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My gluten free guide to North Devon is something I’ve been planning to write for a very, very long time.

Having lived here my whole life, I’m so proud of all the gluten free places to eat in North Devon.

As it’s a relatively big area and I get asked a lot for my recommendations, I thought the best way to do this gluten free guide to North Devon would be by food-type.

Want an at-a-glance view? Skip to my interactive map of gluten free North Devon!

 I’m planning to do some more guides for each town – like my gluten free guide to Barnstaple – but this should cover the bases of the different foods, and my top spots to try!

The first section is the top five places you simply cannot miss, and the rest is broken into sub-sections. Enjoy!

I’ll look to update this guide each year, so hopefully this should cover you for summer 2021.

If you find anywhere not included, please do drop me an email on [email protected] so I can check it out and see if I should include it in this or another guide!

And if you visit any of these places, do drop me a comment below to let me know how you got on!

My top 5 places for gluten free North Devon

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There are so many gluten free places to eat in North Devon, but if you have left your research to the last-minute (like I always do!) and want a quick answer, I’m here to help!

My top six gluten free places to eat in North Devon are:

  • Barricane Beach Cafe for gluten free Sri Lankan curry on the beach. BYOB and enjoy a sunset picnic – just get there early! Every evening of summer, weather permitting.
  • Bull and Bear in Barnstaple for gluten free burgers. They also have a sister restaurant but I love the vibe of Bull and Bear. Their gluten free menu is top notch, with lots of added extras and the holy grail of gluten free breaded and fried food.
  • Flame Factory for the most amazing gluten free pizza. It’s fairly small here so definitely book in advance, but their gluten free pizzas are incredible. A lovely little family-run restaurant with a friendly vibe, and gluten free beer too.
  • Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! for giant gluten free cakes and scones! You’ll be astounded when you see how many of their cakes are gluten free. There’s so much choice, it’s a gorgeous tea-room and they do epic gluten free lunches too.
  • The Pier House in Westward Ho! Is a great all-rounder when it comes to gluten free food. From fish and chips to carvery, you’ll find something for everyone. Generous portion sizes and a lovely view – we even saw dolphins from our table here once!
  • Charlie’s Cafe in Barnstaple – a new addition to the list for 2021! This lovely cafe has a full range of 100% gluten free bakes and lunches, including many vegan options and even gluten free oat milk for coffee. And most important – DONUT FRIDAYS!

As for the rest, I’ve broken it down into sections based by food type – enjoy!

Gluten free fish and chips in North Devon

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If you want gluten free fish and chips in North Devon, you’re in luck! There are several places you can get these from, including one 100% gluten free fish and chip van.

In Westward Ho! Atlantic Bay fish and chips offer gluten free on a Monday. They’re super delicious and all their chips are gluten free through the week anyway, if you can’t make a Monday.

If you’re in Barnstaple, Pilton Fryer (pictured) does gluten free fish and chips on a Monday, when it changes the oil it in fryers – parking is limited but you can sometimes find a spot on the road.

In Ilfracombe you can find gluten free fish and chips at Lynbay Fish and Chips Shop on the Quay.

This is the perfect seaside location, where you can sit on the harbour wall and scoff your chips from paper wrappings – just be prepared to share them with the seagulls, or defend them well!

And for a sit-in fish and chip meal, head to The Pier House at Westward Ho!

They do a fantastic gluten free menu, including fish and chips for big and little appetites, with a great view to boot.

Gluten free pasties in North Devon

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Ok, so the Cornish over the border like the claim all the credit for pasties, but in Devon we do a pretty good job.

LJ’s Pantry (pictured) is my top recommendation – they’re second to none!

They are based out at Fishleigh Barton in the beautiful countryside, but they also showcase at plenty of markets. You can also buy them at Charlie’s Cafe in Barnstaple.

In Croyde, The Old Cream Shop stocks a range of gluten free pasties which you can buy, separately wrapped.

You can also pick up some of the same Baked To Taste gluten free pasties at Barnstaple Bakery – they’re a really great option to take home and bake.

If you’re visiting the seaside, both The Tuck Box The Bake House in Lynmouth also sells gluten free pasties, as does The Cracker Barrel in Lynton.

Gluten free cream teas in North Devon

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It wouldn’t be a visit to Devon without a cream tea, and there are some great gluten free cream teas in North Devon.

Just know that if you put the jam on first, we’ll boot you out. First and foremost I have to mention Tea on the Green in Westward Ho!

For their GINORMOUS gluten free scones (they have a great cake selection too – see coffee shops below!).

If you’re over Ilfracombe way, then Hele Corn Mill is another great place for a gluten free cream tea in North Devon – it’s best to ring ahead and order gluten free scones so you don’t miss out!

Tea by the Taw in Barnstaple offers beautiful gluten free cream teas as well, served with beautiful china in the cutest tea room ever.

If you’re visiting the beautiful villages of Appledore or Instow, pop into Johns for gluten free cream teas on request.

Both have a gorgeous view of the sea and plenty of gluten free cakes as well. Plus the Appledore shop does a gin cream tea (pictured) which is a must try!

Saunton Sands Hotel also offers gluten free scones as part of its afternoon tea offering.

Gluten free ice-creams in North Devon

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There are plenty of places you can grab some form of gluten free ice-cream in North Devon.

But I know what you’re really asking – where can I find gluten free ice-cream in a gluten free cone!?

Have no fear, there are plenty of places you can find gluten free ice-cream cones in North Devon!

In Ilfracombe pay a visit to Joey’s (pictured) on the seafront for some AMAZING gelato, available in tubs or gluten free cones.

In Lynmouth you can also enjoy some delicious ice-cream in a gluten free cone from Mavis Thrupton’s of Lynmouth – a tiny little kiosk which I never expected would sell gluten free cones, but they did!

They also have diabetic-friendly ice-cream and sheep’s milk ice-cream too.

Gluten free pizza in North Devon

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My new absolute favourite restaurant for gluten free pizza in North Devon has to be Flame Factory in Appledore (pictured).

Their gluten free pizzas are ‘normal’ sized and come with the most delicious array of toppings.

The New Amsterdam in Barnstaple High Street comes a close second with their own gluten free pizza oven and 12-inch gluten free bases.

There’s a huge variety of toppings and lots of other delicious gluten free options too.

Near Ilfracombe you’ll find the wonderful Depot Eatery at Mullacott Cross and they do a fantastic array of coeliac-safe dishes including yummy gluten free pizzas.

In Ilfracombe you can check out Slice of Devon for gluten free pizzas on request.

I’m yet to test their restaurant out but from their Facebook photos they look incredible.

It also looks like Woolacombe Pizza sells gluten free pizzas, though again I haven’t been able to get there to check them out yet.

In Croyde you’ve got The Hub which also sells slices of gluten free pizza – am again yet to try these but I used to work there so I know they’ll be clued up on coeliac!

Of course, if you’re feeling less adventurous, you can find Pizza Hut in Barnstaple too.

Gluten free burgers in North Devon

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When it comes to gluten free burgers in North Devon, the fabulous Bull and Bear reign over the region.

Sadly the original Custom House restaurant has closed down but all the faves from the menu can now be found at Bull and Bear.

They have an absolute tonne of gluten free options including gluten free burger buns, mozzarella dippers, chicken dippers and more, plus new vegan burgers too.

62 The Bank, also in Barnstaple, offers gluten free burgers with a variety of options.

Also in Barnstaple you can find Tarko Lounge, one of the Lounges chain which offers a massive gluten free menu.

This includes some pretty epic gluten free burgers – including with gluten free fried chicken!

If you’re in Westward Ho! then make sure you check out Pig on the Hill (pictured) for their selection of giant gluten free burgers – the one with pulled pork is an absolute feast!

Gluten free carvery in North Devon

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Nothing beats a carvery before a Sunday afternoon walk, and you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of options for a gluten free carvery in North Devon.

One place I enjoyed an EPIC Sunday lunch was The Carlton in Ilfracombe (pictured).

They have a huge gluten free menu which even included some incredible roast beef and giant homemade Yorkshire puddings.

The Pier House in Westward Ho! has a fantastic gluten free carvery, with gluten free gravy and lots to choose from.

Brend Hotels in Barnstaple such as The Park Hotel or The Barnstaple Hotel also do a good gluten free carvery, with all the classic trimmings you could ask for.

Gluten free coffee shops and cafes in North Devon

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There are so many coffee shops and cafes offering gluten free in North Devon, I’m not even sure where to start!

Tea on the Green in Westward Ho! is my ultimate favourite for giant gluten free cakes, sandwiches, cream teas, nachos and jacket potatoes.

Tea by the Taw and Queen Anne’s on The Strand in Barnstaple both offer gluten free options for lunches too.

Block in Butchers Row, Barnstaple, is my absolute FAVOURITE lunch stop, with so many amazing gluten free options for lunch.

Other good gluten free options in Barnstaple include Boston Tea Party and The Lemon Next To The Pie which both offer some yummy gluten free lunch options.

And if course I’ve mentioned them before, but Charlie’s Cafe offers a completely gluten free menu in Barnstaple.

Just down the road from Barnstaple you’ll find the beauty spot of Fremington Quay Cafe where they have a great range including gluten free breakfasts, sandwiches and cakes.

In Braunton you can find Wild Thyme which has a selection of gluten free cakes, breakfasts and lunches.

The newly-revamped Blue Groove (pictured below) also has a good range of gluten free lunch and dinner options, and a lovely outdoor space to sit in.

I can HIGHLY recommend the Gado Gado and their banoffee pie – but they do gluten free cream teas a well!

There’s also the National Trust Sandleigh Tea Room at Baggy Point which has plenty of gluten free options for cake and coffee.

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In Bideford The Chocolate Teapot in Mill Street offers some gluten free cakes.

Cafe du Parc is my absolutely favourite for the most amazing galettes and gluten free crêpes.

And The Big Sheep you’ll fine The Barn Cafe which has some gluten free options among its many cakes.

Charlie Fridays in Lynton offers lots of gluten free cake and lunch options in a super quirky setting.

At Heddon’s Mouth you’ll find The Hunters Inn which has some lovely gluten free cakes and lunch options, with some beautiful walks nearby.

And in Clovelly The Red Lion offers lots of gluten free options including bread, for a lovely sea view lunch. They also do great dinner options too.

Other gluten free eateries treats in North Devon

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For some delicious cakes and hot drinks check out The Cupcakery in Butchers Row, Barnstaple – there are always gluten free cupcakes on offer and they taste amazing.

Popping up around North Devon you’ll find Bake and Brew selling delicious gluten free bakes and treats from a cute tricycle.

If you have children check out World of Wonder Play at Affinity Devon in Bideford for an awesome indoor play area and lots of gluten free options on the menu for big and little people.

And Let’s Go in Barnstaple is the region’s bowling alley which serves a fabulous selection of gluten free beer, as well as gluten and dairy free shakes.

For dinner ideas try Jalapeños in Barnstaple for a Mexican restaurant which is largely gluten free.

Monty’s Caribbean Kitchen, also in Barnstaple, for the most amazing Jamaican food, most of which is gluten free too.

I also visited Everest Ghurka Chef in Barnstaple and they made me some lovely Nepalese gluten free food in Maiden Street (BYOB!).

If you’re in the Barnstaple area I’d also highly recommend a visit to Broomhill Art Hotel and Sculpture Garden.

Most of their tapas is gluten free and there’s SO much you can eat! Plus the views are beautiful, the staff are lovely, and there are lots of dairy free/vegan options too.

And in Croyde, check out Biffen’s Kitchen – lots of their menu is gluten free and this surf-inspired street food looks insanely good.

My gluten free North Devon map!

To make life a little bit easier, here’s my gluten free map of North Devon!

Blue pins are eateries and restaurants.

Green are coffee shops and sweet treats.

Orange are some family attractions which are gluten free

Purple is ice-cream!

I really hope this helps you navigate gluten free North Devon!

Anything else!?

I realise I have probably forgotten loads of places, and there are plenty of chains too but I would definitely recommend trying all the independent places first!

I’ll be updating this guide as I find more places so please do keep me posted if you spot anywhere.

Don’t forget to check out my gluten free Barnstaple guide too if you’re visiting North Devon.

Visiting another part of Devon? Check out this EPIC gluten free Devon guide from my friend and fellow coeliac blogger Laura at My Gluten Free Guide too.

Gluten Free North Devon Guides

Want some more inspiration for gluten free places to eat in North Devon? Check out some of my other guides here!

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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. Country cousins in westward Ho do a gluten free carvery 😋 and plenty of desserts (hot and cold) to choose from

  2. This is amazing! I’m going to North Devon on holiday next week and thought I would check to see if you have any guides to eating out in the area (as I know from following you on instagram you’re from Devon) and this is going to be my bible!!
    Thank you so so much 🙂

  3. Hi Sarah. Love this guide and have tried many of these. My favourite has to be Morans in Westward Ho! They do GF options and their yellow Thai curry is gluten free (and can be vegan). Love Kate’s Plaice take away fish and chips! There’s a new take away on Mermaid Walk in Barnstaple that is a falafel and bhaji place; they do loads of Buddha bowls, curry nights, falafel and bhajis as well as GF cakes and desserts. It’s called Roots.
    Re pasties, my absolute favourite are from Gluten Free Picnic; he’s at South Molton market on Thursdays but also does mail order for pasties, amazing shortcrust and sweet pastry, and does delicious quiches and cakes (slices or whole cakes). Not tried Flame pizzas (but will) but agree Pig & Olive are great. Lush restaurant in Barnstaple also do plenty of GF options. Thank you for such a great article. I’ll save the link. X

  4. We’ve just eaten at the Bull&Bear and ordered cakes and doughnuts from Charlie’s after reading your blog, so thank you very much for the great recommendations!

  5. Thank you Sarah for your north devon gluten free guide. Went to Charlie’s yesterday and had the pasty and amazing doughnuts. Been to the pier house before and thats always a must 😍 amazing carvery. Can’t wait to try out some of the other recommendations ☺