Springfield cafe nails keto, gf, dog-friendly niche

A Springfield cafe is ticking boxes for those with allergies and special dietary needs, as well as their canine friends!
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

Gone are the days when ordering a coffee was a simple black-or-white affair. These days cafes must keep up with ever-evolving tastes and dietary requirements. One Springfield cafe is going the extra mile to tick a few of those boxes.

The Keto Breakfast at Dark Horse Coffee, Springfield cafe.

Dark Horse Coffee is a family-run business. The cafe was originally opened by the Lock family (Dad Andy and son Ethan) who were allergic to nuts, so they introduced a menu that is entirely nut-free.  New owner Mel said the menu is still the same, but may change in the future.

This Springfield cafe is also known for its popular Keto breakfast, featuring miraculously light gluten-free coconut pancakes. You can order these with or without bacon, tomato and poached eggs. So – nut-free, low-carb, gluten-free and keto peeps will be happy to find this place!

Coconut pancakes at Dark Horse Coffee, Springfield cafe.

But there’s another box that the Dark Horse crew are also particularly pleased to tick. The cafe is dog-friendly with plenty of outdoor areas for canines to rest while their humans sip a Merlo flat-white or tuck into those keto breakies.

By the way, that’s Larry the Labradoodle in the picture. He’s a regular and he’s also got his own Instagram account (@larry_the_labradoodle).

Dog-friendly cafe - Dark Horse Coffee, Springfield cafe.

Beyond the bread and croissants, everything is made on-site, including the jams, sauces and chutneys.

Dark Horse Coffee, at 11/1 Springfield Lakes Blvd, Springfield Lakes, is open from 5.30-11am Monday, 5.30am-1pm Tuesday to Friday and 7.30am-1pm Saturday and Sunday. Phone 3818 6687.

Dark Horse Coffee, Springfield cafe.
Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy blogging or hanging out with his bestie Windora the Bilby, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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