Exploring the Bars, Pubs and Shops Supplying us with Gluten Free Beer in Leeds
Its no secret that I love a gluten free beer. Before I realised that gluten was causing my health problems, and gave it up in mid-2015, I was a massive beer-drinker. and to be honest, I still am. So, coeliacs and gluten-intolerant people of Leeds and Yorkshire, do not despair! You can still get a decent pint (or, more often, a decent can or bottle) in Leeds. And it isn’t all lager!
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Where to Buy Gluten Free Beer in Leeds:
2 Oxford Place
As Leeds’ only exclusively gluten free venue, 2 Oxford Place offers Estrella Daura Damm and Green’s Golden Ale in bottles, as well as Mongozo’s organic fairtrade gluten-free Pilsner on tap
This Victorian pub near the canal is spread across three floors and offers gluten free lager Estrella Daura Damm as a permanent bottle line.
All Bar One
Leeds has two branches of All Bar One, on Milennium Square and Greek Street. Both stock Estrella Daura Damm as a gluten free lager option.
I’ve adopted Arcadia as my local, even though I walk past two other bars to get there. Arcadia a really knowledgeable team, a friendly pub atmosphere and a range of gluten free beers from First Chop, including Pip, their refreshing grapefruit saison. Arcadia’s sister bar, East of Arcadia, also has a full range of gluten free beers.
Beer Ritz is a great little beer shop in Headingley, stocking a massive range of beers from around the world. Beer Ritz currently stock a wide selection of gluten free beers, including BrewDog’s Vagabond, To Øl’s Reparationsbajer and the full range of Manchester-based First Chop Brewing Arm’s gluten free cans.
Belgrave Music Hall + Canteen
Set in a high-ceilinged, three story building, and with a gorgeous roof garden, Belgrave is a great drinking spot for big groups – coeliacs can enjoy Mongozo’s Pilsner in bottles, as well as a range of three gluten free canned beers from First Chop.
Both BrewDog’s original little bar, tucked into a corner behind the Corn Exchange; and ShuffleDog , which opened last year on North Street, stock their own gluten free pale ale, Vagabond, on tap.
Right next to The Light on the Headrow, Browns is a little bit fancy, with a live pianist in situ most nights. If you’re not in the mood for cocktails, you can sip on a bottle of Estrella Daura Damm gluten free Lager instead.
Traditional haunt of students and music lovers, The Brudnell in Hyde Park offer a gluten free rotation, always including at least 2 beers from Jopen, Mikkeller, Mongozo, Celia or Estrella.
This little bar at the top of North Street offers Mikkeller’s gluten free Peter, Pale and Mary in bottles. White walls and pine furniture give The Brunswick a Scandinavian feel, and the third floor art space can usually be relied on to have an interesting exhibition in place.
One of my favourite places to eat Mexican food in Leeds now stocks Ocho Reales gluten free Mexican ale too – a delicious and unusual darker ale.
The Fisherman’s Lodge
The newest outlet from The Fisherman’s Wife chain of chippies across Yorkshire has, like its’ counterparts, a gluten-free fry on Wednesday nights and stocks Wold Top’s gluten free ale Against The Grain, at its fully licensed bar.
Friends of Ham
Friends of Ham used to be a tiny corridor of a bar, but the premesis was expended in 2014. Serving up beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie with table service, Friends of Ham also stock cans of Brass Castle’s gluten free Helles Lager and Hoptical Illusion, a citrussy IPA.
Head of Steam
Head of Steam have upped their gluten free game since the last time I visited them, now permanently offering Stone Brewery’s Stone Delicious IPA, a citrussy, hoppy bottled beer; and Mongozo Pilsner in bottles too.
Boasting a roof garden second only to Headrow House’s sister Belgrave, and with a cocktail bar, event space and restaurant besides the beer hall, Headrow House had a great party atmosphere. You can get To Øl’s Reparationsbajer, a zingy pale gluten free ale.
Nation of Shopkeepers
You can get Estrella Daura Damm in bottles at Nation of Shopkeepers, a spacious city-centre bar, with bright murals on the walls, regular music events and a large enclosed courtyard that makes it a lovely little spot for a drink on a summers’ afternoon.
North Bar is one of my favourite places to drink in Leeds, and a craft beer pioneer in the city, first opened on upper Briggate in 1997 and now boasting a whole bunch of bars (and their very own brewery) across Leeds. North Bar serves up a gluten free selection, including Stringers Outlook Gluten Free Golden Ale and Daas Ambre, an organic, gluten free Belgian beer.
This off-lisence/convenience shop in Armley specialises in craft beer, and gluten free beer drinkers won’t be disappointed, with a full range from First Chop, alongside Mongozo Pilsner and Mikkeller’s Peter, Pale and Mary.
Sela Bar, in a basement on Briggate, serves up world beers, cocktails and pizza alongside regular live music. You can get gluten free Mongozo Pilsner by the bottle.
Sheaf Street Cafeteria
As well as a mean brunch from a rotation of kitchen residencies, Sheaf Street offer Estrella Daura Damm to gluten free lager drinkers.
TallBoys Beer Market
Tall Boys is a great little bottle-shop-slash-bar cosied up next to OK Comics on Thornton’s Arcade. As you’d expect, they offer an extensive range of bottled beers, including Mikkeller’s Gluten Free Peter Pale and Mary; Jopen’s deliciously hoppy Hop Zij Met Ons; and a selection from First Chop, including Pip, Hop and Sup.
Tapped is Leeds’ favourite American-style brew-bar and pizza kitchen (manned by the sexiest pizza chef I’ve ever met). You can get bottles of lager-style Bernard gluten-free pilsner, or To Øl Reparationsbajer, an American-style pale brewed in Denmark, to sip with your gluten-free pizza.
This little cafe-bar opened just last year on Kirkgate and, as well as homemade gluten free bread, they offer Brass Castle’s Helles Lager, Sunshine IPA and Hoptical Illusion, as well as gluten free US brewery Omission’s Pale Ale.
Whitelock’s Ale House + The Turk’s Head
These partner bars share outside space in Turk’s Head Yard, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it alley off Briggate. Whitelock’s is a low-ceilinged traditional pub, apparently among the oldest in Leeds, whilst The Turk’s Head is a revamped cocktail space which opened last year. Both offer the unusual Black Isle Brewery’s Goldfinch to gluten-free beer drinkers.
The Woods, Chapel Allerton
Based a little out of the city centre, The Woods is worth the visit. A great bar, with really friendly staff and offering Mikkeller’s gluten free Peter, Pale and Mary in bottles, an American-style IPA brewed in Copenhagen.
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