This, at-a-glance guide, gives you allergen information for a wide variety of the most popular brand restaurants across the UK, empowering you to make informed decisions about where and what to eat.
Scroll through the restaurants on the right and click to view relevant information such as; gluten-free menus, food allergy policies, variety of dishes available as well as sample gluten-free dishes.
Launched in 1997, YO! Sushi is a British sushi franchise with over 70 restaurants across the United Kingdom, offering a wide selection of vegetable, meat and fish dishes which are cooked in open view of the customers and supplied on a Japanese ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt, allowing you to pick and choose your meal as it passes you.
The popular chain restaurant Prezzo first opened its doors to the public in 2000 at its flagship branch on Oxford Street, London, and now boasts over 200 branches. This Italian eatery’s menu features an array of pastas, pizzas and salads to cater for all tastes, and alters its menu as the seasons change, to keep things fresh.
Although it was founded in 1987, Nando’s has really forced itself into the public consciousness over the past decade – and this Mozambican/Portuguese chicken is now such a British institution that it has its own phrase, with youngsters often talking of going out for a ‘cheeky Nando’s’, whether that’s the mild lemon and herb option or one of three peri-peri spicy options.
Pizza Express is one of the oldest high street chains around, with over 50 years of experience since it was launched in 1965. Using traditional pizza ovens to cook light, handmade pizzas and calzones, Pizza Express prides itself on its simplicity, offering simple, tasty pizzas with a variety of toppings.
Often referred to as GBK, Gourmet Burger Kitchen was launched in London in 2001, and is famed for its wide selection of burgers. With reliable classics like the simple cheeseburger sitting alongside more modern efforts featuring everything from beetroot and pineapple to onion jam and ‘baconnaise’, and with 70 restaurants in the UK alone, GBK has become one of the most popular restaurants of the 21st Century.
Founded in 1992 by restaurateur Alan Yau, Wagamama is probably the UK’s most popular Japanese restaurant. Wagamama opts for an authentic Japanese dining experience, with diners sitting alongside one another on long benches rather than on individual tables, and offers a wide selection of Japanese cuisine, with meat, fish or vegetables accompanied by your choice of noodles, rice or soup.
Launched by celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio in 1999, this award-winning Italian restaurant has gone from strength to strength over the past few years, with over 80 branches across the UK and many more around the world. Carluccio’s offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the evening menu containing traditional Italian dishes such as ravioli, lasagne and, of course, spaghetti.
This French café/restaurant hybrid was launched in 1989 and has grown year on year ever since, with well over 100 outlets in the United Kingdom as of 2016. Café Rouge offers classic French lunch options including baguettes and sandwiches, while the extensive dinner menu features four varieties of steak among other classic dishes.
Taking its name from a Scottish lake, Loch Fyne is a seafood chain with 41 restaurants in the UK, serving up everything from local mussels and traditional fish and chips to more modern choices like king prawn spaghetti and squid tempura. The restaurant is closely linked to the Loch Fyne Oysters company.
With 43 branches across the United Kingdom, you’re never far from a Strada – and this Italian restaurant has developed a niche for itself with an extensive seasonal menu allied to a wide selection of cocktails. Strada has recently joined the Gourmet Society, offering members a discount on dishes including seafood risotto and sea bass with fennel and herb potatoes.
ASK Italian – more commonly known as ASK, standing for ‘Authentic Sicilian Kitchen’ – is one of the country’s most popular restaurant chains, with an incredible 137 locations across England, Scotland and Wales. Since 2010, the brand has worked alongside famous chef Theo Randall, who has ensured the restaurants’ menus remain fresh and interesting.
Cuisine: Fast Food
Although Pret a Manger was introduced as far back as 1984, its popularity has soared over the past decade (there are now almost 300 branches in Great Britain) as its menu has expanded to include a huge selection of cuisines – everything from French baguettes to Japanese sushi is now available at Pret a Manger, with an emphasis on sustainable, healthy ingredients.
The Italian chain Zizzi boasts 140 restaurants in the UK, offering lunch and dinner catering to all tastes. Traditionalists will enjoy the chain’s Pizza Rustica menu, a traditional hand-stretched pizza base with a crispy texture and a choice of toppings, while healthy eaters can try the Skinny Pizza range, tasty wholemeal pizzas at less than 550 calories.
Available at 91 locations around the UK, Bella Italia is an Italian restaurant chain offering pizza, pasta and grilled dishes to order. This restaurant has a popular breakfast menu – choices include everything from omelettes and pancakes to the zany Breakfast Pizza – a pizza topped with bacon, sausage, tomato, mushroom and even a fried egg.
Although the US branches are probably the most famous, the Hard Rock Café was actually first launched in London, in 1971, and this themed restaurant is a bit different to most, with emphasis placed as much on the restaurant’s design as its menu – the chain’s four UK branches in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow house a collection of rock memorabilia, with the London restaurant’s attached ‘Vault’ featuring items donated by bands including The Who, Eric Clapton and Deep Purple.
The upmarket Côte de Brasserie chain prides itself on providing authentic French cuisine, and has enjoyed great success with 72 branches open in Britain. A constantly evolving menu includes interesting specials like guinea hen and Jerusalem artichokes, while Côte de Brasserie is well-known for its lengthy wine list and breakfast menu.
Better known simply as Byron, the Byron Hamburgers chain has 60 locations across the country, with 37 in London alone! Founded in 2007 by American Tom Byng, Byron’s array of Stateside burgers are made to order from heavily-guarded recipes, and with 14 varieties of burger available – not to mention 20 optional toppings – there is something for everyone.
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Famed for its spicy food and authentic Tex Mex atmosphere, Chiquito markets itself as an ‘experience’ as much as a place to eat out. With 87 branches, Chiquito is the United Kingdom’s largest Tex Mex restaurant chain, drawing guests in with a menu featuring everything from traditional fajitas and tacos to authentic Mexican street food like empanadas and patatas bravas – and there are even mild options available for anyone who can’t handle the heat.
Bringing the Spanish tradition of tapas to the UK, La Tasca’s growing popularity since it was launched in 1993 means there are now 37 restaurants across the country, all offering a huge selection of sharing platters for two people or more, with meat, fish and vegetable dishes all available. The chain also caters for larger groups, with a party menu featuring 10 individual dishes.
Frankie & Benny’s might be an Italian-American dining experience with an array of dishes including burgers and pizza, but it was actually founded in London. The 1950s decor harks back to the golden age of the Italian influence in Manhattan, New York and, with over 200 branches across the United Kingdom, brings a little bit of Italy to the UK via the States.
A relative newcomer to British high streets, Giraffe has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants around, with 59 new branches opening up since the first was launched in Hampstead in 1998. This café and restaurant brand features a variety of cuisines, with full English breakfasts available for early starters and everything from US-style baby back ribs to Mexican burritos on the lunch and dinner menus.
Started by Alan Stillman and Daniel R. Scoggin in New York over 50 years ago, the ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ brand is now available in 60 countries, with 74 outlets in the UK alone. Offering authentic American burgers, steaks and beers, TGI Fridays puts an emphasis on a party atmosphere and is popular with big groups.
Cuisine: Latin Amercian
With 44 branches spread around the country, Las Iguanas has grown considerably since its first restaurant was launched in Bristol in 1991. Specialising in South American food, the brand is known for its casual eating experience and wide-ranging menu, while their range of cocktails, traditional South American design and Latin music lend Las Iguanas restaurants a real party atmosphere, with Mexican burritos and Argentinian steaks among the Latin American dishes on offer.
Cuisine: Fast Food
Specialising in natural, healthy fast food, Leon's USP has led to great success in the UK, where 34 branches have opened since the flagship restaurant was opened in London's Carnaby Street in 2004. Leon takes its inspiration from a number of Mediterranean cuisines, with everything from Brazilian black bean curry to Moroccan meatballs on the menu in an attempt to dispel the idea that all fast food must be unhealthy.
One of our independent gems worthy of honourable mention.
La Polenteria is an Italian restaurant based in Soho, with a claim to being the first 100% gluten-free Italian kitchen in London. A blend of modern and traditional Italian cuisine with a focus and emphasis on tasty healthy eating. Ethic, quality and passion are their main ingredients.
One of our independent gems worthy of honourable mention.
Niche creates memorable food, with attention to detail, using only seasonal ingredients for honest British comfort food; all guaranteed 100% gluten-free. The restaurant is based near Angel tube station, Islington, and offers pre-theatre menus for Sadler’s Wells visitors alongside their dinner menu.
Niche can claim to be the first restaurant in London to be awarded the Coeliac UK Grade A certificate for being a 100% gluten-free restaurant.
One of our independent gems worthy of honourable mention.
The first gluten-free restaurant in Leeds, established by a coeliac sufferer, 2 Oxford Place has quirky charm and a mismatched vintage décor. The restaurant specialises in afternoon teas with delicious cakes, classic daytime fare and elegant dinner choices. The restaurant is Coeliac UK certified 100% gluten-free and also offers a vegan and dairy-free menu.
One of our independent gems worthy of honourable mention.
In 1989, Stonecroft became a gluten-free kitchen when couple Stuart and Julia Reid took over the family-run guest house from Stuart’s parents. Chef Julia specialises in catering for restrictive dietary requirements, particularly gluten-free. The guesthouse is situated in a beautiful hamlet in the Edale valley, part of the Peak District.
Stonecroft have a strong commitment to gluten- and allergen-free foods and maintain high standards in their kitchen to meet requirements. They go as far as sourcing ingredients from reliable sources and train all staff to deal with dietary restrictions.
YO! Roll, Nigiri & Maki Selection, Miso Soup
In 2008, YO! Sushi became the first catering group to adopt the Food Standards Agency's traffic light colour-coding system, which allows customers to see nutritional information about the food they are eating.
Penne Arrabbiata, Wild Mushroom Risotto, Tropicana Pizza
Before you place your order, please speak to a member of the team. As all of our dishes are prepared freshly to order it is unfortunately not possible to guarantee that traces of particular allergens, including nuts, are not present in all dishes.
Half Peri-Peri Chicken, Spicy Rice, Frozen Yogurt
In every restaurant we have a 'Food and Menu Specifications' book, which tells you all the ingredients in every product we have. If you do have an allergy, please let us know when you order so we can make double sure your meal is prepared with the utmost care to minimise cross-contamination.
"Nando’s took it seriously and have done each time we have visited them. From preparing and cooking separately and nothing was too much trouble."
Risotto Mio, Melanzane al Forno, Chocolate Brownie with Ice Cream
We are proud to have a range of gluten-free dishes on our menu, including risotto, sorbets and a pilsner. And we’ve introduced gluten-free Classic and Piccolo pizza bases, so all of our pizza recipes can now be enjoyed, gluten-free. In addition, any of our salads can be made gluten-free by removing dough sticks or croutons.
"Pizza Express at Broughton Park, Chester is very considerate and willing to make loads of changes to the advertised menu for those with intolerances."
"Cannot praise our local Pizza Express (Stockton-on-Tees) highly enough for being able to sort me a gluten-free pizza fix fuss-free every time using dedicated boards and utensils to avoid cross-contamination."
GBK Cheese and Bacon Burger, Bacon Pesterella, Madagascan Vanilla Ice Cream
Grilled Tuna Omakase, Kimchee, Sweet Onigiri
Most of our dishes include ingredients that contain gluten, but we are able to modify some recipes to remove these ingredients or replace them. If you have a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity please let your server know before you order your food and they'll be able to suggest the best dishes for you.
Allergy information is sent to the kitchen via a handset, ensuring that inappropriate dishes will not be served through miscommunication.
"Wagamama is great, they have a great allergy folder and will amend dishes to suit your needs, as they all cook to order. The staff never make it a problem and I visit three regularly."
Pan-fried Sea Bass, Pasta Carbonara, Panna Cotta
Before ordering your food and drinks, please speak to our staff if you would like to know more about our ingredients.
Tomato and Harissa Potage, Rump Steak, Chicken Caesar Salad
"Café Rouge even changed the frying oil at 10pm to fry my chips."
Shellfish Platter, Duck and Chicken Liver Parfait, Coconut Rice Pudding
Full allergen information is available upon request from a member of staff. If you have special dietary requirements or would like us to adapt a dish to your taste, please ask. Please be aware that all our dishes are prepared in kitchens where nuts and gluten are present, as well as other allergens, therefore we cannot guarantee that any food item is completely free from traces of allergens.
Seafood Risotto, Creamy Chicken and Tarragon Pasta, Affogato
Within our kitchens we do use nuts, eggs, shellfish, milk and gluten-containing products and it is impossible to fully guarantee the separation of these items in storage, preparation or cooking. Please ask your restaurant host to confirm any items you are concerned about.
The kitchen is notified of allergy information via a button on the cash register, limiting the possibility of miscommunication.
Pasta Bolognese, Risotto Pescatore, Chocolate Gelati
If you have any specific dietary requirements, we have a full allergen menu. Whilst we have strict controls in place to reduce the risk of contamination, unfortunately it is not possible for us to guarantee that our dishes will be 100% allergen free. Please speak to the restaurant manager, prior to placing order, if you have any food allergies, so we can take extra care preparing your dish.
"ASK is amazing! They offer plenty of gluten-free options for myself and my mum also!"
Salmon and Baby Kale Superbowl, Chef’s Italian Chicken Salad, Rock Salt Popcorn
Knowing exactly what is in our food (and what’s not) is incredibly important to us. For more information on the ingredients in our products take a look at our handy allergen guide.
Risotto Pollo Funghi, Spiedini Pescatore, Lemon Meringue Sundae
Our dish descriptions may not mention every single ingredient; just ask if you’re unsure. It’s sadly impossible for us to guarantee our busy kitchens are 100% allergen free. Please inform one of our restaurant team of your specific allergy or dietary requirement when ordering and just ask us if you have any questions.
At the chef’s discretion, you may be able to order allergen-free dishes not included on the menu.
"Zizzi's for me as they are always happy to do special requirements."
Insalata Salmon, Rump Steak with Chunky Chips, Godfather Banana
Please inform your waiter, before ordering, of any specific dietary requirements that you may have. Unfortunately it is not possible to guarantee that our busy kitchens are completely free of allergens. Allergen information will be kept up to date and should be checked each time you visit, as we may update recipes from time to time.
Bella Italia offer child portions of every allergen-free dish on their main menu.
Classic Nachos, New York Strip Steak, Sinful Hot Fudge Sundae
We hold allergy information for all menu items, please speak to your server for further details. If you suffer from a food allergy, please ensure that your server is aware at time of order.
Charcuterie Board, Beef Bourguignon, Chocolate Mousse
We use flour and other ingredients containing gluten in our kitchens, however processes and training are in place to ensure that all options on the GF menu are gluten-free.
Skinny Chilli Burger, Iceberg Wedge Salad, Caramel and Honeycomb Sundae
If you have any food allergies or intolerances, please let us know. However, because all menu items are prepared in kitchens where allergenic ingredients are present and our suppliers operate in premises where other allergenic ingredients are handled, we cannot guarantee that any menu item is allergen-free.
Byron Hamburgers offers an extensive takeaway menu containing many allergen-free options.
"Staff at Byron burgers in Milton Keynes were outstanding."
Cantina Mushrooms, Acapulco Chicken Fajitas, Blueberry and Apple Crumble
Due to the presence of some ingredients used in our kitchens, we can never guarantee that a dish is completely free from any allergens/specific ingredients. Please inform your server of your allergy when placing your order.
Rustic Garlic Bread, Paella de Carne, Fondant de Chocolate
Please make sure that you inform our teams of your allergy every time you dine with us, even if you have eaten the dish before, so that extra care is taken within the kitchen while preparing your meal to help prevent cross-contamination. Within our kitchens we use nuts, fish, egg, shellfish, milk and gluten products and it is impossible to fully guarantee separation of these items in storage, preparation or cooking, although every effort is made to minimise the risk.
Black Treacle BBQ Ribs, Naked Burger, Frankie’s Banana Split Sundae
If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance, please let your server know upon placing your order. Ingredients can occasionally be substituted or changed so please review the allergy information on this website before each visit. Every care is taken to avoid any cross-contamination when processing a specific allergen-free order. We do, however, work in a kitchen that processes allergenic ingredients and does not have a specific allergen free zone or separate dedicated fryers.
Jerk Chicken and Mango Salad, BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos, Strawberry Ice Cream
Whilst our teams adhere to strict standards, we do prepare food in a kitchen where nuts, cereals, eggs and other allergens are present. Some dishes may contain more ingredients than are listed on our menus. Please let a member of our team know if you or any of your party have a food allergy or intolerance.
Sizzling Chicken and Shrimp, Baby Back Ribs, Ice Cream Sundae
Please note that staff need to be informed of your allergy every time you dine with us, even if you have eaten the dish before, so that every precaution can be taken in our kitchen to prevent cross-contamination.
Crayfish and Sweet Chilli Salad
We haven’t listed all of the ingredients in every dish. Our dishes are freshly prepared to order, so if you have any specific dietary requirements or allergies, there are many dishes we can change for you so they are suitable. Please phone ahead to the restaurant or drop them an email and they will be only too happy to help.
Chargrilled Chicken Hot Box with Tarragon, Sweet Potato Falafel Hot Box, Billionaire’s Shortbread
Pork shank with gravy sauce and vegetables served on a base of creamy polenta
100% gluten-free kitchen
Parmesan and Cheddar Doughnuts, 100% British Rare Breed Sausages, White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Blondie
100% gluten-free, Grade A accredited
Eggs Benedict, Truffled Cauliflower Cake, Teriyaki Salmon, Sticky Toffee Pudding
Stilton and Walnut Pie, Apricot Chicken with Saffron Rice, Mango and Cardamom Parfait
On 13 December 2014, new legislation (the EU Food Information for Consumers Regulation No. 1169/2011) came into force which requires food businesses to provide allergy information on food sold unpackaged.
Whilst around 1 in 5 people have some level of food sensitivity in the UK: for 2% of adults, their food allergy is potentially life threatening. Checking ingredients is mandatory for people on restrictive diets, already cautious of processed foods. Although sufferers aren’t deterred from eating out, a survey we conducted showed that 55% check online menus before going out.
Considering that 30% of those surveyed suffer with coeliac disease (diagnosable by blood tests), 36% with lactose intolerance (trickier to diagnose), 14% with egg allergies and a further 12% allergic to peanuts: knowing what goes into your food is vital.
Subsequently, in 2014 a legislation was introduced requiring restaurants to provide allergy information in the form of an FIR food intolerance report, which reports on the 14 EU listed allergens, see that list here.
Although Pizza Express were voted best at handling dietary restrictions in our survey, this guide shows, at-a-glance, allergen-related information covering 24 brand restaurants, 4 independent gems worthy of honourable mention and over 2,800 individual restaurants across the UK: helping you make informed decisions about where and what to eat.
All information contained has been verified from the restaurant’s official website and was correct at the time of publish. Menus are subject to frequent change. Information contained can only be used as a guide, a sufferer must inform the restaurant of their allergy at the time of eating and assess their own level of risk before eating dishes.
Some photographs are representations of the cuisine served in the restaurant and not actual photographs of dishes served in the restaurant.