Barbecue restaurant has a bean to pick with you over breakfast

Pictured: Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett
Jak and Sam debate beans 2 Upton Firehouse

English Breakfast Day takes place on December 2 every year, this year coinciding with the end of lockdown. It is celebrated by millions of people internationally and The Upton Firehouse, now run by Sam Edwards and Jak Doggett, will be celebrating the humble Full English but despite being business partners, co-chefs and friends one culinary debate separates them: Baked beans or no beans with a breakfast?

For over 10 years they have cooked together and written various breakfast menus, including the one for The Firehouse that as of July has been open for breakfast Wednesday to Sunday.

Their offering does come with beans, homemade baked beans, as Sam is the head chef but Jak agrees with his former mentor and former Michelin Bib Gourmand chef, Bob Parkinson that they do not belong on an English breakfast. “We will be taking a vote on Breakfast Day, December 2, and see what people have to say. It is not a traditional item and were added in later, possible in Edwardian times. There is something not right about them.”

The Upton Firehouse

English Breakfast Day originally started in 1975 in order to support the history and heritage of the English breakfast and to celebrate a centuries old Anglo tradition globally.

The tradition of the full English breakfast is one that is regularly enjoyed in all four corners of the earth. In the United Kingdom, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“The day supports traditional chefs, farmers and butchers and could be introducing new fans to traditional full English breakfast way,” Chef Sam added.

The Firehouse at Upton is open for breakfasts Wednesday to Sunday 8am-11am. Pizza Night runs from 4pm- 9pm Wednesdays while lunch is served Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-3pm.

For more information or to make a booking, please visit theuptonfirehouse.com or call 01993 823612.