Meals in England
Meals in England
There are four meals a day in an English home: breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day. It is at about 8 o'clock in the morning .It consists of porridge with milk and salt or sugar, boiled or fried eggs , bread and butter with jam. Some people like to drink tea, but others prefer coffee.
The usual time for lunch is 1 o'clock. This meal starts with soup or fruit juice. Then some meat (boiled or fried poultry) with potatoes - follows . After that a pudding comes.
Tea is the third meal of the day. It is between 4 or 5 o'clock, so-called 5 o'clock tea. There is tea with milk or cream and sugar, bread and butter, cakes and jam on the table .
Dinner is the fourth meal of the day. The usual time for it is about 7 o'clock. All the members of the family get together and speak about family affairs and weather.
Dinner consists of fish or meat with vegetables - potatoes, green beans, carrot and cabbage, sweet pudding, fruit salad, ice-cream or cheese and biscuits.
Then after a talk they have black or white coffee
This is the order of meals among English families. But the greater part of the people in the towns, and nearly all country people, have dinner in the middle of the day instead of lunch. They have tea a little later - between 5 and 6 o'clock, and then in the evening, before going to bed, they have supper.
A restaurant and a pub in England
Most British towns have Chinese or Indian restaurants which serve quite cheap food.
People from some countries find this rather shocking, but for most people in Britain a pub is a place with a friendly atmosphere where they can meet their friends and talk over a drink and often over a meal.
The times vary in different parts of the country, but pubs are usually open from about 11.00 until about 2.00 or 2.30, and in the evening from about 6.00 until 10.30 or 11.00 (except on Sundays when opening times are shorter).