here for vegetarians and dairy free folk too.
  • Drakes: The York chippy known for it’s high-quality gluten free options. This is somewhere which popped up a lot on my searches. Not only do they do take away, but you can sit for a more relaxed meal in too.
  • Forest: A warm and cosy retreat at Galtres lodge. A couple of gluten free items on the dinner menu. Great for if you’re staying at the hotel.
  • Ippuku Tea House: It says it on the tin – Japanese tea and food. The place to pop in to if you love matcha. The Donburi is also a must-try on the food menu.
  • Khao San Road Thai Tapas: A much-raved about place in York and a good place to visit if you fancy Thai. The gluten free options are plentiful, and staff are very willing to help with allergens. You even get little flags on your dishes to indicate that they are GF.
  • Los Moros: If African cuisine is your thing, then head to Los Moros. They have a few gluten free and vegan options to choose from. They’re highly rated on Trip Advisor and Google for good reason too. Situated in the heart of York, this is a must-visit.
  • Mr Chippy: Hello gluten free fish and chips! For those who are vegan, you can get a few items here too. Take away or sit in – which is your choice?
  • Pavement Vaults: A bar and grill which will certainly satisfy your tastebuds. There are burgers/vegan alternatives and BBQ trays galore.  Gluten free options aren’t stated on the menu, but are avaliable upon request.
  • Stonegate Yard Pub: Situated in a stunning Goergian townhouse, this is an exceptional place to eat. It was initally recommended to me by a friend. As it says, you can expect good pub grub here.
  • Tabanco: A Spanish tapas-style restaurant by Ambiente. Gluten free options are clearly marked on the menu and the staff are aware of coeliac disease.
  • Tomahawk: If you want something bigger and heartier for dinner, I certainly recommend the Tomahawk steakhouse in York. They have a full gluten free menu. Make sure to grab one of their cocktails too for a cheeky tipple.
  • Tricolor: You can have a hearty dinner here for sure. Colombian street food at its finest. About 90% of the menu is gluten free and lots is also dairy free. For starters there are plantain bites, empanadas and more. Mains then consist of rice dishes, arepas and loaded fries. A small but mighty menu.

Sweet Treats

  • Aunty Emily’s: For gluten free fudge (yep, every flavour is GF). All items are handmade in York and sold on the market. 
  • Crumbs Cupcakery: Grab yourself a cupcake a cuppa in this cute little cafe outside the back of the York minster. Note: this is only suitable for gluten intolerance due to preparation of the cakes.
  • Double Dutch Pancake House: Sweet pancakes for dessert – what’s not to love? Just make sure you head here before mid-afternoon as they aren’t open at dinner time.
  • Krep: Finish the day/your meal with a sweet crepe near the Shambles. What fillings would you go for? Note: suitable for those with gluten intolerance only.
  • Parlormade: A couple of gluten free cake options are avaliable each day on the counter. However, unfortunately there are no combined gluten and dairy free options that I know of.
  • PartisanFor beautiful gluten and dairy free cakes, you need to get to Partisan. I adored their carrot cake with torched meringue topping. Make sure to go early as they do sell out!
  • York Chocolate Story: Have a nosey on how to make chocolate, but also pick up some from the shop. Why not stick around for a hot chocolate in their cafe? A lot of the chocolate here is gluten free, and the vegan options use gluten free oat milk.

Afternoon Tea

  • Betty’s: Who hasn’t heard of Betty’s before? They are world renowned and always have queues out of the door. Don’t let this put you off, though, as they do go down pretty quickly. You can get a full afternoon tea menu here (but I am unsure on the dairy free combined).
  • Bosuns: For a beautiful waterside setting, Bosuns is the one for you. They have a delicious gluten free afternoon tea which you can upgrade to include gin or prosecco.
  • Cakes D’licious: A gluten free and dairy free combined afternoon tea. Hooray! Set in the Clifton area of York, this vintage tearoom is quaint and homey. Great for lunch too.
  • Plush Cafe: Plush offers a traditional, children’s and vegan afternoon tea which can be gluten free upon request.This can be for both sit in and take away.

I hope you found this guide helpful and have a great time in York. If you feel there are any eateries I have missed/if there are any which you feel are no longer gluten free friendly, please feel free to message me using my contact form.

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