We tried Preston’s £3.50 Full English that left us wishing we could hand out a knighthood

Seven items for 50p per piece, don’t ask me twice

Call it controversial, but I fully believe Full English Breakfasts are the bedrock of the UK. It doesn’t matter what mood you’re in, whether its sunny or thunder storming after a long dry spell, you want to start your day off good and proper? Full English.

Preston Markets proves time and time again that its got good, independent food to pick up. We know because we’ve brought home bags of fruit and veg and even the biggest chocolate eclairs ever seen to man.

Once again, Preston Markets hit the jackpot when it comes to Full English breakfasts too. Walk in, turn left at the shoe shop and you’ll see the ever-busy Redmans of Preston stood before you in all its glory.

The historic Preston market deli has been a firm favourite with market fans since the 1950s. Its counters are full of all sorts of hot plate treats like Chicken Popcorn and Piri-Piri thigh meat, but it was their breakfast deal that had me in a chokehold as soon as I saw it.

On top of the counter is a little handwritten sign that reads: “Full English Breakfast. 7 items of your £3.50 choice.”

Among the list of items – priced then at 50p per piece – is egg, bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, black pudding, hash browns, tomato’s and free toast. You can even add a hot drink for £1.

I have loved Full English breakfasts for a long time. I’ve had bad hotel breakfasts, I’ve had superior café breakfasts with the toast lined with enough butter, not even your nan would complain. What I’ve learnt through chugging all these breakfasts is that just because it is cheap, doesn’t mean its good.

I joined the queue and quickly formed my order. I am anti-bacon so I doubled up on sausage, smiled for an egg and said I’d take pretty much all the sides which make a full English full.

Each item was placed into a cardboard box which I took to a table and based on the ever-growing queue at 11am Monday morning, I figured this would be a breakfast worth remembering. For £3.50, I scoffed the entire bowl.

I quickly turned fanatic when I found the hash browns tucked into a corner, just as I thought I was down to just beans and the sausage was so tasty – I imagined myself becoming known as the sausage woman who speaks only of how exceptional Redmans breakfast sausages are.

As I scooped my way through the wild world of the full English, customers and regulars walked up to the counter, said hello and have you got this and that today. It felt nice and it felt really unique to Preston Markets.

What a special place. Preston Markets once again prove themselves as having the menu to offer people a cheap, filling meal – even when things seem extortionately dear. Knighthood immediately.


Rebecca LockwoodTrainee reporter
  • 17:46, 15 AUG 2022

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