Tomorrow is World Porridge Day! The dish is the quintessential breakfast, the only Scottish national dish that doesn’t involve offal or deep frying and it’s the perfect dish to start off your day. Yes, you can boil a kettle and douse your oats in the office, but why not head out and have porridge done proper?
Clarks Maple Shack
Not sure about you but the ONLY way to do porridge is with syrup. And so who better than syruppists Clark’s Maple Syrup? And, handily just in time for porridge season, they’ve got a pop-up coming to Bishops Square. What’s more, tomorrow they’ll be offering free (yes, actual free) porridge tomorrow, 10th October. The pop-up, along with Instagrammer Izy Hossack, will be your perfect pre-work porridge fix.
Where: Bishops Square, Spitalfields, E1 6AD
A nice relaxing breakfast in Aldwich you say? Look no further than Scandi joint Ludenwic, the coffeeshop-cum-breakfast-and-brunch specialists. Their coconut milk porridge is, of course, excellent, served until 11:30 and comes with seasonal compote and their house granola or with banana, date syrup and pistachio.
Where: 45 Aldwych, WC2B 4DW
Let’s face it, most places you pop in central London will offer a stunning view of maybe a brick wall, if you’re lucky a main road clogged with articulated vehicles. Not at the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen. The Hyde Park restaurant is on the edge of the Serpentine meaning you have one of the most glorious views in central London from which to eat your porridge. The restaurant, run by Benugo, serve the porridge with banana and blossom honey until 11:30, giving plenty of time for a walk round the royal park before quenching your hunger.
Where: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Ottelenghi’s Soho spot Nopi serve their version of porridge in the form of black rice served with coconut milk, banana and mango. We’re not 100% sure that it can be exactly described as porridge, but it’s vegan-friendly, looks pretty awesome (always thinking Instagram) and tastes great (obvs).
Where: 21-22 Warwick Street, Soho, W1B 5NE
Our favourite Bombaikers, Dishoom, are taking over London, with more and more openings. But if you can be bothered to queue (puzzlingly they still don’t take reservations) then it’s totally worth it for their chai porridge. The organic oats are cooked with milk, banana and Medjool dates, and even better: it’s bottomless!
Where: 12 Upper St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FB
Specially for World Porridge Day Farm Girl have gotten together with Rude Health to make an exclusive porridge that promises to be both delicious as well as helping charity! The porridge bowl is a Millet and chia seed porridge made with coconut milk and topped off with blackberries, pomegranate molasses, maple syrup and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Each bowl sold will go on to help Mary’s Meals, the charity that actually started World Porridge Day to raise awareness of hunger.
Where: 59A Portobello Rd, London W11 3DB
Head down to Victoria’s Railhouse Cafe for their quinoa and coconut porridge. The winter-warmer comes with banana, blueberries and maple syrup, all designed to keep you healthy and hold the sniffles at bay as we descend into flu season.
Where: 8 Sir Simon Milton Square, Victoria, SW1E 5DJ