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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]


Cross Contamination – Your Views

I had the pleasure of being asked to get  involved in Tomorrow’s FM’s article regarding cross contamination in their online magazine.

Although us coeliacs can guarantee that we’re safe from the perils of cross contamination in our own home, we sadly can’t be quite so sure in restuarents that cater both gluten free and none gluten free food.

I feel we’re so lucky at the moment  to have so many restaurants catering for us coeliacs, that we can finally dine out with our friends and family without having to worry about whether or not there’s more than salad, chips and jacket potatoes on the menu. Sadly, there’s been plenty of tales of us experiencing the terrible signs of ‘glutening’ after dining out that makes us wonder whether the restaurants are really doing all they can to help with cross contamination?

The lovely Eve Douglas, the co-editor of Tomorrow’s FM, believes restaurants aren’t doing everything they can to help eliminate cross contamination in the kitchen, and I agree! She makes a great point that restaurants take great care in not using the same knife and chopping board for cutting and preparing raw meats and vegetables, that the same level of care should be given when preparing and cooking gluten free foods.  She also suggests the use of colour coded utensils to ensure they aren’t accidently misused.

Alex Gazzolo, the author of Coeliac Disease: What You Need To Know, suggests that in order for us coeliacs to feel reassured when dinging out, we need to have  an understanding catering manager, chef or waiter that knows all about coeliac disease and the issues surrounding cross contamination. I must admit, I feel less anxious dining out at places that understand coeliac disease as it saves us coeliacs for having to explain it to them, explain the symptoms and try to make them see it’s an auto immune disease not an allergy!

Coeliac UK offer training courses for those in the food industry to understand coeliac disease and learn how to handle and prepare food to eliminate cross contamination. At the end of each course [either online or face to face] a certificate is awarded to show that they understand everything needed about complying with the current law and catering for a gluten-free diet. They even provide a chance for restaurants to accredit their business with a well recognised symbol on their menus to ensure coeliacs that they are dining out at a restaurant that provides a high level of care and eliminate all possible chances of cross contamination.

I feel that because the gluten free industry is worth £100 million, that many business jump on the ‘gluten free’ bandwagon to make money. I’m not pointing any fingers here, but you just have to look at Dominos new gluten free pizza base in US… that’s not suitable for coeliacs or those with gluten sensitivity [*rolls eyes*], to see how companies are using gluten free food to their own advantage.

At the restaurants that offer gluten free food, as well as non gluten free food, they always state a disclaimer at the end of their menu to explain that theycan’t guarantee that their dishes may be 100% gluten free, which is why I explained in the Tomorrows FM article, that coeliacs are always playing a game of Russian Roulette every time they dine out – and it’s not fair. I sometimes feel that there should be stricter guidelines for restaurants to state whether or not they offer gluten free food, but I feel that having such strict guidelines could ‘put off’ other restaurants in offering gluten free options in the future.

So what are YOUR VIEWS on cross contamination?

Do you think it’s as simple as having colour coded utensils, more care in the kitchen and that staff are simply being a ‘little lazy’?


Do you think stricter guidelines need to be set and that those in the food industry need to be properly educated?

Or do you have your own view?

I’d love to hear what you think, either leave me a little comment at the end of the post, tweet me, facebook me or email me via the ‘contact me’ link!