If you’re wheat free, grain free, dairy free and not eating processed foods, you’re already living by the components of the Paleo diet. Paleo is simple, it’s based on eating the way our cavemen ancestors did. Consuming all natural food and allowing your body to gain from highly nutritious meals. Check my guide to Paleo if you’re just getting started. Here’s an ever growing list of restaurants and eateries to safely eat Paleo in the UK. I’ll be adding more to this list as I find them, so keep it bookmarked!
Where to eat Paleo in the UK
There are so many independent cafes and restaurants that will cater for Paleo without even realising it! Plus most chains also do so. Chains are an easy way to grab food you know, especially when you’re on the move. They are becoming ever conscience of dietary requirements and most offer allergy books, menus or will simply advise on what is good to suit!
On the go or quick bites:
- Pret A Manger – Offering a wide variety of Paleo options like coconut water, coconut slices and my favourite – Avocado and crayfish salad you can’t go wrong with a little bit of Pret!
- GBK – Gourmet Burger Kitchen have a really decent range of burgers, ask them to hold the bun and switch the cheese for avocado or bacon, like I did below:
- Yo! Sushi – Go for sashimi and avoid soy sauce. Their chicken plates are also delightful
- Nando’s – Chicken, sweet potato, salad, peas. What more do you need!
- Giraffe – A low cost, quick and accessible chain. If you’re in a rush or popping out for a quick lunch they fit the bill. Ask for their Gluten Free menu, then you just need to get a little creative. For example, their salmon dish comes with rice, so switch it for salad or vegetables
If you have a little more time to eat
- Wagamama – Their staff are very knowledgeable and will advise on wheat free options, most of these dishes use coconut milk, so also are dairy free.
- The Loungers – Nationwide. Another great chain with a huge range of free-from dishes.
- Browns – The ladies and chefs at Browns are always helpful. To the extent that they took back the menu and scribbled out anything that I couldn’t eat. The range was still very impressive! I ordered their Bubble and Squeak, with poached eggs and some crispy bacon. Perfect!! My boyfriend went for their fish pie, which they made from scratch to be doubly careful of the ingredients. I have to agree, it was the best fish pie I have ever eaten…. I never admit such things when I cook a pretty good version myself. 🙂
- La Tasca – These guys have won awards for their Gluten-free menu, and the dishes pictures are Paleo friendly. Plus delicious!
- Zizzi – Similar to the above, they have an extensive set of allergy friendly menus.
- Urban Beach – Bournemouth. If you’re even on the beautiful South Coast of England try this place. Their menu is ever changing and seriously impressive. Ask for Paleo style meals and they will advise, then sit back and relax.
Where to eat Paleo in London
If you’re in the capital there is no shortage of places to eat, knowing which are Paleo friendly is what I’m here to help you with. All the above chains are also accessible in London. Here are some London specifics:
- Kopapa Café and Restaurant – London. Covent Garden has a huge range of superb restaurants. This place is no exception. Their menu is a nice size, but I must admit the portions are not big enough. It’s good for Brunch so that’s when I’d recommend going. Their menu is not hugely supportive but there are options. Like their Chorizo hash with 2 fried eggs, rocket, sriracha chilli sauce & crispy shallots. Wow!
- Redhook – London. After working for a few days at the Barbican, I literally searched on Google Maps, “Steak”. Redhook has such great reviews I gave it a try. So good I went twice in 1 week. They have a range of steak and sea food that is simply exquisite. Washed down with refreshing cucumber water.
- Hawksmoor – London. A hell of a steak house. Try it. Try their bond marrow with your steak, that might sound a little odd but that’s as primal as it comes.
- Rosa’s London – Their green curry is to die for, made with coconut milk it’s dairy free. They will switch out the rice for extra vegetables 🙂
- Chop’d – These can be found all over London. Perfect if you want a light meal, or a big old salad!
- Wahaca – Another great gluten free menu, of which a lot cover wheat free, dairy free and grain free aka Paleo. Try the Pork Pibil but ask to swap out the beans and rice, they will do that for you! Also try the sweet potato side dish. Wahaca also offer a range of wheat free sauces. Ask for hotter if you want more than what they provide on the table for you.
- St. John – A pretty odd place, the menu changes daily but it’s worth a look. Often they have some very cool dishes that are purely Paleo in their essence. Like their cauliflower plate. Literally it is that, but delicious.
- Goodman – Another seriously high quality restaurant to enjoy a steak. Paleo is not all about meat, as some people may believe but having an occasional steak is something I really enjoy. Goodman is a perfect place to enjoy such a treat.
- Honest Burger – Remove the bun and don’t order cheese. You’re eating Paleo in the UK!
- Leon – They have a dedicated menu with WF, GF and DF labelled. WF = Wheat free, GF = Gluten free and DF = Dairy Free. With a little bit more Paleo food knowledge you can then adjust what items are OK so they are 100% Paleo!
NEW ADDITION: March 24th 2014:
- Laxeiro – A perfect retreat from the maddness that is Columbia Road Market on a Sunday! Laxeiro is a small cafe with a huge range of Spanish dishes. I asked what items on their menu didn’t have wheat, then anything with cream I avoided. I had their BBQ Lamb, with a side of Pisto- slow stewed Aubergine, Courgette, Tomato, Peppers, Carrot Topped with a fried egg. Paleo in the UK is that easy!
NEW ADDITION: April 10th 2014:
- Cabana Brasilian Barbecue – The most colourful building at the Angel, Islington! It’s menu is as equally as colourful, with a huge range of Paleo friendly options – most detailed as Gluten free but as the options use such simple ingredients it’s easy to see what is “Paleo OK”. I ordered the ribs, sweet potato and coleslaw with cashews! Oh and the prawns, which dressed with fresh lime were heavenly!
NEW ADDITION: May 12th 2014:
- Chipotle – A chain of Mexican dishes with a great allergy menu. For me, the allergy menu is also a bonus but within chains it’s usually provided without any hassle. Their chicken bowl with fajita vegetables, salad, salsa and guacamole is a winning combination. It’s quick, tasty and Paleo.
NEW ADDITION: June 7th 2014:
- Duck Egg Cafe – A genuinely lovely find in East Dulwich. They have an extensive menu including a delightful choice of breakfasts – ordered without toast to make them wheat free, the Duck eggs friendly staff offer a choice of some hen or duck eggs. A really delicious option is their chicken, bacon and avocado salad, piled high with a variety of leaves, red pepper and beetroot.
The great thing about the Duck egg is that not only can you easily order a Paleo friendly dish, but they also have Gluten-free options for those who simply have an aversion to wheat. These are locally made by someone who is celiac, simply for the benefit of the community.
NEW ADDITIONS: August 24th 2014
I haven’t updated this list in a while but have found some marvelous places to eat Paleo in the UK that I would recommend anyone to try, but certainly if you’re a Paleo foodie you could consider adding these to your list.
- The Rum Kitchen – This Caribbean shack style restaurant has two locations in London, I went to Carnaby Street and enjoyed their “Jerk Chicken Supreme” – grilled breast, sweet potato & yam mash with jerk gravy, which they advised was wheat free.
- Flat Iron Steak – When a restaurant is recommended by several friends it’s often a sign that it’s going to be good. When Flat Iron was recommended by a friend who’s pretty much Paleo herself I was very excited to try it. It’s a no nonsense steak house with a couple of steaks on the menu, and some unfussy but fabulous side dishes. Such as “Today’s Market Greens” and “Dripping Cooked Chips” (not for those who are strict Paleo, but they sounded too good not to try, and I wasn’t disappointed!). The ultra coolness of this restaurant is highlighted not only with great decor, but also the mini meat cleaver you eat with!
- Whole Foods Market – Probably the best supermarket chain I’ve ever been in! It’s not totally Paleo but has so many choices in one place. This is THE place to shop for Paleo in the UK! Shopping for snacks and certain ingredients isn’t always possible under one roof, I’m not complaining as I love buying bits and bobs from different shops but Whole Foods Market does make things incredibly easy. They are nationwide and international!
NEW ADDITION: October 21st 2014:
I’ve have found even more marvelous places to eat Paleo in the UK – there are London based but worth dropping into if you’re visiting the capital and if you live here… well that’s wonderful news, see you there!
- Benito’s Hat – A small and cheap Mexican in Covent Garden. You can avoid wheat and grain as well as dairy by choosing their Naked Bowls and asking for extra everything else – salad, salsa, avocado and a choice of chicken, pork and beef. This makes a lovely quick Paleo lunch stop!
- Another Mexican place, whilst I am at it, is DF Mexico – bang in the middle of trendy East London, just off brick lane. It serves a range of what we see as typical Mexican food and drinks. I loved the quinoa salad (without feta – but some Paleo’ers eat cheese so if you do, leave it in!), and the chilli rubbed steak. They also serve a nice Lime and chia drink – mmmm 🙂
- Tagine in Balham is a cool Moroccan restaurant where Paleo is easy – avoid the couscous and bread and you’re selection is huge! With no alcohol served you’ll need to stop in somewhere on the way if you drink it. Otherwise, try their Moroccan tea selection and you won’t be disappointed.
- The Palmerston – East Dulwich. With a great selection to choose from, plus help from their staff if there are any allergies needing to be catered for, you’re in for a treat. And if you’re lucky you might see the rapper Professor Green enjoying a Sunday lunch. (Admittedly I didn’t know it was him and that was pointed out to me, but for rap fans I can imagine that to be quite amazing).
NEW ADDITIONS: December 16th 2015:
This year has gone so very quickly I haven’t been keeping you all updated with all of the wonderful new places I’ve found to eat Paleo in the UK. Here are some in a not so chronological order that I want to add to this ever-growing list:
- Rabot 1745 – tucked inside Borough Market, London it offers a huge range of chocolate, more specifically hot chocolate drinks. Best of all it’s raw cacao. No added sugar, no dairy, just lovely hot cacao. Great for this time of year of course!
- Blues Kitchen – Their brisket and ribs are both to diet for. Served with veggie sides of your choice and a great selection of burgers that can be enjoyed sans bun with a huge salad. You just can’t knock their food, music and rustic cool decor. Go to any of their London based restaurants for a hooting good time!
- Moo – I’ve visited the restaurant along Brick Lane but they have 2 others in London. In my view, a welcome change from the huge number of curry houses, Moo offers steak, chicken and vegetarian dishes that are perfectly Paleo. A real favourite is their garlic chicken, guacamole and sweet potato fries! I’m salivating just thinking about this dish:
- Bodean’s BBQ – Ok, so without knowing it, there is a theme here – anywhere that’s bbq I am drawn to! Meat that falls off the bone and sweet potato never go down badly for anyone, Paleo dieter or not. Bodean’s doesn’t fail to deliver! Find them in Oxford Street or opposite the Tower of London, if it’s a weekend or the Superbowl is happening in the US, make sure you book in advance.
- Canteen – What do I love about Canteen the most? Why should it make the list? It’s great British food! What more could you ask for! Canteen is great for Paleo choices from breakfast through to dinner with their huge range and daily specials there are a lot of choices. Not only do they serve mouthwatering meats but also fresh fish and seasonal vegetarian dishes. Conveniently the menu identifies what is Gluten Free, then a quick chat with the helpful staff you can easily drill down to what’s also dairy free etc. Just this week I had their “Chargrilled lamb steak, roasted pumpkin and kale”. Simply fabulous!
Where do you eat Paleo in the UK?
Any tips or places you’ve found in the UK that are Paleo friendly let me know! I’d love to add them to the list and try them for myself!
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