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There’s a rather corporate feel to Pod: its healthy menu may be nourishing for the body, but its uninspired decor and lamentable easy-listening soundtrack leaves the soul wanting more. Still, if you’re looking to pick up a simple, warming lunch then you’ll find a healthy selection of soups, curries, stews, salads and sandwiches. For breakfast, choose from porridge served with the likes of goji berries or bananas, scrambled eggs on toast, and sausage or bacon sandwiches. A fridge cabinet holds a plentiful supply of yoghurts and there are fruit and granola combos aplenty, plus a good range of fortifying juices. Coffees and croissants are also passable. Not a destination venue by any means, but a decent alternative to the usual suspects if you happen to be in the area.


Venue name: Pod
Address: 5 Lloyd's Avenue
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6-10.50pm daily.
Transport: Tube: Aldgate or Tower Hill tube
Price: Main courses £3.50-£7.80. Set meal £12-£16 per person (minimum 2). Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.
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I was hungry and popped in, everywhere else was so busy being it peaktime for lunch. Simple salads, hot soups, korean bibimap, shawarma wrap, everything you need for a healthy lunch. Their prices aren't so bad either.
I chose the Slow burner salad - Soft crumbly cheese, cucumber, peas, pearl barley, lentils, carrot, kale, leek, mixed leaves, edamame beans, pistachio, mint, turmeric & red chilli with a sweet chilli & sesame dressing. It was nice, nothing special, settled my growling stomach..


I regularly get lunch from Pod in Holborn and have enjoyed most meals from here, especially the soups. There are a range of salads, sandwiches and hot dishes such as soups and hot pots. I really like the soups here and feel like I'm eating relatively healthily when I get anything from here! They have recently started doing gym boxes which are great pre or post work out meals. However, I'd stay away from the matcha latter - it's not the best I've had! 


Pod is a healthy man's Pret. You go as you want to eat healthier, but you are not so insane to go to Crussh as you refuse to pay £5 for a blimmin smoothie because it has some random berry/nut/algae in it.  

I tried the new bao menu they introduced as well... let's face it, Bao is cool now. The Buffalo chicken one was very good, however the tofu one was too dry-- needed something to lubricate (mayo/ginger soy/sriracha) it. Perhaps if the buns themselves were a bit lighter would have been fine. Considering the cost however I don't think they did a bad job. 

I got some kind of dessert with cacao nibs and pistachio. Disappointing. Met a very nice lady at the bins and she said "I hope you have a nice day young lady." Who says the City is heartless??


I went to the pod on Tottenham st as a friend of mine had recommended it as a healthy lunch option. In the fridge I found various heathy options with fresh vegetables, fish/chicken/pork. I went for the detox box £5.99 with a lemon, peppermint & agave hot drink £2.30. Nicely presented & delightfully tasting which was surpisingly filling. A bonus as they gave 10% student discount too 🎉 I'd definitely return & recommend as healthy tasting lunch option. Admittedly not the cheapest but also not the most expensive.