When I moved to England roughly two years ago, I thought I had it all figured out. I’d tasted English breakfast (or what I presumed to be a traditional English breakfast) on a family holiday to an all-inclusive resort in Turkey, and to be honest, I wasn’t very impressed. So, during my first months of living in the UK, I stayed away from the “Full English”. Fried fatty food for breakfast? No thanks…

Little did I know what I was missing out on. A few months into my UK residency, I visited a friend of mine in Manchester for a weekend. One day, we decided to have breakfast at his favourite café/bar Trof (read my review for Travelettes here). According to The Guardian, Trof serves the best veggie breakfast in the country, so I decided that if I was ever going to give the English breakfast another chance, it would have to be there and then.

Trof’s award-winning veggie breakfast

I opted for the meat version, mainly because many English people don’t consider a ‘fry-up’ complete without bacon and sausages. And, although I had had strong reservations, there was no denying that it tasted absolutely incredible!

What I love about English breakfast is that it has so many different components. Sometimes, when I’ve got a big plate of breakfast sitting in front of me, I don’t know where to start.

A traditional Full English includes fried eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns (although I’ve sometimes seen them substituted for potato waffles), grilled tomato, mushrooms and baked beans. It should come with toasted white bread and butter and is best enjoyed with a cup of tea or a glass of orange juice. A vegetarian option will often include vegetarian sausages and more grilled vegetables instead of the bacon. Vegan English breakfast (with vegan sausages) is also becoming increasingly popular these days.

photo by lomokev via Flickr

Like I did initially, you may have your concerns about this type of breakfast (which, by the way, is served all day and not just in the mornings). It’s often criticized for being unhealthy, which it probably is if you eat it too often. But that goes for a lot of things we like to consume.

I treat myself to a Full English every once in a while with my friends (shhhh! It happens to be an excellent hangover remedy!) and usually get so nice and full that I don’t eat until the afternoon or evening of that same day… ideal if you’ve got a busy schedule or hard day of work ahead of you.

Another positive aspect of the English breakfast is that (at least in the UK) it’s usually quite cheap (starting at as little as £3,50). If you’re travelling on a budget and looking for a nice and filling meal, the Full English may just be for you.