England: Big Ben & Big Breakfasts

What is a full English breakfast? Delicious, that’s what. The basic components include:

Eggs. Bacon. Sausage. Toast. Baked Beans. Tomatoes. Mushrooms.

Some variations might throw in potatoes or “black pudding” (a type of blood sausage). It’s also known as a fry-up because everything is fried/heated in a pan, including the bread. Traditionally the eggs are over-easy; mine veered off that path a bit as they were scrambled (no complaints there). I enjoyed this particular full breakfast in a cafe that was built in the THIRTEEN HUNDREDS. Casual. It’s called Vaults & Garden in Radcliffe Square, Oxford and I would definitely recommend it. Every part of the dish was clearly high-quality, fresh, and flavorful. They’ve won awards for their proven sustainable practices and use local, organic ingredients!


Can you spot the mushrooms hiding under the tomatoes? And the piece of bacon peeking out from under the beans? Also- note how yellow the butter is!

A high-protein breakfast that includes legumes AND veggies? This bad boy gets a thumbs up from me. My only reservation is the amount of saturated fat, but as long as this is more of an occasional Sunday morning treat than a daily ritual, don’t worry too much about that. I also love the fact that it’s not a sugar fest – pancakes, crepes, waffles, French toast, pastries, and even smoothies can take your blood sugar for a wild ride. No one needs that.

Before I left Oxford, we had brunch at Jericho Cafe, where I finally got my fried egg fix, along with a ginormous fluffy waffle, maple syrup, and a little more bacon. Mmm mm. But let’s talk about this “bacon.” It’s not what Americans consider bacon. The Brits’ bacon is “back” bacon – not from the pig’s belly – so it’s honestly more like ham in texture and flavor. If I’m going to indulge in some bacon, I want it extra thin and extra crispy, we’re talkin’ borderline burnt. So this was definitely different but that’s why we travel, ain’t it?



Traditional to trendy. Other breakfast options at Jericho Cafe go from beans on toast and muesli to avocado toast and free-range eggs.

As I’ve said before, here in Spain, breakfast is minimal. And it’s my favorite meal of the day! I miss big breakfasts dearly. So while these meals were quite indulgent, now it’s back to pan con tomate y aceite.

What do you think? Opinions on the full breakfast? Any other big breakfast fans out there? Leave a comment, I love hearing from you!

Hasta Luego!




One thought on “England: Big Ben & Big Breakfasts

  1. Jessica Mann says:

    London!! So cool!!! Are you traveling with some of your teacher friends??

    Love you!!! Proud of you! Jess

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

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