This Porridge Is Just Right
As reluctant as we are to wave goodbye to sun-filled mornings and balmy al fresco evenings, we are secretly keen to welcome the arrival of Autumn; ceremoniously taking our Winter wardrobe out of storage and anticipating the abundance of hearty, wholesome, warming foods we’ll be snuggling down to for the next few months. When the days start getting shorter and the mornings gloomier and gloomier, theres one thing you can always count on to make waking up something less of a struggle and something you’ll almost look forward to: a steaming bowl of porridge topped with, well, the more the better.
Though our younger porridge years were defined by stodgy, water-based oats laden with pure sugar, sugar and more sugar, porridge our way nowadays is energising, fresh, healthy and nourishing; made without refined sugars and without dairy or gluten. With World Porridge Day approaching on October 10th, here are some of our favourite places to enjoy it and the tastiest dishes to order. You’re so welcome.
The original London porridge connoisseurs, 26 Grains in Neal’s Yard serve up the best variety of homemade porridge bowls including: Hazelnut & Butter w. Apple, Nordic Pear w. Cacao crumble & Yoghurt and Plum & bay w. toasted Quinoa and Buckwheat. Everything is made in-house using the best, seasonal ingredients.
Officially our new favourite central London breakfast spot, Glow Bar serves a divine selection of nourishing breakfast bowls and moon milks, made using functional ingredients. Their seasonal porridge, with spiced pear compote, is topped with Qnola for an extra dose of nutrients.
Everything on the menu at Bodyism is unprocessed, gluten-free, naturally sweetened and organic where possible - including their signature coconut porridge. Make it your own with additional toppings such as fresh fruit, nut butter, cacao nibs and seeds.
Good Life Eatery
GLE isn’t just about serving healthy food but about inspiring you to eat it everyday – and making it as easy as possible to do so. Their vegan porridge is made using oat flakes, rice milk and topped with berry compote, banana and amaranth and almond crumble.
We love a good neighbourhood brunch spot and Social Pantry ticks every box: delicious food, generous portions, great coffee and friendly staff. Pantry porridge, made with almond milk and served with brûléed bananas, is topped with mixed seeds, quinoa crisps, chia seeds, goji berries and a side of berry compote - come hungry, you’ll want to finish the lot.
Sustainably sourced and from local suppliers (where possible) the Farmstand menu is also dairy free, refined sugar-free and predominantly gluten free too. Try their coconut or multigrain porridge with toppings including: peanut butter w. banana and honey, roasted apple w, ginger and cardamom or blackberry compote with granola.