I ate brekkie at various Wetherspoons for a week - it's ruined one item for life

For some, the idea of tucking into a Wetherspoons breakfast every morning might sound like a slice of paradise. However, for one avid Spoons fan, it's resulted in a lifetime aversion to a certain menu item.

Taite Johnson embarked on a culinary journey, sampling the same Wetherspoons breakfast at various locations each day to determine if it truly is the ideal way to kick-start the day and to identify which establishment served up the best version. She chose the 'traditional breakfast,' a staple choice, as her test subject to ensure a fair assessment.

The components of a full English breakfast can spark heated debates, yet at Wetherspoons, patrons can expect a plate featuring a fried egg, bacon, sausage, baked beans, and two hash browns. However, Taite controversially opted to exchange the bacon for an additional sausage.


This substitution didn't seem to cause any issues across the board, but her request for a "hard yolk" in her fried eggs did draw some curious looks. To Taite's surprise, she discovered that prices varied from one location to another, even within the same city.

For instance, the breakfast at the Canton Branch in Cardiff came in at half the price of the one she purchased in Cardiff Bay. Dive into her comprehensive review below, as reported by WalesOnline.

The Ivor Davies

For my first Wetherspoon breakfast of the week I visited The Ivor Davies on Cowbridge Road East in Canton. When I read the menu I was shocked at the prices of the breakfast options. My traditional breakfast cost just £3.14 and a refillable tea £1.04, which was the cheapest of the week. Whilst Canton was busy with shoppers, the pub itself was generally quiet, with just a few other punters. I was hoping to order on the app as it is a much easier way to order your food and drinks. But I quickly realised I couldn't make any changes to my meal via the app so I ordered at the bar.

The staff were friendly and making alterations to my meal was otherwise easy. My food arrived promptly, only taking around 10 minutes to get to the table. The first thing I noticed was the light shade of the toast, which wasn't toasted enough for me. The hash browns were crispy which I enjoyed and there was a good portion of beans to go with the meal.

Unfortunately, even though I asked for my egg yolk to be hard, it came runny which meant I didn't eat it. The egg was the only part of the meal that I didn't eat as the rest of the food was fine. The sausages were the best part as they were herby and flavourful unlike the rest of the items on the plate.

The Gatekeeper

On Tuesday I visited The Gatekeeper in the city centre on Westgate Street. Again, it was quiet with the odd diner dotted around. I knew from my visit on Monday that I would need to order at the bar so I chose a seat relatively close to it and the hot drinks machine. That was the wrong decision, because my table was also near the toilets which proved to be a mistake, and halfway through my breakfast, a gentleman used said toilet without closing the door, which did colour my experience a bit, through no fault of the pub itself.

I ordered the traditional breakfast once again with the hopes that this time I would be served an egg with a hard yolk. And to my joy, I was! Spoiler alert: this was the only one of the week. The traditional breakfast came to £5.75 and my refillable tea was £1.56, more expensive than The Ivor Davies. The breakfast again arrived to the table quickly and the food was hot.

I did notice that the sausages seemed bigger this time but tasted the same as Monday's. The portion of beans was smaller on this breakfast but I still found that there was enough.

The Prince of Wales

On day three I had already began to dread my morning breakfast as I had noticed that I felt sluggish throughout the day afterwards. I began to wonder if I should change my meal choice but looking at the menu I realised that whilst it looked like there were many options, they all more or less included the same ingredients that I had already been eating. So I decided to order the traditional breakfast for the third day in a row.

The Prince of Wales was the busiest of the five that I visited this week but there were still plenty of empty tables. I heard one man say "it feels weird being in a Wetherspoon this early". The staff again were friendly and service was quick. The traditional breakfast and tea cost the same as The Gatekeeper at £5.75 and £1.56. Once again my egg was runny and the toast was practically just bread, so I ended up leaving both on my plate. The hash browns were the best that I had had so far, very crispy and were my favourite item on my plate that morning.

The Great Western

For the penultimate day of my week of Wetherspoon, I ate at The Great Western which is the closest to Cardiff Central railway station (just). For this reason I did expect it to be busier than it was but, like the others, only a few other people joined me eating breakfast there. The lady that served me was very friendly and was the first and only staff member to have a conversation with me. She even explained that she wrote a note to the kitchen staff to request the egg yolk to be hard, which seemingly they ignored.

Unfortunately, The Great Western was my least favourite venue of the week. The presentation of the food was messy and looked like it was thrown together. The hash browns were soggy and the beans tasted and looked as if they had been re-heated. I did hear another customer ask for their 'regular' without any other context which means they must enjoy their experience there regularly.

The Mount Stuart

On Friday I arrived at my fifth and final Wetherspoon breakfast of the week at The Mount Stuart. In the heart of Cardiff Bay, the location was definitely the nicest and had the prettiest view.

I was slightly shocked that the price of the traditional breakfast was double the price of what I was charged at my first venue, The Ivor Davies. At The Mount Stuart a traditional breakfast cost £6.31 and a refillable tea cost £1.56. Alongside my traditional breakfast, I ordered a side of white bloomer toast with jam. The food, whilst it tasted the same as the others, seemed to be cooked much better and was therefore more enjoyable. The sausages and hash browns seemed to be cooked for longer and tasted much better than the other eight (!) I had eaten already that week.

Ordering the bloomer toast on the side reminded me of what toast should taste like as it was much nicer than the other slices I had eaten. Overall, The Mount Stuart was my favourite of the week.

Eating a Wetherspoon breakfast every day for a week was not what I expected. And this is the second thing I learned. I expected to be excited for my cooked breakfast every morning but in reality I quickly came to dread it. My favourite restaurant of the week was definitely The Mount Stuart, for its setting as well as the food, whilst my least favourite was The Great Western. The staff were very friendly at The Great Western but that did not make up for the food.

Aspects of the breakfasts were enjoyable, especially when cooked right like the sausages and hash browns, but I never really felt full after eating what were essentially empty calories. Eating five full cooked breakfasts in a week is never a good idea and I will not be rushing back to eat a Wetherspoon breakfast. When I do, I will not be ordering a fried egg.