DISCOVER THE POSSIBILITIES OF PORRIDGE IN A HIDDEN CORNER OF COVENT GARDEN.
WHERE: 1 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP.
TUBE: Covent Garden.
THE DEAL: Sweet and savoury Scandi-style takes on British staples. The perfect location for hailing the grain in all its glory in a colourful hidden corner of London.
THE FOOD: Porridge-making in all its perfection. Opened in 2016 by Alex Hely-Hutchinson after drawing on her year in Copenhagen, 26 Grains adopts the Scandi-style setting classic of Nordic café culture. Wooden stools; smooth marble tabletops; white washed walls with rough rendered finish; paint work of cool blues and calming hues. Bi-folding doors open onto Neal’s Yard making the small inside space feel lighter, brighter and more spacious. Soak up the sun on the wooden benches outside and take in the cascade of colour that covers the brick walls and frames the windows of Neal’s Yard’s surrounding stores.
Come rain or shine, 26 Grains accommodates all with a selection of breakfast bowls, lunches and suppers perfect for taking a friend or lover to enjoy the intimate ‘hygge heaven’ setting. Pimp your porridge with butter, coconut palm sugar, apple and hazlenuts or try toppings of banana, honey, tahini, sesame and cocao nibs for an energising hit or sweet morning treat. Other recipes include innovative ingredients such as Nordic pear and spiced oats with maple syrup and Greek yoghurt, or toppings of loquat, whipped ricotta, sweet cicely and walnuts. With savoury salads of Cauliflower, Bulgur Wheat, Garlic Yoghurt, Almond Dukkah; Toasted Courgette Ricotta Sourdough and stews made of Aubergine Chickpea with Cucumber Yoghurt, Basil, Pine nuts, Garlic Flatbread – this Little London gem has it all. Combine your brunch with a coffee and a sweet snack to-go (the salted rye brownies are to die for) and you’ll be satisfyingly full and fuelled for the day ahead.
What’s more, they serve an ever-changing evening menu consisting of a starter, main and a pudding – which will make you want to go back over and over again to try the new creations. With summer in full swing, 26 Grains has opened its doors for evening drinks, showcasing a wide selection of wines, ales and a bespoke cocktail menu for those wanting to drink away the balmy summer evenings in style.
FYI: If you can’t get enough of these pimped up bowls of porridge, 26 Grains also have their own cookbook you can use to recreate these oaty bowls yourself.
THE PRICE: A bowl of porridge is £6 and a meal for two with drinks is around £20-£30.
PAY BY: Ca$h or card.
BEST FOR: Die-hard porridge fans looking for simple and scrumptious new breakfast inspo.
Written by Georgie Clarke our residential London foodie @georgieclarke10
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