The best breakfasts to save a hangover

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We've all been there. Bleary-eyed, head pounding and mouth as dry as a camel's you-know-what. As a chef, it may be that the last thing you want to do when you're hungover is cook, so if you're lucky enough to have a day off, why not head to one of these for the best breakfast to sort you out?

Duck Hash from The Black Penny

'Duck Hash':

crispy confit duck with sweet potato, baby spinach, spring onion, chilli, coriander and a poached egg
 by The Black Penny, London

The Black Penny is a stone's throw away from Drury Lane. With 19th-century-inspired interiors across two floors, it's inspired by the very first English coffee houses and has quite a bit of character.  These were known as 'Penny Universities', where serious debate was encouraged. Whilst they do have a Seminar Pit downstairs, The Black Penny recognises that debates sometimes simply aren't necessary when you just want to enjoy your lunch. A delicious, inventive brunch menu is available from 9am to 3pm, including this 'Duck Hash', which is gluten free, and has just the right amout of spice to hit that sweet spot!

Shakshuka breakfast by chef Steve Holding, Pig and Pastry


eggs, onion, peppers, tomatoes, herbs & spices,  bread for dunkin'

The Pig and Pastry, York 

The Pig and Pastry is a family-run café in York, serving quality breakfasts using many locally-sourced ingredients. In 2015 they launched a cookbook to raise money for children's cancer charity, Candlelighters. The cookbook sold out in just eight weeks, but due to popular demand, The Pig and Pastry have brought it back! This dish is taken from the cookbook, and chef Steve Holding assures us it's a winner for the hungover souls out there. A recipe from a Moroccan colleague of his (which came with no quantities!), Steve really has put his stamp on this hearty, warming breakfast.

>>> See Steve's Shakshuka recipe here Hangover editorial/Eggy Banana Bread   Tom Cenci.JPG
'Eggy Banana Bread': 

eggy banana bread with caramelised banana, maple cream and toasted pecans

by Tom Cenci, executive chef at Duck and Waffle, London

Tom Cenci is the executive chef at Duck and Waffle, an all-day dining restaurant on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate in London. Working alongside fellow breakfast-hero and chef Dan Doherty, the pair serve their quirky take on British cuisine that has even gained a following over in Hong Kong! This eggy banana bread recipe from Tom is guaranteed to sort your hangover out, particularly if you have a sweet tooth...

>>> Get Tom's Eggy Banana Bread recipe here

Huevos Rancheros from Bakers and Co
Huevos Rancheros 
slow cooked pinto beans, corn tortilla, red and green salsa, fried eggs
 Bakers and Co, Bristol

A Mexican 'breakfast of champions', Huevos Rancheros is a flavour-filled, recovery-fuelling dish from Bristol favourites Bakers and Co. A gluten-free version of this breakfast with non-gluten tortilla is also available.  With a menu inspired by their travels to the buzzing San-Francisco foodie scene, Bakers and Co offer tasty, hot brunches from just £3.95! They were also recently named in The Guardian's '50 best breakfasts in the UK'. Hangover editorial/Mezze breakfast from Firedog.JPG
Mezze Breakfast
includes:  Aegean olives, grilled halloumi,  house chilli eggs and much more! 
 Firedog, London

Firedog is a cool and vibrant Aegean Restaurant in Fitzrovia. Combining Turkish and Greek cuisines in a relaxed environment, the chefs are serving up massive sharing platters, perfect for you and a few friends! Their Mezze Breakfast (served until 4pm) is a force to be reckoned with.  For just £18 a head you can tuck in to...

  • Selection of Firedog jams, compound butter
  • Lemon curd, clotted cream, organic honeycomb
  • Tomatoes, purple basil, olive oil
  • Cucumber, lemon zest, poppy seeds
  • Unsalted young cheese, sour cherry compote
  • Freshly made Lor with walnuts, thyme, olive oil
  • Wood roasted tahini with caroub molasses
  • Candied pumpkins with hung yoghurt
  • Aegean olives
  • Sundried tomato and pepper paste
  • Grilled halloumi, feta Sujuk, charred spring onions
  • House chilli eggs 
  • All served with grilled sourdough and flatbread

Poached free range eggs on toast with hollandaise sauce and pan fried spinach from Mustard
Poached free-range eggs on toast, hollandaise sauce and pan-fried spinach
Mustard, London

Who doesn't love a runny poached egg? A take on the classic breakfast favourite eggs florentine, this dish from Mustard is sure to stop your tummy rumbling. Mustard are a quirky British brasserie located in the busy Shepherd's Bush area of London. Their brunch menu is served from 10am-5pm on weekends, so it doesn't matter if you stay in bed for a few hours first!

Urban Pantry American Style Pancakes

American Style Pancakes

with maple syrup butter and strawberries

Urban Pantry, London

Urban Pantry is an Aussie and Kiwi inspired café in Chiswick. They're renowned for awesome breakfasts and brunch food and as you can see from these mouth-watering American style pancakes from just £5.50, it's no wonder why! You can even add bacon to these for a really naughty treat. Urban Pantry pride themselves on using natural and organic ingredients where possible, and they won TimeOut's 'Best Cafe in Chiswick' Award and came runners up in the 2016 Observer Food Monthly Awards.

>>> Get the recipe for Urban Pantry's American Style Pancakes here

By Jenna Lloyd


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Editor 24th March 2017

The best breakfasts to save a hangover