N12538Long has it been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that truism is increasingly reflected in our wallets.

Britons spend £76m every day on going out for breakfast or having brunch, with an average daily spend of £7.31 per person, according to a survey of 2,000 people conducted by the purchasing services company Beacon.

One in three people eat the first meal of the day outside of their homes at least once a week, while as many as 14pc do so every day.

Busier lifestyles and longer days are one of the driving factors behind the breakfast boom, with 47pc of people saying they eat breakfast out because they’re staying at a hotel, 26pc opting for convenience, 15pc grabbing something while travelling to work and 10pc combining the meal with an early business meeting.

brekyHaving done some of our own research over the years we think Lincoln is pretty well served when it comes to the choice for breakfast/brunch venues and it’s getting better all the time.

There’s quite a range too – from the traditional ‘belly-busters’ that will set any manual labourer up for the day at a price you could not cook for yourself to the more indulgent ‘we’ve got the day off’ celebration when breakfast definitely becomes brunch.

The combination of breakfast and lunch is not as recent a phenomenon as might be thought as the man credited with its invention, the English writer Guy Beringer, was inspired to call for its invention in 1895 while nursing a Sunday morning hangover.

Carluccio’s offers one of the best breakfast ranges from the massive Magnifica to through to croissants and pastries and six separate egg dishes. The choice is pretty good for veggies, but you can also get menus covering most dietary needs.

Bloody Marys, Bellini’s and Mimosas can be added for brunch, but for those with responsibilities in the hours ahead a steaming Espresso is probably a good idea.

Côte Brasserie also offer breakfast cocktails and a comprehensive menu from yogurts, granola, croissants and pain au chocolate through to full English, French, vegetarian breakfasts and classic Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale are served from 8am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday.

It comes as no surprise to me that my husband can’t choose between the Wig and Mitre or a transport café on the A15 when it comes to his favourite breakfast. I pointed out that his choice should be based on the whole experience and not just his occasional predilection for a greasy spoon fry up, but he refuses to choose between the two as they both suit different moods.

In fact he’s not impressed that I’ve made him choose between any of the eateries as anywhere that does breakfast gets top marks from him including Café Zoot on Bailgate, and their famous ‘Zoot Brekfast’ consisting of three local sausages, three rashers of bacon, two fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, hash browns and toast. If that’s not quite enough, you can add individual items for an extra 95p!

Churchills of Lincoln on High Street compete with Zoot on the ‘Man versus Food’ stage with their Full Works, Royal Slam, Lumberjack Slam or Steak and Eggs breakfast… and why not? If that’s not quite enough you can ‘pimp’ your breakfast with extras to create your own unique dish. Lighter options including salmon and eggs, bagels and pancakes with maple syrup are also available and served all day.

Also well worth a mention are The Greenhouse on Burton Road; Pimento Tea Rooms on Steep Hill; The Grille at the White Hart; Stokes Café at The Collection as well as their High Bridge and new Lawn Cafés, and Doddington Hall. All have a more than adequate breakfast choices including vegetarin options and what they do, they do very well.