An English breakfast is usually a substantial serving of hot food including bacon and eggs, sausages, a hash brown or two, and baked beans. Extras like sautéed mushrooms and roasted tomato are often up to the individual, but most would agree that the meal should be served on a plate.
That's not what one UK tourist received at Staffordshire's Alton Towers Theme Park Hotel, however, instead receiving their breakfast on what appears to be a pizza box. The underwhelming room service dish horrified foodies when The English Breakfast Society shared a picture of it to Twitter last month.
"If ever we needed proof that the world is slowly coming to an end, this could be it... an abhorrent insult to the majestic world-famous English fry-up," commented one Twitter user. Others branded the meal a "monstrosity", "f***ing awful" and "the worst I have ever seen".
"No no no, not how you serve any breakfast never mind the breakfast of champions and then beans in a mug, missing ingredients, dodgy looking sausages. A travesty," another English brekky enthusiast responded.
Food supplier responds
Aramark, the official food and beverage provider for Alton Towers, has since acknowledged that the quality of the meal in question is "disappointing". Speaking to the Mirror, a spokesperson for the company said the isolated incident fell short of their usual standards and they worked with the hotel to revise their menu.
"A new continental breakfast offering is now available for guests availing of the service," the spokesperson said. "The new breakfast hamper for Treehouse guests includes a range of fresh fruit, cereals, milk, a loaf of bread, a selection of juices, a range of pastries, an assortment of jams and marmalades, as well as yogurts all delivered in a wicker hamper with linen napkins."
Meanwhile those opting for a hot breakfast can find it – served on plates – in the resort's themed restaurants.
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