Anyone for Breakfast?

Many years ago, when I travelled to the USA for holidays or work, my favourite thing of all was to go ‘out for breakfast’. I was amazed at the number of places to choose from and top of my list was the diner chain, Denny’s. On weekdays the clientele would be a mix of business people filling up before work, often sitting up at a counter top and forking up eggs washed down with steaming coffee. Later in the morning ladies who shop would pop in, settle down in a booth and enjoy a natter over an egg white omelette and a herb tea. At weekends whole families commandeer oversized booths to eat oversized plates of eggs, waffles, pancakes – almost anything came under the breakfast heading.

To top it all, breakfast could be an all-day affair so if you fancied bacon and egg at 9 pm, then why not?

Back home it was all very different. At home breakfast was a meal that was very overlooked and usually consisted of cereal and toast on a weekday, with a fry up at weekends. End of story. The only place that did cater for anyone out and about was the trusty Little Chef or the good old fashioned transport cafe.

But gradually, as with many things, we embraced the idea of going out for the big breakfast, anytime anywhere and with a growing number of places to enjoy it.

One of the first was McDonalds – but the Egg McMuffin wasn’t my cup of tea. Then popular chains like Wetherspoon’s and Bill’s woke up to the opportunities and now we have a huge choice of venues.

I like to think I have tried many of them but today I experienced one of the best. A small privately owned café tucked away in a side street just off Eastbourne seafront called the Beach Kitchen. I knew as soon as I walked in we were in for a treat as the windows were slightly steamed up, the tables were all busy and groaning with plates of food. I chose the blueberry pancakes and what a delightful treat they were, fresh and fluffy and oozing with maple syrup and luscious blueberries. My daughter had the big breakfast and it was true to its name. Quality ingredients such as local sausages and bacon and free-range eggs make all the difference. The coffee was rich, hot and flavoursome and the service was friendly and welcoming. As they were so busy there was a wait for the food, but with everything being freshly prepared it was understandable.

Next time we go, and that will be very soon I hope, we shall book a table to avoid disappointment. If you are in Eastbourne – do try the Beach kitchen, you won’t leave hungry!






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