26 Grains | Neals Yard | ££


1 Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP

£ (BOwls start at £5)

rating: 5/5

Before refurbishing The Obsession Diary, I featured 26 Grains on the old site and see no harm in re-introducing the Scandi-inspired delight. Nestled in Covent Garden's Seven Dials is Alex Hely-Hutchinson's glorious café. The name '26 Grains' refers to the number of ancient grains and pseudo-grains, ingredients of which are found in her dishes, such as amaranth and buckwheat.


The concept, inspired by a year in Copenhagen, took off initially in the form of a pop-up at Old Street Tube Station until it was time to create have her own address. With no outside investment, Hely-Hutchinson raised £15,000 through Kickstarter to pay the deposit on her first space (of which she has now moved just next-door).


With the Autumnal weather already looming, there is no better place to relax with friends over a warm bowl of highly-Instagrammable porridge.

Strawberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli

Strawberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli


Since discovering the hygge heaven two years ago, she has also released a wonderful cookery book, of which I regularly gift to people. With pictures by her sister (who has just recently photographed a campaign for Stella Mc-Cartney), it is a delightful read.

26 Grains

26 Grains by Alex Hely-Hutchinson




Hazelnut & Butter
Almond Milk Oats, Butter, Hazelnuts, Cinnamon Coconut Palm Sugar, Apple

Banana Cacao
Almond Milk Oats, Coconut Yogurt, Cacao Nibs, Banana, Date Syrup

Nordic Pear
Coconut Milk Oats, Spices, Seeds, Cacao Crumble, Coconut Yogurt, Pear, Maple

Blueberry Ricotta
Almond Milk Oats, Blueberry Maple Compote, Whipped Ricotta, Nut Butter, Lemon & Thyme

Apricot & Cardamom
Almond Milk Oats, Apricot & Cardamom Compote, Toasted Seeds, Tahini Yoghurt


Cold Bowls

Strawberry & Coconut Bircher Muesli
Almond Milk soaked Oats and Chia Seeds, Strawberries, Coconut, Pistachio, Fennel, Date Syrup

Smoothie Bowl
Berry Smoothie w/ Cardamom Granola, Goji Berries, Coconut Flakes



Egg and Spinach
Savoury Oats, Spinach, Egg, Avocado, Chives, Sirracha

Aubergine, Chickpea, Tzatziki
Roasted Aubergine, Chickpea, Aubergine Puree, Tzatziki, Baby Gem Lettuce

Yellow Daal, Garlic Yoghurt and Spelt Flat Bread
Yellow Split Peas, Garlic Yoghurt, Seeds, Aubergine Pickle, Flat Bread

Salmon, Wild Rice, Broccoli
Hot-Smoked Salmon, Beetroot, Tenderstem Broccoli, Wild Rice, Candied Walnuts, Dill, Dark Rye

On Rye
Avocado with Dukkah

Cheddar and Cauliflower Pickle Toastie


- Weekend Special - 

Roasted Tarragon Tomatoes, Courgette, Basil, Pecorino, Chickpeas, Egg and Sourdough Rye



Buckwheat Banana Bread

Spelt, Honey, Dukkah Loaf

Salted Rye Brownie

Date Cacao Bite

Turmeric Bite


Climpson & Sons Espresso Coffee

Good and Proper Loose Leaf Tea

Fresh Mint/Ginger Tea

Chai Latte

Turmeric Almond Latte

Matcha Latte

Hot Turmeric Chocolate


Jamu Turmeric Tonic

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday: 08:00-17:00 | Saturday: 09:00-17:00 | Sunday: 10:00-16:00

Walk in basis