When Gluten Free in London became gluten free in Leeds. I am just back from a whirlwind trip up North, reliving uni days and soaking up the city with my friend Louisa.
In-between bottles of Elephant wine, dancing to Massive Attack and discovering what awful people we are in games of Cards Against Humanity, we managed to squeeze in a visit to a 100% gluten free restaurant, 2 Oxford Place.
Read on for my review, as well as my other favourite discoveries in Leeds (one of which serves gluten free beer!).
2 Oxford Place
What is it?
2 Oxford Place is a cosy 100% gluten free restaurant in the heart of Leeds. The food is traditional(ish) British food, done well. Simple, tasty, not faddy. A safe haven for coeliac diners.
Louisa and I visited for an eat-until-you-can’t-move dinner and a reviving post-night-of-drinking brunch. We tried a mish mash of things and enjoyed every one of them. The fried chicken, the chips and the sticky toffee pudding were particular highlights.
Clockwise from top left: Venison sausages with mash and gravy, cute business cards, STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING, breaded baked brie with sweet and sour red pepper sauce.
Louisa was a very good sport and agreed to share our meals, so that I could gorge on as much of the menu as possible! (10,000 friend points) The chicken and leek pie above was lovely (though I couldn’t eat too much leek because of the FODMAPs) and the chips, perfection.
Pricing & Atmosphere
Cosy, relaxed, unpretentious atmosophere. Friendly and helpful staff. The prices were reasonable (a similar level to Pizza Express), mains starting at £9.
Would I recommend it?
If you are visiting Leeds, I would definitely recommend seeking out 2 Oxford Place. As a coeliac, it is so lovely to be able to eat anything from the menu and not worry about cross-contamination, and gluten free worries aside, it is a nice restaurant.
I would also be completely happy to take non-coeliac family and friends there – there wasn’t a hint of ‘#cleaneating’ and the quality of the food was good by anyone’s standards, not just ‘good for gluten free’.
Big thumbs up from this coeliac.
2 Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX
A Nation of Shopkeepers
A Nation of Shopkeepers is a supercool bar Louisa introduced me to one night, which SERVES GLUTEN FREE BEER (!). I don’t even generally drink beer, but anywhere that serves a gluten free version (Estrella Daura Damm in this case) gets a gold star from me.
The bar reminded me of several of my favourite haunts in London and Bristol (Start the Bus + the Amersham Arms, anyone?) all rolled into one, and had a great chilled out and arty atmosphere. I loved it.
29 Cookridge St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 3AG
Blue Rinse Vintage – Ace vintage shop. It is so rare these days to find good quality, unique vintage clothing that isn’t way overpriced. I spent a happy hour rummaging for gold here, and as you can see, I found plenty to try on. (I eventually bought the red jumpsuit on the right, and wore it to a Twin Peaks-themed party that weekend.)
Harvey Nichols Beauty Hall – Best. Lipstick. Selection. Ever.
Leeds Corn Exchange – A grand old circular building with a selection of independent shops inside – I found the perfect purple suede waist belt for £3 in the vintage shop part of Summerhouse, and there were some lovely things in The Great Yorkshire Shop.
Cheers to catching up with old friends and discovering new places. I’d love to hear your recommendations for eating gluten free in Leeds – I would have liked to visit Salvo’s (the coeliac-friendly pizzeria that helped to develop Isabel’s pizza mix – my favourite) as well but we ran out of time! Let me know in the comments.