Being from the sunny South East I’m frequently down in Waterford visiting family and friends. All this catching up has to be done somewhere so I have lots of eating out tips for any coeliacs visiting the area. The first one is try not to be too disappointed you can’t have a Blaa ,which is a soft floury bread roll which Waterford is famous for. You can’t have it so quit your moanin – just feast in the places mentioned below and you’ll be grand!

 Waterford city

My first tip is to try Bodega for lunch or dinner. As well as just having superb, affordable food, their menus have all the coeliac friendly dishes noted clearly. I had this steak & chips with GF pepper sauce more than once there and I will again no doubt.

If you’re looking for some gluten free pizza or pasta, Espresso is a good choice and is very central.

For a quick bite during the day visit The Pantry in Georges court who make their own gluten free cakes and have a full menu of GF dishes. You can get GF options in The Granville Hotel on the quay aswell.

There are also the well known chains such as O’Briens Sandwiches and Costa coffee in the city where coeliacs will have the usual options.

Tramore and surrounding areas

Ah lovely Tramore. You can’t have a famous Dooley’s fish and chips but you eat well here my friends.

The Vee Bistro in Tramore have coeliac friendly dishes on the menu and their early bird is excellent value, get in!

I’ve also eaten in Banyan Thai who don’t have items noted on the menu but were very helpful when I enquired and do a mean red curry.

Another good option is The Copper Hen in Fenor, just outside Tramore which I recently visited and had a brilliant GF experience. Piri-Piri chicken below was delicious.


T-Bay cafe provide a good variety of gluten free snacks if you’re out having a walk on the beach and need coffee and a sugar rush.

Heading out Dunmore East way, you’ll get a full GF menu in Azzuro including pizza and pasta.

If you’re looking for some fresh seafood in Dumore, The Strand Inn will cater for coeliacs, just mention to the wait staff. I hate this cod recently and they made sure to pan fry it with a gluten free flour.

Gluten free food at the Strand Inn, Dunmore East

Shopping wise – as well as having all the normal options in the supermarket chains, a visit to Ardkeen Stores in the city is a must, particularly if you’re self catering as it had a huge selection of both gluten free and artisan produce.

Waterford is a fantastic place for coeliacs to visit and I’d welcome any other tips or comments so that this can be used as a resource for visitors from both home and abroad.

The header photo taken on Tramore beach is courtesy of @mossyb.