It was one of those mornings before work, were I seamlessly slept through my alarm only to jolt awake with time to only brush my teeth, put some clothes on and head to work and boy! Was it a busy day.
Once work had ended, I experienced an unusual 7 pm craving for a Full English Breakfast. I met up with friends later that evening for dinner and, thankfully, we stumbled across a Garfunkel’s right in the centre of London’s Trafalgar Square and low and behold they had an All-Day Full English Breakfast on their menu. The choice for me was simple!
Food - 6.5/10
Ambiance - 6.5/10
Service - 6.5/10
Value for Money - 6.5/10
Garfunkel’s is always a popular choice amongst people and with its great selection of British food, it’s easy to see why. Although my visit was pleasant, this established restaurant failed to WOW me!
Price Range: ££
Telephone: 020 7839 5148
Address: 25-34 Cockspur St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5BN
Nearest Station: Charing Cross
Now don’t judge, but I am not a huge fan of bacon when it comes to breakfast [gasp!] and when I told the lovely waitress, she graciously offered to swap the bacon for an extra piece of sausage. And after a reasonable wait of approximately 15 minutes, the food arrived and it was looking tasty.
The All-Day Breakfast did have the typical fundamentals of everything you would expect from this classic British dish, consisting of 2 fried eggs; 4 pork sausages; baked beans and a side grilled mushroom and tomato. It doesn’t however, include a side of butter-toasted nor black pudding but does include a side of chips instead; which does take away from the real authentic ‘fry up’ experience.
Now I always judge a fried egg by how “yolky the yolk” is and these fried eggs had perfectly cylindrical yolky centres which were a big thumbs up from me! Unfortunately, as I mentioned before the main doesn’t come with any bread to take advantage of this eggy goodness, so I had to request the toast, which costs an extra £1.50. The pork sausages were crispy on the outside with soft tender meat on the inside, which is just how I like it and dipping this into a side of ketchup made it even more appetising.
While the chips were golden and lightly salted, they overcooked with a lumpy and firm texture. And with a side of baked beans that was on the cold side, it brought a few drawbacks to my meal.
With mushrooms and tomatoes being some of my favourite veggies [let’s not a start on the ‘tomato is technically a fruit’ argument], they were grilled very well and rounded up the dinner/breakfast quite nicely.
The restaurant itself is very calm: spacious, with good lighting and has an ‘old fashioned’ London pub vibe. My main and drink cost under £15 and those who have a nifty Tastecard, you can enjoy a 2-4-1 discount on your mains at this Garfunkel’s branch, plus their other locations across London as well. Considering this branch is situated in central London, I’d consider it to be a reasonable value for money, so would be ideal for any tourists who aren’t on a particularly lucrative budget.
All in all, it was a very pleasant experience dining here. The food was tasty and the service was friendly and welcoming. And most importantly, my 7pm English breakfast craving was satisfied!