The Great British Breakfast

The Willow Tea Rooms

Top Ten English breakfast

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And that’s certainly true if you have the good fortune to eat it at one of the places below. From classic cooked English to hearty mountain food in the Scottish Highlands.

The 1950s and 60s gems of deco detail, and Formica furnishings bring us the retro charm of the Great British “caff’.  Although they have become less prominent with time, those left are a superb reminder including Regency Café in Pimlico, London, the university Café, Glasgow, and Morelli’s in Broadstairs.  For more inspiration check out the wonderful Classic Cafes.

If a full on classic breakky is not your style Cinnamon Kitchen in London is the place to be.  Located near Liverpool Street Station, this upmarket Indian restaurant offers Anglo-Indian breakfast menu such as; kedgree with smoked haddock and poached egg or Bombay scrambled eggs with tawa paratha with your traditional English breakfast.

For a more surreal trip, this slick Mayfair townhouse called Sketch in London offers gothic fantasy décor, heaps of junk shop chic, and crystal-covered toilets, and a chance to see a celebrity or two tucking into brunch!  Like everything else here, the food is not your average The Eggs Benedict comes with a spinach coulis and smoked salmon is served with apple jelly and if you order poached eggs you’ll get coconut and tomato marmalade on the side.

The charming Mountain Café in Aviemore fuses great Scottish produce with antipodean hospitality and coffee-making know-how to delicious effect in the rugged highlands. Head up early to fill up on delicious cooked breakfasts, bagels, pancakes and more – all lovingly prepared by award-winning New Zealand chef Kirsten Gilmour. Since opening in 2004 the plaudits have rolled in and the views of the Cairngorm Mountains are as good as the food.

If you’re a fan of Charles Rennie Mackintosh begin your tour of his work with breakfast at The Willow Tea Rooms in Glassgow. Designed in 1904 the Willow was modelled in its entirety by the great architect - the exterior, interior and even the teaspoons and waitresses' dresses. You’ll find plenty of signature Mackintosh flourishes including high-backed chairs, repeating art nouveau patterns and remarkably modern feeling white interiors. Breakfast includes delicious Scottish staples like potato scones and Arbroath Smokies.

Since 1978, numerous climbers and hikers of Mount Snowdon will tell you that there is only one place to get the energy needed for the challenge that lies ahead, and that is Pete’s Eats, Wales.  Famous for simple, hearty and enormous portions, with coffee, tea and hot chocolate served by the pint.

You’ll find Caffi Florence deep in the glorious Welsh countryside in northeast Wales. It’s a great base to begin your exploration of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has won awards for its sustainable building and use of local suppliers and ingredients. Enticing breakfasts include locally cured bacon sandwiches and Welsh Rarebit made with local free range eggs, Welsh cheddar cheese and Conwy ale and wholegrain mustard.
From English Tourist Board.