The best breakfast spots – my review for the Independent, and not just Porridge!


I was very pleased to be asked to review and reveal my top breakfast spots around the country for The Independent, after all breakfast is what I do best! 😀

Top Breakfast Spots Review

Top Breakfast Spots Review

The spread was published in ‘The Information’ section of the paper on Saturday the 5th of November and you can still read it on-line here;

Not all my top spots could be squeezed in so here is my review in full…

Porridge Lady’s best breakfast spots


  • Hendersons

Always my first point of call in Edinburgh when I have a ‘stop-over’ on the train to the Highlands.  Serving Porridge and their own bread for toast, Hendersons is the healthy eating spot in the city.

Address: 94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

  • The Glenview Hotel

Let Chef and proprietor Simon know that you are a Porridge fan and he will produce one of the best bowls of Porridge you have ever eaten (after mine of course ;-)) Served with heather honey and cream this is Luxury Porridge at its best.

Address: Culnacnoc, By Staffin, Isle of Skye, IV51 9JH

  • Stornoway Library Café

Frequented by in-the-know locals, the café serves home cooked fayre inc Bannocks, made from locally grown and milled Barley Beremeal, with Crowdie. This is the best way to eat as the Leodhasaich do.

Address: 19 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis,


  • Little Salkeld Watermill
    Little Salkeld Mill & Cafe

    Little Salkeld Mill & Cafe

My all-time favourite breakfast spot serving my favourite Mornflake oatmeal Porridge and the biggest wedges of toast you have ever seen! Milled and baked on premises. But leave some room for brunch and the greatest hot choc you’ve ever had!

Address: The Watermill, Little Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1NN

  • Teebay/Westmorland services

Re-writing the books on service station food Teebay shows how real food on the go can be done. From bacon butties, made with on-farm reared animals, to high quality coffee, excellence is matched with affordability – a rare thing.

Address: J.38 J.39 M6

  • Village Bakery

Established by Andrew Whitley, the founder of the Real Bread Campaign, you would expect the toast here to be good and you won’t be disappointed! Order a pair of the Inverawe kipper’s too and you will be set for the day.

Address: Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1BG

South East

  • Pierreponts

After a dip in the Thames I head here for a second breakfast of locally baked bread (by the Bun House Bakery) smothered with local honey. With a lovely location and imaginative menu this is a great spot for a lazy brunch.

Address: High Street, Goring-on-Thames, RG8 9AB

  • Workhouse Coffee Company
    Workhouse Coffee Company

    Workhouse Coffee Company

The best coffee I have ever drunk has been at WHC. They source, import and roast their own and build your coffee the way you ask. Perfect for a morning quick fix or for me a long lazy Café Au Lait at brunch time.

Address: 10-12 King Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HF

South West

  • Better Food Company (café in the St Werburghs shop)

Giving the supermarkets a run for their money the BFC is a shining example of how local food is thriving in Bristol. With a cheery café serving clearly sourced food this is a must for breakfast in Bristol. I love the fact that tea is served in a pot!

Address: Sevier St, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9QS


  • The Idler Academy

‘Freedom through education’ is the academy’s motto.  So whilst you eat delicious soughdough bread toast and freshly brewed Monmouth coffee you can expand your mind through one of the hundreds of carefully selected books that don the Academy’s shelves.

Address:  81 Westbourne Park Road, London  W2 5QH

I hope these breakfast top spots have been useful and you too get the chance to breakfast like a King, or Queen!

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