Can't believe this is causing an argument!
Tsk, people are missing the point badly here. Plus I can't believe there's this much argument about it!
The defining feature of a Full English Breakfast is that, with the sole exception of the mug of tea (refillable on demand preferably), is that it can be entirely cooked in a single frying pan loaded with approx 1/2" deep molten lard.
This automatically rules out:
- Poached, boiled or scrambled eggs - they all have their place, and it's not on an English Breakfast plate.
- Plum tomatoes (unless you're bold and have skin like leather, boy to those fellas spit)
- Hash browns (a Colonial treat - but not at breakfast time)
- Baked beans (also a colonial import)
- Absolutely anything green
You may, if your frying pan is not sufficiently large, substitute all but 1/2 slice of fried bread with toast, generously spread with real butter, and left to soak in. This will be used to mop up the leftover lard & any sauces you may have applied later.
The perfect breakfast IMHO: Fry all of the following in the same pan - Bacon (smoked back bacon, cooked until tender, never crispy), sausages, eggs, bread, mushrooms, black pudding, a whole tomato halved, white pudding if available. Any possible arterial damage is addressed with several cups of strong white tea.