26 Grains is a teeny tiny restaurant/café tucked away in Covent Garden’s famous Neal’s Yard. It is the brainchild of Alex Hely-Hutchinson a pioneer of ‘posh porridge’ in which 26 types of grains are utilised to make delicious and wholesome recipes drawing inspiration from the Scandinavian diet and their Hygge (cosy) culture.
there are a few places to sit inside and more seating outside, the majority of the spaces are benches and tables to share with others and of course there are takeaway meal options as well as snacks such as the buckwheat banana bread, apricot & ginger florentines, salted rye brownies and date cacao and turmeric bites pictured below.
The café itself smells amazing, and the staff all seemed very friendly. Though it is very small, the café is very neat and clean and it feels very cosy rather than cramped.
As she had already eaten, Venetia ordered a Turmeric Almond Latte which looked beautiful and she said vas very delicious. Turmeric has famously powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Although I was quite nervous I decided to jump in feet first and ordered the disgusting sounding ‘Egg and Kale’ porridge- made with savoury oats, kale, egg, avocado, chives and sriracha. To my total surprise, it was absolutely delicious. I have no idea how Alex originally came up with this recipe but it really works well, the individual ingredients compliment each other fantastically and you are left feeling warm and pleasantly full after eating it. Food like this makes you feel well.
I would definitely recommend 26 Grains to anyone looking for a health kick in a cosy and sociable setting. Even if you are just curious about the Cardamom Granola, Blood Orange, Black Tahini Yoghurt Cold Bowl, or want to relive childhood memories by eating the Rhubarb Granola, this place is so lovely to visit.
Alex has recently published her fist recipe book so if you can’t make it to London at least you’ll be able to experiment at home, you can buy the book here.