I've published a few gluten free North Devon pieces, but I thought it might be helpful to focus on a few popular spots. Following my gluten free Woolacombe and gluten free Barnstaple guides, the next step was to bring you my gluten free Croyde and Saunton guide! Because they are small places and close together I've grouped them into one handy post!
All of these are correct as of August bank holiday 2019 - I will try to update them as and when things change. Plus some of the pop-ups might not be there out of season so it's worth checking.
Gluten free in Croyde
Croyde is a gorgeous little village and the place I used to always go to visit the beach when I was a child. I worked here for a few years during university breaks too and had the best summers! The village and the beach will always have a special place in my heart, so here are some of the best gluten free places to eat in Croyde.
Blue Groove, Hobbs Hill*
Blue Groove recently invited me to try out their gluten free menu and I was super impressed. The menu is clearly marked with loads of gluten free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner - including banoffee pie for dessert! It's also had a refit this year and looks amazing with lots of seating inside and out. I'd definitely recommend a trip here.
The Stores, Croyde
The Stores has a cute little seating area inside with some good gluten free options, including some cakes and gluten free bread. They also have great coffee! I love this as a really chilled place to come hang out and grab some brunch and I'd recommend you give it a go.
Good Times Roll ice-cream*
Good Times Roll is a pop-up selling ice-cream rolls outside The Stores. It's such a cool concept - I really loved these guys when they were previously branded as Little Spoon Ice-Cream and it's great to see their recent success. Their London-based ice-cream shack was featured on Lad Bible so it's great they still pop-up in North Devon too. Good gluten free options
Sustainable Fish & Chips
Again, another pop-up outside The Stores for summer 2019 is Sustainable Fish and Chips - a tiny little fish and chip van offering gluten free batter in a separate fryer. They did tell me they couldn't 100% guarantee no cross contamination due to the (tiny) size of their van but that they take every precaution possible.
The Old Cream Shop, Hobbs Hill
I worked at The Old Cream Shop for years and spent some of my best summers here! The shop sells all sorts of goodies but they usually have an assortment of gluten free pasties and cakes by the brand Baked To Taste. They can be cooked to order so it's worth popping in there for a chat.
The Thatch, Croyde
It's been a while since I've been to The Thatch but they always used to be pretty good for gluten free - plus it's the place to go for a drink in Croyde. In the winter it's super cosy too and it's always popular year round. It's worth popping in to ask because I do remember them having some options.
Sandleigh Tea Rooms, Baggy Point
If you're heading out for a walk round the stunning Baggy Point then the National Trust-owned Sandleigh Tea Rooms have some gluten free options. I believe they have some sweet and savoury gluten free choices so it's definitely worth a look.
Gluten free in Saunton
There isn't really much to Saunton apart from a glorious stretch of sandy beaches and miles of dunes to play with. It's a popular spot for families so get there early if you're heading there on a sunny day - I've often seen the car park full and them turning people away by lunch. There are a couple of spots to eat here, and both do gluten free options.
Saunton Sands Hotel & Source Spa*
Saunton Sands Hotel is one of The Brends' hotels and offers a good variety of gluten free options. I find it best to ring ahead when booking and let them know about any dietary requirements. However you can get gluten free afternoon tea as well as gluten free lunch and dinner options too. They did a huge range of sandwiches, as well as the most beautiful gluten free cakes and warm scones!
If you're planning a visit to Saunton then I can highly recommend a visit to Source Spa. It's the most incredible spa venue - the thermal suite is gorgeous and you can sit in the infinity-style hot tub looking out over the beach. There's also an amazing relaxation room with a sun deck, the perfect place to relax. They do twilight or spa day packages so you can relax and enjoy the spa and then have some of the fab food in Saunton Sands afterwards. A dreamy day!
I was gifted a meal for two at Beachside Grill and was so pleased with the choice there! They are able to make gluten free burgers and sandwiches and have lots of coeliac-safe options. All their chips are fried separately (they're SO good) and there's even a chocolate torte for dessert. It's honestly the best spot if you want gluten free at Saunton to enjoy the beach views and grab a bite.
Saunton Break Cafe
If you don't have time to sit down for a meal, you'll be pleased to know there are some gluten free take-away options at Saunton Break Cafe. The gluten free pasties are lovely and they often have some lunch options too.
Any more gluten free Croyde and Saunton suggestions?
This post on gluten free places to eat in Croyde and Saunton is by no means inclusive, but I hope it helps a little! If you find anywhere else gluten free in that area I’d love to know so please do leave a comment below or share it in my Facebook group! I’ll keep this guide updated as I find new spots so do let me know about any you find.