Paleolithic diets: a quick guide

Holly Redman, owner of Pure Taste restaurant, London's first Paleo and ‘Free-From’ restaurant, explains what is meant by 'paleolithic diets'.

Pure Taste* is London’s first Paleo and ‘Free-From’ restaurant. They cater for over 10 different diets including coeliac and the FODMAP in a fine dining setting. Holly Redman, owner and executive chef, explains what paleo is.


1. Paleolithic diets mimic the type and quantity of foods our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate. Pastured and wild meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, eggs, plenty of fresh veggies and small amounts of seasonal fruit. The basic premise is that this way of eating suits our genetics (which have hardly changed in the last 10,000 years) much better than the grains, dairy and processed foods that have arisen since the agricultural revolution.

2. You can eat lots of different foods but you should avoid all processed food, grains, dairy, legumes, refined sugars and oils and white potatoes.

3. We change our menu every two months to reflect seasonal produce. Main course meats are duck, venison, and grass fed steak, while vegetarian options include chickpea masala. We have a range of breads made from plantains, Italian bread sticks and coconut flour flatbreads. For dessert sticky toffee pudding, and chocolate tart. Eating with us is a perfectly normal experience.

Salmon image courtesy of Pure Taste restaurant


*Pure Taste restaurant closed after the publication of this feature