London Pubs That Serve Gluten-Free Beer

Ben Norum
By Ben Norum Last edited 20 months ago
London Pubs That Serve Gluten-Free Beer
Gluten-free beer on tap at BrewDog

Welcome to our series on gluten-free eating and drinking in London, highlighting London’s best gluten-free restaurants, bars, pubs and food shops. It’s thought that 1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease. Given London has well over eight million inhabitants, a bit of basic maths suggests around 80,000 people in the city fall into this category. Add on all those people who have other gluten allergies and intolerances, and that’s a lot of demand for gluten-free food and drink — yet it’s not as prevalent as it should be.

Gluten-free beer is readily available online, with numerous breweries crafting beers that make the grade — yet still it’s pretty bloody tricky to find in a pub. We’ve scoured the internet, crawled pubs, spoken to brewers and shouted about our plight in order to put together this handy guide to where to find beer sans gluten in London.

Note, we've marked with a ★ the pubs where there's a choice of two or more beers.

On tap

BrewDog
For beer-loving coeliacs, finding gluten-free beer on tap must feel a lot like stumbling across the Holy Grail. And as far as we can tell, London’s BrewDog bars in Camden, Shepherd’s Bush and Shoreditch are the only places you can find it. The brewer’s Vagabond pale ale is on tap more often than not, and if not, should be by bottle.

Central

The King & Queen, Fitzrovia
Serves a changing range of bottled gluten-free beers, including those from Green’s gluten-free brewery and Estrella Damm’s Damm Daura

North

The Hanbury Arms, Islington
Serves bottles of Celia GF pilsner, and also offers gluten-free pizzas

The Regent, Islington
Serves bottles of Celia GF pilsner, and also offers gluten-free pizzas

The Stag, Hampstead
Serves bottles of Mongozo pilsner

The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale
Serves bottles of Celia GF pilsner, plus two Belgian beers from Daas — one light and one dark. Read our review of the first floor restaurant

East

The Carpenter’s Arms, Bethnal Green
Serves bottles of Mongozo pilsner

The Dovetail, Clerkenwell
Serves bottles of Mongozo pilsner

The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell
This pub is owned by St Peter’s Brewery, and sells its entire range of beers — including bottles of its two gluten-free offerings: G-Free pilsner and Dark G-Free brown ale

The Lauriston, Victoria Park
Serves bottles of Celia GF pilsner, and also offers gluten-free pizzas

Old China Hand, Clerkenwell
Serves G-Free pilsner from St Peter's Brewery

South

Bambuni, Nunhead
Deli-come-bar, serves bottles of Discovery IPA from Green’s gluten-free brewery

Brew Wharf, Borough Market
Serves bottles of Mongozo pilsner

The Rake, Borough Market
Serves bottles of Celia GF pilsner and Mongozo pilsner

The Sultan, Colliers Wood
Run by the Hop Back brewery, this pub serves bottles of the brewery’s Crop Circle, probably the UK’s first mainstream gluten-free beer

West

The White Horse, Parson’s Green
Serves bottles of Mongozo pilsner

Do you know anywhere else that serves gluten-free beer in London? Let us know in the comments below.

For more suggestions see our microsite of the best pubs in London.

Last Updated 12 January 2016

Matt Salts

Useful piece - although the Sultan's in Colliers Wood, not Wimbledon.

And this is before i start on with my campaign to rebrand Wimbledon as West Colliers Wood...

A gluten-free Londoner

Old China Hand, Clerkenwell
Serves St Peter’s ‘G-Free’ in bottles according to its website
www.noordinarypub.com

Fiona Scott

This is such a useful article given the day-to-day challenges of those living gluten free. Another useful resource is The Gluten Free Centre online which is trying to bring together many services, offers, products across the UK in one useful space. Do check it out if that's of interest.

GF Gathering

Nice work Ben!!!! Great to have a list to share with people!

Simon

The Flying Pig in East Dulwich has a vast and frequently changing range of bottled beers, usually including at least one or two gluten-free options. http://www.theflyingpiglondon....

Loobyloo

Just to add, The King and Queen in Fitzrovia has some bottled gluten free offerings to choose from all the time. Usually Green's but I believe they sometimes have Crop Circle on too.

Carly T

The Dovetail in St, John's Square (Clerkenwell) usually has Mongozo Pilsner

guy

not pubs but let's give credit to Pizza Express and GBK that both serve gluten free bottle beer! :)

Chef Waters

You don't list my new favourite on here!! Hops Burns and Black, they are a new beer shop and tasting room in Peckham. Not only do they have a nice range of 5 gluten free beers on the shelves amongst the incredible selection of beers they sell but you can sit at the bar and drink them there and then! They said they are looking to stock more GF ones in the future. I live in west London but have made the trip south to brixton a few times recently and as it was such an easy trip on the 37 bus we went to check it out. From the lovely couple who own and run the place, to the wall of chilli sauce, chilli chocolate and chilli pork scratchings, to the interesting collection of hand selected wines (for those with friends or partners who don't partake in the ale) this place is where I would happily wile away many hours sipping on a brew as they also play an interesting collection of vinyl :)

Iain

I think all the Sam Smith's pubs do as well.

Chris

Hi Ben, a great article and fantastic to see so many options for coeliac concious individuals. All Taylor Walker venues sell bottled gluten-free beer:

Taylor Walker 1730 Special Pale Ale. Hope that helps and we can provide the certification too if that'd help!

Cheers, Chris @TheFunctionRoomUK

Sylvansight

Sevilla Mia on Hanway Street (oxford street/tottenham ct rd) also have a bottled gluten free beer.

Ellen

Sadly Brewdog don't currently stock GF beer. It was a pilot to see if it sold according to the barman. He did say they are getting it back soon but couldn't say when

Julian

The Salusbury Arms in Queens Park has Mongozo!

Michael

The Florist on Globe Road, Bethnal green, serves gf pizza and has Green's in bottles. This list is heartening to see, but that Celia stuff is nasty

john

The 10 Cases does not have gluten free beer as mentioned.

Siobhán Norton

The Porterhouse in Covent Garden has a few different ones.

michael

another one - the Well and Bucket on Bethnal Green Road has gluten free beer ON DRAUGHT... Mikkeller "I wish" IPA, it's strong, hoppy, ruby beer.

Tom Harrison

Hi Ben,

We came across your post online and thought we'd let you know that we'll be stocking what we think might be London's only gluten free cask beer, tapped to go on this weekend.

St Peter's Brewery have casked their G-Free for us and we'll also soon be stocking it in bottles.

Best,

Tom and team
The Duke's Head Highgate

focusen

I went to honest burger in meard street, soho, they got GF estella daura to go with the GF buns. It was a longe que, so while we waited we went to The Crown & Two gentlemen in dean street. They also had GF Estella Daura

Great post, keep it up to date, one for the bookmarks

L

The Florist Arms - gf pizza too!

Star & Anchor

The Star & Anchor in Ealing has Brewdog Vagabond and occasional GF Mikkeller offerings

Andy

Bottles of Estrella daura also served at Ye Olde Watling on Watling Street.

Anonymous Widower

The Fox in Haggerston serves Celia. Intriguingly, I'm coeliac and my late wife of forty years was called Celia.

Diego

The Queen's Head in Pinner has started serving GF beer. They had Daura Damm when I visited last week and told me they may start serving GF Brewdog.

Andrew Wyld

Stormbird in Camberwell has a wide selection of bottles but also serves Brewdog Vagabond on tap.

Jane

The Brockley Barge in Brockley. It's a Weatherspoons pub and have Estrella and another one but can't remember which one.

Graham Goodall

In East London, Leyton Orient Supporters Club sell Wold Top "Against the Grain" bottled beer. My favourite too !