The trickiest issue I’ve found with being gluten free is finding a suitable breakfast. I have never been keen on eating breakfast at home before enduring the daily bun fight into work on the Tube so have always preferred breakfast al desko.
Once I was further diagnosed with a nut allergy it became even harder as most gluten free breakfast options also included nuts.
However, one of the best developments for me has been the increasing number of food outlets offering gluten free breakfast items which don’t contain nuts.
There’s a Pod next to my office which offers gluten free porridge (with your choice of toppings) as standard. However, I’ve recently fallen out of love with them because it takes them soooo long to prepare the porridge. On occasion, I’ve actually drunk my entire coffee while I’ve been waiting for my breakfast order in Pod (still love their lunches though!).
So, I was extremely happy to discover a new cafe style restaurant called Pure right by the exit of my Tube station. They have multiple locations throughout the City, West End and Canary Wharf.
All their standard porridge is gluten free. You can also choose your own porridge toppings.
Not keen on porridge? Pure also do egg pots which I haven’t tried yet but which seem very popular given how many other customers order them.
When the weather was warmer I bought a bircher pot made with gluten free oats and rhubarb. This is currently not on sale; their menu changes seasonally. They were also doing a blueberry version which was delicious.
The only downside for me (with an allergy to almonds) is that there are two porridges on offer at Pure; one with organic milk and the other with almond milk. And I have had a couple of minor freak outs when I’ve seen the almond milk porridge (which I have not requested) get rung through on the till. However, the good thing (and what sets them apart from Pod) is that Pure have both porridges pre measured out in the tubs (under heat) ready for customers. This means that not only is it quick (toppings are added later as requested) but I can also see whether the team are selecting either the organic or almond milk porridges.
It’s not just breakfasts which are on offer at Pure, they also have lots of gluten free lunch time options too. You can check out the menu here.
The coffee is also really good here. And a special thumbs up to the baristas who are super friendly.
If you spot a Pure around London, especially at breakfast time, I highly recommend you pay them a visit.
Cost: £5.50 Gluten free porridge (they only offer one size but it’s large) with golden syrup and blueberries with a latte
Location: Currently around 10 locations in the City, West End and Canary Wharf. Check here to find one near you.
Website: Pure – Made For You
Would I go back? I do, daily! But I do need to try out some of their lunch options.
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