Tastiest Breakfast Award 2018 – Shortlist

We take breakfast incredibly seriously at eviivo. In fact, we love breakfast so much that in 2016 we had Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith taste-test the final three properties shortlisted for the Tastiest Breakfast Award – and in 2017 invited two Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr. to find our ultimate winner. Earlier this year we even published the eviivo Great British B&B Breakfasts cookbook, crammed full of wonderful breakfast recipes. The Tastiest Breakfast Award recognises the best breakfasts being served up to guests every day. This could be a traditional fry-up done brilliantly, or something more unique and quirky but equally appetising. The award can be given on the quality of a particular signature breakfast, the sourcing of the ingredients or the sheer range of choices available – but ultimately it’s the taste that is key in deciding the winner.

Tastiest Breakfast Award judging criteria

  • What is the signature breakfast dish?
  • What ingredients are used and how are they sourced?
  • What was the inspiration behind creating this dish?
  • Is the dish prepared in any specific and/or unique way?
  • Are any specific dietary requirements catered for?

We received 100s of entries for this year’s eviivo Awards, and would like to thank everyone who entered, allowing our judging panel to complete the difficult task of shortlisting for the Tastiest Breakfast Award.

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted properties below, and best of luck when the winners are announced at the eviivo Awards 2018 ceremony on October 16th!


Guests can enjoy the signature breakfast ‘Eggs Mansefield’, which contains a homemade potato pancake, topped with locally smoked salmon and finished off with poached Scottish eggs and a piece of asparagus. The proprietor was inspired by the surrounding Highlands and Ben Nevis to invent this unique breakfast.


Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and full English breakfast are just a few of the options on offer. Miraculously, their full English is prepared without frying and the chef promises to cater for “everyone and their dog”.


Locally-sourced breakfast options at the inn really demonstrate the variety and high quality available in the local area, with the jewel in the breakfast crown being the grilled kippers from Lowestoft Smokehouse. All breakfasts are made to order and are accompanied by the reliable breakfast buffet, which includes fresh fruit, pastries and cereal.

Castle Farmhouse - Breakfast

Castle Farmhouse B&B will prepare any breakfast guests want. Whether it’s vegetarian, fish, eggs, full English, or cereal, anything is on the menu. In one instance guests requested an Indian breakfast and the host learned especially how to make flatbreads, potato curry served with pickles and chutneys – much to the delight of the visitors.

aotearoa breakfast

Gluten-free guests are well looked after at this B&B that specialises in inventive dishes to accommodate visitors with dietary requirements. Specialities include the Italian Baked Eggs and the Smoky Sweet Potato Hash, which are both gluten-free and dairy-free – a great way to kick-start the day.

Grayonside breakfast

Vegetarians and carnivores alike rave about “mushrooms like you’ve never tasted before” promised by the owner, whose priority is creating a memorable breakfast. Other mentionable breakfast items include the eggs from the local farm and the homemade black pudding, which are all presented with style and class – not to mention great taste.


Penvith Barns offers guests a full Cornish breakfast, which includes locally-sourced Cornish hogs pudding (as well as the classic black pudding), bacon, sausages and ‘just laid’ eggs from the owners’ very own hens. For vegetarians they offer Basque tomatoes: slow-cooked tomatoes with mushrooms, home-grown chilies, and topped off with a poached egg.


The Frasers Full cooked breakfast begins with fruit, granola and yoghurt followed by an extensive fry up prepared using local ingredients and cooked on the Aga, which gives it a lovely flavour. If guests have room after all that, there’s homemade banana loaf, toasted and spread with cinnamon butter. I’m not drooling, you’re drooling.

Yr Hafod Breakfast

Flavours of Wales are on the menu at this B&B, which showcases ingredients from the local area. The full Welsh breakfast is cooked to order using top quality Welsh ingredients. There’s even a summer special of buttermilk pancakes served with Llaeth y Llan yoghurt, local honey and raspberry sauce made with raspberries from the owner’s mum’s garden.


The full Yorkshire breakfast is not only prepared with the finest ingredients but is also steeped in secrecy. The sausages are from a butcher and made using a family secret recipe from the 17th century! Everything is slow-cooked to release the flavours – apart from the homemade pancakes – and they offer monthly specials to highlight the best of Yorkshire’s produce.