After a very indulgent weekend, the fridge was empty and I fancied something a little healthier than our usual brunch go-to… Dun Dun Dun I finally got to go get porridge at 26 Grains! I hesitate to say this but porridge is definitely one of my favourite meals. If I had been goldilocks I would have eaten all three offerings. Nothing beats a nice bowl of porridge on a cold day! (I definitely spend far too much each week on Pret’s offering)
I have been eyeing up 26 Grains for a while, but have had a hard time persuading someone to come with me. Luckily, a visiting friend was easily persuaded to try something new! (Insert celebratory dancing)
It would seem that not many people are willing to spend £6 on a bowl of porridge- if you’re in this camp maybe read on and I’ll try my best to change your mind!
It took a little while for us to get a seat, perhaps unsurprising for a wet Sunday morning, but as the porridge is made fresh to order it gave us enough time for a few seats to come available whilst our little bowls of goodness cooked. Plus, the wet weather meant they were a table down as it was outside- So on a sunny day there would have been no wait.
Whilst we waited we were told how they make their porridge- rolling the grains in house themselves and soaking it overnight in equal parts with water before cooking with milk (almond/coconut).
We both went for the Hazelnut & Butter option, and the girls were more than happy to swap out the butter for hazelnut butter for my lactose intolerant friend!
Man oh man it was delicious! I know that may sound predictable seen as i have already confessed I love porridge but I’m serious- this has to be the best I have tried. Butter in porridge was a novelty to me but it added such a yummy salty hit whist the apple was light and refreshing.
Not to mention the presentation was almost like a work of art, and the portions were HUGEEE.
The bowl contained so many different textures I was constantly being surprised by the next mouthful
The porridge was definitely a bowl of Hygee, (“a fundamental concept in Scandinavia with no direct English translation implying the notions of “cosiness” or relaxing with friends and loved ones.”) as intended. We certainly left feeling cosy on the inside and out!
By the time we had finished there were plenty of seats free! Ready for the next lot of visitors to enter & enjoy the wholesome bowls!
I don’t think this will become a regular haunt (much to my dismay) but I am already looking forward to the next time I can cajole someone into accompanying me!
I hope you’ve had a great weekend- I’m 100% feeling festive now!