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Full English Breakfast

The famous Full English Breakfast is also known or referred to as a 'fry-up' the traditional English breakfast loved by most of us.

Of course, vegetarians will have their meat-free version as there are plenty of meat-free options available these days.

Full English breakfast on a plate.
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There's nothing quite like a good-sized English Breakfast to keep you full pretty much all day long.

Even when you travel abroad, to Mediterranean resorts in Spain for example, you will find a Full English breakfast on the menu in numerous bars and restaurants.

Serve with a nice cup of tea, coffee or fresh orange juice, or just a refreshing glass of cold water from one of the best water filters out there.

What's included in a full English breakfast?

For non-vegetarians, proper bacon (smoked back bacon) is the only way to go in my opinion and nicely seasoned meaty sausages are essential and both have to be just right.

Use good quality ingredients and you can't go wrong.

Is a Full English breakfast healthy?

Researchers have discovered the perfect reason to tuck into a full English breakfast and the best news that dieters have had in years!

They found that starting the morning with a fatty meal may boost the metabolism for the rest of the day and prime the body to burn fat more efficiently.

A lot of people have their breakfast with black pudding too and these days, the addition of hash browns are popular (but to me that's odd) and I like to stick to leftover cooked potatoes, just fry them till they start to brown along with the rest of the breakfast.

Portobello mushrooms

I love these baby portobello mushrooms because they are so tasty. Pronounced [por-toh-BEHL-loh]. Some people think they'are named after the famous Portobello Road in London but they are not. They are sometimes called Portobella mushrooms.

The colourful Portobello Road retains is full of magic, mystery and romance. It's most famous for its half-mile-long market selling antiques, which is the largest in the world. The street is transformed every Saturday into a glittering treasure arcade.
Portobello mushrooms

Don't forget a nice big tomato is essential along with a lovely golden yolked fried egg or two; always, always, free-range eggs, please. Baked beans are another favourite.

A nice mug of hot tea and some nice crusty buttered bread on the side of the plate and you're done. Eat that lot and you won't need feeding again until the evening meal 😉

There are many regional versions of this staple. For example, the Ulster Fry always includes black pudding, potato cakes and soda bread.

Talking of black pudding, I prefer Clonakilty White Pudding which I tried a while back.

Clonakilty white pudding

The Scottish breakfast boasts a tattie scone (potato scone) and the Welsh breakfast features laverbread (barra lawr, which is made from seaweed).

The Cornish breakfast often comes with Cornish hogs pudding (a kind of sausage) and Cornish potato cakes made from mashed potatoes mixed with flour and butter and then fried.

So, what does your favourite Full Breakfast or 'fry-up' include?


  1. Great review, Jan. It looks like an excellent box of meat!

  2. Yum! Unfortunately such things can't be delivered to my area, but if they could I would certainly buy it!

  3. What a lovely selection of meat. I've been having veg boxes for a while but haven't tried a meat box yet.


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