If you’re visiting Windsor to see the castle, or passing through on the way to Legoland, fear not, Your friendly neighbourhood coeliac is here with a round up of your gluten free eating options. Do let me know if you have found other gluten free treats in the area, or if you are passing through and fancy a cuppa!
Central Windsor & Eton
You might like to try one of the local independent restaurants.
- Flaming Cow is a straight-up burger & rib joint. The owners have made a lot of effort to cater gluten-free with everything on the menu, and gluten free lager too – woo! (review here)
- The Eton Mess – bistro-style food including gluten free fish ‘n’ chips from the owners of Flaming Cow, with plenty of options to chose from.
- Meat at the Parish is a great steak house with a good cocktail list and a few puddings on offering. They were knowledgeable about ingredients & happy to make substitutions.
- The Windsor Grill A tad overpriced (more of on occasion restaurant) but they have great steaks, and when I booked in advance served me with delicious homemade sunflower seed bread.
- Bel & The Dragon serve classic gastro-pub fare, with good value house wine. Staff are knowledgeable about ingredients.
- Traipse over the cobbles and a little bit into Eton to find the lovely Gilbey’s Wine Bar – an excellent bistro. Sadly no gluten-free bread, but delicious food without flour in the sauce.
- The Christopher has a gluten free menu including afternoon tea.
Chain restaurants dominate in Windsor, with most clustering around the castle and the Royal shopping arcade around Windsor Central Station. Whilst perhaps not terribly inspiring, it means that coeliacs are guaranteed a wide choice of places to get a safe and satisfying meal. You will find branches of the following restaurants in Windsor. All have gluten free or allergy menus:
- Bella Italia
- Pizza Express
- Gourmet Burger Kitchen
- La Tasca
- Yo! Sushi
- Cote Brasserie
Be aware that most of these get very busy with tourists, so it can pay to book in advance if you don’t want to wait.
Coffee & Quick Bites
- The major 3 coffee shops (Starbucks, Costa, Nero) all have branches in Windsor. Pleasingly, all offer gluten free rolls or wraps and at least a brownie.
- A little on the quieter side is the Le Suquet tearoom on the top floor of Daniels’ department store where you can chomp on a gluten free biscuit with your hot chocolate whilst people-watching.
- Esquires opposite the castle has Wooden Spoon gluten free biscuits and is a great place to watch the changing of the guard.
Markets & Street Food
On the 3rd saturday of each month, street food stalls line Peascod Street. You can usually find some stalls offering gluten free foods:
- The Honest Carrot who sell vegan-friendly food such as falafels and roasts, as well as gluten free flowerpot bread and carrot cake.
- New company G.org.e who make scrumptious truffles free from gluten, wheat, dairy soya & refined sugar.
- Chiltern Natural Foods have some gluten free granola and muesli.
Windsor Farmers Market also runs on the first saturday of each month at the top of St. Leonard’s Road, near the fishmonger. Some of the above stalls can be found there too.
Do exercise caution when buying from stalls, as many products are made in a home environment, so you should satisfy yourself on cross contamination controls.
There is a good free from section in Windsor’s major supermarket, Waitrose, in the town centre. Marks & Spencers food hall stocks most of their ambient ‘made without wheat’ range, a few ready meals and ready-made sandwiches.
There is also a branch of Holland & Barratt on Peascod Street, or Revital, another health food shop which sells a large range of interesting gluten free products.
In Eton, the quaint Tastes Delicatessen has a small selection of gluten free products.
For an even bigger selection, take the short hop on the train from Windsor Central to Slough where you can find a huge Tesco Extra right next to the station which incorporates a giant free-from aisle and another branch of Holland & Barratt.
The Great Park & Beyond
If you have a little longer to spend in Windsor, the vast Great Park is worth exploring on foot, by bike or in the car. There are lots of little eating spots and foodie pubs tucked around the periphery, but those I’ve found with specific gluten free offerings are:
- The Savill Gardens Visitor Centre has an allergy menu and at least one kind of gluten free cake.
- Windsor Farm Shop & Cafe is quite the poshest farm shop you’ll ever visit, selling a range of produce from the Crown Estate. You’ll also find a few gluten free treats, and a detailed allergy menu in the coffee shop if you ask. There’s usually at least soup and a cookie on offer.
- The Rose & Olive Branch near Virginia Water has a dedicated coeliac menu.
I hope you enjoy your trip to Windsor, do let me know if you are stopping by!