Goodbye gluten: Ten of the best gluten-free places to eat at in Norfolk

Gluten free cake. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gluten free cake. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Who says you can't have your gluten-free cake and eat it too? Certainly not these local restaurants.

Gluten free Pies and pasties . Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Gluten free Pies and pasties . Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

•The Gluten Free Café, Norwich

Located on Timber Hill, The Gluten Free Shop and Café is a one stop destination for all your free-from needs. It has a menu comprised only of gluten-free items (and offering dishes that are dairy free, soya free and egg free) you don't have to worry about cross-contamination or feel limited in your food choices.

Director of the Norfolk Gluten Free Company, Louisa Kiddell, recommends that customers try the café's pork pie ploughman's.

The Gluten Free Cafe in Norwich.

The Gluten Free Cafe in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

•Shelley's Pie and Mash Shop, Cromer


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Shelley's Pie and Mash Shop on Garden Street in Cromer offers customers a gluten-free version of their regular pie menu, including classic favourites such as steak and onion and chicken and bacon.

They also have a range of dairy free tarts to cater for those with other intolerances or allergies.

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• Namaste India, Norwich

Namaste India is an Indian restaurant on Opie Street, serving up a whole host of authentic, vegetarian cuisine.

The menu contains plenty of vegan, gluten-free and healthier options for customers to choose from, including dishes such as paneer tikka masala, mix vegetable korma and spicy uttapam.

Vegetarian Indian restaurant, Namaste India in Opie Street. Picture: Denise Bradley

Vegetarian Indian restaurant, Namaste India in Opie Street. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2012

• Eric's Fish and Chips, Thornham

Situated on the A149 coast road at Drove Orchards, Eric's Fish and Chips is owned by the Head Chef at Titchwell Manor, Eric, and his wife Lydia. The pair are focused on introducing customers to more unusual and underrated species of fish and have thus created a more extensive menu than others.

The restaurant offers gluten-free options and food can be eaten in or taken away to enjoy elsewhere.

Eric's Fish and Chips.

Eric's Fish and Chips. - Credit: Archant

• Art Café, Glandford

Nestled in the idyllic Glaven Valley, a mere two miles from Holt and Blakeney is Manor Farm Barns, home to an artisan café and art gallery serving up a range of vegetarian and locally made products.

The menu includes several gluten free options, including some tasty cakes and the chef is happy to cater for, and adapt dishes to suit any dietary needs.

The Art Cafe at Glandford. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The Art Cafe at Glandford. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

• Wild Thyme, Norwich

Established in 2013, Wild Thyme is a vegetarian restaurant with a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free options available, such as sweet potato and vegetable ramen noodles and carrot and lemon risotto.

Tobias R on Trip Advisor had this to say of his experience at the restaurant, 'excellent food – the vegetarian and gluten-free in our group indulged in the rare occasion of being spoilt for choice' and user AGlutenFree has described it as a 'saviour' for their dietary requirements.

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• Café Main, Cromer

The Church Street Café is a popular coffee house and lunch spot committed to providing plenty of gluten-free options for customers.

The gluten-free quiche comes highly recommended by customers as do the various breakfast dishes.

Cafe Main in Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Cafe Main in Cromer. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

• Cote Brasserie, Norwich

Cote Brasserie offers customers a full gluten-free dining experience, with their separate A La Carte and Breakfast menus.

The gluten free menu includes light meals, grills, steak and tempting desserts such as frozen berries served with a warm white chocolate sauce.

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• River Green Café, Trowse Newton

The River Green Café serves vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food. During the day River Green is a relaxed café with an informal atmosphere, but by night a fine dining establishment.

Their menus include interesting dishes such as purple sprouting broccoli and pasta, seasonal vegetable biryani and rice noodle soup.

River Green Cafe, Trowse. Photo : Steve Adams

River Green Cafe, Trowse. Photo : Steve Adams

• The Owl Tearooms, Holt

The Owl tea room and bake shop in Church Street offers customers a range of bakery delights suitable for diabetics and coeliacs as well as a number of classic British main meals (think pies and hotpots) and lighter lunch options.

• Have you eaten at any of these places or know of better gluten-free options? Let us know in the comments below.

The Owl Tearoom; Photo: Colin Finch

The Owl Tearoom; Photo: Colin Finch - Credit: Colin Finch

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