Coun­try Mouse

The big break­fast

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country -

BREAK­FAST is of­ten de­scribed as the most im­por­tant meal of the day, but our habits in con­sum­ing it are chang­ing rapidly. No longer do many peo­ple go to work on an egg, as they did a decade ago. To­day, they’re far more likely to con­sume break­fast en route to, or at, their desk. Cof­fee shops are so ubiq­ui­tous along our high streets that, these days, it is al­most sur­pris­ing to find a shop that isn’t one.

We’re spend­ing more money on break­fast, but not at the super­mar­kets, which, hav­ing lost much of the rev­enue from one of the three main meals of the day, have had to re­duce the space given over to ce­re­als.

Brunch, how­ever, has be­come a way of life in many parts of Bri­tain and es­pe­cially Lon­don. For me, it rep­re­sents one of the finest meals ever cre­ated. No meal has the same abil­ity to com­bine ev­ery­thing I adore in one sit­ting. It was in­vented by an English­man called Guy Beringer in 1895 as a new meal to be served at about noon on Sun­days to ease the ef­fects of that morn­ing’s hang­over af­ter the ex­cesses of the night be­fore.

To­gether with the sand­wich, brunch—with or with­out a sore head—is one of the great­est culi­nary in­ven­tions Bri­tain has given the world. MH

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