When it comes to breakfasts, the English have things down pat. Think baked beans, fried eggs, sausages, bacon, mushies, tomatoes…you get the picture. It’s the fry-up of all fry-ups. While health nuts will shudder and retreat to the corner with their green smoothies, the Brits are only to eager to don their napkin bib and dig in. If you’re keen to make like the British, here’s where to get a classic English brekkie in Auckland.
Occidental Belgian Beer Café
Make sure you’re hungry when you rock up to Occidental Belgian Beer Café—their big breakfast board ain’t for the faint-hearted! It’s stacked with streaky bacon, pork sausage, potato hash, roast tomatoes, baked beans, chargrilled ciabatta, roasted Portobello mushies and eggs your way…phew! Brace yourself for one heck of a food coma.
You and your bestie feelin’ shady from the night before? Get your sorry asses outta bed and make a beeline to Marvel. Their mixed grill brekkie is perfect to share, boasting eye fillet steak, kransky sausages, creamy mushrooms and all the usual suspects. Grab an outdoor seat overlooking the harbour and eat your hangover away.
Major Sprout’s ‘big fill’ is what it says it is—a big fill! Expect to be delivered a plate brimming with all the trimmings: thick-cut bacon, lamb sausages, Agria potato rosti, pork belly, poached eggs and sourdough. It also comes with a side of their delish house-made baked beans. Good luck getting through this bad boy. Ten points if you manage to lick your plate clean.
With a name like Nottinghill Kitchen, it’s only fitting the British café whips up an epic English breakfast. Their ‘Buckingham Palace’ meal has everything a Brit wants and more. We’re talking fennel pork sausages, apple sauce, campfire beans, mushies, bacon, eggs, tomato and toast. Keep an eye out for Hugh Grant while you munch away at this spot.
At the northern end of Ponsonby Road, you’ll stumble across a funky little café by the name of Café Cezanne. Known for their massive mugs of hot chocolate, they also whip up a massive English brekkie. It comes with everything you’d expect as well as black pud and bubble and squeak—you don’t get much more British than that! If you’re more of a Kiwi guy/gal, they’ve got a Kiwi version of the dish, complete with cheese kransky and fried tatties.
Triniti of Silver
Opt for ‘the works’ at Triniti of Silver and you’ll be served bacon, breakfast sausies, hash browns, eggs and wholemeal walnut toast. It comes with your choice of black pudding or button ‘shrooms—be brave, go for the black pud! They’ve also got a vegetarian-friendly option served with the likes of grilled tomato, herb-crusted tatties and wilted spinach.
If you like a side of rugby with your breakfast, look no further than the Viaduct’s iconic sports bar, The Fox. Their signature breakfast comes with all the trimmings including grilled mushrooms, hash browns and tomato relish. We like the inclusion of a toasted English muffin with this breakkie. Wash down with a refreshing pint from The Fox’s on-site microbrewery—it’d be rude not to.
Okay, okay, Father Teds miiight technically be an Irish pub, but their traditional breakfast is fairly similar to that of the English. Their signature breakfast dish has it all: bacon, sausage, baked beans, fried eggs etc etc. It also comes with white and black puddings—a fave of the Irish (and British!). Make like the Irish and pair with a jug of Guinness.
Matakana Market Kitchen
Should you find yourself in the northern neck of the woods, check out Matakana Market Kitchen. We adore their sunny river-side terrace and extensive brunch menu. If you’re after a hearty English-esque brekkie, their signature grill is the way to go—it even stars a black pudding! If you’re particularly hungry, you can add an extra chargrilled sirloin steak to your order. Eat all the food!
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