The Great British breakfast is a mainstay of hotels throughout the country – from a great fry up to delicious pastries, it is often the quality of the breakfast that guests remember about the hotel. Now, according to the AA, trends in healthy living are seeing more people selecting fruit than the old favourite black pudding when staying in a hotel.

To recognise the significance of the great hotel breakfast, the AA has recently launched an AA Breakfast Award for hotels in their accreditation scheme. In a recent AA Populus poll, 19,018 respondents were asked to select the top three items that make a good hotel breakfast. The results show that, while a good cooked breakfast is still top, healthier options are growing in popularity.

The top five are:

1. Good selection of English and Continental (63%)

2. Food cooked to order (47%)

3. Choice of eggs e.g. scrambled, boiled, fried (31%)

4. Good selection of alternative options e.g. healthy, vegetarian (28%)

5. Good selection of hot and cold drinks (28%)

Quality sausages (20%) and bacon (9%) failed to make the top five but 19% chose a good selection of fruit compared to just 5% who selected black pudding.

Alistair Sandall, AA Hotel Services, said: “Gone are the days when a plate of eggs and bacon, together with any residual grease, is acceptable in a hotel. Travellers now expect a wide choice of great quality food. Healthier options and choice for those with special dietary requirements is also a must, as is freshly cooked, locally sourced ingredients.