"I hate eggs Benedict," said no one in the world. Here’s where to go for the best
When it comes to eggs Benedict, the stakes are high. No other breakfast dish inspires quite the same cultish following as EB. (Yes, we just abbreviated it.)
There’s nothing not to like about them: two toasted halves of an English muffin topped with two portions of ham (if you’re a purist) and two perfectly poached eggs, all doused in a generous helping of hollandaise sauce. The key point you need to know is that one egg is never, ever enough.
But where are the best eggs Benedict served across the land?
Tucked away in the hip northern quarter of Manchester, this quirky little brunch spot does a great line in all-day eggs. Their "belting Benedict" (their words, not ours) comes with roast ham, capers and wholegrain mustard and is served on sourdough toast.
Where: Thomas Street, Manchester
Where: 10am to 6pm, Sunday to Monday and 10am to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Go if: you want to kill a hangover
We admit, we don’t like it when someone messes with the simplicity of a plate of eggs Benedict – but this one’s a goodie. The muffin is swapped for bubble ‘n’ squeak cakes (bear with us) and you can then add pork cheek, halloumi or bacon to the usual egg and hollandaise sauce.
Where: Leonard Street, London
When: 7.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm, Saturday to Sunday
Go if: you’re an alternative kind of eggs Benedict eater
This brasserie does a busy breakfast trade, with standard eggs Benedict and others that are not quite as you know them: lobster, avocado or bacon are thrown into the mix. And boy, have you got to try them.
Where: Great Titchfield Street, London
When: 7.20am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday and 9am to 11.30am, Saturday and Sunday
Price: From £6.50
Go if: you want a really fancy breakfast. Didn't you hear us say there's lobster involved?
This is your classic dish of double eggs with ham and hollandaise sauce served with a sprinkling of chopped chives. The difference here is that instead of the traditional toasted English muffin, your eggs will be nestled on some rustic bread. However, the game changer is the lemony, peppery hollandaise sauce: it’s good. Very good.
Where: Hanbury Street, London
When: 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday
Go if: you’re a hollandaise sauce aficionado
A culinary institution when it comes to breakfast, and you can order these babies all day until midnight. This is the dream. The default egg Benedict is with ham, but they'll swap it for bacon if you ask nicely.
Where: Piccadilly, London
When: 7am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday and 8am to 11.30am, Saturday and Sunday
Price: £7.75 for a small plate, £15 for a large plate
Go if: you want to impress. Cheap it is not – and let's face it, you'll want the large plate
This cool and quirky joint serves shredded ham hock with their eggs Benedict. Nuff said, we think.
Where: Bold Street, Liverpool
When: 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday and 9am to 3pm, Saturday to Sunday
Go if: you like your EB’s served with loose-leaf tea. Their selection is vast
The brunch menu is simple (with a few cheffy additions), but good. The eggs Benedict comes with either smoked bacon or Parma ham and you won't quibble about either of them.
Where: Queen Street, Newcastle upon Tyne
When: 8am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday and 8am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Go if: you don’t want to stand on ceremony
Eating breakfast at Balthazar is like being transported to Paris by way of New York. It is big city dining with a pinch of Parisian elegance. They stick to the classic formula with smoked ham on a homemade muffin.
Where: Covent Garden, London
When: 7.30am to 11am, Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, Saturday to Sunday
Go if: you want a luxurious way to start the day