BRITAIN’S biggest porridge lovers are not North of the Border — but in the West Midlands.
A table-topping 16 per cent in Coventry named the Scottish oats dish their first-choice breakfast.
Aberdeen was next on 14 per cent, equal with York, then Edinburgh on 12 per cent.
The news has angered some Scots with Robert Henderson, 45, of Edinburgh, saying: “It’s not right that we’re not top of the porridge league.”
Referring to a wooden porridge stirrer invented in the 15th century, he added: “Who are these jokers from Coventry? They probably don’t even know what a spurtle is!”
Porridge has long been held as a Scottish staple, with 2,500-year-old pots found in the Hebrides.
Writer Dr Samuel Johnson said in 1775 that oats grown in England were “generally given to horses”, but in Scotland “oats support the people”.
But the poll for Farmhouse Inns also saw Southampton, Norwich, Leicester, Birmingham and London in the top ten porridge munchers.
Glasgow only came in seventh in the list.
The Welsh are the least likely to tuck into porridge, with no one in Cardiff or Swansea putting it as top choice and only five per cent in Wrexham.
The poll of 2,000 also found that porridge is the country’s fourth most popular breakfast, behind a full English, cereal and toast and jam — and is mostly accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee.
Source: The Sun