I’m quite a fan of Full English Breakfasts.  They are of course eminently unhealthy food, full of fat and calories, and they can also be very bland – the ingredients can all be there, but they’re cheap, pallid affairs, and really not worth the effort.  Sausages can be the worst culprits, cheap, bland, with not a trace of texture and with almost no taste – might as well be eating cardboard, really; probably just as nutritious too.

But in other instances Full English Breakfasts are rich explosions of taste, and one pointer that I’ve discovered to this greatness is their colour – the more colourful (but not garish) ones have better ingredients and tend to taste better.  And so it was with the distinctly classy repast pictured here.  It has been another long morning of walking and photography in the city, and so into Browns eminently civilised restaurant, and a breakfast to warm the spirit.

So, what is here?  Well, the usual suspects – taking it clockwise from the top, fried eggs hiding just right of the sourdough toast, tasty sausages, thick smoked bacon, mushrooms, tomato (real, not canned) – and then that dubious black chunk trying to hide under the toast is black pudding, a pudding made with blood – truly repulsive, unhealthy … and tasty!    And then some baked beans and those thin strips of greenery – which were tasty too!  All in all, probably 1600 calories or so …

This food was indeed delicious, but the icing on the cake for me was in the semicircle of supporting accoutrements   Butter of course, and tomato sauce not in the ubiquitous plastic bottle.  And then a teapot and  small jug of milk >>> and because actual tea leaves were used instead of the ubiquitous teabags, sitting on top of the cup is a tea strainer and a little round metal cup the strainer sits in after use, so that it doesn’t drip onto the table.  I am not any great connoisseur of food nor do I have any great eye for style, but for me that tea strainer and its little receptacle were just the icing on the cake.  In a world where money rules, quality is often forsaken and there is a general race to the bottom, this tea strainer and its little holder turned a good meal into a really quite restful, elegant and special experience.

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Technique: X-T2 with 10-24 Fujinon lens at 26mm (equiv); 1600 ISO; Lightroom, using the Provia/Standard film simulation; Browns restaurant, central Bristol; 28 Apr 2017.  Use of a wide angle lens pointed down at the subject appears to lift the plate of food slightly so that the objects to either side appear to be tilting outwards slightly.  This effect may be correctable with software but I’m content to leave it as it is.





About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.


  1. A Proper English Breakfast deserves capital letters. But I must say I’m glad the English are developing a taste for coffee. Beautiful mouth-watering photo..


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Michael >>> but I have to say that my wife and I have not joined the current coffee craze – although we do enjoy black instant coffee with whisky in it! Oh what a giveaway!!! Cooked English breakfasts vary enormously in quality; some are very bland but this one had good quality, well cooked ingredients >>> but of course, in all cases, the calories go through the roof! A

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  2. bluebrightly says:

    🙂 I couldn’t even handle this at dinner, let alone breakfast or lunch. But I get what you’re saying and I appreciate it!


  3. yes I remember those!! 😀 in Scotland too!


  4. The colours and shapes (and no doubt the taste) are wonderful!


  5. paula graham says:

    Well, if nothing else…makes for a nice and pleasant photo!!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      I had a feeling you might not relish the carnivore’s fare on view! Each to his/her/its own!

      I’ve got a new phone and have sent you a text so you’ll have my new number – did you receive the text?


  6. I am happy that you so enjoyed it… ❤


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