The A21 Diner – A Seriously Good Breakfast In a little taste of America

If there’s one thing that you just can’t beat on the weekend it’s an over indulgent breakfast! Be it pancakes or waffles, a bacon sarnie or smashed avocado on toast. But in my household there’s one breakfast to rule them all, one breakfast to find them, one breakfast to bring them all and in the darkness bind them…the mighty Full English. Now it might seem a little ironic that we had to visit an American Diner to get a good Full English breakfast but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do! Far too many places are trying to over complicate something that just doesn’t need to be complicated. There’s a time and a place for toasted focaccia and it isn’t with my breakfast.

This happened to be our first visit to the A21 Diner despite living just a short drive up the road, however, I can assure you that based on this visit it will not be our last. We rolled up a little before 10 am on a Saturday, eager to stuff our bellies with sausages and bacon. I’ve never been to an American themed restaurant before but loved the interior design, with vibrant booths perfect for family dining and lots of American memorabiliaΒ on all of the walls.

As soon as we entered we were greeted by smiling faces behind the counter, everyone that we passed bid us a friendly ‘good morning’ as our waiter led us to our booth.

Fresh orange was squeezed there and then, and presented in cute little mason style jars with a curly straw. Fresh juice always tastes so much better and to have it presented in such a quirky way put a smile on my face.

Our Full English breakfasts came out in record time, I opted for poached eggs rather than the usual fried, their yolks were perfectly gooey and a vibrant orange. In my opinion, the breakfast was nearly faultless, my only request would be to do some gluten free bread, a shame to have those dippable yolks go to waste, though my dad wasn’t complaining as he tucked into his extra slices of well-buttered toast.

As we ate I watched the most amazing stacks of pancakes leave the kitchen, topped with crispy bacon and served with a little jug of maple syrup, I was practically drooling at the thought of it! And just to make me a little more jealous one of their famous freak shakes went out, piled high with whipped cream and chocolate pieces. It was such a nice family atmosphere, and a great way to start the weekend.

What’s your favourite weekend breakfast?

Sophia x

 

72 Comments

    • Sophia
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      May 1, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      I could too! So hungry πŸ˜€

  1. May 1, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    That food looks delicious !! It’s so far away for me though haha !! across an ocean ! Great read… you literally made me so hungry xx

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Kezia!! xx

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 4:14 pm

      It was a completely new ambience for me but I loved it! x

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 4:15 pm

      It was so good, and the veggie options sounded fab too!

  2. May 1, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I literally just ate breakfast, but looking at your photos makes me want to eat all over again! That food seriously looks AMAZING!!!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Christina! It was so good x

  3. May 1, 2017 / 4:23 pm

    This made me right hungry! I love to have a really hearty breakfast on the weekends and yours sounded just like one of those.
    Lea, xx
    http://www.asnippetoflife.com

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Me too! The weekends are always a time for a little indulgence xx

  4. May 1, 2017 / 4:25 pm

    I love going out for breakfast and I wish it was something that was more widely acceptable to do…then again I also don’t like to get out of bed before 10am.
    Alicia x
    http://www.aestheticobsessed.co.uk

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Sounds like Brunch is your best friend, or an all day breakfast πŸ˜€ x

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:41 pm

      Thanks Tiffany! x

  5. May 1, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    Oh my GOD I need a place like this near me. That looks too good to even be real. The only american diner near me shut down and I’m devastated!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:42 pm

      Oh no!!! Maybe someone will open up a new one. This one had recently undergone new owners and now it’s amazing! x

  6. May 1, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Weekend breakfasts are the best! We’ve gotten up early each day this weekend to make breakfast at home!

    Would love to try this place out!

    Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Thanks Jessica! If you’re ever down this way then give it a try! xx

  7. Jade
    May 1, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Omg this looks so good it’s making me hungry!! jadesplacesite.wordpress.com xx

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      It makes me hungry too every time I look at it!!

  8. May 1, 2017 / 4:59 pm

    Hahahaha I loved your Lord of the Rings quote! That made me chuckle. But I agree, you CANNOT BEAT a full English breakfast and that one looks absolutely delicious. Hash Browns are HEAVEN on a plate <3

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      YAY someone got it Haha! I wondered if people would just think that I was being overly dramatic about breakfasts πŸ˜›

  9. May 1, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Those drinks are so cute, I haven’t had spiral straws in so long! I love pancakes for breakfast, they’re the best start to the day!
    Claire xo

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      The spiral straws took me back to my childhood! Even my dad used his πŸ˜› x

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      Thanks Melissa πŸ˜€ x

  10. May 1, 2017 / 5:21 pm

    I am all about the over-indulgent weekend breakfasts too! And those straws and glasses are too cute.
    xoxo, Sarah
    lifestartzhere.com

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      The weekend was made for big fat breakfasts πŸ˜€ X

  11. May 1, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Oh looks good! I’d probably need to opt for their veggie options though. But I’d love to dine in American diner one day. Their setting is so retro πŸ˜€ x Ain

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:45 pm

      They did an amazing veggie fry up with falafel! xx

  12. May 1, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    Girl that breakfast just got me hungry all over again haha,

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:46 pm

      Haha! Sorry Mapolo πŸ˜€ x

  13. May 1, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Love the look of this place! I’ve been to quite a few brunch places but my favourite weekend breakfast would have to be pancakes with berries and cream, it’s my specialty haha. Thanks for sharing xo

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:53 pm

      Yum! I love the sound of that πŸ˜€ x

  14. May 1, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Im never really hungry in the mornings, which is a shame when it comes to hotel breakfasts.. the full english looks yummy, I wonder if there is a vegan version. πŸ™‚

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 1, 2017 / 5:52 pm

      They definitely did a veggie one with falafel, and I’m sure they could remove the eggs. And they willingly cooked the mushrooms without butter! xx πŸ˜€

  15. May 1, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Love waffles and pancakes! So cool to see a different spin on American food! Looks like a great breakfast!!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:31 am

      It was Jenn! Thanks for reading xx

  16. abbeylouisarose
    May 1, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Oooh Sophia, this place sounds incredible! Those poached eggs do indeed look delicious, I love cutting in to a yolk to find it gooey and orange! Such a shame about the lack of GF bread, let’s hope they take that comment on board! The pancakes topped with bacon sound lush too – you’ll have to go back again to try them!!

    Abbey ❀️ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:32 am

      Yes cutting into the yolk has to be one of the best bits πŸ˜€ xx

  17. May 2, 2017 / 12:22 am

    The full English breakfast is absolutely a thing of beauty! If only American diners *in America* had them, I’d enjoy waking up early quite a bit more! This diner looks so cute, too. A lot of the diners near where I grew up in NY were sort of plain, but I’ve been to a few with adorable brightly-colored booths and kitschy touches, and I swear it makes the food taste better!

    xx
    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:33 am

      I do love a few kitschy touches! A full English is always worth waking up for πŸ˜› xx

  18. May 2, 2017 / 5:18 am

    This looks so delicious !! Great read… you literally made me so hungry.
    Thanks

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:33 am

      haha glad I could tempt you! x

  19. May 2, 2017 / 7:10 am

    YES. THE FULL ENGLISH. Actually, I’m torn between the Full English and a “Grand Slam” style breakfast. If you don’t know what that is, it’s pancakes/waffles/french toast/toast, eggs (they better be gooey), hashbrowns, bacon and or sausage, and coffee and OJ. Bonus points for Irish Coffee and/or Mimosa.

    In any case, this looks delicious! Now I’ll have to find a Full English place here in Munich… though I’ll be headed to England in July, so I know I’ll get one then! Thanks!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Yes, you will definitely get a good one here in July! and a grand slam sounds amazing!!!

  20. May 2, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Great place for breakfast! I always enjoy breakfast or brunch in weekends. The plates look delicious and i am sure you enjoyed it a lot! Happy May!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      Happy May to you too Helene xx

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 1:28 pm

      It was so good Ash! x

  21. Nita
    May 2, 2017 / 9:53 am

    This makes me so hungry!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      Haha sorry Nita! xx

  22. May 2, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    I LOVE breakfast food! My husband and I visited Ireland for our honeymoon and grew an even larger appreciation for breakfast. Irish and English breakfasts are the best! I love the beans, mushrooms, and tomatoes, and especially the poached eggs!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      I love poached eggs too! I’ve never had an Irish breakfast though but I bet it’s fab x

  23. May 2, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    So yummy!
    It is hard to choose my favorite breakfast meal, I love breakfast food!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      It is a tough decision x

  24. May 2, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Wooow that look yummy πŸ˜‹. I love reading your article .
    Thanks for sharing

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 5:59 pm

      Thank you for reading! xx

  25. Kaylee
    May 2, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    Small diners always seem to have the best food, the breakfast looks so good!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      It was so good Kaylee! We are already fantasising about going back x

  26. May 2, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of full English breakfasts. I love french toast or pancakes with a side of bacon. I’m very American in that sense haha!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:00 pm

      Haha! The pancakes here looked amazing! x

  27. May 2, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    It’ looks good, I’m sure that you have a great time. I will try someday.

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      We did Serena! x

  28. May 2, 2017 / 4:48 pm

    Breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day. My boyfriend and I started a breakfast your at one point just to visit places like this one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      I think breakfast might be mine too!

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 2, 2017 / 6:02 pm

      That’s so true, some days it’s a pancake kind of day, and on those cold rainy days I always fancy porridge! x

  29. May 3, 2017 / 8:27 am

    Great post! I love American Diners. I got to try out one for myself when i was in NYC a few weeks ago. We also tried to order the closest thing to an Irish Breakfast as we could πŸ™‚

    • Sophia
      Author
      May 3, 2017 / 10:11 am

      Thanks Christina! xx

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