So.., what’s for breakfast in the UK?
The Full English Breakfast is the most recognized British dish. It’s also known as a ‘fry up’ or ‘The Full Monty” and, if you’re a Brit, is usually eaten on a Saturday or Sunday.
Eating a ‘fry up’ became popular during the Victorian era, but became a staple in bed and breakfasts in the 1960s when people started to travel more.
All full breakfasts in the UK and Ireland come with eggs, usually fried, scrambled or poached, meat, usually back bacon or pork sausages, vegetables, such as grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and potatoes, and some form of bread. It is also usually served with a strong cup of steaming tea.
Although the ‘full breakfast’ is more of a concept than a recipe, it is usually built around the mainstays that are sausage, bacon, and egg, with the other ingredients optional and variable, depending on where you are.
Here is what’s generally included in full breakfasts from all over the U.K. and Ireland:
The Full English Breakfast
The Full Irish Breakfast
The Full Scottish Breakfast
A lot of hotels in Wales serve what they call a “full breakfast” which looks and smells and acts just like a Full English breakfast.
But, if you’re really serious about eating a Welsh breakfast, then you MUST seek out a breakfast where all the ingredients are Welsh…and they are DISTINCTIVELY Welsh. And, while you’re in Wales, to do anything different would dilute your Welsh experience.
The Full Welsh Breakfast (Brecwast Cymreig Llawn)
Here is our homemade Welsh breakfast, made with Penclawdd cockles and laverbread, fried egg, back bacon, pork link sausages, and fried tattie scones:
What’s your favorite ‘fry-up’? Send me photos of your favorite Brit ‘fry-up” at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature them on our social media.