“To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
The English Breakfast is a truly British institution, and its history goes back 700 years. In today's episode we go into the story behind the meal, and reveal how it went from favourite of lords and ladies to the way the working classes started the day.
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- Different types of English breakfast
- The Gentry and their breakfasts
- Breakfasts for normal British people (and how they weren't very exciting)
- The emergence of a new merchant class (and how they tried to emulate the gentry)
- The Victorian concept of breakfast
- The emergence of the modern 'English breakfast'
- When half of Britain started the day with an English breakfast
- Where to find the best English breakfasts
- When can you eat an English breakfast?
- What's the difference between a wedding breakfast and an English breakfast?
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