You can’t beat a great British fried breakfast to help you prepare for a busy day – or recover from a big night. To save you the trouble of checking them all out yourself, we’ve tapped into the experience of Careys’ team of agents who cover the whole of the Teesside and County Durham area...
BEST VALUE FOR FAMILIES
A seemingly pricey £8.99 gets you an unlimited breakfast, with a range of continental and cooked options available from as early as 6.30am on weekdays. Ranging from cereal to fried eggs, the price also includes whatever drink takes your fancy. But there’s a big bonus for families. For every paying adult up to two children can eat free, which makes it an incredibly economical treat – a family of six could all enjoy breakfast for under £18.
Location: There are two Beefeaters in the area…
The Talpore, White Water Way, Thornaby, TS17 6QB
Beefeater Morton Park, Morton Park Way, Darlington, Dl1 4PJ
VERDICT: 9 SIZZLING SAUSAGES – IF YOU’VE GOT KIDS, THIS ONE’S HARD TO BEAT.
BEST BACON BUTTY
Kirklevington Prison Café
Inmates help run the café, which has a very friendly environment and tasty breakfast snacks on offer, including a hearty breakfast bun and a hot drink for only £2.50. The perfectly cooked crispy bacon will have you coming back for more. You can even have your car valeted while you enjoy your food. Please note, that the café only accepts cash.
Location: Kirklevington Grange, Yarm TS15 9PA
VERDICT: 8 SIZZLING SAUSAGES – A REAL HIDDEN GEM BUT INCREASINGLY POPULAR WITH LOCALS IN THE KNOW. THE BACON IS ESPECIALLY CRISPY AND TASTY.
BEST FOR QUALITY
Fork in the Road
Formerly a derelict building, this non-profit restaurant employs recovering addicts, ex-offenders and long-term unemployed among its staff. Breakfast is served at the registered charity every day from 9am for just £5. The varied menu includes old favourites such as bacon and sausage sandwiches, as well as less traditional American-style pancakes. For £9.50, you can upgrade to a full English breakfast to set you up for the rest of the day. If you’re feeling decadent you could even enjoy a full English with a glass of prosecco for £12.50.
Location: Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5DE
VERDICT: 8 SIZZLING SAUSAGES. FANTASTIC QUALITY FOOD AND YOU’RE HELPING MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE AS WELL
You can always rely on this national chain for the value and quality of their food. There are a number of Wetherspoons in the area, all offering a wide range of breakfast choices. Prices vary slightly but a tasty, traditional cooked breakfast at Middlesbrough’s Swatter Carr is just £3.35, with a large breakfast at £4.49 and children’s breakfast £2.89. There are even posh options on offer including eggs benedict, a smashed avocado bacon or smoked salmon. Limitless filter coffee is just another 95p. Using the Wetherspoons app, you can even order without leaving your seat.
Wetherspoons in our area…
The Thomas Sheraton, Bridge Road, Stockton TS18 3BW
The Highland Laddie, High Street, Norton TS20 1AQ
The Half Moon Inn, West Precinct, Billingham TS23 2NW
The Resolution, Newport Crescent, Middlesbrough TS1 5UA
The Swatters Carr, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3QW
The Tanners Hall, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LL
The William Stead, Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1LU
The Ward Jackson, Church Square, Hartlepool TS24 7EU
The King Johns Tavern, South Road, Hartlepool TS26 9HD
VERDICT: 7 SIZZLING SAUSAGES – CHEAP AND CHEERFUL BUT CONSISTENTLY GOOD
BEST OF THE REST
For £4.49 you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast from a buffet featuring sausages, bacon, eggs and much more. An extra £2.09 adds an unlimited supply of tea and coffee to your breakfast, which is served from 7am until 11am. If you’re feeling adventurous you can throw in Yorkshire puddings with gravy! There are special offers over the Christmas period, with kids under ten getting breakfast, a drink and a from Santa for just a fiver at participating branches on December 23 and 24.
Toby Carveries in our area…
Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BS
Coal Lane, Billingham, TS22 5PZ
Yarm Road, Darlington, DL1 4WF
VERDICT: 7 SIZZLING SAUSAGES
Hungry Horse pubs
There are two Hungry Horse franchises in the area, each with differing breakfast serving times, so check before setting off. There’s a free drink with brunches, which are served up to noon at weekends.
Stag and Monkey, Brenda Road, Hartlepool, TS25 1SD (breakfast at weekends only)
Highfield Hotel, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 2PA
VERDICT: 6 SIZZLING SAUSAGES
*PRICES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF WRITING