Discarded is the more regular options of ketchup, HP sauce, or nothing at all. In comes a glug of brown stuff, more traditionally served with roast dinners, or bangers and mash.
The Old Bookshop in Bristol is behind the bold and controversial combination. Rather than regular meat juices, stock, wine, and so on, chefs at the pub have come up with a particular 'breakfast gravy' – one that goes with not just sausages and hash browns, but eggs and bacon too. Even baked beans. Apparently.
Gravy on a fried breakfast
Not even northern
Bristol food blogger Thom Whitchurch is a fan.He wrote on food and drinks site Foozie: "I'll admit that pouring gravy over an egg did twist my melon at first, but I got over it pretty quick.
"You see, the gravy works like the leader of a polyamorous relationship, bringing all of the other ingredients together to create one weird but beautiful union."
The fry-up is made up of bacon, a sausage, one egg, bubble and squeak, baked beans, and mushrooms. It's £9.50. And next to it, a jug of rich, umami-spiked gravy.
According to Bristol blogger Natalie Bereton, the breakfast is "causing quite a stir" in the West Country city. Would it have done so in the north, the midlands? A friend of mine from Birmingham even pours gravy on her salmon.
Bristol is divided. Many believe Thom is preaching good gospel, commenting that the idea looks hugely "tempting". Others not so much.
"Bin it, forget it, never raise it again," wrote one angry local. And Jules said: "Feels so wrong."