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Where to Find the Perfect English Fry-Up in Manchester

Few things are more quintessentially English than their breakfast tradition. A full English breakfast, also known as a fry-up, consists of thick-cut bacon; fried, poached or scrambled eggs; cooked tomatoes; fried mushrooms; buttered toast; and sausages. It’s a typical British way to start the day or ease the pain from a night of drinking pints at the pub.

A daily tradition for many locals, it’s a must-try for visitors. Breathe in the smell of fresh bacon and buttered toast when you sit down for a classic English fry-up at any one of these seven Manchester mainstays.

The Koffee Pot

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A stop by Koffee Pot is a Manchester must. (Photo: Alamy)

A Manchester institution, The Koffee Pot‘s hearty, no-nonsense breakfast will fill you up for just £7. The restaurant humbly brags that its fry-ups “have been curing hangovers since 1978.”

Your brekkie includes: Littlewoods Butchers dry-cured bacon, sausage, grilled tomato, hash brown, a free-range egg and Heinz baked beans with two slices of toast. There is also a complimentary local Bury Black Pudding for those adventurous enough to indulge.

The Albert Square Chop House

Start your day off in a remodeled Victorian hall dating back to 1866. The Albert’s Best of British Breakfast features: Grandad’s Olde English sausage, homemade black pudding, streaky bacon, sautéed mushrooms, roast tomato, baked beans and free-range eggs, cooked how you like, for £9.

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Clean your plate. (Photo: Getty Images)

Home Sweet Home

Come in for a quick fry-up, but don’t expect fried eggs. Home Sweet Home serves its eggs scrambled, but everything else is traditional and tasty, including the streaky bacon, sausage patty, tomatoes, flat mushroom, cheesy house hash, beans and buttered sourdough toast. If you’d like some black pudding, ask your waiter to include it, free of charge.

Rosylee

This exceptionally modern, even posh, local restaurant serves English breakfast made from scratch, all day long. Enjoy Rosylee’s baked beans and eggs on the glamorous outdoor terrace or in the stunningly chic dining room filled with natural light. Best of all, it comes with an optional bottomless brunch.

Gorilla

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Rock out at night, fry-up by day. (Photo: Alamy)

This Manchester joint is a popular music venue by night and fry-up joint by morning. Its full English breakfast comes with cured and grilled back bacon, Gorilla recipe sausage, house-made hash browns, Heinz baked beans, fried egg, mushrooms, slow-roasted tomato and buttered toast for £9.

The Laundrette

A no-frills English breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients aims to please the hardworking people of Manchester. Although The Laundrette‘s claim to fame is cocktails and carbs, their Full English will not disappoint. The fry-up here consists of sausage, bacon, a fried egg, tomato, mushroom, baked beans and black pudding, plus a free fruit juice for £9.50.

Common

This is easily one of Manchester’s most popular places to eat, drink and peruse local works of art. At Common, you can order a Small Fry for £8.50 or a Big Fry for £12. The Small Fry has all the usual suspects, including: sausage, bacon, fried egg, beans, hash brown, mushrooms and toasted sourdough.

If you’ve worked up a serious appetite, the Big Fry is basically a double order of the Small Fry, including, as the menu says, “extra sausage, multi-bacon, maximo eggs, XL beans, mushroom with a view, hash browns and toasted sourdough.”