Regency Cafe Full English Breakfast at London’s Best Greasy Spoon

Regency Cafe Full English Breakfast at London’s Best Greasy Spoon

HI! Guys welcome back to London it is Saturdaymorning the morning after the night before so I am headed to get a Full English breakfastthe prison looking fortress behind me is MI5 British military inelegance section 5 if yourthinking that's how it looks in the movies your thinking of James Bond behind that buildingis the river Thames on the other side of the river is MI6 in a rather grand looking Art-Decoinspired office building complex it looks amazing up lit at night but yeah the reasonI'am starting there that building is pretty easy to find where we are heading is not necessarilyone of London's hidden gems but it is at the other end of this street and it is in a sortof maze of back streets in between the rive Thames and MI5 there and Victoria StationI am heading to a cafe called the Regency cafe it is a greasy spoon what we call a greasyspoon style cafe I'am not sure why they are called greasy spoons I guess because everythingis greasy including the spoons I looked it up a minute ago on my phone and I googledit and the first thing that came up was Wikipedia and I clicked on the link and the first thingthat came up was a picture of this cafe apparently it is a term we borrowed from Americans butyeah I guess we call them greasy spoons they sell British food you get a full English asopposed to your French style cafe that sells patisserie or your American coffee shop I'amgoing to get a full English defining what a full English is all Brits disagree peoplehave done various polls and stuff they all come out with different results they are alsocalled the fry up I would say the key ingredients are sausage, bacon and eggs people even argueabout the way each one of those is cooked as the name would suggest fry up I think whena lot of people are cooking them at home they they will use one frying pan throw all theingredients in whatever their personal preference is cafes like this your greasy spoons whichthey are the length and breadth of the country they will generally have a series of set menushope you can hear me it is super windy what can I do they generally have a series of setmenus sometimes they are named often they will just simply be numbered but then alsoyou can create your own it is a bit like asking an Italian what is a pizza they will all argueabout the perfect pizza or American what is a burger again you can argue endlessly notonly about the ingredients but also how each one of them is prepared and cooked I wouldsay in these yeah in these style cafes the core is sausage, bacon and eggs they normallycome with a side of bread or often toast sometimes bread and butter sometimes fried and a hotdrink we call it builder tea it is like the traditional hot drink I mean I normally drinkcoffee but if I'am having one of these I'll drink builders tea I don't know what we callit builders tea but it is basically tea with too much milk far too much milk it looks likeTaiwanese bubble tea if you know what that is but yeah super weak brewed tea with toomuch milk yeah beyond the core of sausage, bacon and eggs I think if you go to a lotof hotels they never do a decent well I'am generalising here a few do a decent breakfastbut it always sort of tastes like its been poached rather than fried it is too cleanit is not greasy enough so yeah beyond the sausage,bacon and eggs you have often gotsides the list is pretty endless but black pudding, white pudding, beans, tomatoes, sometimeschips, french fries, hash browns yeah the list goes on there are also regional variationsso Ireland Wales Scotland they have their own they are all great I love I love breakfastin Scotland and Ireland and Wales slight variations if you go to hotels they are generally a lotof them will have like two the English breakfast then the full English breakfast it basicallyjust different size the basic one will be like one sausage, bacon and eggs maybe toastand tea but that is often in hotels that's optional and then the full English which willhave a couple of additional sides but right we are here at the end of page street letsgo and get some breakfast Regency cafe the Regency cafe is here on the corner of regencystreet and page street in Westminster its on back streets half way nearly half way betweenVictoria station and the river Thames it has been established since 1946 so it is a bitof an institution a firm favourite with locals Londoners and now it is firmly on the touristmap for visitors to come and get a taste of a full English breakfast a proper full Englishbreakfast as you can see from the sign you have to queue up and place your order it iscash only the queue always looks a bit daunting because it is often out the door but it rightnow it is probably about ten or fifteen minutes long which is about how long it takes forpeople to eat a breakfast so by the time you get to the front of the queue the people collectingtheir breakfast now will most likely be leaving and the thing is with greasy spoon cafes likethis they have no customer facilities there are no customer toilets no WiFi no plug socketsthat sort of thing like coffee shops have they are not after you lingering and orderingmore you eat your breakfast and you go and because they turn over the covers like thatit is super great value for money the set breakfast deal there five pound fifty youget egg, bacon, sausage a choice of beans or tomatoes bread or toast tea of coffee extrason the board there hash browns bubble and squeak black pudding full breakfast menu therethey open in the afternoons for lunch and dinner service as well but it is a favouritefor breakfast here got on the tables all the traditional British condiments you could wantsalt, pepper, malt vinegar, tomato ketchup and HP or daddy sauce as some people callit I've got myself an orange juice to start with which comes in an old school milk bottlethe kind the milk man used to deliver it has been used for numerous films movies and loadsof adverts and photo shoots pretty good they use the ordering system here that you thinkStarbucks invented when you get to the front of the queue they take your order they takeyour name or give you a number when parts of your breakfast are ready they call youout first up was my toast now I've ordered a side of Marmite this is not part of a traditionalfull English breakfast but I thought I would do it today really for visitors to Londonwho are not British if your coming to London your visiting London and you have never triedMarmite or Vegemite which they have in Australia and New Zealand well we have them here aswell they sell them in supermarkets it tastes very very similar but yeah if you've nevertried Marmite this is the place to give it a go because they do these little pots whichyou can put on your toast that comes with breakfast little heart shaped pots now thekey to Marmite you've got to butter the bread first it doesn't work so well without butterand the other thing use it very sparingly it is a very strong taste people either lovethis or hate this I like it if but if you put that whole pot on one piece of bread itis too much it is overpowering it is no fun so yeah very thinly spread on toast that potwill do two pieces of bread so yeah if you come in especially if you are in a group Marmiteup one piece of bread and all give it a go it is the best way to try Marmite withoutyou having to buy a whole pot so yeah this is the kind of thin layer your looking forshould be translucent not opaque brown the more butter you apply the Marmite you canget away with or if your making cheese and Marmite sandwiches you can probably get awaywith a bit more more but if it is your first time go easy like this breakfast is servedright what I have got here is the set breakfast deal the five pound fifty set breakfast dealbut with a number of additions so the set breakfast deal you get two bacon, sausage,eggs the toast and the tea the additions that I have added are black pudding, hash browns,the orange juice and the Marmite to put on the toast brings the grand total up to ninepounds fifty which for London is good value for the five pound fifty deal it is amazingvalue any one up north is going to be in the comments section saying wow I get that forthree quid in my local and while I'am eating it they valet my car, shine mt shoes and whenI'am finished eating the owners wife gives me a Thai massage with optional extras butto put it in context I checked the prices of a local hotel The Savoy on the Strand inroom dining a full English or traditional breakfast today is thirty five pounds nowif your staying at the Savoy congratulations it is a fabulous hotel and breakfast is incrediblefor the duration of your stay most days you should have the healthy option but one daycome here and experience the full English breakfast I've gone for both tomato sauceand ketchup to save further arguments in the comments section I'am going to blend the twotogether but yeah that is another fierce debate about what sauce to put on your full EnglishDaddy sauce or tomato ketchup that's pretty good Black pudding is good sometimes it canbe a bit weak it is pretty good in here hash brown lets try the beans they are pretty goodcheap beans taste they never have they taste sweet rather than salty it is all about theHeinz Builders style tea not as weak as I thought it would be it is good Marmite isan acquired taste you either love it or hate it spread it thinly or you'll hate it eitherway right I'am going to tuck in to this and speak to you guys in a moment I've got anaudience from the queue that's building as well The walls of Regency cafe have pictures hanging of movie stars, sports stars but also someof the press clippings where they've been mentioned or been given awards and some ofthe adverts from magazines like vogue and adverts for companies like Volkswagen whichthey have featured in so yeah they are very good at what they do which is English breakfastso if your in London and you want an English breakfast this is the place to come that wasamazing lets go and free up the table and seats for the never ending queue of eagercustomers OK that was breakfast at The Regency cafe The full English I've walked out it israining it is super windy so I hope you can hear me you will have to put up with a littlebit of wind and maybe some spots of water on the one the screen I'am going to head backto the station and I'am not walking home it puts you in a food comer the only people thateat that every day are British builders and they don't do any work until the afternoonsthey basically sit in there put themselves in a food comer go to screw-fix, go to thejob tell the tell them they have to go to screw fix because the parts they need arepretty rare they disappear come back after lunch do a bit of work from two until threeand then it is home time I'll pay for that if I ever hire a British builder where asthe Eastern Europeans they have energy drinks for breakfast fake ones like Red bull andMonster knock offs sometimes it cracks them out so bad you see them full strength polishlarger like Tyskie trying to take the edge off now I'am in trouble wherever I get mybuilders from yeah if your if your going there if you know what you like order what you likeif your if your not from London England your here for your first time and you've neverhad a full English I would recommend I would recommend the combo I went for it will giveyou the full English breakfast experience you can get the basic one it is five fiftyand included a drink its a bargain for where we are I went all in it cost me nine poundsfifty with all the extras I got but yeah the basics I'am going this way the basic is greatvalue for money but they rely on turnover so unlike you know like coffee shops thereis no customer facilities there is no customer toilets no WiFi plug sockets you know theydon't want you to linger like coffee shops they sell you your food you eat it and yougo and that so the queue looks quite off putting but people only stay as long as it takes toeat their breakfast so pretty much by the time you the queue is basically pretty muchabout as long as it takes someone to eat breakfast so about ten minutes maybe your waiting yeahthey turn over they turn over the covers pretty rapidly normally I probably wouldn't actuallyorder what I got there I just thought I would show you the full English I would probablybe more inclined to go for bread and butter because you get something to mop up the beanjuice and the egg yolk but yeah I think toast is probably the traditional the traditionallook topping it with Marmite is not the is not a regular is not a normal thing but Ithought I would show you Marmite because that is a great if your not from the UK even ifyour from Australia where you have Vegemite it is like the British equivalent of Vegemiteso yeah it is definitely worth a try again go sparingly they give you two so you willprobably be inclined to stick one on each slice don't do that I've got the spare oneto enjoy at home you can too you paid for it take away so yeah go easy on the Marmiteif you try the Marmite and yeah no doubt comments below will be full of people telling you whattheir ideal Full English is or from where ever you are in the UK because every one hasa different opinion a different personal preference there is no real set menu for it so yeah eitherfree style or try what I just had that will give you a pretty good idea so anyway I hopeyou enjoyed this trip to Regency cafe a little insight into what makes a full English breakfastand I'am going to head home and have a lie down after all that fat and all those caloriesso until next time Toodles! OK lets talk about today's weather I get asked about the weatherall the time various questions about what will it be like in a week two weeks a monthwhat should I wear it is an impossible question to answer it is September right now it shouldbe transitioning well we should be well into Autumn if you look out the window today itwould look cold completely grey and overcast it is raining intermittently it is warm itis T-shirt and shorts weather you see people getting off the trains in a coat and veryquickly taking it off yeah the weather is completely unpredictable and it is impossibleto plan for what do you wear when it is T-shirt and shorts weather but raining who knows thatis why the British have a European wide reputation for dressing like eccentric well at best eccentricnutters worst ways just badly we have some of the best British fashion designers Britishfashion designers are the best but even they can't come up with a collection for this.

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