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Just because you can’t eat wheat or dairy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a slap-up meal in a top restaurant. Here are a few of our favourite London eateries that cater for those with special dietary requirements.
For gluten-free food:
Located in the heart of London’s upmarket Maida Vale, this independently-owned pub’s menu is awash with gluten-free options, including roast chicken, salmon, beef rib and roasted scallops. You can literally eat like the Queen here as the meat is from none other than Her Majesty’s butcher Aubrey Allen. All of the desserts are gluten-free too, from the milk chocolate mousse to the vanilla panna cotta. What’s more, you can wash down your dinner with a gluten-free beer.
For raw food:
Treat your body like a temple and indulge in Wild Food Cafe’s yummy display of raw eats. Set in Covent Garden’s picture-pretty Neal’s Yard, the Wild Food Cafe uses only wild, fresh and gourmet ingredients in its colourful dishes. Serving up a tasty mix of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, the restaurant claims to produce the best raw veggie burger in London using gluten and soya-free ingredients, including olives, shiitake mushrooms, dulse and butternut squash. And make sure you don’t leave without trying one of the cafe’s amazing puddings, including raw chocolate and almond mousse, and raw chocolate and berry tart.
For allergy sufferers:
This family-friendly restaurant is abuzz with gorillas, elephants, crocodiles and butterflies, along with an indoor waterfall and thunderstorm that will thrill kids and adults alike. It’s also perfect for allergy sufferers, as egg, nut and gluten-free dishes are clearly labelled on the American-themed food menu. Egg-free options include quesadilla Mexicana, and grilled sea bass which is also gluten, wheat and nut-free. Allergy sufferers can also indulge in puds here, with Knickerbocker Glory and Iggy’s Ice Cream amongst the egg and nut-free choices.
This cheery, award-winning global food restaurant chain offers freshly-cooked cuisine in a fun atmosphere. Serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, you can expect a more adult-feel at night with candles on the tables. Every item on the menu is labelled with allergy information, so you can find out which dishes contain dairy, gluten, nuts, and even celery, seeds and kernels, and garlic. There are 16 Giraffe branches in London, including Southbank Centre, Spitalfields and Victoria.
For vegetarian food:
Known as London’s only upmarket veggie restaurant, this Michelin-recommended eatery is a must-visit for all vegetarians who are fed up of pasta bake. On the menu you’ll find plenty to whet your appetite, from fried mushroom mousse and rosemary sauce, to flavoursome goats cheese and toasted cauliflower mille feuille. Starters are designed to challenge the tastebuds and are not to be confused with the puddings: there’s grilled carrot cake with sheeps yoghurt or brie ice cream and poached blackberries. Desserts are quirky, imaginative and very tasty, with highlights including espresso macaron and whipped blue cheese, and smoked paprika fudge, malt loaf and builder’s tea ice-cream.
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