Dining out should be something to look forward to, but if you’re following a specific diet, it can sometimes be more of a pain than an enjoyable treat.
Luckily, whether you’re a coeliac or just cutting gluten from your diet, you will be well catered for in these Leeds establishments.
Bringing a slice of vintage charm to the city, this quirky café has an old fashioned feel that will make you feel right at home.
The menu is quintessentially British, with finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones, crumpets and an endless list of teas on offer.
A range of gluten-free sandwiches, soups and cakes are available - perfect for a light lunch or afternoon tea, and the Hog & Hen toastie is a delicious breakfast treat.
Visit: 8-9 Grand Arcade, New Briggate, LS1 6PG – just-grand.co.uk
Located a little outside the city centre in Cookridge, this cosy little café is worth venturing off the beaten track for.
Boasting a delicious deli and a fine selection of homemade gluten-free cakes, it’s a great spot to enjoy a light lunch and a pot of tea.
Make sure to try their homemade jams and chutneys too, which are available to buy from the counter.
Visit: 252 Tinshill Road, Cookridge, LS16 7NH – facebook.com/yorkshirecrust
Roots and Fruits
It may be known as one of the city’s finest vegetarian cafes, but there are also plenty of gluten-free options to enjoy at Roots and Fruits.
From the all-day breakfast, to tasty sandwiches and salads (as well as a range of delicious desserts) you’ll be spoiled for choice here.
Be sure to try the chocolate cheesecake, made with a coconut macaron base and drizzled with pomegranate sauce.
Visit: 10 Grand Arcade, LS1 6PG – rootsandfruits.net
Restaurants and bars
Opened in 1976, Italian restaurant Salvo’s has long been a standout on the Leeds dining scene.
There’s gluten-free pizza and pasta on the menu, along with a selection of tasty meat dishes.
Visit: 115 & 107 Otley Road, Headingley, LS6 3PX – salvos.co.uk
If you’re looking for an upmarket restaurant for a special treat, you can’t go wrong with Brasserie Blanc.
The stylish brasserie serves a superb variety of authentic French dishes and, thanks to their dedicated allergy menu, finding gluten-free options is easy.
Try the classic duck leg confit, or the ‘le grand’ steak frites.
Visit: Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, LS1 4BJ – brasserieblanc.com
It may be known as a lively music venue, but The Wardrobe also has a kitchen, so you can grab a bite before catching a show.
Using locally sourced products, the menu features all the classics, including burgers, grilled meats, baby back ribs and a range of sandwiches.
Of course, this place will happily cater for gluten-free diners - just check with staff about what options are available.
Visit: 6 St Peters Square, Quarry Hill, LS9 8AH – thewardrobe.co.uk
Head back to the 1920s at the glamorous Bibis, where you can tuck into moreish Italian cuisine and sip on fruity cocktails.
The restaurant has a dedicated gluten-free menu for hassle-free ordering, which includes several pasta dishes, succulent steaks, marinated chicken and seafood.
Visit: Sovereign Street, LS1 4AG – bibisrestaurant.com
Wildcraft Gluten-Free Bakery
Following a gluten-free diet often means you have to miss out on a lot of the guilty food pleasures, but this bakery allows every customer to indulge their sweet tooth.
Run by two coeliacs, the bakery is 100 per cent gluten-free and offers everything from cakes and scones to wholesome breads, biscuits, and an array of patisserie items.
Visit: 13 Penraevon Industrial Estate, Penraevon Street, LS7 2AW – wildcraftbakery.com
Granary Farm Shop
Run alongside a busy restaurant, the small shop at Crag House Farm sells a wide variety of gluten-free goodies to stock up your cupboards.
While you can pick up fresh meats and cheeses from the deli counter, there’s also a great range of gluten-free pies, sausage rolls, pasta, cakes and biscuits on offer.
Visit: Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, LS16 7NH – craghousefarm.com
Filmore & Union
Proudly making everything they sell themselves, the gluten-free options at Filmore & Union are made with entirely fresh ingredients.
Accredited by Coeliac UK, you can confidently buy goodies here, safe in the knowledge that everything is completely gluten-free.
Stock up on granola, brownies and mini florentines to snack on later.
Visit: 6 Harrogate Road, LS17 6PX – filmoreandunion.com
Supplying quality local Yorkshire produce and health foods, you’ll find a wealth of choice for filling up your kitchen at Millies.
They whip up a fantastic range of gluten-free breads, cakes, cereals, biscuits, ice creams and pies, making food shopping simple and easy.
Visit: 109 Vicar Lane, LS1 6PJ – milliesleeds.co.uk