If you're ever in central Bristol looking for a gluten free meal, the key thing to remember is - the nearer you are to Clifton, the better your chances. So unfortunately, it's time to change into flats, plug in your music to drown out that clicky hip and head straight up Bristol's Misty Mountain, AKA Park Street.
I was lucky enough to work on The Triangle just before Christmas and we ate out often, so here is my round up of gluten free eateries on Park Street and on The Triangle.
First up -
62 Park St, Bristol BS1 5JN
My corn tortillas
Boy, beer, burrito
We make our own tortillas quite a bit so it was such a treat to have them made for us. The GF option is 4 mini sized corn tortillas with a choice of fillings (all are GF). I went for a few different fillings so I got to try everything and it was all fantastic. Really comforting, slow cooked goodness and guacamole! I spoke to them afterwards about cross contamination and they said they are looking into covering the tortillas before they go on the grill to make them extra safe. The décor is functional and a bit uncomfortable. When I told people we were eating there, they said 'oh, the takeaway place?' However, it won't stop me from going back! I am a Mission Burrito convert, like so many other Bristolians.
38 Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RE
Chicken liver & brandy parfait, rhubarb & tomato chutney, salad instead of toasted sourdough bread
Pan fried seabass fillets, sweet potato, chick pea & spinach curry, yoghurt & caper dressing
I was well looked after when I went for lunch at Brown's. What a treat lunch at Brown's is - beautiful architecture and a serene atmosphere, dishes that linger on the palate and flawless service. I chose what I wanted on the menu and the waitress assured me she would ensure any gluten items were substituted. My seabass main has become one of my favourite dishes in a restaurant ever! I even tried making it myself at home.
69 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1QL
Lunch at Bill's was a slightly different experience. Our waitress kept misunderstanding our requests which was comical at first but worrying when ordering anything free from. I asked about GF and she gave me a booklet with 'allergy advice'. Lunch options were green curry, wild mushroom risotto and the 'Pan-fried sea bass, chunky tomato, avocado and caper salsa with a crispy spring onion and parsley potato rösti' - which is what I went for. On the whole it was very tasty (thought I would have left off the avocado), I just felt miffed that I was surrounded by people with amazing looking burger and chips!
Friska70 Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1QU
Gluten free Pho - what more do I need to say? The picture doesn't do it justice either. I got a great big container of Pho, full of fresh veg, slow cooked pork and herbs and lots of lovely extra bits. I also got a coffee with almond milk! Friska always have gluten free cake on the counter and a selection of handmade cold salads, like Pad Thai. The décor is modern, cosy warehouse chic and there is a record, book and vintage clothing shop upstairs. I have a crush.
CAU74 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1QU
Good service, attentive staff. Décor is clinical, cow field chic. Steak was badass. And I hear the Margaritas are great.
85 Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1QS
Bottelino's offer gluten free pasta (penne) and you just need to speak to the waiter to find out which pasta dishes are GF. Servings are enormous and I can recommend the Rioja.
Other restaurants with an allergen menu/'GF' marked on the menu/offering to adjust meals to be gluten free.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to try these places out, though I'd love your feedback if you have.
Starts from the bottom to top of Park Street/Triangle.
La Tomatina - 2-4 Park St, Bristol BS1 5HS www.latomatinabristol.co.uk
Bristol Folk House - 40A Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG www.bristolfolkhouse.co.uk
Nandos - 49 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5NT www.nandos.co.uk
Goldbrick House - 69 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5PB www.goldbrickhouse.co.uk
Gourmet Burger Kitchen - 74 Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JX www.gbk.co.uk
Jamie's Italian - 87-89 Park St, Bristol BS1 5PW www.jamieoliver.com
Pizza Express - 31 Berkeley Square, Bristol BS8 1HP (just off Park St) www.pizzaexpress.com