The Winchester food scene is undeniably jam-packed with tastes of cuisines from all corners of the world. But how do these local restaurants cater to those with dietary requirements?

In the UK, approximately 2 million people are living with food allergies, while 14 per cent class themselves as vegetarian. This accounts for a sizable percentage of the population, meaning inclusivity and variety is a must on every menu.

Some of the most popular dinner spots have been tried and tested as ‘safe’ for food allergy sufferers, receiving primarily positive feedback.

Turtle Bay, a Caribbean restaurant and bar in Jewry Street, is described as having "fantastic allergen free offerings" by food allergy blogger, Lucy’s Friendly Foods. The menu contains many plant-based alternatives to their classic dishes, such as a vegan jerk ‘chicken’ and a vegan Caribbean curry katsu. 

Pizza spots certainly aren't few and far between on Winchester's high street. Chain restaurants such as Pizza Express, Zizzi and Ask Italian all have gluten free sections on their menus with delicious replacements for almost all of their gluten-containing pizzas. 

The Stable, in The Square, is a real hidden gem. The staff are comprehensive and well-educated on how to deal with food allergies and intolerances. No eggs, peanuts, tree nuts or sesame seeds are used in any of their dishes.  These four allergens are some of the most common, a great proportion of allergy sufferers will benefit hugely from having a decreased risk of cross contamination from other pizzas. 

Whilst it is evident Winchester has a great variety of ‘safe’ options for those with dietary requirements, it is important to always check with the restaurant prior to visiting for their most recently updated allergen information.

  • This article was written by Sofia Thompson, from Peter Symonds College, as part of Newsquest's Young Reporter Scheme.