Great taste shouldn’t be compromised when going gluten-free, and these six spots have menus full of flavour for every kind of diner
Guide to gluten-free dining in Knightsbridge
The Mantl, 142 Brompton Road, SW31HY
Traditional Turkish restaurant The Mantl serves flaming hot gluten-free flavour and was deservedly named Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2020 and 2021. Culturally classic dishes created with modern flair are on the menu, and diners can experience a wide selection of gluten-free small plates, including fresh seafood and chicken wings with a sweet, tangy glaze. Our favourites? The exquisitely grilled halloumi with chilli pear chutney and a hint of mint, as well as the chargrilled octopus with saffron, tomato coulis and balsamic.
Feya, 146 Brompton Road, SW31HX
Happiness on a plate, Feya is a whimsical destination of organic goodness. Set among pastel pinks, oversized bird cages and tumbling foliage, Feya’s gluten-free culinary creations range from golden omelettes with sweet, caramelised onions and sun-dried tomatoes (which is also designed for the Keto diet) to fluffy pancakes with a sprinkle of blueberries, almonds and peanut butter. Indulge in colourful, artistic dishes that are guaranteed to enchant in what might well be the ultimate brunch spot.
For afternoon tea
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, SW1X 7TA
Ladies and gentlemen of the ton, meet the crowning jewel of gluten-free afternoon teas. Created in partnership with Netflix, The Lanesborough Hotel has fashioned a limited-edition tea inspired by the Regency pomp and splendour of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. Enjoy mini sandwiches served on gluten-free bread (naturally) and decadent pastries that reject gluten but retain their delicious flavour. There are even vegetarian, vegan and child-friendly versions of the special-edition menu, so no one need miss out on this regal experience.
For classic pub grub
Paxtons Head, 153 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7PA
Is there anything better than classically British pub food? Originally built in 1900 as a gin palace, the iconic Grade II-listed Paxtons Head in Belgravia features characteristic Victorian architecture – all authentic oak panels, and stunning glass work. And while the venue might be traditional, the menu is very contemporary with 100 per cent gluten-free dishes, featuring mouthwatering options like pulled smoky mushroom chilli with silky guacamole or crispy and succulent pork belly with apple and squeak.
For a touch of spice
Madhu’s Brasserie, Harvey Nichols
A swirl of aromatic, spicy sensations, Madhu’s Brasserie at Harvey Nichols dishes up a fusion of signature and contemporary recipes with Punjabi and Kenyan inspiration. An exclusive addition to Harvey Nichols’ famous Fifth Floor dining experience, the Indian restaurant features fragrant gluten-free plates such as a creamy coconut king prawn curry, spiced with turmeric and ginger, and Madhu’s signature masala chicken flavoured with roasted carom seeds.
For summer snacks and salads
The Lebanese Bakery, Harrods
With hand-selected ingredients from Lebanese farmers, a taste of Beirut can be found on the fourth floor of Harrods. Appetisers by name, appetising by nature, the bakery’s assortment of gluten-free hors d’oeuvres vary from the spiciness of batata with thyme flower and tomato chilli jam to the smoky sweetness of its Middle Eastern walnut and roasted red pepper dip. Follow with one of the gluten-free traditional Lebanese salads, fresh lentil tabbouleh and nutty cauliflower freekeh, for a tempting sample of the city’s favourite street food.