Breakfast Menu From 1897 Found at Boyd’s

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A breakfast menu from 17 March 1897 has been found at the former Hotel Victoria in Northumberland Avenue – now home to Boyd’s restaurant.

The menu was discovered during refurbishments to turn the former hotel and MoD building into a restaurant and event venue.

Many of the dishes wouldn’t look out of place on a modern breakfast menu. In fact you can still order omlettes and grilled fish for breakfast at Boyd’s today.

Here’s what Victorian hotel guests in London would’ve enjoyed for breakfast 113 years ago…


  1. Nic says:

    that’s super cool! love it. see they were doing umami back then with their lea and perrins.

  2. Carinya says:

    Lea & Perrin’s and Wall’s Sausages, this is like a modern-day shopping list!

    Not sure about ‘devilled fowl’ for brekkie though…

  3. Lilac says:

    picked up cod? Bloaters?

  4. Derek says:

    See, the Victorians knew the importance of having a decent breakfast to start the day

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