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Harry’s English Restaurant

Posted by Sara on May 25, 2009

22.05.2009 Harry’s English Restaurant, Church Street Hove.

With the word restaurant in it’s name we may be moving a tad too upmarket for a decent fry up – but fear not, this is Hove after all and Harry’s English Restaurant has been earning a reputation for serving up great British breakfasts since the 90’s. Established in 1990 Harry’s is a family run business that specialises in wholesome traditional grub, using locally sourced ingredients and renowned for their generous portions. There is an array of breakfasts on offer, including porridge, pancakes and posh salmon as well as the traditional fry up and breakfast is served up till 4pm. If you don’t fancy breakfast there are also a range of light meals, main meals and delicious desserts – specials of the day when we visited included Homemade Cottage Pie and Grilled Crayfish with Avocado salad. They are licensed too with a range of beers and wines on offer.

inside harrys

But what about the breakfast? I ordered the Veggie – two eggs, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, beans, fried slice, hash browns and toast (¬£6.80) and Dan ordered the Greedy – which is a traditional breakfast of bacon, egg, pork & sage sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes (or beans) and toast with extra black pudding and fried slice (¬£7.60). Coffee or tea is included in the price and allegedly includes one top up – though we’ve been here twice now and that’s not happened so, unlike in the good Ol’ US of A, I suspect the traditional English top up is one you need to make a point of asking for.

harrysmeat

The food soon arrives and is attractively laid out on big china plates. The portions, though not humongous, are fair sized and though you only get one slice of toast, the brown bread at least is of door stopper proportions. The eggs were cooked perfect and looked a treat as did the mushrooms. The fried slice was deliciously deadly as it always is and my only quibble is I would have preferred proper hash browns. Dan particularly liked the bacon and the generous slice of black pudding; this being the greedy breakfast he would have also preferred another slice of toast. All in all we both agreed the food was of high quality. Condiments on offer were top name brands.

harry's veggie

There is a nice relaxed ambience helped along by Blondie, the Buggles and David Bowie playing in the background and we were seated in a lovely sunny position just by the window. The inside is simple and tasteful; aqua marine walls combined with bare wooden floors to create an unpretentious relaxed family feel. For those who like a bit of visual stimulation while they eat, the high ceilings and collection of Art Deco mirrors provide¬† points of interest. Toilets are ok and come complete with baby changing facilities. Understandably this place can get very busy over lunch times so be warned but if you are ever in need of a breakfast in Hove we would definitely recommend this one. For more information on Harry’s and to check out their menu – click HERE.


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