English muffins are quite different from the sweet American muffins we most associate the word with. Instead English muffins are a type of bread and traditionally cooked on a griddle like Welsh cakes. They are somewhere in between a roll and a scone. They were originally called 'muffings' wen the first recipe by Hannah Glasse was written in 1747, but the American renamed them English muffins.
English muffins make a great variation on a full English breakfast. Just fill it with bacon, a fried egg, and tomatoes, and you're in heaven. They also go well with eggs Benedict.