I’ve almost always lived in Leeds (except a few years in other cities in my early twenties) and I’ve been eating gluten-free since 2014.
In that time, I’ve seen a sea-change not only in the growth of the Leeds food scene but also in the availability of free-from food. From better allergen labelling to expanded gluten-free menus, its easier than ever to find food to suit any dietary requirement in Leeds
Bookmark this list, and send it to the next person who complains that its too hard to find anywhere to eat out with you.
This post lists 50+ great places to get gluten-free food in Leeds. The criteria for inclusion is simple:
- Offer at least one gluten-free main dish*: it doesn’t count if you have to cobble together a meal from a plethora of gluten-free side-dishes *or the equivalent of a main dish on your regular menu, be that small-plates or brunch options
- Make it easy to find* the gluten-free options – a vague ‘ask your server’ doesn’t cut it unless the rest of the menu is delivered verbally too *whether that’s through labelling on your regular menu, a separate gluten-free menu, or just a clear and easy-to-find message somewhere about gluten-free options
Additionally, I’ve only included in the main list places which have gluten-free and vegan options available, because that’s how I eat. At the bottom, you can find a small list of places I know of that offer meat-only gluten-free dishes.
I’ve also split the list down into two broad categories of restaurant. I know that when I’m looking for somewhere to eat I prefer to choose locally-owned, independently-operated places, where possible:
- Indies (Restaurants that started locally and/or have fewer than 5 venues)
- Chains (National restaurants with 5+ venues)
I sometimes write about places to eat and drink in Leeds, however, the Leeds food scene is a dynamic and ever-expanding one. While I make every effort to update these lists as things change, I just don’t have the time to keep them 100% up-to-date. Please check the date the post was published, and contact the venue if you’re at all unsure. If you notice any out-of-date information or know of a Leeds venue that should be added to a list, please email email@example.com to let me know.
Where to get Gluten-Free Food in Leeds in 2019
Indies (Venues that started locally and/or have fewer than 5 venues)
Criterion Place, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4AG
Offering old-style Italian food Bibi’s have a dedicated gluten-free menu, so you can focus on the opulent surrounds of their art-deco 1920’s dining room.
82 North Street, Leeds LS2 7PN
The Brunswick has an excellently labelled menu, full of seasonal and locally sourced dishes, all paired with a good selection of beers and wines and served over three floors oozing minimalist, Scandinavian style.
6 Mill Hill, Leeds LS1 5DQ
Leeds’ favourite Indian street food, Bundo serves up completely vegetarian Indian small-plates, with a big selection of well-labelled gluten-free options.
2 The Crescent, Leeds LS6 2NW
Park Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2EJ
Set out in the countryside around Roundhay Park, Del Verde are an Italian restaurant with an impressive gluten-free menu.
Dock 29, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock LS10 1PZ
In an airy venue on Leeds Dock, Dock 29 have family-friendly vibe, eclectic decor and a locally-sourced menu of brunch & lunch dishes, including a variety of gluten-free options.
93 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3PS
90 Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds LS82AL
With venues in Headingley and Roundhay, Ecco offer all their pizza toppings on a gluten-free base.
73 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3BR
With Scandi-style dining in the centre of Leeds, Fettle serves everything from daily breakfast & brunch to fine dining in the early evening. Fettle’s menu may be limited and seasonal, but it is well-labelled with a range of tasty gluten-free dishes.
9 Weetwood Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS16 5LT
391 Street Lane, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6HQ
Every Wednesday is gluten-free day at both the Headingley and Moortown restaurants, so you can fill your boots with gluten-free fish and chips (or gluten-free chips & mushy peas – my go-to from the chippy).
454 Roundhay Road, Leeds LS8 2HU
opened by Masterchef: The Professionals winner Matt Healey, Grön is a
Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BR
Now with a second spot in Leeds (at the university), Humpit offers gluten-free hummus bowls, salad bowls and gluten-free wraps too.
Victoria Gate, 3rd Floor, Leeds LS2 7AU
Issho offers contemporary Japanese dining in a luxe setting. Located in Victoria Gate, Issho have a dedicated gluten-free menu, full of innovative Asian-inspired small plates.
16 New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
Located just outside the station, Laynes is the perfect brunch stop for a trip into town. Known for their locally-sourced coffee, Laynes also have a small food menu which includes gluten-free buckwheat pancakes with a selection of sweet or savoury toppings.
Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4BR
Tucked away under the arches of the station in the old Granary Wharf, Livin’ Italy brings the Milanese passion for food and family to Leeds. Gluten-free dishes are labelled on the menu and include a gluten-free pizza base as well as other main dishes.
204 Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LF
A hidden gem at the bottom of Cardigan Road, family-run Lupe’s Cantina brings authentic Mexican food to Leeds. The menu is well-labelled with plenty of gluten-free options available.
Cavendish Street, Leeds LS3 1LY
Serving British-Asian food, MyLahore started in the curry capital of the North, Bradford and now has a restaurant in Leeds too. MyLahore has clear gluten-free labelling on a number of dishes on their restaurant menu.
Merrion Centre, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds LS2 8NJ
The Old Steps, 26 York Place, Leeds LS1 2EY
My Thai’s food is fast-cooked and packed with authentic Thai flavour. Its not hard to see how they’ve expanded from their original tiny venue at the back of the Merrion centre into two large Leeds venues as well as multiple others across the North. My Thai have a dedicated gluten-free menu, and a team who are well-versed in allergens.
86A Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4LZ
As well as being completely vegetarian, Nichols Deli, in Chapel Allerton, offer a good selection of gluten-free options, well-labelled on the menu.
Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, Leeds LS10 1PZ
Amid the smells of fresh coffee from their roastery next-door, North Star’s first venue offers a seasonal menu of cakes and brunch dishes curated by Noisette Bakehouse, all well labelled with gluten-free options.
102-104 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS2 7NL
This quirky bar & event space used to be an actual bus station, back in the day. Resident foodies Cantina serve up a 100% vegan junk food menu with a few labelled gluten-free options.
3 Brewery Place, Leeds LS10 1NE
This canalside bar serves up Bocca Italian street food in a laid-back party setting. With a well-labelled menu, they have a range of gluten-free pasta and salad dishes.
Headrow House, Bramleys Yard, 19 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 6PU
With entries in the Michelin & Good Food guides, Ox Club offers contemporary fine dining on the ground floor of Headrow House. With a small but well-labelled menu, Ox Club offer a selection of allergen-friendly dishes for brunch, lunch or dinner.
116a Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 4NY
Styled after a Mexican Taqueria, Pinche Pinche serve up everything from Mexicana favourites like burritos and nachos to authentic tapas from the streets of Mexico City, including a great selection of gluten-free dishes labelled on their menu.
115 Otley Rd, Leeds LS6 3PX
A Headingley institution (and my former neighbour) Salvo’s is a busy Italian restaurant & cafe, with a dedicated gluten-free menu, so you can carb-load with genorous portions of GF pasta and pizza.
51 Boar Lane, Leeds LS1 5EL
Known for their wide range of beers, Tapped also serve up some of Leed’s favourite pizza, including a totally gluten-free option. They usually have a gluten-free beer either on tap or in bottles, so you can head here for a beer & pizza combo.
29 East Parade, Minerva House, Leeds LS1 5PS
Offering modern Chinese cuisine in a dark and contemporary setting, Tattu is a great option for date night or celebratory dinners. Though Chinese food isn’t typically loaded with gluten-free options, Tattu’s a la carte menu has a number of gluten-free dishes clearly labelled.
7-8 Mill Hill, Leeds LS 15DQ
Tharavadu serves South-Indian food in a fine-dining environment. Their well-labelled menu includes more gluten-free dishes than not, so you should have plenty to pick from.
The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA
The Tiled Hall Cafe is part of Leeds
92 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ
Wapentake serves up beers and food on Leeds oldest street. Their daytime menu of breakfast dishes and sandwiches is all available on gluten-free bread, and their daily selection of cakes and bakes usually includes something gluten-free too.
Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5PS
From the guys behind Belgrave Music Hall & Headrow House, Water Lane Boathouse overlooks the Granary Wharf end of the City Centre canal. They serve up an easy menu, labelled with gluten-free bowls.
27 Wellington St, Leeds LS1 4EA
With their signature red Piggaio pulled up outside, The Wellington serve up beer, pizza and selection of other Italian goodies on Wellington Street, with gluten-free bases as part of their menu.
Unit 13, Penraevon Industrial Estate, Leeds LS7 2AW
Leeds’ only 100% gluten-free bakery is a haven for anyone who needs to avoid gluten. Pick up a loaf of gluten-free bread, a gluten-free whoopie pie or a gluten-free samosa from their shop just outside the city centre.
66 Wellington St, Leeds LS1 2EE
Wolføox offers a selection of delicious brunch and lunch dishes, smoothies and locally roasted coffees. Their menu has a focus on wellbeing, using organic and biodynamic ingredients. Wolføx serve gluten-free pancakes, as well as offering all their dishes on either gluten-free bagels or gluten-free charcoal loaf (that’s right – you have an option of gluten-free breads to choose from).
Chains (national restaurants with 5+ venues)
6 Greek Street, Leeds LS1 5RW
With inspiration from the bustling night markets of Southeast Asia, Bar Soba offer small-plates and wok-fried delights in their dark, neon-lit venue. Bar Soba has a well-labelled food menu, with a selection of gluten-free options.
145 Briggate, Leeds LS1 6BR
Bella Italia has offered family-friendly Italian-style dining in the UK since the early ’90s. With the option to filter their online menu for gluten-free dishes, Bella Italia
1 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
Bringing a taste of the south coast to Leeds, Bill’s have plenty of free-from options on their menu, which has an interactive selector to make choosing ahead of time even easier.
Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds LS1 4BJ
Raymond Blanc’s restaurant chain serves a mix of classic French food and more ecclectic dishes, all developed by the man himself, with a dedicated free-from menu.
The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8EQ
If opulent surroundings are your thing, head to Brown’s Leeds to peruse their dedicated gluten-free menu, accredited by Coeliac UK.
9A Lands Lane, Leeds LS1 6AW
On the corner of Land’s Lane & Albion Place, Byron Burger serves up any of their burgers in a tasty gluten-free burger bun.
413 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Carluccio’s have an extensive gluten-free menu, so you can enjoy Antonio Carluccio’s authentic regional Italian food in the heart of Leeds.
53 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AA
Cosy Club’s kitschy bar & restaurant has an extensive dedicated gluten-free menu that’ll take you right through from brunch to dinner.
Trinity Leeds, Top Floor, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Serving up French food across the country, Côte Brasserie have a good selection of gluten-free items, with the option to filter those options on their online menu.
Granary Wharf, Leeds LS1 4GL
Leeds is Fazenda’s flagship venue. Known for Brazillian meats, Fazenda labels its menu well for all allergens and does include some vegan and vegetarian dishes that are also gluten-free.
6 Harrogate Parade, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6PX
Though Filmore and Union no longer have a city centre location, you can still get their tasty, allergen-friendly brunch & lunch dishes in the ‘burbs of Moortown.
11/12 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5HD
Everyone’s favourite Italian chef has brought his restaurant chain to Leeds with a home on Park Row. The restaurant has an upmarket, Italian vibe, authentic Italian dishes and (most importantly) a dedicated gluten-free menu.
10 Greek Street, Leeds LS1 5RU
151 Otley Old Road, Cookridge, Leeds LS16 6HN
With venues in the city centre and out in Cookridge, Gusto serves up Italian food, in a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. Gusto has an allergen filter on their online menu, making it easy to find the perfect dish.
Trinity Leeds, Leeds LS1 5ER
Handmade Burger Co. offer a gluten-free menu approved by Coeliac UK.
Unit 3, Cloth Hall Street, Leeds LS1 2HD
Serving up the flavours of Latin America across the UK, Las Iguanas have an allergen filter on their online menu which makes it easy to find the right dish ahead of time, with plenty of gluten-free options available.
37 Bond Street, Leeds LS1 5BQ
Unit 11a Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall Road, Leeds LS4 2DG
With two locations in Leeds, MOD take build-your-own-pizza to a new level. They offer a gluten-free base and plenty of naturally gluten-free pizza toppings, as well as vegan cheese options.
35 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JL
Not only does Jamie’s have a decent variety of gluten-free dishes on the menu, but they also have a filter on their site that lets you tick off your allergens (so you don’t have to hunt through the whole menu).
4 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
Park House, Park Square West, Leeds LS1 2PS
The White Cloth Hall, Crown Street, Leeds LS2 7DA
Unit 1, Block H, Leeds Dock, Leeds LS10 1LU
Unit 9-10 Arndale Centre, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2UJ
With four restaurants in the city centre and another in Headingley, you can head to Pizza Express for an extensive gluten-free menu, including pizzas, pastas and even gluten-free dough-balls.
New Station Street, Leeds LS1 5DL
Pret are good in a pinch for breakfast on-the-go at Leeds station. With an allergen menu available online, and good labelling instore, you can pick up a gluten-free acai pot or coconut porridge to enjoy with your coffee on that early-morning train.
16-18 The Light, Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
64-68 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT
With plenty of gluten-free options, Rev de Cuba also has a handy allergen filter on their online menu, to tailor the list to your own needs. Fun fact: My hen-do was held at Rev de Cuba, so it’ll always hold fond (if somewhat hazy) memories for me.
48 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 6DT
41 Cookridge St, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AW
You can download Revs’ allergen information online, and it actually tells you what allergens are in each part of a dish – so you can also order modified dishes (without the gluten-containing component).
Upper dining terrace, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Everybody’s favourite Japanese food, Wagamama have a separate gluten-free menu (and a separate vegan one too), so it’s easy to order your ramen exactly the way you need it.
419 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
Originally the Leeds branch was located inside Harvey Nichols, but Yo! Sushi is now in the Trinity. The online menu has an allergens filter, so you can easily find your gluten-free options. Pro-tip: order your gluten-free dishes fresh (instead of picking them off the conveyor) to avoid cross-contamination.
The Light, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 8TL
With a dedicated and extensive gluten-free menu, Zizzi are a great option for gluten-free Italian food for the whole family.
I’m a lifelong vegetarian and now follow a plant-based diet, eating totally vegan where I can. There are a few places in Leeds which only offer meat dishes in their gluten-free selection. In the interest of completeness, I’ve listed some of these below, though I can’t honestly recommend or comment on them myself:
- Kith & Kin 16/18 Stainbeck Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds LS7 3QY
- Red’s True Barbecue Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, LS1 2HD
- TGI Friday’s 406 Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AY
- Wetherby Whaler White Cross, Otley Road, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 8LZ