The English Breakfast

An English breakfast, served in a frying pan.
Restaurant serving the English Breakfast all day.
A young man enjoying a sandwich near Tower Bridge, London.
Fish and chips, served in newspaper wrap.
Scotch whiskey.

A traditional English breakfast is made up of cooked foods like fried eggs, sausages, baked beans, mushrooms and broiled tomatoes. The beverages that usually go along with the meal are coffee and tea, and despite the English breakfast being a morning meal, by popular demand, restaurants sometimes serve it all day long.

Apart from in British restaurants, thanks to its popularity, restricted forms of the English breakfast are commonly served in upscale hotels worldwide. Still though, far from all hotel guests appreciate a hearty dish early in the morning, which is why the hotels also serve the much lighter continental breakfast, which consists of little more than juice, coffee and plain white toast or croissants.

Alternatives for busy weekdays

Compared to the continental breakfast, the English breakfast admittedly is a lot to handle, both in terms of preparation and digestion. As a consequence, despite their taste for cooked foods early in the morning, not even the Brits can really cope witha full English” on busy weekdays. In line with these limitations, Britons, naturally enough, have come to embrace many lighter breakfast alternatives, like cereal, toast and orange juice, as their morning meal Monday through Friday. However, given that lunch in Britain typically consists of little more than a sandwich, filling up the stomach in the morning, be it with the traditional English breakfast or anything else, is not a bad idea.

Scotch whisky

Another idea, which a subset of Brits think is advisable, is winding down the day with a strong drink. The alcohol of choice then, for these people, is not seldom Scotch whiskey, enjoyed in front of the fire place or the television. This Scottish whiskey, along with fish and chips, competes with the English breakfast for the title “Most famous in the British food and drinks department”.