Eating Out Gluten Free - Lincoln

Hi, it's Jo from An Easy Gluten Free Life here and as many of you already know - I am very lucky to live in the beautiful city of Lincoln with it's castle, cathedral and historical buildings. When I first moved here 7 years ago - Lincoln was a very sleepy city and even in the height of summer, you could stroll around the historic Bailgate without seeing another soul. Now, thanks to some brilliant work by the local community - Lincoln and it's cathedral, castle and stunning Bailgate are firmly on the tourism map. Perhaps the biggest event of the year is Lincoln Christmas Market - a huge outdoor market set in the wonderful grounds of Lincoln castle. If you are here for the market - please check out my guide to stalls offering gluten free on Facebook or Instagram :) 


Thanks largely to the boost in tourism, Lincoln has a fantastic range of restaurants and bars - many of which offer gluten free dishes. Lincoln is very historic and unfortunately a lot of restaurant kitchens are too small to offer separate gluten free preparation areas.  However, I find that staff knowledge is generally excellent and kitchen systems are in place to minimise the risk of cross-contamination. All of the restaurants listed have been contacted about their cross contamination processes and have assured me that they do their best to minimise risk - however, please do check with them beforehand as things can always change.


Bailgate Area / Cathedral Quarter


* Lincoln Cathedral Cafe - always have one or two gluten free cakes and jacket potatoes

* Sanctuary in The Bail - gluten free soup, sandwiches and cakes

* One Castle Hill Patisserie - couple of good gluten free cakes

* The Stag's Head - many menu items available gluten free, flourless chocolate cake as standard

* Cafe Zoot - lots of gluten free options across the menu

* The Lincoln Taphouse & Kitchen - good range of gluten free food

* The Bronze Pig - Michelin Guide restaurant offering gluten free options

* Thailand No.1 - a couple of gluten free options

* Pimento Tearooms - large range of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options 

* Grille @ The White Hart Hotel - can offer gluten free


Lincoln Town Centre



* The Angel Coffee House - delicious gluten free cakes that are always different flavours, no brownies in sight!

* Pizza Express - Coeliac UK certified, check the internet and o2 Priority for deals

* Carluccio's - lots of options and gluten free orders are overseen by the manager. They have strict cross-contamination procedures

* Madame Waffle - lots of gluten free waffles and toppings - if you are Coeliac/intolerant staff   thoroughly clean the waffle grill and use clean equipment to cook with

* Huckleberrys Bar and Grill - gluten free seasoning available for the smokehouse range

* Shanti Vegetarian and Vegan cafe - falafels, salads and some curries are gluten free

* Patisserie Valerie - some cake and biscuit options, made and packaged separately

* Cafe Nero - good selection of cake bars, some rolls and soups are gluten free, lots of vegan options

* Starbucks - two paninis are now gluten free, as are some salads. Double check for cross-contamination of cakes

* Slug and Lettuce - sea bass with mashed potato is gluten free

* Cote Brasserie - range of gluten free options including bread for brunches etc

* Boots - some Boots stores offer gluten free meal deals but these sell out quickly

* Costa - gluten free wrap and a few gluten free/vegan cakes especially at Christmas

* Pizza Hut - gluten free pizza and most sauces/toppings are gluten free, but not their BBQ sauce


The Brayford Waterfront



* Zizzi Italian - gluten free dough balls, pizza and pasta, some desserts - lots of vegan options

* Wagamama - gluten free starters, mains and a dessert

* Nando's - chips are fried separately, dressings and chicken are gluten free but be sure to ask them to clean the grill as they occasionally toast bread on there

* Ask - gluten free pizza, pasta, some desserts, lots of vegan options

* Handmade Burger Co - most burgers gluten free with gluten free bun, chips cooked in a separate  fryer

* Prezzo - gluten free options available

* Royal William IV - a couple of gluten free options

* The Square Sail/ Wetherspoon's - new gluten free menu including Moma Oats and breakfast

* Odeon Cinema - The Odeon hosts Costa and Ben&Jerry's - Odeon's popcorn is safe as are most drinks except for Tango Ice Blast


A little further afield...

 Artisan Gluten Free Bakery, Newark -on- Trent 


If you are staying in Lincoln for a few days, Whisby Nature Reserve and Newark-on-Trent are well worth a drive to. Whisby Nature Reserve has a great selection of cakes, most of which are gluten free and it's a lovely place for a walk. Newark-on-Trent boasts the only gluten free bakery/cafe in Lincolnshire - Artisan Gluten Free Bakery. They offer paninis, sandwiches, cakes and mains all home-made in their Coeliac safe kitchen - there are plenty of Vegan options too so it really is worth a visit. Newark itself is very pretty and great for a spot of shopping - their health food store also boasts LOTS of vegan goodies. 





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