Full English Breakfast

The Full English Breakfast or 'fry-up' is an iconic British dish along with Fish and Chips that is popular throughout the English-speaking world.

The Full English Breakfast was brought over to the American Colonies, Canada and Australia when they were a part of the British Empire.

It is commonly called a "fry-up" because most of the ingredients are fried. 

Other regional names include the 'full Scottish', 'full Welsh', 'full Irish' and 'Ulster fry.

History of English Cuisine

English cuisine encompasses the food and cooking styles from ancient times which include bread and cheese, roasted and stewed meats, meat and game pies, boiled vegetables and broths, and freshwater and saltwater fish.

The English cuisine has also been influenced by the wider, Great British cuisine, through imported foods during the time of the British Empire and through post-war immigration.

The 14th-century English cookbook, 'The Forme of Cury', written by "the chief Master Cooks of King Richard II" offered imaginative recipes, with spicy sweet and sour sauces thickened with bread or quantities of almonds boiled, peeled, dried and ground, and often served in pastry and mentions olive oil, gourds, and spices such as mace and cloves.
Catherine of Braganza (1638 – 1705 from the royal house of Portugal), as the wife of King Charles II, brought the habit of tea, common among the Portuguese nobility, to England around 1660.

Coffee was introduced in the 16th century and became popular in English coffeehouses by the 17th century with the first opening in Oxford in 1650.

Hot chocolate was a popular drink by the 17th century and chocolate bars were developed and marketed by three English Quaker-founded businesses, Joseph Fry's (1847), Rowntree's (1862), and Cadbury's (1868).

Curry from India was introduced from the 18th century with Hannah Glasse's recipe for chicken "currey" while French cuisine influenced English cooking styles throughout the Victorian era.

After the hardship of food rationing during the Second World War, Elizabeth David's 1950, 'A Book of Mediterranean Food' was a huge success in introducing the Italian cuisine to English homes. 

Full English Breakfast

A traditional Full English Breakfast includes back bacon, fried, poached or scrambled eggs, hash browns, fried tomatoes, fried mushrooms, buttered toast, British sausage (the Cumberland and Lincolnshire are two of the most famous), baked beans and black pudding with a tea, coffee or orange juice.

The English breakfast dates back to the thirteenth century English gentry (high social class) and evolved during the Victorian era to become a truly a national dish.

In the 17th century, the English breakfast was only eaten by the by the wealthy, upper class and later, by the emerging middle-class.

During the Victorian period, buffet-style breakfasts would also include kedgeree, pork or lamb chops, friend mushrooms and bread. 

The English breakfast also appeared in Isabella Beeton's Book of Household Management in 1861 as part of an extensive guide to running a household in Victorian Britain.


162 Thames Rd, Chiswick
London W4 3QS, UK
Phone: +44 20 8994 9080

Mediterranean and British candlelit dining as well as the traditional English breakfast.

Annie's sets itself apart with its romantic, vintage furnishings.

Annie’s is also a favorite with the English rugby team.

Hawksmoor Guildhall

10 Basinghall St
London EC2V 5BQ, UK
Phone: +44 20 7397 8120 

Situated in the heart of the city.

Meat specialists, the Full English Breakfast, the ‘Hawksmoor Breakfast’ and other British classics.

Quality food in wood-panelled, old-world charm. 

Quo Vadis

26-29 Dean St, Soho
London W1D 3LL, UK
Phone: +44 20 7437 9585

Founded in 1926 by an Italian, Pepino Leoni who named it Quo Vadis (in Latin, it means "Where art you going?") after the classic 1896 novel Quo Vadis.

The epic movie Quo Vadis, was the highest grossing film in 1951.

The building was once home to Karl Marx, the German philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist who wrote the first volume of Das Kapital there.

Quo Vadis serves quality, modern British food and its breakfast classics have made it an early-morning favorite. 

Full English Breakfast

The Full English Breakfast is an iconic British dish along with other the other traditional favorite staples bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, roast beef, Sunday roast and the Christmas dinner.

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