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His Take: Toronto’s Only Full English Breakfast at Bristol Yard

Although Jamie grew up with beans on toast and breakfasts that were traditionally British, I was a milk and cereal kind of guy for the majority of my life. That changed when I lived in London (UK) for the summer of 2011. I was living in an apartment building approximately five minutes from King Cross …

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1. If you’re craving a Full English Breakfast in Toronto, Bristol Yard is your best bet for the most authentic in the city.

2. If you’re looking for a light breakfast, you’d be hard pressed to find anything here.

3. Cash Only (No ATM in the restaurant, but there’s a local grocery store nearby that has one).

Although Jamie grew up with beans on toast and breakfasts that were traditionally British, I was a milk and cereal kind of guy for the majority of my life. That changed when I lived in London (UK) for the summer of 2011. I was living in an apartment building approximately five minutes from King Cross Station, and just down the road was an all-day breakfast restaurant. It was here that I learned to love the Full English Breakfast. Since moving to Toronto, I have been hunting for a restaurant that serves up the Full English, and can happily say that I have finally found it at Bristol Yard! They call it the Full Monty, but I’m sure that if you were to ask for the Full English they would know what you mean.

Full Monty Bristol Yard Toronto English Breakfast Brunch

Beans, Toast, Sausage, tomato, mushrooms, bacon, and eggs. Breakfast doesn’t get any better than that. It’s a hard recipe to ruin, but there are little things that can make it twice as good as it already is. Bristol Yard succeeds in pushing it to the next level primarily in the meat that it uses for the bacon and sausage. Two giant strips of bacon perfectly smoked, and one large British style banger perfectly spiced would please anyone from the U.K. if they were hunting for a little taste of home in Toronto.

There aren’t a ton of options on the Bristol Yard menu, and what this little spot does have to offer doesn’t come cheap.  Whereas in the U.K. a full English breakfast is served up for about $8 CAD (including tax + tip), my total at the Bristol Yard came out to about $20 CAD (including tax + tip). That’s a pretty noticeable difference. If the price was a bit more reasonable, I’d say that this place was just as good as any breakfast joint that I hit up while living in London. For those who are looking for options other than the Full Monty (full English), these guys also have fantastic eggs benny.

I love the location of Bristol Yard, as well as the general atmosphere of the place. They’ve decked it out in photographs of famous Brits (many recognizable, many who must only be famous in Britain), and one larger than life sized photo of Queen Victoria. This is great and all, but what really reminds me about the U.K. at Bristol Yard is the fact that it’s located in the middle of a residential area amongst families and neighbours as opposed to within the throngs of restaurants and bars along a street like College or Queen West. Nothing against those streets, I love them… but there’s something comforting about having a pub next door in the middle of a calm, quiet neighbourhood. In that sense, Bristol Yard has managed to effectively represent everything that is British in the heart of Toronto.

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