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Tavern Co does best full English in UK

Smithdown's Mexican barbecue tops national breakfast poll

Published on January 29th 2014.

Tavern Co does best full English in UK

YOU thought it was all about big jugs of Margharitas. Well it was. But that was last night. To make everything better this morning, it is about a stonking big fry up.

Now the Full English served by Smithdown Road's Tavern Co, has just been voted the best breakfast in the country.

The Mexican barbecue and student favourite, just yards Penny Lane, beat hundreds of venues across the UK,  amassing nearly 10pc of all votes to take the top prize.

Well banger me! you are saying.

Owner Keith Gurney, said: “We are overjoyed at winning this award. We know we make a fantastic breakfast as we cook around 2,000 breakfasts each week, 600 of which are full English breakfasts. It is humbling to know that our customers have taken the time to vote for us.” 

Dean Edwards With Tavern Co's Full English - The Best Breakfast In The CountryDean Edwards With Tavern Co's Full English - The Best Breakfast In The Country

The Tavern Co’s Full English comprises traditional handmade Lincolnshire sausages, thick cut back bacon, a fried egg, peppered tomato, Bury black pudding, sautéed mushrooms and baked beans together with extra thick sliced toast made with locally baked bread. 

TV chef Dean Edwards visited the restaurant to present their award. He said: “The awards highlighted the range of breakfasts available when eating out and I’m delighted to be able to present Tavern Co with the Best Breakfast Award. Having tasted their award-winning dish for myself I can see why Tavern Co’s breakfast has such backing from their fans. They can count me as a fan now too." 

The Best Breakfast competition was open to food venues of all types across the country with category options of hot, cold and most innovative breakfast.

Karen Levy, of award organisers HGCA, said: “We would like to congratulate the Tavern Co for their fabulous breakfast. We had thousands of votes for the hundreds of dishes that were entered into the awards as customers showed their support for their local venue. These awards set out to show the choice of breakfast available at all types of venues from cafes and farm shops to restaurants and hotels and the Tavern Co have proved a worthy winner.” 

Tavern CoTavern CoTavern Co was also awarded the Best Hot Breakfast. Other winners included Tried & True cafe in Putney, London,which  won Most Innovative Breakfast for their BBQ Pulled Pork Benedict. Café Alf Resco in Dartmouth, Devon won Best Cold Breakfast for their Alf’s Granola.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week, runs until Saturday and is a national campaign organised on behalf of UK cereal farmers and producers.  

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 29th 2014.

Nobody does a full English better. But how hard can it be?

TheoJanuary 30th 2014.

That egg looks a bit snotty to me. Gotta flip an egg to get rid of the snot. Doesnt mention that this brecky is £7.00 (ten items.... Hmmmmmmm).

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AnonymousFebruary 1st 2014.


Ramsey CampbellFebruary 1st 2014.

Is this related to the Tavern Company in Queens Square? Can't speak for the breakfasts, but the only time we went we found the Mexican food wanting. Has it improved?

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I. CarambaFebruary 2nd 2014.

We went in that one in Queen Square years ago. I had a beef chemichanga. Halfway along its length it turned into a chicken chemichanga. Haven't been back.

Ramsey CampbellFebruary 1st 2014.

Sorry - to clarify, I mean the Mexican food at the Queens Square branch.

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Sausage hansFebruary 2nd 2014.

This is the one in Smithdown, it says in the second paragraph. The one in Queen Square closed years ago.

Ramsey CampbellFebruary 3rd 2014.

I was actually wondering if the two were related - hadn't realised the Queens Square place had shut.

Speedy GonzalesFebruary 3rd 2014.

Probably wasn't overpricing its "Mexican street-food offer" enough

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2014.

They were related. The egg is indeed snotty, but splashing is better than flipping. £7.00! Not a chance. The breakfast in Shiraz (Williamson Square) is much better.

Pauline GibsonFebruary 5th 2014.

Too expensive

Iain ScottFebruary 8th 2014.

I've recently noticed a decline in breakfast standards on Lark Lane. Both Que pasa and Rhubarb used to do excellent breakfasts...and they still do but much less than they used to for the same price! Really can't be doing with one that charges 7 quid and serves one rasher.

Sid DeleystreetFebruary 8th 2014.

Lark Lane's heyday was in the early 1980s. It's old hat now, a backwater colonised by owner-occupiers to the exclusion of anyone interesting or pleasant. It has been for years.

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