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I tried supermarket café breakfasts and there was one clear winner

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If you didn't know already, supermarket cafés are a thing.

The major outlets have set up cafés in their large stores across the county, but there's one thing they're popular for.

When shoppers head out in an early rush to beat the queues, the supermarket cafés are always there to fill a place in an empty stomach.

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With a wide variety of stores offering a tasty breakfast, now available as a takeaway, I set out to find out which one was the best.

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I headed out to Morrisons, M&S and Waitrose to compare their versions of the famous traditional full-English breakfast.

Marks and Spencer (Sevenoaks)

My ciabatta from M&S

While I knew M&S don't offer the full package when it comes to breakfast, I simply had to give it a go.

I ordered a bacon ciabatta at the Sevenoaks superstore which cost £3.95.

The café was situated upstairs at the back of the store, and I was able to watch the food being prepared for me.

It probably took about five minutes, but it was worth the wait.

The bacon was really tasty, definitely the best compared to Morrisons and Waitrose.

However, the price just seemed a little too expensive. For just £1.55 extra I was able to order a full-English breakfast in Morrisons, as you'll see below.

While the ciabatta itself also had a really nice texture, the overall package on offer couldn't compete with the traditional full-English I was able to get elsewhere.

Rating: 3/5

Morrisons (Maidstone)

Morrisons breakfast Maidstone

Immediately as I approached the café, I knew I was in for a treat.

I was greeted by a large self-checkout till where I could order my breakfast via a touchscreen.

The display was really clear and easy to use, and there was also a bottle of hand sanitiser for customers.

The full-English breakfast cost £5.50, and I also bought some Tropicana orange juice for an additional £1.50.

Breakfast self-checkout

£7 was the total, which I thought was a fair price to pay overall, particularly the breakfast which contained two sausages, two bacon rashers, a fried egg, pot of beans, black pudding, vegetables and a hash brown.

The food was really enjoyable, with the sausages being my standout favourite.

However, I did think the bacon tasted a little dry, and the texture of the fried egg seemed rather tough.

But for £5.50, excellent use of takeaway packaging with the beans in their own pot, and a tasty meal, Morrisons did impress me.

Rating: 4/5

Waitrose (Sevenoaks)

My Waitrose breakfast

The café was clearly signposted and can be found on the upper floor of the superstore.

Safety protocols such as using the NHS app to check-in were in place, and I joined the queue waiting for a member of staff.

I was immediately greeted by a lady who guided me through to place my order at the till.

Takeaway was not in use due to a lack of cardboard boxes and cups, meaning I had to sit-in.

Although this is rather unfair to compare the experience to the Morrisons takeaway, we'll let them off the hook this time.

The traditional breakfast cost £6.95 and as you can see from the picture, it was very filling indeed.

I also can't think of a bad thing to say about the meal, the sausage meat was bursting out of the skin as soon as I bit into it, the bacon was nice and crispy and the egg had a good texture.

Unlike Morrisons, a hashbrown was not included, however I did get a slice of toast and some butter, although this did melt rather quickly and it was quite runny by the time I got round to eating it.

I also ordered a hot chocolate to go with the meal. This cost an additional £2.50 and also came with cream on top.

Overall, I came away from Waitrose really pleased with the overall quality of the food at what I thought was a fair price to pay. It was a level above Morrisons, and I really can't fault it!

Rating: 5/5

Verdict

After trying three prestigious supermarket café breakfasts, there was one clear winner.

I enjoyed absolutely everything I was given on the plate in Waitrose, and while Morrisons was close behind in second-place, the Waitrose food was on a level above the rest.

While I knew not to expect a full-English from M&S, I was impressed with the quality of the food.

The price, however, I think was a little too expensive for the what I received.

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