One of the true delights of a visit to the British Isles is indulging in the long-held tradition of the English Breakfast. But where should one go to experience this morning culinary ritual of the Brits? The simple answer is pretty much, anywhere. But as with most things, if you want the best, it’s going to take some nosing around. Fear not, Bearleader is up for the job. We will help you suss out the smartest, most original, most exotic, and most authentic English Breakfast the empire has to offer.
But first a little context. What’s this English Breakfast thing all about? I first checked in with the English Breakfast Society to find out more. Yes, there is an English Breakfast Society, dedicated to keeping the delicious tradition alive. As an aside, they are currently working to establish April 5 as English Breakfast Day. There is a petition circulating, so if you are a lover of England’s most important meal of the day, please lend your support.
From the English Breakfast Society, we learn that the English Breakfast has its origins with the landed gentry. As with most things that have endured through the ages, money and power were prime forces. The land was the source of power and great pride was attached to the traditions of country life. Breakfast was the perfect time to showcase all the wealth and riches of the land, its bounty, for visitors and guests. And the Full-English plate today is still a good representation of all a country estate might produce.