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Against the grain: top five gluten-free bakeries in the UK

Gluten-free eating is becoming ever more mainstream. We list five of the UK’s best bakeries for coeliac-friendly cakes and loaves.

By Gemma Newton
Published 10 May 2019, 11:15 BST
Wildcraft Bakery, Leeds
Wildcraft Bakery, Leeds
Photograph by Morgan O'Driscoll

1. Wild Flours, Glasgow
Glasgow’s first gluten-free bakery is a family affair. Run by mother-and-son team Anne and Calum Bryce, it’s known for its beignets (fluffy, sugar-coated doughnuts), which are available all week but especially celebrated on ‘Beignet Sundays’, when an array of unusual flavours is on offer. Breads include a vegan seeded sourdough, which also appears on the brunch menu.

2. Nibsy’s, Reading
Even though everything at Nibsy’s is gluten-free — from millionaire’s shortbread and bakewell tarts to sandwiches and afternoon tea — none of it feels like a compromise. There are vegan options too, including doughnuts and rocky road, and coffee is sourced from a roaster based in nearby Winchester.

3. Wildcraft Bakery, Leeds
In stark contrast to its industrial estate location, Wildcraft Bakery’s rustic confections are inspired by the seasons and made with foraged local ingredients. Look out for the award-winning sprouted buckwheat sourdough, yeasted (but nevertheless gluten-free) doughnuts, and regularly-changing whoopee pies with a local twist — previous versions have included Yorkshire rhubarb and custard.

4. Sugar Daddy’s, Edinburgh
Established in Bonnington five years ago, after co-founder Amy Ranaldi was diagnosed coeliac, 1950s-inspired Sugar Daddy’s has since opened a second outpost in Bruntsfield. Amy and her husband, JP, say they’re on a mission to popularise allergy-friendly baking. Their gluten-free goodies include iced-gem cupcakes and an all-day brunch.

5. Romeo’s Sugar Free Bakery, London
This pair of north London bakeries — one in Highbury, the other not far away, in Islington — are dedicated to all things gluten- and sugar-free, and claim to use organic and locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Their wholesome range includes everything from pomegranate cheesecake to cashew nut cookies.

Published in Issue 5 of National Geographic Traveller Food.

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