Crispy bacon with bun, bap or bread is synonymous in this country with the hangover.
But while the combination of salty pork and doughy carbs is undoubtedly a useful weapon for overcoming a night of debauchery, it would be a crying shame to only use it thus. Made right, with great ingredients and a little bit of innovation, the bacon butty is a sublime affair in its own right, no matter what the state of your liver.
We've scoured the country, one greasy mouthful at a time, to bring you the places showing this humble classic the respect and attention it deserves. Thanks us for it later, with a pint, if you insist.
1 | The One With An Asian Twist (above)
One of Shoreditch favourite Dishoom’s signature dishes comes with meat sourced from the famed butchery Ginger Pig. Originally created as a limited edition roll out from October to November last year, the item was brought back full time due to its overwhelmingly positive reception. The naan rolls streaky bacon is cured over five days, and cold smoked over oak chips bringing out its distinctive flavour. Served with tomato chilli jam, cream cheese and sprigs of coriander, it’s easy to see why the sandwich is back by popular demand.
£5.20, Dishoom, 7 Boundary St, London. E2 7JE
2 | The Rural One
The award-winning Blacker Hall Farm Shop is home to the dry cured bacon sandwich, served within a crisp white baguette made locally in West Yorkshire. With the bacon also sourced from a local farm, extra dry cured bacon, pork sausage, and gluten-free buns can be added on request.
£3.95, Served 8:30am-11:30am, The Blacker Hall Farm Shop, Branch Road, Wakefield, Calder Grove, West Riding of Yorkshire, WF4 3DN
3 | The "Healthy" One
The bacon (and egg) sandwich finds itself slid between toasted ciabatta – a great twist on the typical bread roll. Okay, so calling it healthy might be a bit of a stretch, but this has got to be the only bacon sarnie in the capital served with broad beans and an asparagus salad. And what do you know – it works.
£7.85, served across all five Del Aziz branches in Clapham, Bermondsey, Bankside, Fulham and Swiss Cottage.
4 | The Fatty One
Infused with "old dough" from the day before enriching its flavour, It's fluffy white sandwich loaf is baked in-store and given a quick flash on the grill. The bacon is partnered up with ketchup (also homemade) and a hell of a lot of butter. Maybe not one for those who should be watching their cholesterol?
£6.30, served from 9:00am-11:00am daily, St. John Bread and Wine, 94-96 Commercial Street, London, E1 6LZ
5 | The Complex One
This independent café located just behind Goodge Street station also features streaky bacon (this time sourced from HG Walter), and is accompanied by a one-of-a-kind tomato relish. Made with a host of ingredients including cumin, chopped tomatoes, cider vinegar, onions and garlic, the relish is then slow cooked over 5-6 hours giving it its sweet yet savoury taste. Served with sourdough bread, you can even add a fried egg for an extra £1.50 if you’re super hungry. Or super hungover.
£6.50, erved 8:00am-11.30am, Lantana Café, 13 Charlotte Place, London, W1T 1SN
6 | The Redcurrant One
Derbyshire's The Green Pavilion serves a bacon buttie filled with cornish brie and redcurrant jelly. Using demi white baguettes for the baps, and dry cured Harris Bacon, the redcurrant jelly comes courtesy of supplier H&N Nattalls, giving the redcurrants a consistant taste all-year around, even when they're out of season. The sandwich itself comes in two forms, with the option of a Greek, pineapple or rice salad, among a host of others.
£5, or £8 with an extra salad filling, The Green Pavilion, 6 Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6DR
7 | The Hipster One
The up-and-coming Hackney Wick (or is it just "coming" now?) is where you can find The County Cafe's take on the world's greatest sandwich. Placing Smithfield Market trader bacon from Holland within focaccia bread, the sandwich is available on its own, with Burford Brown eggs and avocado, or a tomato and ginger chutney. The cafe offers not only a beautiful sandwich but also an idyllic East London canal view of the capital.
£4.00 with relish and £4.50 with the egg and tomato, Counter Cafe, 7 Roach Road, Hackney Wick, London, E3 2PA
8 | The Traditional One
London's best steak restaurant is also home to a traditional version of the beloved sandwich. "We use the very best dry cured bacon and bread available the in the UK” says Hawksmoor's executive chef Richard Turner. Featuring only the 3 B's (Bread, bacon and brown sauce) the restaurants meat is also sourced from Ginger Pig. Found only at Hawksmoor's Guildhall branch, it's the sarnie's appeal is its simplicity. Oh, and the sheer amount of beautiful bacon in it.
£6.00, served 7:00am-10:00am, Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5BQ