Gluten Free Fish and Chips London Guide
Oh Gluten Free Fish & Chips. There is an entire Facebook group dedicated to you. Free From Eating Out Awards have an entire category for you. Some gluten free food is relatively easy to find. Pizza, pasta, brownies. You are more elusive. Almost exclusive. So where to find gluten free fish and chips in London?
Presenting a labour of love. The very best places to find gluten free fish and chips in London! This will change over time as places open or close or change what they offer. I will inevitably have missed *your* favourite or secret squirrel find. Tell me and I will visit and add it!
Why are Gluten Free Fish and Chips so hard to find?
Fish are gluten free. Potatoes are gluten free. So why are gluten free fish & chips so rare? The batter used for frying fish is often wheat flour based. Most venues have only one fryer and therefore anything fried within it, even if naturally gluten free, is cross-contaminated. If chips are bought in ready made they often have wheat flour as part of their coating.
So it takes real effort for venues to offer gluten free fish & chips. Some achieve it by having a dedicated gluten free day following a full clean of all their equipment. Otherwise it requires costly extra equipment and space. So when you find gluten free fish and chips. Rejoice! Order! Devour!
Fresh off the boat beer battered fish & chips has been a feature on the 100% gluten free menu ever since launch. I have heard the head chef express mock dismay that the dish is so popular among coeliac diners. He goes to huge effort to invent wonderfully enticing and creative dishes. We keep on choosing the fish and chips. I did exactly this on my own first visit. I barely looked at the rest of the menu! I do not think they dare remove it anymore. They can change anything else. This must remain.
Olley’s Fish Experience
Olley’s used to be a place that offered a gluten-free day once a week but thanks to additional equipment every day is now
groundhog day gluten free day. Quantities are almost silly. Your fish will arrive on a plate bigger than many London restaurant tables! For a very traditional fish & chip supper it would be difficult to find a better place.
Fish and chips folklore from Olley’s. Chips were a main staple food of the industrial North but fried fish was actually introduced in London’s East End!
Hobson’s Fish & Chips
Great for: Generous quantities & great value Located at? Bayswater, North London. Go to Hobson’s Fish and Chips
Together with Olley’s this is another great place for fantastically traditional fish & chips. Quick service, huge plates, even more huge fish! Nicely social booths for groups. They even have gluten free desserts but good luck getting to them after one of the enormous servings of fish!
Leadbelly’s has a 98% gluten-free menu and thankfully fish & chips is part of that 98%. You can switch your regular chips for vibrantly orange sweet potato chips and gaze out at the beautiful Albion Channel at the back of the restaurant. Dip your fish and chips into tartare sauce & devour them. The only caveat is that the serving size is large enough that you will probably not have sufficient space to try their world-class cheesecake! Visit first for the fish and chips. Return for the cheesecake. Good plan.
Great for: Multiple locations with great quality & a vegan “fish” & chips option Located at? Mayfair, The City, Clapham! Go to Mayfair Chippy
Slightly lesser known since the marketing is low profile. There is no mention of gluten free on their website. They are also yet to add a dedicated gluten-free menu online or on site. Despite this most of the menu is available gluten free. There is also a vegan “jackfruit and tofu and chips” option. Fantastic!
Great for: 100% gluten free safety and tempura fish & chips! Located at? Clapham, South London. Go to Mommi!
An entire post could be dedicated to the the wonders of Mommi. Ooh, I wrote one! The Mommi fish & chips plate is unique and special. “Nikkei” refers to Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Mommi offer “Nikkei Tempura Fish & Chips” served with wasabi mayo, cassava fries, spring onion & citrus ponzu. Try it a flavor extravaganza.
Be warned though, this is one “sharing plate” you will really not want to share!
Great for: Award winning goodness and vegan options Located at? Brockley, South East London. Go to Brockley’s Rock!
In 2018 Brockley’s Rock began offering gluten free from Sunday through Thursday thanks to a separate pan to cook the food, separate utensils to handle the food and a separate cabinet to keep the food. They also have a range of vegan options including fish fingers, scampi and “vegan cake”. Colour me intrigued.
Available: Saturdays and special occasions! Great for: Vegan “Tofish & Chips” with gorgeous home made gluten free batter Located at? Broadway Market on Saturdays and follow Shakey Shakey on Instagram to find their next pop-up!
There are some street-food pop ups that you wish & hope to become permanent venues you can visit whenever you like. Would that make it any less rare & special? I do not know but would like to find out! The only fully vegan and gluten “fish and chips” place and definitely the best!
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