Key notes about Gluten free restaurants 2018

A year later, and I can simplify my choices:-


National chains are great, eg. Wetherspoons, Zizzi`s, Carlucio`s, Cote Brasserie, Pizza Express, Pizza Hut, MacDonalds. For us this means a short bus ride to Brighton.

Locally in Shoreham-By-Sea we like Chambers, Toscas, Indian Cottage  Tandoori,; in   Worthing it`s Food, Thai Street Food, and Indigo.

Whilst there is greater availability, my stomach has decided wine is better than beer and no ice cream, for the moment.

Full review – Gluten Free in Shoreham By Sea, Brighton and Worthing, Sussex,

Full review – Gluten Free in Shoreham By Sea, Brighton, Worthing and Hove, Sussex,

My grandson (‘FG’,6 years old.) has now been diagnosed as a Coeliac, September 2016, so the primary emphasis has moved to include children’s needs, so the whole family is included.

I’m suggesting a virtual journey around our area, visiting restaurants in Italy, France, America, Mexico, Greece, India, Turkey, Bangladesh, Peru,  England, Thailand, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, Japan. Join us and join in the fun.


Ice Cream:

Italy, (ice cream was invented by the Romans.) Pizza Hut’s soft ice cream machine is GF. Serve yourself. 15th OCTOBER 2016. Beautiful Italian Ice Cream. FG’s verdict “Ten Yums”

Tom Foolery café, Shoreham High Street – good choice of coffees and some GF cake or pastry plus Marshfield Farm ice cream. Lack of knowledge so only choose Chocolate chip Mint flavour.20th Novemberr 2016. Location.

Macaris sea front Worthing…everything except cookies and cream are Gluten Free. 17th October 2016. Location.

Worthing Lido shop – GF Ice Cream in a tub. Marshfield September 2016. Location.

Worthing, Food Retaurant is very good. Location.

Tosca’s restaurant in Shoreham By Sea – ice cream with or without Chocolate Brownie, a sprig of mint and a chocolate finger! 25th September 2016. Location.

Theatre Royal Brighton provide Beechdean GF Ice Creams.

Brighton Beach Ice cream;   through the tunnel at the end of West Street and first on the right. Huge selection. FG’s verdict on banana and chocolate, three YUMs. August 2016.

Beechdean Ice Creams are all Gluten Free, 25th October 2016

Marshfield Farm ice cream in tubs is all gluten free; four of the scoop tub ones are not,  namely Raspberry Pavlova; Chocolate Fudge Brownie; Gingerbread in Clotted Cream; Cookies and Cream”


Cafés/ fast food

 MacDonalds, Shoreham, Holmbush and Worthing – [America. Peru, West Africa.]  Beef bruger or chicken and fries or hash browns with any of the sauces or dips, except sweet and sour plus  Salad. Couple of choices for dessert.  FRIES. FG’s verdict “Four YUMS” Location. Good coffee. 26th November 2016.

KOOKs Gardner Street, Brighton. Just when I needed a Chocolate Brownie and a glass of wine, they delivered. Good range of snacks. 10th October 2016, Location,

Ropetackle Café, Shoreham, GF jacket potatoes, toasted GF sandwiches, cake and coffee. 5th October 2016, . . Location.

Panissa Coffee Shop,  |Southwick Square Café – Excellent Carrot Cake and  cup of tea. 4th October 2016.  Location.

Carats Cafe, Southwick, All-day Breakfast, your selection; eg bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, baked beans, and SAUTE potatoes heated in an oven. Also Pipers Crisps (Yellow and blue packets are GF). August 2016. Location.

Brighton Beach Paddling Pool café, under the Arches; GF fruit bar and very good coffee;

Gardner Street Brighton (Komedia) café – toasted sandwich, cake, wine, October 2016. Also two cafés (Manor and the Larder)next door to each other owned by the same people so what one doesn’t have next door does, whether its wine or cake. (This time not so good, had to go to Kooks , two doors along. October 2016).

Dome Vintage Tea Room, Worthing, Toasted ham and cheese sandwich with crisps and salad…. and a glass of wine. Today choose your ingredients GF all day breakfast. Excellent. Location. 17 October 2106.

The Artisan café, Shoreham, chocolate brownie or taosted sandwiches, all-day breakfast, extensive cold salad choices. 17th October 2016. (with a glass of wine.)

The Plaice in the Square, Southwick, GF Fish and Chips, MTW only. They like twenty minutes warning to prepare the batter. Location and phone no.


Pubs / Bars

I shall shortly be checking out Wetherspoons as they are back onmy horizon. Their CF menu looks good and then there’s the apple crumble, bring it on. 8th January 2017.

GF Beer: The Cow Shed, Worthing sea front opp. the Pier, has GF Beer. 17th October 2016. Location.

GF Beer: The Evening Star, just down from Brighton Station serves gluten free lager/ beer, OK OK so it’s bottled but at least they have it and you can enjoy it. September 2015.Location.

GF Beer: The Duke of Wellington, Shoreham, serves gluten free lager/ beer, OK OK so it’s bottled but at least they have it and you can enjoy it.  Plus GF ‘Real’ crisps. October 2016. Location.

The Bridge Hotel, Shoreham By Sea – Fish Pie with seasonal vegetables at the Bridge.   Excellent pie and the Bridge has a garden overlooking the River Adur. Lovely staff, limited GF menu. Location.

The Rising Sun, Upper Beeding. It always seems high risk, but the chef checks with you personally and we always work out something that’s good and well priced. Location. , where the Henfield Road comes into Upper Beeding. It’s better for GF than the Kings Head. June 2016.

Wetherspoons (Brighton Marina, George St., Hove and Worthing) – used to be very good because they had CHIPS which these days are gone. They may do a GF Curry but I need to confirm this.

Harvester has given me a mixed view. Near Marlow and the M40 junction they were excellent after a momentary panic. In Brighton it was not a happy experience though the food was indeed GF. Similarly with the Worthing one. So no clear recommendation.

All the Wadsworth’s pubs and restaurants in the South West upto Hampshire and Gloucestershire.



Chambers Restaurant, High Street Shoreham, very smart, and the chef knows what he’s doing. Great food, an excellent lunch menu and good wine. Now with a gluten- free menu. January 2017. Location.

Liming, Mexican restaurant in Worthing, extensive GF choice including kids. 7th Jan 20`7. FG awarded Ten YUMs plus a plus five YUMs for the nachos. Ice cream was excellent particularly with the caramel sauce. Location.

India / Bangladesh. The Indian Cottage, High Street, Shoreham, they use gram flour – avoid the nan bread and chappatis, and you can ask for a small portion and also with no or low sugar. Pappadums are made with urlich flour and rice flour. LJ’s verdict “Ten YUMs” 26th October 2016. Location.

Thailand, Thai Street Food, Bath Place, Worthing. The team, particularly the chef knows her business. The soy problem and the noodles. Yellow mild curry was delicious. 24th October 2016. Location. ]A second visit later, was even more popular with everyone. FG Three YUMS, LJ Four YUMS.]

Italy. Tosca’s in Shoreham By Sea – GF garlic bread, Beef Stroganoff (GF version) a great family lunch. Normally GF penne supplied with a wide range of GF sauces. Also very good GF pizzas. with GF pepperoni.Smart restaurant. 14th October 2016. Location.

Italy. Pizza at Pizza Hut, near Churchill Square;, always have extra tomatoes – great for children…and there’s Italian Ice Cream. May 2016. .Location. FG’s verdict – “Pizza 3 Yums, Pizza with tomato, cheese, ham and chicken.Ice cream with chocolate sauce “10 Yums.” (by the way colours of tomato, Mozarello cheese and Basil are the colours of their national flag!)

Bankers Express, Hov – GF Fish and chips, with mushy peas, on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Beautiful piece of cod. FRIES. August 2016. Location.

France. Steak Frites at Cote , Brighton – FRIES. “Straight from France”. C’est magnifique.” Also chicken and fries. Plus apple sorbet with Calvados. August 2015. Location.  Link to main web site to find and book a table anywhere.  I’ve visited one in Birmingham and also the one near Victoria station – just brilliant.

Italy. Carluccio’s, Brighton; – always good and good wine, I usually have GF Pasta or the Goat’s Cheese salad… and there’s a Tesco round the corner to get some chocolate. July 2016. . . Location.

Fish Factory; Worthing, no chips. The food is beautiful. July 2016. Location.

“Food” Worthing, including real burger and real chips. very good  and the ice cream is good too, 5th December 2016. Location.

February 2016. Royal George carvery, Shoreham – every thing except the gravy and cauliflower cheese. Very popular prices, excellent if you’re really hungry! Location,

2015. We also had a superb family meal at the Arun View in Littlehampton, overlooking the River Adur…. with a west facing terrace and a superb meal. Location.

The Toll Gate, Bramber – carvery and cold table, excellent food, and a huge choice of desserts,  (Best of all) knowledgeable staff, Location.

Italy. Zizzi’s, Brighton, location.  Zizzi’s are good whatever town you visit. So looking for a restaurant in a  new place then it’s easier. Link to main site for finding and booking a table anywhere.

Zizzi’s, Cote, Carluchio’s and Cafe Rouge are all great choices. Plus Pizza Hut, Pizza Express and Domino’s are all great.

Crab Shack, Worthing, I’ll keep it simple. I won’t go there again. 30th November 2016


AND the new ones

Spain, Aguadulce Brighton.Various GF dishes.

Brazil, Touro, Brighton

Poland, Lavenda, Worthing.

Bangladesh. Mahan Worthing, almost everything OK even the pappadoms, though not the chapatis and naan bread. !7th October 2016.

Greece. Fat Greek Taverna, Worthing.  Proper Greek food should be great.

Fish Factory in Littlehampton.

India. Chaula’s Indian Restaurant Little East Street Brighton. Dosa possibly.

AND if you’re starving:-

Jacket or boiled potatoes with omelette and salad and then you start creating something they can do, but no grated cheese. Remember all ingredients have to be shown on every package even for caterers.

Bounty bars; YorkieBars,

Tesco’s (Holmbush) gluten free section is 36ft long and seven shelves high, lots of choice. Plus Tesco’s own label chocolate 85%. Plus bag of mixed nuts in ‘greengrocery section’ and sultanas in ‘home baking.;

Selected Dates, Quinoa and molasses I get from Infinity Foods.



BAD NEWS: wheat, barley, rye, oars, spelt, semolina, couscous, malt, noodles, (rice noodles are v good) North African cuisine (Couscous)

Mayonnaise. Coleslaw. Mint sauce. Soy sauce. Check them each time.

These are my opinions because company policy can change, chefs can change, ingredients can change  and then there’s the kitchen staff  and their utensils. So you’ll be pleased to know that I am extremely sensitive to gluten and that I’d come with you t any of these.

Bon appetite.


Gluten Free in Hove and Brighton, Sussex

Gluten Free hes in Hove and Brighton, Sussex

Updated 20th August 20114. If I’m in or around Brighton or Hove I have some great restaurants to choose from and I’m delighted to recommend any of them to you:

Donatello’s Italian restaurant in the Lanes
. When having Pasta just specify gluten free – just as easy as that,

Also in th e Lanes there’s Cafe Rouge, with great GF Pommes Frites, and there’s another Cafe Rouge at Brighton Marina. (Cafe Rouge have schedule of GF choices for you to select from,) Pizza Express are there nearby with GF Pizzas.

Around the corner we have Zizzi;s with GF Zizzi’s Fish Stew – brilliant.

If that doesn’t suit then try The Cote Brasserie just by the Dome , along from The Theatre Royal. I always have the Steak Frites with a glass of one of their house reds. I choose ‘Lalande’ – beautiful,

If I’m in the area I will always visit the ‘Hoe Kitchen. We called in yesterday with our grandson and we had a real treat. My grandson had a decorative amshed potato mound surmounted by a sausage, all surrounded by a moat of green peas They provided toys and a special cutlery set!. My wife had Lancashire cheese souffle with a layered square of winter vegetables. For myself, as GF, I had a steak with deep-fried potato wedges accompanied by a pepper sauce.


28th Dec2013
I still regularly visit all these though I must add another The Pizza Hut just near Churchill Square. I can recoomend the Pepperoni on a cheese and toamto base just askl for extra tomato. It’s excellent value for money.


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Tosca’s in Shoreham By Sea, Gluten free Penne Salsiccia.

RePosted Feb 2012
Shoreham By Sea have a real wealth or restaurants and pubs which provide excellent GF meals:
Tosca’s Italian, Gf pasts is always on the menu, ask which dishes are GF – they rae four excellent.
The Indian Cottage (don’t have the nan bread)
The Bridge Inn, jackert potaoes with …. just ask.
The Marlipins for steak and salad with jacket potato.
The Galeria (Italian) are elegant and helpful.

Updated 17th January. You can’t keep us away from Tosca’s, lunch there on Saturday, as usual it was excellent.

9th January 2011. Tosca’s is hugely popular with the whole of our family, save one. So yesterday we revisited The Bridge and it was veryy well received as there’s one person who likes a good draft bitter.

14th October, Yes we’ve recently been to Toaca’s for a Beef Stroganov, on a Sunday evening, no less. But I’ve also had a snack lunch at The Bridge (Jacket potatoes with ham and salad witha vinagraite sauce – beautiful.)18th Aug 2010. Tosca’s we visit probably at least once a month. In fairness though we ought to mention that we also enjoy the Indian Tandoori restaurant (excluding the Nan Bread and Chapatis) and then recently I’ve enjoyed two lunches at the Bridge Hotel. The food is very good and you just choose the easy ones.

Tosca’s in Shoreham By Sea, Gluten free Penne Salsiccia

What a beautiful sunny day for a walk into Shoreham. OK so it was a bit cold and the pavements were a bit dodgy. Few people around little traffic and excellent service in Tosca’s.
Food was very good, price was right and the wine spot on. What more can you ask for!

By the way the last time I was here I had some garlic bread – wonderful.

For newcomers to my blog I need to mention that it seems that genuine Italian restaurants have brought GF pasta with them. Possibly Durum wheat is particularly aggressive. but they always have a GF option, this includes Donatellos in Brighton and another one in Eastbourne (see earlier post.) Seems it’s a Italian thing.


Gluten free in Malta

Gluten free in Malta

Gluten free in Malts is fairly straight-forward, presumably because they were alerted by the Italians and their families who live in Malta. This means that most Italian restaurants, pasta and pizza houses are OK and of course risottos are always good (if you like them!).
At one cafe they didn’t have any GF pasta until the owner remembered he had GF spaghetti at home, so he popped home to get it! Excellent.

The ones I’d particularly recommend are:
Ciappetti, in St Agatha’s Esplanade within the old walled city of Mdina.
Cafe Caravaggio, 9 St john’s Square, Valletta.
CapuVino, St Anthony Street, Bugibba, GF desserts to die for.

Who has bought all the TESCO’s gluten free sausages?

Updated 18th Jan 2011. I think Tesco’s have removed their own label sausages; as I managed to find two types of GF sausages, namely Black Farmer (OK but with tough skins) and, new to me,  “debbie & andrew’s” GF sausages. Any two for £4. I think I saw them on some TV programme, any way I’ll give them a go.

Who has bought all the TESCO’s gluten free sausages?

I had a report that a friend’s Tesco store had run out of gluten free sausages, so I nipped along to mine. Same result – not a single packet in sight.

We all agree they are the best.

Please check your local Tesco’s and it there aren’t any GF sausages there, please ask to see the manager and then write a comment on here.

It seems someone has cornered the market.

So where’s the party?

Gluten free restaurants in Worthing, Sussex, Capricchios and The Istanbul

Gluten free restaurants in Worthing, Sussex, Capricchios and The Istanbul

14th October 2010. Just noticed I haven’t updated this entry. Suffice to say I was there last week and two weeks ago AND they are delightful. Recommended without reservation.

31st July 2009 I’m delighted to report that I’ve recently visted both Capriccios and the Istanbul and both of them have given excellent service and very good value for money.

11th June 2009. Gluten free at Spanish restaurant, Capriccios. Very helpful and friendly staff, beautiful olives, Tortilla Papeatas, lamb speciality and glass of wine of two. Smart modern restaurant just off the main pedestrian stroll at the western end. What more do you want?

11th March 2009. gluten free restaurant in Worthing

A superb very smart modern restaurant, The Istanbul, serves Turkish cuisine. Located on the seafront road just to the west of Worthing Pier. I had a beautiful lunch consisting of falafel with salad as a starter, plus oven-baked salmon with rice as the main course. All accompanied by a glass of house red wine. Sitting on the patio facing the sun and the sea. Brilliant.

Brighton Gluten Free Restaurants – Cote Francaise

Brighton Gluten Free Restaurants – Cote Francaise (near the Theatre Royal.)
November update, found a table with a good light, so I can easily read the menu and also read my Kindle. Food was top notch as always.
13th October 2010 I had the opportunity to order the Chicken with a mushroom sauce. The waitresses asked me was potato flour OK, lovely AND a lovely meal.11th September 2010. I am delighted to say that I have eaten there twice and it’s excellent. I was pleased to find Steak Frites on the menu and the Frites are GF. The sorbet was beautiful, please tell them no wafer, and the wine excellent. The price was appropriate for a quality restaurant and we’ll definitely go there again.

Gluten Free introduction – What is “Gluten Free?”

Good new:s Addendum 9th Nov 2010.
Genius GF bread is brilliant. Tesco’s own label GF bread is just as good. GREAT.

Gluten Free introduction – What is “Gluten Free?”
Gluten is a protein found in wheat flour, oats, barley, spelt, bulgur, rye, couscous, semolina. It is therefore also in any processed foods which includes any of these, including vinegar, mayonnaise, pasta. It is also used in all sorts of odd places eg dried fruit (flour is used to stop the fruit sticking together), it’s in breadcrumbs, batter, bought in chips,

It is not in cornflour. Cornflour is wonderful stuff.

Please use your existing recipes with changes as follows:
– fresh ingredients as anything already prepared is at risk and you don’t know what is included
– cornflour, rice flour, gram flour or potato flour, instead of wheat flour, oats, barley, spelt, bulgur etc
– rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red or white wine vinegar, cider vinegar rather than malt vinegar
– for carbohydrates in your menu use potatoes, rice, quinoa, sweet corn, beans, or gluten free pasta (breakfast can be a bit of a challenge!, but I have bacon and egg with fried potatoes and beans – the more proteins the better)
– rice noodles
– buy-in gluten-free pasta, GF mayonnaise, GF soy sauce, GF curry sauces, GF soups, GF cakes, GF biscuits, GF bread where absolutely vital,
– butter and margarine are fine though olive oil and rapeseed oil may be better for your guests
– if you are buying anything that includes ‘modified starch’ that is also fine (UK)

The cultural jump you probably need to make is that modern cuisine also expects pastries and cakes whereas gluten free needs to be for example, desserts made from eggs and sugar and fruit combined with cream, Fromage Frais or yoghourt. Ice cream sometimes includes wheat and gluten. Fresh and cooked fruit with meringue is wonderful.

Don’t worry about creating anything exotic, GF people just love to KNOW that ALL the food is Gluten Free. Then they can relax and enjoy the party. For the solutions to your party, dinner and BarBQ nightmares – ‘Feed My Guests’ provides a way for guests to inform you what their dietary needs, likes and dislikes are. Visit Feed My Guests


PS, Wild rice is not rice at all, it’s a grass and therefore contains gluten.

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