If you want to put a smile on your customers' faces at breakfast then a fry-up is still the way to go.

A new survey by Leonardo Hotels has revealed that a traditional full on start to the day is the most popular British breakfast, with 83 per cent of people giving it the thumbs up.

It is followed in the charts by cereal, bacon sandwiches, croissant and pancakes.

But the latter should not be ruled out by those pubs looking to attract a younger crowd - pancakes came out on top as the number one breakfast option for those aged between 16 and 24.

Croissants came in second place for the younger generation with the fry-up down in sixth (just behind the smoothie).

And while the avocado may have a hipster following, it is still not making much of a mark in terms of preferences for the first meal of the day, poached eggs and avocado is languishing down in 18th place, followed by fishy kedgeree and Huevos Rancheros.

When it comes to the perfect fry-up, the top two items are bacon and sausages followed by toast and baked beans.

Fruit juice was the number one choice of breakfast drink, leading the way ahead of tea, white coffee and cappuccino.
It was a close run thing between the sauces with ketchup narrowly edging out brown for top spot.

There are also three per cent of people who like to start the day with a kick, preferring chilli sauce on their breakfast.

Leonardo Hotels surveyed more than 2,000 people to find out their breakfast favourites.

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