The Breakfast Menu Breakfast reviews from the South Coast and beyond

2Feb/102

BHS, Brighton

BHS [map]BHS, Brighton - Breakfast In-store Cafe
Churchill Square
Brighton

Last Visited: February 2010

 

A relic amongst the highstreet, BHS is one of the few olde shops left standing from a bygone age of in-store breakfasts.

Breakfast Prices: 6, 8 or 10 items to be had, each for only slightly more pennies than the last. Their largest 10 item breakfast can be had for just £3.45

Mr Chipolata:

Breakfast 8 items:
The novelty of queuing up for food like we were all back in primary school was short lived, I could see that the two ahead of me in the queue were asking for all the things I was eyeing up. My 10 items I had carefully memorised were slowly becoming 8. The hash brown tin was empty by the time I met its spot in line and upon closer inspection of the sausages I decided to only tackle one of them. The earl grey teabag was a nice surprise as a builders tea was all I was expecting. I drowned it in what I later found to be a large coffee mug, twice the size of a teapot and the miserable wench at the till only charged the price of a regular tea.

Unfortunately, the happy tale ends there. Although the sausage was not quite as disgusting as first envisioned, the rest of the plates contents were of lesser quality. Two incredibly fatty and stringy bacon rashers were accompanied by stone cold mushrooms, two rock hard fried slices, a cold egg with a semi soft yolk and a cold piece of white toast. The only truly acceptable part of the breakfast were the beans, who had just escaped a vat in the rear of the kitchen to be put straight onto my plate, a welcome warm accompaniment to my seemingly just defrosted meal.

BHS's breakfast should really only be chosen if you are willing to settle for a reduced quality breakfast. For the financially challenged, a better breakfast could still be had between 2 pieces of bread from a man in a portacabin on the side of the A293.

Mr No Eggs:

Breakfast: 10 items

BHS Fry up minus the eggs. Less is more at BHSThis ‘pick-your-own’ item breakfast received a cool response from me in more ways than one.  The format of the breakfast is familiar to anyone who has visited a cafe in a large department store or supermarket over the years.  Choosing either a 6, 8 or 10 item breakfast, you can mould your breakfast in your own image and a free slice of toast is thrown in for good measure.  It’s a simple and effective way to keep people happy and deliver the breakfast the individual wants in the shortest amount of time.

The overall quality of the food was generic and devoid of any individual flair.  But at £3.45 for 10 items you can’t complain as the quantity makes up for the quality.  The selection of items on offer met all the usual requirements (and some unusual ones too... deep fried jacket potato wedges what were they thinking!), and favourite’s Black pudding and Fried Slice were available.  But despite all this it was let down by being  too cold by the time we had all the items plated, queued up and paid.  The cafes air conditioning also meant that why I was seeing to the teapot, my 10 item selection was feeling the brunt of a gale force north westerly wind!

Despite the heating issue, for a pre shopping breakfast it ticks all the right boxes: quick, cheap and filling.  But like my old GCSE Woodwork projects; it was great in theory, just disappointing in reality!

Ingredient Quality: ★★☆☆☆
Portion Size: ★★½☆☆
Value For Money: ★★½☆☆
Service: ★☆☆☆☆
Overall: ★★☆☆☆

  • toni mardel

    very nice sausages and a very good way to start the day i say AMAZING !!!

    • Mr. Chipolata

      Hi Toni,
      I moved your comment from the “Ground Cafe” review as we were pretty certain it wasn’t related to that as they don’t serve sausages there. I noticed you had BHS as the URL in your post so have moved it here.

      If this isn’t the right place let me know and I can move it elsewhere.

      Otherwise, thanks for your comment!

      Mr. Chipolata