English food customs Amber wassenberg & floor van kolenburg

We’re going to talk about English food customs. It’s a really important thing of the culture of England. They have breakfast, lunch, sunday roast, dinner, Traditional desserts, afternoon tea, high tea, Fish and chips and special dinner at the holidays.

English breakfast


Englishmen often have little knowledge of a light breakfast, they are just used to begin with a heavy breakfast. English breakfast is one of the things that are so recognizable of the British culture.

An traditional English breakfast often consists: bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast with butter, baked beans and potatoes.

Nowadays the people don’t eat the traditional breakfast I just describe; today a typical English breakfast is more likely to be a slice of toast, orange juice and a cup of coffee.

The breakfast is usually not eaten every day, but especially at the weekend. Many eateries serve it all day, and hotels, bed and breakfasts and hostels serve it every morning, often as a “traditional dish”. In other parts of the British Isles they know variants, for example are designated as Welsh breakfast or Ulster fry.

Usually is breakfast between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m.



Lunch is just like the breakfast warm. Most of the time, they eat a fast served snack. Usually is lunch between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.

A typical thing to eat at lunch in England are: fish and chips. It’s fish deep fried in flour batter with chips

Also sandwiches: The sandwich is double slices of bread often bevel cut, with different Types of fillings between the slices of bread.

English dinner


Dinner is the main meal of the day in England. A typical English dinner is not that different from our dinner. It’s also the evening meal of the day. Dinner is most of the time eaten anytime between 6:30 and 8:00 p.m.

Except for Sunday, because then they have instead the Sunday roast. Dinner is eaten so late because of the high tea they’re also holding.

Prior, the English dinner contented most of the time: meat and two vegetables. But things in England have changed. Now it contains usually: curry, rice or pasta.

Sunday roast

Sunday roast

Only on Sunday is the “Sunday roast”. You have Sunday roast in the midday instead of having dinner in the evening.

A typical Sunday roast usually consists of: potatoes with a yorkshire pudding, roast meat and two different kinds of vegetables. Almost always are the vegetables potatoes.

Easter buns

The holidays

The holidays is why in many countries to consider additional extract with food, also in England. There are a number of holidays where English eat traditionally a particular meal. So they eat hot cross buns at good friday, that are round Easter buns are often decorated with a cross.

By mid-Lent (a Catholic feast day in the mid-Lent) eat people in England a traditional Simnel Cake. The Simnel Cake is a fruit cake. The cake is decorated with 11 marzipan balls that the 12 apostles (11, because Judas who betrayed Christ is not counted). That cake is covered with a layer o marzipan.

At Christmas is often served Christmas pudding in England. This pudding is often four or five weeks before Christmas ready. Everyone stirs in the family including a time in the pan in which the person makes a wish.

five traditional desserts

Traditional desserts

British people generally love desserts. Desserts are in England just like us the Dutch, eaten after dinner.

There are a couple most traditional English desserts:

  • One of them is “Apple crumble”. It is a dessert that is often served with thick cream, ice cream or custard.
  • Also is Bread and butter one. It is pudding is familiar vanilla, and it also has a hint of bittersweet citrus.
  • Spotted dog is also one of the most traditional English desserts. It is a suet sponge with raisins, coated in thick sweet custard.
  • Trifle is also one of them. Trifle is made with layers of sponge cake, custard, jam or fruit and Whipped Cream.
  • Custard is a thick, sweet mixture. It can be served as a hot sauce, poured over a dessert or as a cold layer in, for example a trifle.
High tea

High tea

In the past was high tea a heavy meal to satisfy the hunger

of the farmers who have worked the whole day. Traditionally, the high tea consists of salty meals. But now-a-days it also consists of sweet foods.

This meal is now often replaced for people who eat their main meal in the evenings rather than at midday.

The afternoon tea is much lighter. The high tea is usually eaten around 6.00 o’clock.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

The afternoon tea has been considered by someone who was hungry in the afternoon and so invited her friends for afternoon tea.

After that, soon all her friends started to drink also afternoon tea at home. They started just offering their visitors sandwiches and cakes just like their friend did.

Soon everyone knew about Afternoon tea because of spreading it and also was everyone enjoying it.

Afternoon tea is not a drink but a small meal. Traditionally it consists of tea served with: freshly baked scones, afternoon tea sandwiches and assorted pastries.

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

We all know about fish and chips it’s fish deep fried in flour batter with chips (fried potatoes). An important difference with fries or chips is the texture: it is remarkably weaker in chips. On the counter state is generally a bottle of vinegar (for on the chips), and salt, if desired, also over the chips. The use of mayonnaise on the chips is rare and leads inquiring sometimes to incomprehension.

This is England’s traditional take-away food. Fish and chips are not normally home cooked but bought at a fish and chip shop also called “chippie”.The fish and chips used to be generally in a newspaper wrapped captured. Today this snack is packaged no longer possible hygiene legislation specialty paper, often printed as if it is newsprint.

As a variant on this is also sold sausage and chips. The fish has been replaced by one or more sausages with a crust of the same herd as the fish is being deep-fried.

The fish and chips was originally a meal composed of one part pescado frito, a fish dish that refugee Sephardic Jews in the 16th century from Spain and Portugal brought in conjunction with the Franco-Belgian tradition of baking potatoes into French fries.

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