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Back in 2007 when I was a newly diagnosed, confused little coeliac, restaurants didn’t really cater for those who needed a gluten free diet.  It wasn’t like what it is now, eating out was a real headache!

 But now we’re so lucky that more places are catering for people with coeliac disease. I still get excited when I see more restaurants creating more gluten free dishes and the waiters knowing all about coeliac disease and being gluten free. Don’t get me wrong, I still come across some places that really make it difficult and trying to ask them what’s safe is like drawing blood out from a stone.

So for Coeliac Awareness Week 2015, I thought I would list my Top 5 Gluten Free Restaurants in Manchester! They’re my ‘go to’ places that I am confidant in recommending to others  and are safe in the knowledge that I won’t be glutened! If you’re ever in Manchester, you must try some of these places out!

1. TEA 42

It’s no surprise that Tea 42 has been awarded first place at the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards! It’s the only place I know with a dedicated gluten free menu! Pretty much everything on their menu is gluten free! They do everything from breakfasts to lunch, afternoon teas, cakes and a 5 course dinner from their amazing a la carte menu! I even reviewed them on a couple of occasions and if you fancy hearing more about Tea 42 click [here] or to find out what I thought of their delicious al la carte menu, click [here]


Would you believe it, there’s an amazing Chinese restaurant in Manchester that caters for Coeliacs?! When you’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease, you have to say goodbye to a lot of nice things that you once enjoyed. One of those things I never thought I’d eat again was Chinese food – until I came across Sweet Mandarins!

The awesome ladies at Sweet Mandarin have made it possible for us coeliacs to enjoy Chinese food again and trust me, it’s delicious! I even had crispy duck and hoi sin sauce with sweet and sour chicken with battered chicken pieces! For more dishes, check out their gluten free menu!


I’m due to write a proper review of my experience at Sweet Mandarin so do check back soon!


I am obsessed with Dough Pizza Kitchen! It was the first place I went to where I felt safe and in good hands! Not only are their pizza bases gluten free, but they also have the option of diary free cheese too! Their menu offers so many gluten free options with unique and delicious pizza variations that at times I want to order everything on the menu! Plus if pizza isn’t your thing, they also offer gluten free pasta dishes too! For a more in-depth review, check out my link [here]


Having a Dad who (in my opinion) is the king of currys, often makes it hard for me to find anything that compares! However, I think I found the one here at Mughlis! I am obsessed with this restaurant and their curries – especially their Railway Kari Curry! (it’s my favourite!). Mughlis is so cool inside, the staff are super friendly and helpful that it’s hard to find a fault with the place. What’s more, their menu clearly states what’s gluten free and there’s plenty of choice! Even my Dad wants to see what the fuss is about since I go on about them so much!


I grew up on fish and chips! When I was little, my Dad owned his own fish and chips shop which meant I had it coming out of my ears, we ate it so much! So you could understand my pain when I could no longer enjoy fish and chips having been diagnosed with coeliac disease! But Fosters Fish & Chips have come to rescue and offer gluten free fish and chips every Sunday! They even offer gluten free vinegar to go with the dinner! For a more in-depth review, check out my link [here]


Gluten Free Battered Fish Recipe

Some of you may know that I’m pretty lucky to live near a chippy that does gluten free fish and chips every Sunday [I’ve blogged about it here] but I am aware some of you aren’t so lucky and do miss the amazingness that is… chip shop style battered fish!

Fish and chips have always been my all time favourite food, so you can imagine how gutted I was when I discovered I had coeliac disease! They’ve been such a big part of my life growing up! For starters, I lived near by ‘Bob’s Chippy’ when I was a wee little nipper and every Friday, before the street lights came on [as that’s when we had to be home], we’d wait outside Bob’s to open and get ourselves a late night bag of fish and chips! Plus, my dad ended up opening his very own Chippy a few years later, called Neptunes, and I ended up eating so much fish and chips that it was coming out of my ears! [slight exaggeration, but trust me, I ate a hell of a lot that I’m surprised I wasn’t a fish shaped chubster!]

So if you fancy battering some fish [not psychically beating the fish up… lame joke, please forgive me] then here’s my super easy gluten free battered fish recipe!


  • 75ml Milk
  • 120ml Warm Water [enough to make a mixture that resembles pancake batter]
  • 100g Plain Gluten Free Flour [and some extra for dusting]
  • 1 teapsoon of Gluten Free Baking Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Some Fish Fillets [I used Cod, but I encourage you to try other varieties of fish too!]
  • Vegetable Oil


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the Milk and Warm Water 
  2. Add the Plain Gluten Free Flour, Gluten Free Baking Powder, Salt, Pepper and give it a good mix! 
  3. Get your Cod Fillet and dust the extra Flour all over the fish until it’s covered 
  4. Now dunk the floured Cod into the Batter Mixture 
  5. Heat up the Vegetable Oil in either a deep fat fryer or a pan until the oil is hot enough to fry the Cod [to test this, carefully drop a little piece of gluten free bread in the oil, if it sizzles and rises to the top – it’s ready!]
  6. Carefully and gently, lower the Cod into the hot oil and fry until golden! 
  7. Now serve with chips, mushy peas and a big dollop of ketchup!