Updated with 2018 Shortlist!
Discover wonderful new places to eat out free from gluten, dairy, nuts and other allergens via the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards!
“The Free From Eating Out awards seek out the best ‘freefrom’ eateries from beach hut cafés to five star restaurants – and then send out their expert judges. Based on the judges’ reports, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards are made to eateries who understood how to cater safely for food allergic people. But, as important, awards go to those who have learned how to provide guests on restricted diets with exciting, innovative and delicious food which can rival, if not excel, their ‘normal’ offer.”
FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Map
As of November 2018 the map includes all venues that have received Free From Eating Out Awards from 2015 to 2017 plus new entrants in 2018 (winners announced on 20 November)
You can zoom to your area. You can use the left side navigation panel to filter for Cafes, Fish & Chip Shops, Restaurants and B&Bs & Guest Houses. If you are using desktop hit the expand button top right to go to full screen.
Descriptions for each marked venue indicate the type of Award received and offer a teaser of judge opinions. Bigger chain venues have their own category so you can filter them in or out as you prefer.
Note that whilst many FreeFrom Eating Out Awards venues cater gluten free the Awards are not limited to gluten. Some venues even have menus with dishes free from all 14 major allergens. As ever you should still take care of yourself or family by ensuring that your personal needs are catered for before dining.
Do you have any questions or feedback about the map? Do you know of a venue that should be participating? Have you eaten out at any of the winners? Tell us via comments!
FreeFrom Eating Out Awards Judging
I am a coeliac with a preference for vegan foods and often eat out together with friends with other allergies including dairy and nuts. I follow the Awards to discover hidden gems and new favourites. Very happily I am now also one of the judges so have direct insight into the process of selecting winners.
The first step for all participating venues is a comprehensive written submission. This details their staff training, kitchen and serving practices and menu design. Several questions are included to test knowledge of allergens. Multiple judges assess entries and this leads to an initial shortlist. Venues shortlisted are then visited secret shopper style by judges.
I have personally helped assess include Silver Award Winner Olley’s Fish Experience, and Gold Award Winners Yorica! and The Willow. Sometimes of course venues dismay rather than delight. Uncovering and helping address problems is just as important as finding fantastic places.
I thoroughly recommend seeking and eating out at venues that have received FreeFrom Eating Out Awards. As both a judge and a food lover they are one of my favorite ways to find safe and fantastic places to eat.
You can also participate! If you know of a venue that deserves recognition you can do two things. Contact the Awards team to recommend they invite the venue to enter. Contact the venue itself to tell them why you think they should. They just might love the idea and welcome your encouragement! Entries for 2019 open in May 2019 and each year welcomes more and more venues. Great news for FreeFrom diners! Follow FreeFrom Eating Out Awards on Facebook or Twitter to stay informed and get involved.