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Apr 3, 2009 04:33 PM

Need help with 'English Breakfast' in London!

Will be arriving London at six in the morning. Staying for one full day before flying out at 9 in the evening. Lunch and dinner are set. Most probably Maze and Tamarind. However, havn't a clue where to take in a 'Full English Breakfast' (Back bacon, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, toasts with real marmalade......and tea, of course). Fellow chowhounders, please HELP!!!! If possible. I would like to stay away from hotel restaurants.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. The Wolesley at Piccadilly..........

    I'm not sure if Automat does a full English as I've only been there for lunch.

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    1. re: zuriga1

      Thank You! May be considering Maze Grill as well?

      1. re: Charles Yu

        I'm a big fan of Maze but have never eaten in the Grill. I don't think you can go wrong at either space. Interestingly, we walked by the Wolseley yesterday. You can get some of those delicious Lauderee macarons right down the street for dessert. :-)

        1. re: Charles Yu

          "... considering Maze Grill" - Charles you realise Maze Grill it is part of the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square? I stayed there once and whilst I didn't eat breakfast it looked like a fairly standard hotel offering. The Wolseley has a far stronger reputation for a classic breakfast.

          1. re: PhilD

            Thanks for the info PhilD! Didn't realize its part of the Marriot? Photo of Maze Grill's English breakfast looked pretty mouthwatering on their website!. Thats why drawn to it! Will try out the Wolseley!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              I agree with you Charles. The photo on the Maze Grill site looks pretty darn good. The restaurants are housed in a Mariott, but I'd hardly call their food 'typical Mariott' breakfast. I'm not sure where you're from, but hotel breakfasts in America can vary a lot from place to place, and I'm not sure I'd choose a Marriott there unless I had to.

              It's too bad you can't have breakfast in both spots and let us know which was best! You won't go wrong at either.

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Charles, try the Omelette Arnold Bennett (contains smoked haddock) at the Wolseley, if you want an English breakfast that's a change from the eggs/bacon/tomato/black pudding;) One of the most interesting omelettes I've had. Beautiful atmosphere, too.

                I also like the Kedgeree at Simpson's on the Strand. A little touristic, sure, but they still serve a good English breakfast. The portions were massive on my last visit.

                My lunch at Maze was delicious, but the service was atrocious. Actually the worst service I have experienced in London, with servers who would not speed up the pace after 3 requests. What started out as a delicious lunch became a very frustrating one. I haven't had breakfast at the Maze Grill- when I was in London last, the Grill was not run by Maze, and the breakfast offerings were more ordinary than they are now.

                I chose to eat most of my breakfasts at a cafe around the corner from the Marriott Grosvenor Square for just under 5 GPB, including coffee or tea:) The equivalent of a greasy spoon, but you might actually find English people enjoying their breakfast at the table beside you!. And the servers were friendly and gracious;)

                For some reviews & pictures of egg, bacon, chip and beans at cafes in London and other parts of England, check out this blog:

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Many thanks phoenikia! Interesting a fellow Torontonian would help me out!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    You're welcome, Charles. Hope you have a great trip!

                    Just noticed there was a small typo in my posting- should have read Simpson's-in-the-Strand -not on the Strand!


        2. this blog always is a good place to read up about breakfasts:

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          1. re: foreignmuck

            Interesting blog! Thanks!
            Any more of those type of blogs? Especially for Indian food?!

          2. I would normally recommend that to fully enjoy meals out in special places, people should only eat out once a day, or if eating out at lunchtime as well as in the evening, for one of them to just be a snack. You may be able to eat huge quantities of food, but the idea of eating a full English, followed by eating out at both lunch and dinner sounds like way too much. Generally, a full English does people for breakfast and lunch - you could end up not enjoying either of your meals at Maze and Tamarind if you are still full. Just a thought ... !