January may be the time for getting healthy and detoxing after the excess of the festive holiday’s, but a little of what you fancy is always a good thing. So we’ve sent our squad out on the road around the UK and been taste testing the good old British ‘Caff’. We’ve rounded-up the best greasy spoons for a proper egg, bacon and beans – the full works! All of these little caffs serve up hearty English grub and are a must-visit if you want a brekkie that’s the toast of the town.
- Regency Café, Westminster, London
Don’t be put off by the cafe’s posh Pimlico address – the Regency café is one of London’s best greasy spoons around. The art deco themed eatery serves up a mean full English for just £4. Order the home-made steak pie, if you want a meal that’s really fit for a king.
17 – 19 Regency street, SW1P 4BY
- Pellicci, Bethnal Green, London
This Italian greasy spoon is as East London as it gets. Once the regular haunt of the Kray twins, it’s now a favourite stop-off for cabbies and the del-boys amongst us. All the fry-ups are first rate and come in mouth-watering portions. Make sure you try their home-made bubble and squeak – it’s out of this world.
332 Bethnal Green Road, E2 0AG
- The Bridge, London
Famous for being that dingy little café from The Apprentice, The Bridge is actually pretty good at proper English grub. The greasy spoon does a cracking bacon sarnie and don’t get us started on the bubble and squeak – they give number two on the list a run for its money. Tuck into one of its tasty brekkies and you’ll get change back from your fiver.
Westfields Road, London, W3 0AP
- The Koffee Pot, Manchester
Breakfast at the Koffee Pot is the stuff legends are made of. Their fry-ups come oozing with beans, perfectly fried eggs and crispy yet tender sausages thrown in. Despite the fairly hipster crowd, the kaff (geddit?) has a no-nonsense charm. Order its scrummy Irish breakfast and prepare to be amazed. Ah, go on!
84-86 Oldham Street, M4 1LE
- Market diner, Brighton
If you’re ever partying in Brighton, check out this greasy cafe before heading home. The 24 hour café is a local institution – and a favourite among clubbers and late-night lorry-drivers. Feeling ravenous? Try its Mega Gutbuster Breakfast that comes with all the trimmings, plus two whole burgers thrown in.
19-21 Circus Street, BN2 9QF
- The Cosy Teapot, Nottingham
This charming canal side café was awarded Britain’s Greatest Greasy Spoon in 2003. So, as you’d expect, the breakfasts are well worth their salt. The portions are large and the slices of toast are the size of doorsteps. Order any of their top-quality fry-ups for a meal that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
101 Carrington Street, NG1 7FE
- Deepdale Café, Norfolk
Like all good greasy spoons, Deepdale is a family run-cafe. The eatery has only been going a few years but it’s already become a popular spot for walkers on the Norfolk coast. The café boasts great grub with hardly a speck of grease in sight. Try the scrambled egg and bacon croissant, if you want a sizzling fry-up to go.
Dalegate Market, PE31 8FB
Know any tasty greasy spoons we’ve missed off the list? Let us know below! And, if you fancy rustling a fry-up yourself, check out our expert guide.
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