Gluten-free Skene House

A Gluten-free guide to Aberdeen


It is estimated that around 1% of the British population has coeliac disease, and the organisation Coeliac UK believe that around half a million people in the UK are undiagnosed. We understand that when you have a food intolerance or allergy eating out can be concern, especially when you are travelling. We spoke to Sarah Gray, wife of Skene Group’s Finance Director, who says that when you suffer from coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance, all you want “is to feel normal and be able to relax and enjoy great food and great company”.

Skene House caters for those who are affected with coeliac disease. We offer gluten-free breakfast options as well as gluten-free snacks and catering in our meeting rooms so that guests and delegates don’t have to compromise their health. What’s more, the benefit of staying in an apartment versus a hotel room means that you have the flexibility of having your own kitchen so that you are in complete control of what you eat and when.

If you’re visiting Aberdeen and need gluten-free options, check out our tried and tested guide below for some of the best places for gluten-free dining in the city. Our colleagues, guests, delegates, family and friends have all contributed their go-to gluten-free eateries in Aberdeen.

Here is a selection of eateries who have fully embraced gluten-free dining options. We would love to hear of others we can add to the list.

Deserve Restaurant
25 Crown Terrace
Apparently the UK’s first 100% gluten-free, sugar-free, low carb restaurant. On the menu you’ll find salads, soups, risotto, burgers, cakes and coffee, all without the nasties. You can get there by taxi in 10 minutes from any Skene House property, alternatively, on foot allow 30 minutes.

Fifi’s café bakery
279 Rosemount Place
The first café in Aberdeen to become completely gluten-free, Fifi’s café bakery offers plenty of delicious gluten-free options ranging from soups, salads, bagels and of course some tempting cakes and desserts.
The café is just a 10 minute walk from Skene House Whitehall, and a 20 minute walk from either Skene House Rosemount or Skene House Holburn.

Foodstory Café
13 – 15 Thistle Street
A rustic Scottish ambience with plenty of healthy and gluten-free options available. You can even stay late, on Tuesday – Saturday evenings Foodstory is open until 9pm, perfect for when you want a lighter bite in the evening. Just a 15 minute walk from any of the Skene House Apartment Hotels.

Rendezvous @ Nargile
106 – 108 Forest Avenue
A contemporary award-winning Turkish restaurant in the residential west end of the city. Rendezvous at Nargile offers gluten-free pittas as well as a fantastic array of dishes on the menu catering to those with coeliac disease. Just ask any member of the team about gluten-free sauces, they are highly knowledgeable about their ingredients. A 10 drive or taxi from any Skene House Apartment Hotel. Alternatively, a 20 minute walk from Skene House Holburn and allow 45 minutes from Skene House Whitehall and Rosemount.

The Ashvale
42 – 48 Great Western Road
Coeliac disease needn’t stop you from enjoying the Scottish tradition of fish and chips. The award-winning Ashvale fish restaurant, which has been in operation for over 30 years and is something of an institution in Aberdeen, offers the option of gluten-free batter on their locally sourced fish. A 10 minute walk from Skene House Holburn, take-away and delivery to your Skene House apartment also available. Allow a 40 minute walk from either Skene House Whitehall or Rosemount.

Domino’s Pizza
The first pizza delivery company to introduce gluten-free pizzas back in 2012, Domino’s pizzas are approved by the Coeliac UK organisation. Just a 3 minute walk from Skene House Holburn you will find a Domino’s Pizza, alternatively you can order online or by telephone and have it delivered to your apartment.

Café Andaluz
Corner of Bon Accord Street and Union Street
Spanish tapas restaurant with helpful knowledgeable staff and a menu which carefully highlights all the gluten-free options. Conveniently located in the city centre and approximately a 15 minute walk or taxi ride from any Skene House Apartment Hotels.

We would love to hear if you have discovered any others we have not mentioned here, tweet your suggestions to @skenehouse

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