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Posted on October 31st, 2014 at 2:02 AM by happyguestslodge.co.uk

The continental breakfast is a product of the cultural exchanges between Europe and the U.S. A watered-down version of the heavy breakfasts that dominated tables in these continents, the continental breakfast has become a standard meal in most hotels around the world.

Slate’s L.V. Anderson asks an interesting question: “What makes a continental breakfast…well, ‘continental?’” Depending on who you ask, “continental” can either refer to mainland Europeans or the Thirteen Colonies that formed the United States. In this case, however, the first definition applies.


During the early 19th century, the first wave of European immigrants crossed the Atlantic in search of opportunities. British influence didn’t leave the United States entirely; among other things, it manifested in the way Americans prepared their breakfast. For instance, they would feast on a full English breakfast consisting of sausage, bacon, eggs, fried bread, sliced tomato, and baked beans. Some full breakfasts had additional dishes like fried potatoes and black pudding.

Many Europeans were averse to breakfast of this sort as it was too greasy and made lodgings rather expensive. In response, hotels tweaked their breakfast menus and started offering the lighter fare European customers typically preferred. The continental breakfast—initially consisting of bread and fruits—was born.

Room pricing also experienced a major revamp to include the cost of breakfast only plus the accommodation. This hybrid model, according to Anderson, took from the American system (i.e. taking all meals at the hotel’s restaurant) and the European system (i.e. taking only breakfast at the hotel).

These days, the continental breakfast is offered buffet-style at most Warrington bed and breakfast hotels like Happy Guests Lodge. Guests can help themselves to an array of breads, spreads, cereals, porridge, cakes, beverages, and other breakfast treats, including hot dishes.

Eating a lighter breakfast is rather practical, especially if you have a lot of places and activities on your itinerary. However, a continental breakfast buffet can be very filling! If you would prefer it you can still enjoy a full breakfast (or Full Monty) at the best Northwich bed and breakfast hotels like Happy Guests Lodge.

(Source: “Why Are Continental Breakfasts Called That?” Today I Found Out)

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