I’ve lived in Derby my whole life and therefore have eaten a lot of the food it has to offer. This includes breakfast. They say it’s the most important meal of the day, but then all meals are pretty important to me. There is plenty to choose from in Derby, but it can be difficult to find places open early enough for us retail workers. So, in case anyone was wondering what was worth a try, I’ve compiled a list!
I’ll first bring your attention to Greggs. They’ve mainly made it onto the list for cheapness, as being a fan of food comes at a literal cost so it can be nice to have a budget option. At £2 for a bap and a brew, you can’t go wrong. However, I’m not a fan of their sausages. I just can’t get on with the taste, but still worth a try as that just may well be my fussy taste buds. Otherwise, I’ve always been happy with the bacon they have to offer. Sauce is also offered, which can make all the difference.
My next suggestion would be Costa. A not-so-budget-friendly option, but makes a nice treat, especially this time of year with their festive menu in full swing. I love a Blackforest Hot Chocolate to start the day. But most importantly, they have a delicious breakfast range. I love their toasties, as they always have that extra ingredient that gives them a distinguishable flavour. Their Sausage and Red Onion toastie WAS my absolute favourite, but having visited a couple of different Costas last week, I found they were no longer offering them. This may be to make room for more festive turkey and stuffing based delicacies, so I will try again for one in the new year!
Another place worth a try is Subway. Like Greggs they have cheaper options, like their breakfast sub and drink for £2.20. For those of you who want to really get your money’s worth, the salad and sauces are also available as they are for normal subs. So I’ve experimented a few times and have found a cheese and toasted sausage on flatbread with cucumber, lettuce and sweet onion sauce a lovely way to start the day!
It’s unavoidable really, Mcdonald’s is on my list. Once it would have been considered a budget place to eat, but their breakfasts don’t really compare to the Greggs and Subway offers. You can get a Breakfast Wrap for £2.79 or meal for £3.69, which still isn’t breaking the bank really. However I tend to go for something a little more DIY and save some money. By going for a Sausage and Egg Snack Wrap and adding a hash brown to my order, I can make something similar to the Breakfast Wrap, but for about 80p cheaper. It’s worth noting you also get less food this way, but that also suits me as I prefer a smaller portion at breakfast. If you are more of a “stuff your face until you bust” kinda foodie, then by all means stick with the Breakfast Wrap!
This next one is top of my list and always will be. Birds Bakery. I have fond childhood memories of their freshly baked goods, and hope to continue making such memories for years to come. If you have not tried their sausage cob before then stop whatever you’re doing and go get one RIGHT NOW! They are seriously one of the best things I have ever eaten. The sausages are generous sizes, it comes in one of their fresh bread rolls and with optional stuffing and apple sauce. I always go for the optional stuffing and apple sauce, it’s the best combination. The only downside is they don’t have the sausages ready to go as early as the other places I’ve mentioned, but then none of them are as fresh as Birds. From my own experience trying different Birds Bakeries in the city centre (there are four that I know of) it tends to be around 8.30am onwards they have them ready. Still doable to grab a breakfast before work, as they take minutes to out together once the sausages are ready, but for me it’s a bit of a squeeze.
So there you have it, my 5 favourite places to start the day the edible way. There are of course plenty of other places in Derby that I’ve not even been to yet, and more new ones opening all the time, so feel free to let me know of any you think I should check out. I always love to try new food experiences!