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Review: Full English Breakfast at Hawksmoor Guildhall

I traveled far just for this!
I traveled far just for this!

I came here only for one thing: The Full English Breakfast.

The best meals usually take a bit of traveling to get to, but it was worth it for this English Breakfast. We took the short walk from the Marriott County Hall to Waterloo Station. The morning rush on the Waterloo and City line was jam packed with people, so much so that the crowd was backed up to before the gate! But the Tube brings a train every 2-3 minutes, and the crowd moves relatively quick. Between trains, it is surprisingly silent – no one says a word, everyone just wants to get to work. After sardining for about 8 minutes as there are no stops on this express train to Bank Underground station, we made our short walk to Hawksmoor Guildhall.

It may only be 8 minutes, but being a nonstop line, its a long 8 minutes!
It may only be 8 minutes, but being a nonstop line, its a long 8 minutes!
My wife and I were offered our coats to be tucked away into the cloakroom before we made our way downstairs to the dining area.
My wife and I were offered our coats to be tucked away into the cloakroom before we made our way downstairs to the dining area.
Having grown up in New Jersey, it had a somewhat familiar diner feel as we were sat in a half booth.
Having grown up in New Jersey, it had a somewhat familiar diner feel as we were sat in a half booth.

The Hawksmoor Full English Breakfast, For 2 To Share

The Hawksmoor Guildhall Breakfast for Two comes out to about 40 pounds, and it’s not per person! This breakfast, served on cast iron, will hold you over past lunch, maybe even until dinner. We ordered freshly squeezed orange juice with our meal. A half slice of orange was thrown in for good measure.

A proper English Breakfast: I traveled far just for this!
There it is, in all its glory…

The sausage was moist and thick, always a plus! Under the fried eggs, you find potatoes which were well cooked and a bit crispy on the outside. The ham was practically a steak about an inch thick, and the tomatoes were well seasoned and nicely roasted. A good helping of baked beans gave me a relatively sweet recourse from the rest of the rich and savory dish. The bread, soft on the inside but slightly burnt on the outside on purpose from the looks of it, gave a nice crunchy respite from what can sometimes be a ‘mushy’ breakfast.

The Highlights

In my opinion, the stars of the show were both the giant mushroom caps and the bone marrow. The giant mushrooms (not seen, found underneath the tomatoes) were not only tender, but they were juicy and tart which helped cut through this rich breakfast. They also provided a somewhat earthy undertone that complimented the whole breakfast!

The bone marrow came in a huge bone shell with a small spoon provided for scooping. I did not know what to expect, as I never had bone marrow before. I’ve heard of the term ‘melt in your mouth’, but I’ve never truly had something that melted away quickly into absolutely ‘nothing’ until this. The bone marrow completely disintegrated into a liquid that filled my mouth with fatty, rich goodness! I spread it on just about everything.

 I felt like a Flintstone for a fleeting moment
I felt like a Flintstone for a fleeting moment

One thing I asked not to include was the Yorkshires.  It is probably the most traditional part of an English Breakfast, sure. But, there are some things I will probably not ever want to try, like durian, century eggs, or anything ‘blood’ related like these Yorkshires. After growing up with a nosebleed every other week, I probably don’t want to taste anything too ‘iron-y’ or ‘bloody’ again if I can help it. That’s not to say that it does taste like that; perhaps someone in the comments can clarify, but I did not want to take the risk on the spot.

The Verdict

Overall, this breakfast is worth the price! It will kick your butt if you let it. But, if you come with a healthy appetite, this breakfast for two should be plenty to eat. I’m sure there are other excellent English breakfasts, each with their own take on the breakfast, but for meat lovers and champions of rich dishes, this one’s for you. I would go back if given the chance.

About the author

Jonny

Jonathan "Jonny" Avila is a chubby young professional with a cat, wife, and a taste for life! Believes in 'paying it forward' by sharing the tools, tips, tricks, and lessons from his own experiences so you too can jump on the Travel Bandwagon and enjoy what this wonderful world has to offer!

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