I tried one of the ‘best breakfasts in Essex’ and the fry up was a tasty bargain

The classic fry up is a British favourite. With sausages, bacon, beans, tomato, hash browns and so many more options, it is a meal that will fill you up and get you set for the day ahead.

Here in Essex there are countless businesses you can visit for a full English – so many that it can be hard to choose. That’s exactly the case in Colchester, Essex’s soon-to-be city, with a huge number of cafes and restaurants serving fry-ups for breakfast.

One of the best-reviewed breakfasts in Colchester can be found at Timbers in Trinity Street in the centre of town. With more than 450 five star reviews on TripAdvisor, the fry up has been described as ‘simply delicious’.

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I wanted to know just how good Timber’s fry up is so I went along for breakfast:

From the outside Timbers doesn’t really stand out. It looks small and understated, however inside it is much larger than I first assumed and it was very busy, even on a Monday morning.

I was shown to a table and as I walked over I couldn’t help but admire the decor. It is very clear where the restaurant gets its name from as the building itself is full of medieval-looking beams.

It’s quite dark inside, which just adds to this restaurant’s atmosphere. I took a look at the menu and decided to go for the Timbers Regular Breakfast made up of bacon, sausage, egg (how you like it), mushrooms, beans, tomato, hash brown and a slice of extra-thick white or granary toast.

Timbers in Colchester
Timbers in Colchester

I don’t normally go for a Full English when I go for breakfast as they often contain things I don’t like – black pudding being the vilest thing I can imagine – but I was pleasantly surprised to only have one, tomato. I could deal with that, especially when the whole breakfast, which included tea or coffee was only £5.95.

Within seven minutes of placing my order, my breakfast was sat in front of me, I couldn’t believe how quick the service was, especially when most of the tables were full. I was also really impressed with the portion size and glad I didn’t order the ‘big breakfast’.

My plate was full. The portions of beans and mushrooms were large and the rasher of bacon was a decent size too with hardly any fat. Everything was cooked just right, the hash browns had a glorious crispy outside with soft centre, the sausage was just how I like it and the bacon had just about gone crispy.

Inside Timbers
Inside Timbers

The toast was soaked in butter which was a nice touch meaning I didn’t have to faff around with those small butter packets that are always way too solid to spread. Fortunately for me, there was only half a tomato so I could easily just push it out of the way.

After enjoying every mouthful I was absolutely stuffed. Something I have to point out was that my breakfast wasn’t greasy like some fry ups, it also wasn’t dry – the chefs had got the oil just right.

With my breakfast, I opted for the tea as I’m not a big coffee drinker. This was served in a teapot with enough for several cups, perfect for washing my food down with.

I was massively impressed with Timbers. The food was excellent and the service speedy and friendly. I still can’t quite get over the fact it all cost less than £6 – fantastic value.

Essex Live – Colchester