It can often be difficult for people with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance to find good places to eat.
And with Coeliac and Gluten Free Awareness week 2017 just around the corner, from 8th-14th May, we thought it would be a good opportunity to look at what’s on offer when it comes to gluten free food in Harrogate.
The focus of this year’s campaign – the ‘Gluten Freevolution’ – is better gluten free food whether you’re eating out or just grabbing a bite on the go.
Avoiding foods that contain wheat, barley and rye is a key part of following a gluten free diet. Here at Baltzersen’s we pride ourselves on offering a distinct and varied menu for coeliac sufferers or people with a gluten sensitivity.
We have a great selection of appetising mini cakes, sandwiches and breakfast dishes such as waffles with vanilla cream and a choice of toppings. Our home baked gluten free bread is delicious too, you can order it by the loaf, or have it as an alternative base for any of our open sandwiches. There’s lots on the menu to tempt all ‘gluten free’ palates like our Norwegian stew or Gravlaks (cured salmon) on potato cake with a poached duck egg and sweet dill dressing. You’re sure to find something that appeals – our gluten free dishes are just as tasty as the rest!
If you’re looking for other places to visit, read on for our Locals’ Guide to Gluten Free Food in Harrogate…
Selling the very best in Yorkshire produce, Fodder is a farm shop and café near the Great Yorkshire Showground that readily caters for everyone, including people with special dietary requirements. It stocks a range of excellent gluten free products including breads, curry sauces, crackers and sweet treats. The café has an extensive gluten free menu so there’s lots of choice. Why not try the Fodder Farmers lunch which includes a Voakes gluten free pork pie?
While you’re there, stock up your cupboards from the farm shop. Don’t forget that Fodder is the only food hall cafe of its kind where 100% of the profits go to help farmers through the charity that runs it, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society – so your cash is doing good while you enjoy tasty food!
If you enjoy the sharing experience, Deano’s Graze and Grill on Oxford Street offers gluten free options as part of its tapas-style menu. Whether you go for the goat’s cheese brulee, or stick with good, old-fashioned steak and chips (albeit in miniature form), your gluten free diet doesn’t need to stop you dining out with friends.
Deano’s also caters for larger groups and, even when you choose the group dining menus, they’ll provide gluten free and other options for those on restricted diets, so everyone can join in the fun. The business has just changed hands, having been run by the same local team for the last six years – but thankfully, it’s staying independent. We’re looking forward to seeing what the new owners bring to this popular indie just a few doors down from us!
One of Harrogate’s hidden gems, Timberlake’s is tucked away on Montpellier Mews in a quiet corner of town. It has built a loyal following among locals, and that includes those on a gluten free diet. Everything at Timberlake’s is prepared fresh to order so any dietary requirements can be taken into account.
Timberlake’s is fairly small in size, so pre-booking is recommended. There’s a lovely outside seating area and, with a good wine menu, it’s a great place to relax on a warm summer’s evening. The menu is mouthwatering and the dishes live up to their promise – if you’ve never visited, make Timberlake’s your next port of call for great gluten free food in Harrogate.
Looking for food to take away… who doesn’t like fish and chips? Unfortunately, crispy batter is a no-go zone for coeliacs most of the time – but these days, some chip shops are catering for gluten free diets.
In Harrogate, Oliver’s Fish Shop & Restaurant on Cold Bath Road offers gluten free frying days on a Monday and Wednesday, so gluten intolerant sufferers can enjoy the treat of a fish and chip lunch or supper too. As well as take-away, the sit-down restaurant offers the option of eating in.
(We’ll be returning to Oliver’s soon when we publish our Locals’ Guide to Fish and Chips in Harrogate. Thorough research required first…)
As mentioned above, gluten free pies from Voakes are stocked at Fodder in Harrogate – but there’s more to be found online, too. Voakes Free From is a whole line of freshly baked gluten and wheat free Yorkshire pies and pastry products, made just outside Harrogate at Whixley.
As well as the classic pork pie, the range includes deep filled steak and chicken pies, tasty quiches and a gluten free version of the Voakes ‘Special Pie’ – a flavoursome layering of pork, chicken and stuffing in a crisp pastry case. You can order products online to be delivered to your door so it couldn’t be easier. Click here to visit the website.
When it comes to gluten free food, there seems to be more choice and better options available than ever before. It’s great that everyone can enjoy the eating out experience, whether that’s here at Baltzersen’s with our lovely open sandwiches on gluten free bread or at one of the other independent cafes or restaurants in Harrogate.
If you have a favourite place to find gluten free food in Harrogate, we’d love to hear about it – just post your comment below.