Manchester Airport Gluten-free
Nutritional awareness may be on the rise in restaurants, shops and schools across the UK but, when you are travelling and have particular dietary requirements, it is helpful to know what you can expect when you get to the airport.
You may not always be able to carry your own food and drinks through security, so while you might have a gluten-free in-flight meal ordered for you, it may be sometime away before you receive it. At Manchester Airport, thankfully, there is a reasonable range of gluten-free refreshment options to tide you over in the meantime.
Please be aware that not all restaurants, cafés and take-aways can guarantee a gluten-free food preparation environment, even when they offer gluten-free food items. However, many do publish their own allergen guides and have staff to help you make the right choices. There are also mainstream retailers, such as Boots, WH Smiths and M&S Food, that stock pre-prepared gluten-free sandwiches and wraps, subject to availability.
Read on for our gluten-free guide to each of the three terminals at Manchester Airport.
Manchester Airport Terminal 1
In Terminal 1 you’ll find Bar MCR, which offers a range of food and drink favourites starting with breakfast, alongside great views of the runway. You can check out their allergen guide in advance. For French/North African-fusion cuisine, look out for Café Balzar. They may not have a huge range of gluten-free food options but, again, they have an allergen guide online, which you can view ahead of your visit.
Pret a Manger have an outlet once you reach the Departures Hall and usually stocks a range of gluten-free sandwiches, soups, salad pots and more, while Starbucks have recently advertised a gluten-free ham and cheese panini.
The Grain Loft is a good spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner and lists gluten-free options as ‘NGCI’ on their menus. You can also ask staff for an allergen guide.
Manchester Airport Terminal 2
Over in Terminal 2, the Apiary offers a French-inspired menu of brunches and British classics, including gluten-free options. For a touch of industrial-style pub, head to the Bridgewater Exchange, which also has gluten-free options on their menu.
A popular coffee bar airside is Broderick’s, who will be happy to cater for gluten-free and coeliac diets pre-order. And the big chains in Terminal 2, which usually have some gluten-free sandwiches, salads and more, include Costa Coffee, Pret a Manger and Starbucks.
For pure, natural produce VIT is the place to recharge and revitalise before your flight. Just ask the staff for gluten-free options. And for some deep umami Asian flavours, including gluten-free noodle bowls, Wagamama publishes a dedicated gluten-free menu. If it’s a taste of authentic India you’re looking for, then at Wrapchic you can eat in or takeaway; view their full allergen and nutrition guide.
Manchester Airport Terminal 3
If you are flying from Terminal 3, you can grab coffee and snacks from Caffe Nero before heading through security. Caffe Nero have their own allergen guide and lists gluten-free items on their menu, although gluten-free food options can be somewhat limited.
Once you are airside, you’ll find Costa Coffee, which list gluten free drinks and a few gluten-free snacks. Or opt for a gluten-free porridge pot at Flat White.
For modern British pub dining in Terminal 3, The Lion and Antelope list a few gluten-free items on their classic pub menu. If you prefer to go Italian, however, then the staff at Trattoria Milano will happily give you allergen advice.
Cafes and Restaurants with gluten-free options at Manchester Airport
|Apiary T2||variable||After Security|
|Bar MCR T1||4am – 7pm||After Security|
|Bridgewater Exchange T2||3am – last flight||After Security|
|Broderick’s T2||variable||After Security|
|Café Balzar T1||variable||After Security|
|Caffe Nero T3||5am – 5pm||Before Security|
|Costa Coffee T2||3.30am – 2pm||After Security|
|Costa Coffee T3||3.30am – 6pm||After Security|
|Flat White T3||variable||After Security|
|Giraffe T1||4am – variable||After Security|
|Greggs T1||5.30am – 10pm||Before Security|
|Pret a Manger T1||4am – 8pm||After Security|
|Pret a Manger T1||6am – 7pm||Before Security|
|Pret a Manger T2||4am – variable||After Security|
|Starbucks T1||3am – 8pm||After Security|
|Starbucks T2||24 Hours||Before Security|
|The Grain Loft T1||3.30am – last flight||After Security|
|The Lion and Antelope T3||3.30am – last flight||After Security|
|Trattoria Milano T3||variable||After Security|
|VIT T2||variable||After Security|
|Wrapchic T2||variable||After Security|
|Wagamama T2||4am – 4pm||After Security|
Please note that all opening hours are subject to change. Gluten-free options cannot always be available. Please always ask for allergen advice.
Plan your trip from Manchester Airport with our guide to restaurants and cafes in each terminal.
Travelling from Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Luton, Southend or Stansted on a gluten-free diet? Read our gluten-free guide to eating at London’s airports.