With the summer holidays now here, finding family days to suit everyone might seem like a bit of a challenge. When you have children of different ages, this can seem especially so, and finding something that appeals to the whole family, near on impossible. One of the nicest ways to enjoy family time is to go for a family meal out.
Taking time out of your day to share food with others is one of the most primeval way of finding comfort and enjoyment, and a great way of spending quality family together. When one or more of your party has a food allergy or intolerance however, finding the right venue can be seem daunting.
Luckily, we're here to bring you our list of the best family friendly, gluten free restaurants in Manchester.
- Dough Pizza Kitchen.
Set within the ever-desirable Northern Quarter, Dough goes to lengths to ensure it's gluten-free offering is every inch as yummy as that for gluten-eaters. Think breads, pasta, pizzas and risottos, all hand-crafted and without a drop of gluten in sight. An especially great option when dining as part of a group, Dough Pizza Kitchen is the perfect place to take your little ones.
- Bagel Nash
From their two eateries, one in the Arndale and the other in Spinningfields, Bagel Nash provide a fabulous array of gluten free bagels and yummy fillings. Their extensive choices, along with the fun, casual atmosphere means it's the perfect place to take little people, and kids love to get stuck into their yummy finger food!
- COSMO Authentic World Kitchen
Based at 48, Deansgate, this wonderful restaurant will leave your children's minds, as well as tummies, satisfied. As a buffet-style restaurant, the casual atmosphere is perfect for kids, but the staggering 60m of food tables will give even the pickiest of eaters, a fabulous feast. With a variety of options for those with intolerance including gluten and dairy free, and a 12m desserts section, we give COSMO a big Freya’ thumbs up.
This beautifully quaint restaurant is owned by TV chef Simon Rimmer. Offering vegetarian food, prepared with fresh, quality ingredients, a variety of gluten-free choice are available too. The well-thought out children's menu will also be a crowd-pleaser. Its success means it has a strong following, and pre-booking would be advisable at all times.
Lime is a contemporary destination, set on the waterfront at Salford Quays. Their seasonal menu is changed daily to include locally sourced ingredients, including meat and seafood. Many of their dishes can be prepared to exclude gluten, meaning you can rest-assured in the knowledge you'll find a selection of coeliac-friendly foods. With their large outdoor terrace, the venue is perfect for children with energy to burn, especially after visiting nearby Lowry theatre. With kids receiving their own menu and goody bag too, this well-thought out restaurant is the perfect place to take your family.
- Olive & Thyme
Set on Barlow Moor Road, this Mediterranean cafe & restaurant provides a light, airy dining facility, perfect for families and groups. From lunchtime snacks, to more substantial dinners, guests can enjoy a menu including wraps, burgers and steaks. Best still, their menu features a whole variety of gluten-free options, while kid-friendly options will keep little ones happy.
- The Pasta Factory
Even the name suggests family friendly. The Pasta Factory is an authentic Italian haven on Shudehill. Using fresh ingredients, the team devise appealing menus to both grown ups and little ones alike. They are able to cater for a variety of specific requirements, including Vegan & Gluten Free, all without compromising on the taste.
- Mi & Pho
For those wanting something a little different, Mi & Pho provides authentic Vietnamese cuisine in a relaxed, informal environment. Situated 5 minutes from the airport, their emphasis on healthy eating means the menu is light and inspired. For those wanting to broaden their children's culinary tastes, a visit here will be well-rewarded, with a fabulous array of choices, many of which are gluten-free. For weary parents, this diner also has a bring-your-own-alcohol policy, perfect for those needing a pick-me-up!
- Cafe North
A family-friendly menu, packed with kids favourites is available at Cafe North. Their menu features burgers, wraps, sandwiches and waffles and is perfect for a more informal light-bite. Set on Shudehill, it's ideally situated and easily accessible. Cafe North is a true crowd pleaser, and with a variety of gluten free options available, it's easy to see why.
- Yard & Coop
The name might give it away that our final entry is all about chicken! Based in the bustling Northern Quarter, this has to be one of the best gluten free surprises on the list. Yard & Coop have confirmed that they can make all of their chicken dishes completely gluten free, what's more, there are plenty of chances across the summer holidays for kids to get their meal for free. Get down to their rustic restaurant to see what all the fuss is about!
Manchester is one of the UK's most vibrant and exciting cities. With the summer holidays now upon us, make sure you make the most of your family's time together, and sample some of the city's finest gluten-free foods together.