Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"I marmalayed my toast." - Bertie Wooster

There were two major reasons we picked St. Davids as our hotel. One, it was right around the corner from Paddington Station, and therefore, my grandma wouldn't have to walk a tremendous amount to get to the public transit. She doesn't do too well walking long distances or standing for long period of time.
The other reason we chose St. Davids is that they served breakfast in the morning (who wants to go larking about London at 7:00 in the morning to try find breakfast after a rocky night of sleep? Not me, thank you very much). And on their menu? A Full English Breakfast. Or, if you are too westernized for your own good, they have plain 'ole eggs and cereal (including cocoa puffs).
The breakfast wasn't like a normal continental breakfast, where you come into the dining room, grab a paper plate, grab a muffin or a bagel and maybe an egg or some bacon if your lucky, and pour yourself some cereal in a bendy styrofoam bowl. No, this breakfast was like a restaurant. You get seated, they pour you some orange juice, and take your breakfast order. Then they bring you toast. Then your breakfast comes, cooked right in the kitchen next door. With breakfast you get your choice of English tea (which is absolutely delicious) or coffee. They each come in their own little pot, so if you want more, you don't have to flag down a waitress!
Now on to the actual breakfast... Boy, what a breakfast.
This is the Full English Breakfast:

Four pieces of toast (not pictured), two eggs, two slices of bacon, one sausage, beans, tomato, mushrooms... on a sesame seed bun. Okay, no bun, but that old McDonalds commercial is what it made me think of.
It was DELICIOUS! The beans were, I admit, a little strange, and I couldn't eat them all. The bacon too, was a little strange, because our bacon looks way different, but it was really good. Everything was really good. THIS is the type of breakfast that will get you through until lunchtime, even if you are running around London and expounding energy. Mmmmm I miss this food so much. If ever you chance to go to England, make sure you get a Full English Breakfast sometime on your trip.

 Toast with marmalade, which I don't think I ever had before this trip. It was better than I expected!

Another food I tried was Fish n' Chips.

Chips = french fries. They were really delicious! The fish was all right. I'm not a huge fan of fish, and especially not this much fish (something wonderfully amazing about London is that when you order food they give you too much, not too little, like they do in the States) but I figured I had to at least try the Fish and Chips! As a side they gave you mashed peas/beans, which was... interesting. I didn't eat much of it.

And now onto the best meal: bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes in some sort of onion gravy).

Oooooohhhh... This was the best meal I had in London. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
We didn't know exactly what "bangers" were when we ordered the meal, but found out when the plate arrived. They are delicious sort-of spicy sausages that are absolutely wonderful. They come with mashed potatoes which are equally amazing, and everything is drowned in delicious gravy. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Have you ever had any of the above foods? If you haven't, have I made you ravenous to try them?

Live long and prosper!


  1. Mmmmmm. :)

    When I was in high school I got to go to France, and if you've never been... GO. Because if you like the food in England... France will spoil you forever. I'm not much of a travel buff - but if I had to choose one foreign country to visit one more time in my lifetime, it would be France. Ah. Now you've got me pining for hot chocolate and chocolate croissants and crepes..... oh, and REAL paninis (none of which you can get here in the States... at least, not correctly). :)

  2. "Beans are evil, bad, bad beans." (Sorry, that quote just came to mind)

    I actually like beans, so that breakfast looks lovely! Except, I could do without the mushrooms. :)
    The fish and chips look mouthwatering, and so do bangers and mash! I've heard of them before, but have never known what it was. It looks like a fun meal to try and recreate. But maybe it's needs a special kind of English sausage?

    It's been so fun hearing about your trip, and I can't wait to see more! Oh, and I love your new blog background and header!

  3. I am so hungry now!!! I want to try everything you mentioned!

  4. Wow! What an experience. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh my goodness... you know how my parents, brother, and I are going to Switzerland and England in the summer, right? This makes me WAY MORE excited about the hotel we're staying in while in London. That looks absolutely amazing.

    1. I didn't know you were going to London, Jen! Cool! Have fun!!!

  6. Looks like lots of protein choices.