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Saturday, October 08, 2005


SCOTLAND'S first mobile porridge bar is such a success that it is set to take up a permanent pitch.

Business has been booming since Stoats Porridge Bar was launched in the summer. Former waiter Tony Stone has taken the van to farmers' markets, music festivals and other events across the country. And it has been so popular, he is now looking for a permanent spot in the centre of Edinburgh. Tony said: "Our bowls of porridge are a success with all age groups and people from all backgrounds.” Customers seem pleased to try something different.

"I was slightly worried that people might not want porridge outwith breakfast time. But we often get a rush on about four o'clock, when people get peckish but don't want to stop off at the burger van or chippy" It's a healthy alternative to many of the foods offered by rival hot food kiosks."

Tony, 26, of Edinburgh, and business partner Bob Arnott started the bar with the help of a grant from the Executive. As well as plain, salted porridge, they offer oats with a range of toppings, including white chocolate and roasted hazelnut or malt whisky and honey. The traditional breakfast dish is enjoying a revival, with health-conscious shoppers forking out £80million on porridge last year.

Och! Porridge at any time, anywhere, is a marvelous thing!


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