Call it controversial, but I firmly believe that full English breakfasts are the bedrock of the UK. No matter your mood, whether it’s sunny or there’s a thunderstorm after a long dry spell, do you want to start your day off on the right foot? Full English.
Preston Markets proves time and time again that there is great independent food out there. We know this because we brought home bags of fruits and vegetables and even the biggest chocolate éclairs ever seen by man.
Once again, Preston Markets has also hit the jackpot when it comes to full English breakfasts. Walk in, turn left at the shoe shop and you’ll see the ever-busy Preston Redmans standing before you in all their glory.
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Preston Market’s historic deli has been a fan-favorite of the market since the 1950s. Its counters are crammed with all sorts of hot dishes like puffed chicken and Piri-Piri leg meat, but it’s their breakfast that suffocated me as soon as I saw it.
Above the counter is a small handwritten sign that reads: “Full English Breakfast. 7 items of your choice £3.50.”
Among the list of items – then priced at 50p a piece – are eggs, bacon, sausages, beans, mushrooms, black pudding, hash browns, tomatoes and complimentary toast. You can even add a hot drink for £1.
I have long loved full English breakfasts. I’ve had bad hotel breakfasts, I’ve had superior cafe breakfasts with toast with enough butter, even your grandma wouldn’t complain. What I learned from gulping down all those breakfasts is that just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s good.
This lesson doesn’t really apply to the Redmans. What Redmans is going on deserves a knighthood from the Queen.
I joined the queue and quickly formed my order. I’m anti-bacon so I doubled the sausage, smiled for an egg and said I’d take just about any side that makes full English.
Each item was placed in a cardboard box which I brought to a table and based on the ever growing queue at 11am on Monday morning I thought it would be a little- lunch to remember. For £3.50 I scoffed the whole bowl.
I quickly became a fanatic when I found the hash browns tucked into a corner, just as I thought I only had beans and the sausage was so tasty – I imagined myself becoming known as the lady at the sausage that speaks only of the exceptional Redmans breakfast sausages are.
As I made my way through the wild world of full English, customers and regulars approached the counter, said hello and have you this and that today. It was nice and it was really unique to Preston Markets.
What a special place. Preston Markets proves once again that it has the menu to provide people with a cheap and hearty meal – even when things look extortionate. Knighthood immediately.