07/12/2018 06:00 GMT | Updated 07/12/2018 08:11 GMT

6 Hangover Breakfast Cures For The Morning After Your Work Christmas Party

Life-saving breakfasts, tried and tested – which will emerge victorious?

We’re now officially into work Christmas party season. It’s a chance to let loose, show off your dodgy dance moves and celebrate your achievements in the office over the past year. With free booze all night, what can start as merry festivities can quickly end up with the morning from hell the following day.

As most work Christmas parties take place on a school night, those of us not smart enough to book off the day after have to suffer through a regular work day while vowing never to drink again. For most, food will be your saviour, with an early morning, bleary-eyed wait in the queue at McDonald’s for a hash-brown (or three) and every ounce of coffee you can find. 

Having enjoyed our own annual celebration this week, the HuffPost Finds team have tried and tested our chosen eateries to find the best hangover cure. While there’s no conclusive studies to back us up, read on to see what worked best for our blinding headaches, dry mouths and collective fatigue.

McDonald’s

McDonalds

As eaten by Natasha, Lifestyle Writer

When I woke up this morning I wasn’t met by a banging head or nausea (the usual for me after a night of drinking). Instead my mouth was dryer than dry. It felt like I’d munched on a packet of cotton wool balls throughout the night. En route to work I stopped off at McDonald’s for my hangover breakfast of choice: a sausage and egg McMuffin with a hash brown and coffee  totalling £3.99.

This was just what I needed for my cotton mouth  the McMuffin felt exceptionally unhealthy and there was plenty of grease thanks to the mixture of egg, sausage and cheese. But it was delicious and the only thing you need when you’re a bit hungover. I looked sideways at my colleague eating a dry croissant and did not regret my choice one bit. The hash brown added a whole new level of moisture, however I’d say it was definitely too greasy. That didn’t stop me polishing it off in seconds. All in all my choice didn’t disappoint – it’s the only time I’d want a Maccy Ds breakfast but it truly does the trick. 

 

Subway

Subway

As eaten by Amy, Assistant Life Editor 

That unmistakable smell while waiting in Subway for my bacon roll didn’t do wonders for the hangover if I’m honest. Despite the person in front of me ordering lettuce, sweetcorn, jalapenos and everything else in his bacon sarnie, I went for a plain one with cheese, combined with the honey-topped bread which, on reflection, was a sweet mistake. It might not look pretty (see above). But when all you crave is salty carbs the day after the Christmas party, a wam, cheesy bacon roll for £1.90 does the trick. 7/10 would recommend. 

 

Greggs

Greggs

As eaten by Rachel, Lifestyle Writer

With its glorious counter of greasy, pastry goodness, Greggs is my absolute go-to on a hangover. And it’s cheap, which is ideal considering I lost all my bank cards last night and had to borrow money from my boyfriend to even get to work today (side note: FML).

This morning I opted for a bacon and cheese wrap – a flakey pastry with toppings you know aren’t good for you, and taste all the better for it. It wasn’t the best Greggs snack I’ve ever bought and was a little dry around the edges, but at £1.80 washed down with a £1.10 orange juice, it hit the spot.

 

Leon

Leon

As eaten by Madeleine, Project Manager

Being a coeliac and being hungover is a dangerous combo. I always want to eat everything, but have to be boringly careful or else the hangover becomes a days’ long ordeal. Leon loves a good allergy labelling, so it’s always my go to. I was initially dubious about the size of these pots  they’re quite small for £3.75 and don’ seem quite enough to soak up the champagne regrets. Also normally I wait until 12 on the dot to scurry over for Leon chicken nuggies and am not really a breakfast food kind of gal.

However, I’ve been convinced. Tasty sausages, nicely cooked bacon and the beans taste like they’ve made them in store rather than thrown them in from a tin  they’re sweet and perfectly tomatoey. And then at the bottom, there’s the perfectly cooked egg surprise. Delish. I would buy this again, and I’m already thinking about going back for the halloumi and mushroom pot.

The only issue would be that I could happily eat three of them, which would be a horrifying 1194 calories and £11.25. And then I’d prob go back at lunch for the nugs. Danger zone. 

 

EAT

EAT

As eaten by Louise, Lifestyle Writer

My usual attempt at curing a hangover involves sipping a bucket of tea very, very slowly before inhaling a McDonald’s and then feeling sick for about two hours. There’s no logic or rationality in this process.                

I went for the chicken pizza grill from EAT, washed down with a latte in the hope it would be taste similar to my Domino’s from the night before, a hangover favourite of mine just after the McDonald’s. Sadly, it made no difference and was a very meh experience all round, bland in flavour, a bit limp and not at all inviting. Costing £6.70, it’s quite pricey for a sad, little panini. I’ll stick with Domino’s. 

 

And If All Else Fails... 

As recommended by Nancy, Life Editor

Who can stomach food on a hangover? Certainly not me, not before 4pm. I’m no breakfast regular at the best of times so the obvious choice the morning after the Christmas do is sticking to liquids. I’m not talking hair-of-the-dog here.

An ex of mine used to swear by the Three Drink Cure: a very strong coffee, a can of fizzy drink (ideally caffeinated, too) and a huge bottle of water. I’ve found all I need is a Mango Rubicon juice box. Packed with sugar, it’s a stealthy rather than healthy option, but super soothing for a dry mouth and throat with none of the stomach-churning tartness of orange juice.

If you need more of a wake-up, go for the Passionfruit variety. Feeling weak? Opt for Lychee. Available from most local newsagents and cornershops for around 60p, these wonder cartons are best drunk refrigerated on the commute into work. Pick up one (or three) on the way home from the party and you will be thanking your drunken alter-ego the morning after.

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