Hotel chain unveils English breakfast plate – that keeps soggy foods separate

A hotel chain has unveiled the ultimate English breakfast “forktress” – to stop food items touching each other on the plate. Premier Inn created the “bean barrier” concept, after research revealed how a fifth of diners dislike runny elements of the dish touching other items on the plate.

Topping the list of ingredients people prefer to keep separate is egg yolk mixing with other ingredients (63 percent), followed by baked beans (60 percent), and tomatoes (39 percent).

In fact, one in five feel so strongly about this, that they have developed methods to prevent it – like using sausages as a physical barrier, or even avoiding “wet” food components altogether.

To solve the problem, a concept plate, featuring a built-in, crescent-shaped “bean barrier”, has been revealed in time for English Breakfast Day tomorrow [December 2].

Ollie Bloomfield, who heads up breakfast at Premier Inn’s largest hotel in the UK, said: “For many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and a moment to savour.

“We don’t need an excuse to make it a full English breakfast. But, as the results show, consumers have clear opinions on what it should contain, and how it should be laid out on the plate.

“And while the English Breakfast is a staple, for some, the experience can be spoiled by simply having the beans touch the bacon – and nobody wants that.”

The study, of 2,076 adults, conducted via OnePoll, also found 33 percent of those polled plan to have a full English breakfast on English Breakfast Day.

As many as 79 percent are fond of the traditional morning meal, with the most important elements including egg (79 percent) – preferably fried – sausages (77 percent), and bacon (72 percent).

Meanwhile, others are fans of mushrooms (55 percent), hash browns (53 percent), and white toast (39 percent) on their breakfast plates.

And ketchup (38 percent) is the most favoured condiment accompaniment, while a cup of tea (45 percent) is the beverage of choice.

When it comes to the optimal number of some of the key fry-up ingredients, Brits believe it should include two full-size sausages, two rashers of bacon or “facon”, one egg, and two hash browns.

Eating a full English is also a ritual for Brits, with almost a third (32 percent) eating a favourite breakfast item slowly, and a fifth (20 percent) saving that particular ingredient until last.

Ollie Bloomfield, for Premier Inn, said: “Although only a concept at this stage, we believe our plate concept could be the solution for perfect flavour combinations.

“We serve over 22 million all-you-can eat breakfasts a year, and we’re convinced the bean barrier plate is something guests would enjoy.”

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