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If you’re looking for gluten free places to eat in Barnstaple, North Devon. You’re in luck. My gluten free guide to Barnstaple is jam-packed with coeliac-safe eateries. Including two dedicated gluten free cafes!

Gluten free jam doughnuts at Charlie's Cafe in Barnstaple, North Devon.
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I have lived in North Devon my whole life (bar three years at uni) and it is such a great place to eat out if you have coeliac disease.

There are loads of gluten free cafes and restaurants in Barnstaple, so let me take you through them.

Here you’ll find everything from gluten free doughnuts and pizza to burgers, curry and more. And if you’re in the area don’t forget to check out my full guide to gluten free North Devon, plus area guides for Croyde and Saunton, Westward Ho! and Woolacombe.

This guide to gluten free Barnstaple will keep evolving and changing, so if you have any places to add to the list, please get in touch. It was last updated in May 2024.

Charlie’s Cafe, Tuly Street, Barnstaple

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If you’re coming to Barnstaple you simply HAVE to visit Charlie’s Cafe! Here 100% of the cakes, breakfasts and lunches are gluten free (and mostly vegan for the cakes too). And new for 2024 they are now doing the best gluten free fried doughnuts EVER.

They take cross contamination really seriously, and are super adaptable to other dietary requirements, including soya free. Honestly the nicest people and well worth a visit.

Find Charlie’s Cafe at 19 Tuly St, Barnstaple EX31 1DH. View their cakes on their Facebook page here.

The Feel Good Larder, The Square, Barnstaple

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The Feel Good Larder is Barnstaple’s other totally gluten free cafe, found at the end of Boutport Street just by the Square.

They have a full range of gluten free cakes (including CROISSANTS!) and lots of yummy healthy lunch options. All with no gluten in the kitchen!

The real highlight for me is that this is hands down the best place to get coffee in Barnstaple. I just love the vibe of this place and spend many an hour here!

Find The Feel Good Larder at The Square, Barnstaple.

Bull and Bear, Mermaid Walk, Barnstaple

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Sports bar and restaurant Bull and Bear offers a great variety of gluten free food including amazing burgers. And a great knowledge of coeliac and cross contamination.

The gluten free fried chicken (Los Pollos Hermanos) is my particular favourite dish, but you can also choose from gluten free burger options and a range of gluten free appetisers including mozzarella dippers and jalapeño bites.

Find Bull and Bear at 128 Boutport Street, Barnstaple. View their menu online here.

The New Amsterdam, High Street

New Amsterdam is a pizza restaurant and a gluten free HAVEN – with giant gluten free pizzas all cooked in a separate gluten free oven.

Aside from the amazing pizzas they have a clearly marked gluten free menu and lots of other gluten free options.

The giant salads look amazing and the homemade ice-cream is just to die for. Plus they have an epic range of cocktails too.

Find The New Amsterdam at 80 Barnstaple High Street. View their menu online here.

62 The Bank, Boutport Street, Barnstaple

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62 The Bank has always been one of my favourite places to eat in Barnstaple, and I love the fact that now most of their menu is gluten free.

Their steak is fantastic and I can recommend the nachos too. Everything on the menu is really clearly marked and as a former bank, it’s a really cool building.

They also do gluten free ‘pancakes’ – which are actually wraps – which are pretty awesome, and their gluten free brownie for dessert is an absolute feast.

Find them at 62 Boutport Street, Barnstaple. View their menu online here.

Eat at Block, Butchers Row, Barnstaple

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I am mildly obsessed with Block, from their awesome decor to their delicious menu.

Their lunch and brunch menus can easily be made gluten free and they always have a ready supply of gluten free bread.

They also cook up some mean gluten free cakes. And I could sit in there all day for the amazing vibes and it’s a great place to catch up over epic food.

Find them in Butchers Row, Barnstaple. View their menu online here.

Tea by the Taw, The Strand, Barnstaple

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If you’re looking for a vintage tea room offering gorgeous gluten free cakes, scones and sandwiches, then Tea by the Taw is where you need to be.

The cute china sets and floral tablecloths make this a delightful little venue, and their gluten free food is good, even if the cake selection is a tad limited to the usual brownie and lemon cakes. The sandwiches are huge though!

Find Tea by the Taw on The Strand, Barnstaple.

Pilton Fryer, Pilton Street, Barnstaple

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The Pilton Fryer in Barnstaple offers gluten free fish and chips on a Monday night – and occasionally as a special.

Crispy cod and chips is my favourite, but to have the luxury of gluten free fish and chips in Barnstaple is just the best feeling, even if it is only for one day of the week!

Find Pilton Fryer at 94 Pilton Street, Barnstaple.

Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Garden

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If you want to enjoy gluten free tapas in a gorgeous setting, this is for you!

Broomhill is just outside of Barnstaple but nestled within a beautiful sculpture garden.

The lunchtime tapas menu is about 90% gluten free and a lot can be made dairy free or vegan.

Plus the views are incredible!

Find Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden at postcode EX31 4EX.

The Imperial Hotel, Taw Vale

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I recently went to The Imperial Hotel for an afternoon tea and they catered really well for gluten free.

There was a fab selection of cakes and sandwiches and they were great at taking it all as a pre-order so I felt confident it was safe.

I’m not sure what the rest of their menu is like but it was worth a visit!

The Cupcakery, Butchers Row, Barnstaple

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If cute cupcakes are your thing, The Cupcakery is where you want to be!

Selling cute cupcakes in Butchers Row, Barnstaple, there is always a gluten free cupcake of the week and it is always delicious!

Find The Cupcakery in Butchers Row, Barnstaple.

Barnstaple Bakery, High Street, Barnstaple

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Barnstaple Bakery offers an assortment of gluten free bakes, from cakes to pasties. These are usually baked to order so ensure you go and order your lunch with plenty of notice.

Pop in and order yours for a delicious gluten free lunch of snack.

Find them at 83 High Street, Barnstaple.

Tarko Lounge, Green Lanes, Barnstaple

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Tarko Lounge in Barnstaple has its own gluten free menu, which includes everything from burgers to brunch.

As part of the Lounges chain they take coeliac disease seriously, with a separate gluten free menu and little red allergy flags in your meal. They have a good choice of gluten free dishes though and I often pop in here for a brunch catch up.

Find Tarko Lounge at Green Lanes Shopping Centre, Barnstaple High Street

The Lemon Next to the Pie, Holland Walk

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With a selection of gluten free cakes and gluten free bread for sandwiches, this is a cute little cafe down a pretty Barnstaple walkway which offers some good lunch options.

St John’s Garden Centre, Newport, Barnstaple

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The cafe is here great – they have loads of indoor and outdoor seating and plenty of gluten free (and dairy free) options.

There is always a good selection of gluten free and vegan cakes!

Tiffin Barnstaple

I’ve not eaten at Tiffin Indian Kitchen in Barnstaple yet but I have seen they clearly mark a lot of their dishes as gluten free. I’ll definitely be checking this out for a gluten free curry soon. Find Tiffin at 70 Boutport Street, Barnstaple.

Other national chains offering gluten free in Barnstaple:

  • Marks and Spencer, High Street
  • Boots, High Street
  • Costa Coffee, Station Road and High Street (limited options!)
  • Caffe Nero, High Street
  • Dominos, Vicarage Street
  • Wetherspoon, The Strand (Watergate) and Boutport Street (The Panniers)

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Hi, I'm Sarah! Diagnosed with coeliac disease 20 years ago, I'm on a mission to create the best gluten free recipes since sliced bread. No fruit salads or dry brownies here.

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  1. I live in Torrington and have just been diagnosed with Coeliacs. So this is a handy guide to get me started in a scary new world with no gluten in it!

    Thank you very much! 🙂