The Best English Breakfast In London | Best Of The Best

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Hey, guys, I’m Harry.
And I’m Ju.
And today we are on a
mission to find the best
full English breakfast in London.
So what is a full English?
Well, it’s supposed to
be a massive breakfast
that absolutely sets you up for the day.
Harry: So what do we
actually want on our plate
in the full English breakfast?
Well, we want some kind
of egg whether it’s
fried, or scrambled, or poached.
As long as it’s cooked well, that’s fine.
We want some bacon.
Ideally, I think we’re looking
for some nice, crispy bacon
and some sausages as well,
and then some kind of bread.
Some places toast their bread.
Some places fry their bread,
but it’s gotta have carbs.
Today, we’re starting our
journey at Billingsgate Market.
Billingsgate is an old
East End fish market,
but tourists come here
from all over London
to come and have a taste of
their full English breakfast.
I’m hungry, are you
ready to go and find out?
I’m really, really hungry.
Let’s go.
Let’s go.
So we’re in the café
at Billingsgate Market,
and we’ve just been given
this absolutely massive
full English breakfast.
So I’m gonna go clockwise
around the plate.
I’ll start up here.
We’ve got a sausage. It looks
like a really good sausage,
thick cut, proper pork.
We’ve got baked beans.
We’ve got the mushrooms, tomatoes,
hash browns, back bacon,
fried bread, a fried
egg, and toast as well.
Where do we start?
Egg first, I think.
Egg first.
Ju: Egg first.
Harry: Let’s go for it.
Ju: Right. Harry: Let’s go.
Mm!
Ju: It’s nice. It’s really light.
Harry: The fried bread is unhealthy.
That is not a diet option.
Ju: I know, this is not an option,
but to be honest, like,
they’ve given one fried egg
on top of fried bread, and
it doesn’t really feel like
too heavy.
Harry: No.
It’s really nice and light.
Harry: We might be saying that by the end,
but we’ll find out.
Ju: True, mm.
Right, let me try this bacon.
Mmmmm!
Got, like,
a good amount of crisp on this.
It’s full of flavor.
Yeah, that’s good bacon.
But not overly salted and
not too greasy either.
I like the fact that there’s
not a lot of fat on it.
You actually get the
full flavor of the meat,
really, really good.
This is just like, I can literally see
there’s just meat spilling out of it.
That is a very full sausage, I think.
I just made it something sexual!
Harry: Mmmm.
That’s not bad.
It’s almost like a little
bit too much going on there.
It’s like,
Quite herby…
On the side of kind of underdone
’cause it’s not like the texture’s
a bit more like a sausage
roll than a sausage,
if that makes sense.
Ju: Yeah. Harry: It’s more like
mince packed in rather than meat itself,
but it’s really tasty.
It’s got all the ingredients
that you’d look for
in a kind of classic English breakfast.
Maybe not the freshest ingredients,
but everything does have
its place on the plate,
and it’s just a lot of food
for your money, which is great.
Next, we travel to Gallery
Café in east London,
which serves up an all-vegan offering
of the full English breakfast.
So we’ve been vegan for just over a year.
We went vegan last year
at the end of Veganuary,
but the café itself has been
vegetarian for 25 years.
We serve a vegan full English,
which comes with a classic vegan staple,
Linda McCartney sausages
with red onion and rosemary,
scrambled tofu, which is
cooked with some spices,
carrots, and onions, and garlic.
Then we have wilted spinach,
some pan-fried mushrooms,
comes with homemade baked beans,
which are cooked every day
over the course of about five hours.
We do get a lot of vegans
travel to come here.
Sometimes we’ll have
people traveling here,
they’ll get a bit delayed or something,
and they’ll ring ahead and
make sure that we’ve still got,
still got breakfast on.
Yeah, it’s something of a destination
for vegans in London, yeah.
Ju: Well, the first
thing that we can see is
this really, really vibrant plate of food.
I mean everything just like really, really
pops out color-wise.
You see the tomato, super, super red.
This amazing scrambled
tofu, egg replacement,
it’s just like vibrant yellow.
It looks so, so fresh
and really, really good.
Harry: Also, the homemade
baked beans look ridiculous,
almost more of like a stew
than what you’re expecting
from traditional baked beans,
so I’m really excited
to see how they taste.
Oh, wow!
I think it’s a really nice replacement,
like obviously it’s not a
true replacement for eggs
because it doesn’t try and
replicate the taste of egg.
It’s just a nice sort of accompaniment
to the other things in the meal.
These are sort of almost like a classic
vegan-vegetarian sausage.
Like, this is obviously vegan
sausage that’s gonna have
some kind of meat replacement
in the middle of it.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be expected to have
the same kind of texture or
look as a classic sausage.
Mmm.
I think compared to the meat
sausage we had at Billingsgate,
I’d almost say I’d prefer this
just because it’s got more
flavor and the texture is,
it tastes more like a proper,
like a well-cooked sausage.
So these are the homemade beans.
They make these every day.
They look and smell really good.
Whoa.
Almost like a kind of a salsa base to it.
You can really taste that
there’s fresh tomato in there.
The tomato really comes through
in less of a sort of like tinned,
sort of processed ways that
you might have Heinz beans.
Like, this is definitely
beans in a tomato sauce.
There’s chunks of onion in there.
Like, it’s ever so slightly
red peppery as well.
It tastes really, really good.
This is like as close as
to just beans and tomato
as you can get.
I would say this is just
the right amount of it,
like the flavor is quite intense
in each of the ingredients,
so I wouldn’t want this to be a
massive, massive plate of food.
This seems like the absolute right amount
for a proper breakfast.
Next we head to the Premises Café,
which is attached to the Premises
Rehearsal and Recording Studio.
It’s been visited by popular music artists
such as Rihanna, Tom Jones, and Adele.
So this is the fried breakfast at
Premises Café in east London.
I mean, first impressions,
it’s got tick, tick, tick,
all the basics of a really great
fried breakfast on the menu.
It’s got fried egg in the
middle. It’s got some bacon.
It’s got some sausage,
as well as just having real classics like
some good pieces of toast, some beans,
tomato, and a hash brown.
Mmm.
It’s nice, like the egg
doesn’t have too much
of a hard underside to it.
It hasn’t been overfried.
The yolk as soon as we cut into it
was super, super runny, which
is exactly what you wanna see
in order to be able to dip in
all the other elements into it.
It’s got a nice taste to it.
It’s obviously like a good,
fresh, well-cooked egg.
Whoa!
That’s good bacon.
A danger of fry-ups, as kind
of the name would signify,
is that you just fry everything
and everything comes out really greasy,
but this feels quite light
almost, which is really good
because even though you’ve got that
layer of fat in the bacon,
there hasn’t been too
much extra added to it
to kind of make it heavy or too much.
Ju: Oh, wow! Harry: Mmm.
In terms of the style of sausage,
it’s pretty similar to the
one we had at Billingsgate,
but I gotta say, I prefer this one.
It just is kind of better,
better cooked I think.
A bit more cooked all the way through.
The texture’s really great,
and it’s just really
nicely seasoned as well.
So this entire plate of
food only costs £7.95.
I would say that’s
really a massive bargain.
It’s just, I mean forgetting
the toast as well,
it’s like double rashers of bacon.
You get two sausages
and two fried tomatoes.
I think that’s a really,
really good price.
Now we travel to south
east London to Terry’s,
an old English café with a
post-World-War-II-London feel.
On this absolutely massive plate of food,
we’ve got a couple of
quite new ingredients.
So the first one is bubble and squeak.
It’s just this kind of
mashed-potato-looking thing
over here, and what it
actually is is potato and quite
traditionally like cabbage or sprouts
all kind of griddled into one
so that you get this nice sort
of brown layer on top of it,
but inside should be a little bit like
a vegetably mashed potato.
It’s like really kind
of classic English dish.
So what we’ve also got here is
our first black pudding of the day.
For those of you who don’t know,
black pudding is one of the least
appetizing-sounding foods in the world.
What it is is usually pig’s blood
mixed with oats and some animal fat
and then put inside a casing
and kind of cooked like a sausage.
What should we go for first?
I don’t know. I feel like
we should try one of these.
Shall we try the bubble and squeak?
Yeah, let’s go for the bubble and squeak.
Mmm.
Harry: Mmm.
Yeah, I’m liking that. You get the kind of
caramelization on the
outside where it browns.
So a little bit of sweetness.
The inside, I’m mostly getting the potato,
but then kind of mixed in with that
you kind of get the cabbage
and whatever else is in there.
It’s good!
It’s like a really oaty consistency.
Like, it’s really like a porridge.
It’s not unlike it.
Harry: Porridge? Porridge log…
It tastes nutritious but
like baked-cake porridge.
Harry: If you tried that
without knowing what it was,
would you think “blood”?
No.
I mean, it tastes a
little bit like sausage.
It’s like oaty sausage.
So really, really nice fried egg here.
You can see that it’s
cooked extremely well,
and it’s got this really nice sheen to it.
Got some parsley on the top,
which is just a nice
little addition to it.
It’s gonna give it like
a little bit of a kick.
Let’s try.
Not much crisp on the bottom.
Ju: Yeah.
It’s not as, like, fried as
I kind of thought it would.
Y’know, that association
of everything kind of
having like a brownishness in it
’cause it’s just been like
fried for a couple of minutes.
Whereas this is just,
there’s like a levity to it,
like, it’s just quite light,
looks like it’s been
extremely lightly fried.
Harry: I really want to try this sausage.
Just get a look at the size of these.
This is an entire meal in just one,
like in one forkful.
This is like a hot-dog sausage,
but it’s got this amazing glisten to it.
It’s just perfectly cooked.
Really, really, really tasty-looking.
Like I literally can’t wait to eat this.
Harry: Mm-hm.
Mmm.
Ju: It’s so super, super sweet.
It’s not as herby as other
sausages that we’ve tried today.
It’s just like a very nice, sweet pork.
Like that lovely, kind of like,
almost crispiness around the outside.
Yeah, you get like the snap of the casing
when you bite into it.
That’s a really good sausage.
Really good.
And now we’ll try some
of this bacon under here.
It looks great, lovely color on the bacon,
three rashers as well.
That’s a lot of bacon.
Ju: That’s a lot of bacon.
Harry: They’ve not messed
around on the bacon,
which I love to see.
Ju: Yeah.
Harry: It’s quite a thick cut
of bacon. I’m getting like…
We both kind of chewed for a quite while
when we bit into that.
It’s kind of almost
towards that gammon-ham
sort of texture that you’re more used to
but with the sort of saltiness and
a little bit of crisp from the bacon.
Really good.
We move on to our final
stop, The Breakfast Club,
a chain restaurant that
specializes in serving
all-day brunch in a retro setting.
So we have an absolutely
massive pile of food here.
There’s a lot of hidden
ingredients on this plate
that have really piled up.
So we’ve got some
mushrooms ’round the back.
We’ve got a nice little tin of beans here.
It’s like in its own little cup.
We’ve got some really good-looking,
streaky rashers of bacon,
and we’ve got some sausage
in here, black pudding.
We’ve got some little, tiny potatoes
and then two really, really nicely toasted
bits of toast with some
butter on the side.
And these eggs almost
look like model eggs.
They look like too good to be, like, real.
These are like cartoon-film eggs.
Yeah! – These are very picturesque.
It all looks really good.
Ooh!
Hmmm!
It’s like the yolk is almost
an absolute perfect color and texture.
You ideally want an egg
which is just gonna like
run everywhere, and you can
have things mopping up into it,
and this absolutely fits the bill.
And it’s not, the underside of it as well
is just kind of like perfectly round.
It’s a good, a good egg.
So now we’ve got this delicious bacon.
Hmm.
Not bad.
Not bad.
It’s a lot thicker than
I thought it would be.
It’s like a lot to get through.
No, that’s good.
Could maybe do with a
little bit more crisp?
Ju: Right, black pudding.
Harry: Mm-hm.
Ju: Mmm.
Harry: Hmm, OK.
It’s more moist than the
other one we had before,
which is quite nice because
the other one kind of dried
your mouth out a little bit.
Maybe not quite as flavorful as Terry’s.
No.
But it’s, yeah, definitely,
definitely a better texture.
Hmm, for sure.
OK, sausage.
Cut you off a slice.
Ooh.
There’s a different flavor
to the one we had before.
Smoky!
Mm.
What we’ve had earlier in
the day tend to be quite like
herby and a little bit more
Cumberland sort of sausage,
whereas this has more of
like an American sausage,
like, or even dare I
say like German sausage,
like, smokiness to it?
Yeah, for sure I’m getting
the smoked flavors.
Spiced a little bit differently
compared to the sort of,
the Cumberland sausages that
we’ve had throughout the day,
which may be a more
traditional English option.
Yeah.
But this is quite nice. I
like the smoke addition.
Yeah.
OK, so we’ve had some
time to think about it.
We’re stood here outside of Tower Bridge,
and it is time to pick our favorite
out of all the five places
for a full English breakfast
that we visited on our journey.
Reveal on three?
OK.
One, two, three.
Terry’s.
Premises Café!
Oh!
Disagreed again.
Disagreed, disagreed.
OK, so explain to me why you think
Premises was better than Terry’s.
So Premises was my
favorite for a few reasons.
The breakfast itself obviously
had all the kind of key components.
It had that fresh egg,
really tasty sausage,
bacon, beans, so really
good full English itself.
So I picked Terry’s because
I thought the standard of the
food was exceptionally high.
We got this absolutely
massive pork sausage.
You’ve got several rashers of bacon.
Their eggs were really fantastic.
I thought overall it was just
a really, really photogenic
full-English-breakfast experience.
It looked so perfect on the plate,
and you get this sort of south London,
sort of that area of Southwark,
that full-English-breakfast experience.
I guess for the same reason
we like the atmosphere
as well as the food.
But are you willing to
come over to Terry’s?
You know, there wasn’t enough in it for me
between Premises and Terry’s
for me to stick with Premises.
I think I would agree that Terry’s
was one of the best that
we had, if not my favorite.
So I think I’m gonna join you.
We’ve got to pick our favorite overall.

100 comments

  1. It looks great but I can only speak of the fantastic food that TESCO in Macclesfield. I often sneaked a breakfast there after I dropped my then partner at her work so off I went and to say the food was fantastic is an understatement, it was then and probably still is great. My personal favourite was 3 sausage, 3 bacon,hash browns, mushrooms, fried breadlots of mushrooms and let’s not forget plenty of beans. The Tesco cafe was spotless and as always the food great so thank you Tesco Macclesfield for the food and the hospitality

  2. you're not meant to eat it individually. you ate most of that on its own you're meant to put a bit of everything on the fork.

  3. The hosts are all wrong, the best full English breakfasts are the cheapest greasiest biggest piles of food you can find with nothing left out

  4. THE VIDEO IS GREAT, I WOULD LIKE THAT THEY LOOK MORE EXCITED, THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE DYING INSIDE. THE GUY SAYS OH THIS MAKES ME EXCITED BUT HIS FACE SHOWS LIKE HE'S SMELLING POOP.

  5. You won't find the best english breakfast in London. Just the most hip and expensive. Try a good B&B in Kent 😁

  6. idk why i just got so annoyed watchin them use a knife for everythig… this whole video made me cringe

  7. It’s like vegans want to eat meat. What’s the whole point of copying a food, but it doesn’t even taste the same.

  8. Either all the British are really rich or these are outrageous prices. £9 for breakfast! I'd rather starve.

  9. That looks puss, watery beans, shitty looking bacon and only 1 egg! UK isn't known for it's good food is it.

  10. I don't understand why they eat so much in the morning , I'd have a hard time to digest that and it'll f*** my day up

  11. HI, some good breakfast's but some over priced breakfasts too. You shouldn't have named the vid 'Best breakfast in London' really because 4 of them were in east London with the token one in Borough, a short walk over the bridge to 'east' London

  12. …also a bit inaccurrate to include 'vegan' into 'traditional' english breakfast( and was stupidly priced).

  13. From Kentucky, USA: That's 13 dollars American! It looks like it will feed two, though! Looks good!!

  14. what is the brits deal with eating baked beans at breakfast.? Us americans usually eat those with bbq or fried chicken. To each his own i guess. i liked Terry's best

  15. I’m sorry you don’t think a full English needs baked beans ideally the baked beans makes the entire meal

  16. How could you choose Terry's? The sausage was burned on the one side and undercooked on the other side. Premises's one was looking perfect. At least the sausages were cooked evenly. 🙂

  17. 'Scrambled tofu' When will vegans stop trying to copy meat dishes? If your food was that great you wouldn't need to do it.

  18. I hate when the egg is raw ( middle), i prefer well done!! It seems in London is more expensive than other city in england!

  19. I’m veggie so this is my full English breakfast lol
    Veggie sausages
    Lottttts of hash browns
    Cooked tomatoes
    Fried mushrooms
    Fried egg but not runny
    Fried bread with cheese
    Baked beans

  20. In Malaysia His Majesty the King sometimes take their breakfast in a normal restaurant.H.M came by suprise anf make the customer and worker shocked

  21. American fry ups are rubbish. full English all day long. gotta have doubled everything. if after 10 am it's OK to have chips on it too. beat hangover cure ever.

  22. Like watching two dumb public school twonks eating an English breakfast for the first time and sending a telegram back from Peckham. Awful. Just awful.

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