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British food
& drink
On the Continent people have good food; in
England people have good table manners.
George Mikes
Introduction
Britain and good food are two things
which are not commonly associated.
- Why is food in Britain terrible?
+ British tastes are different from
everybody else’s. (strange,
unpleasant taste; little taste; overcooked )
+ Most visitors don’t get the opportunity to sample
home cooking. (usually food in institution:
university canteen or eat out: in cheap restaurants
and cafe’s)
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Attitudes to food
What are British people’s attitudes to food?
It seems that Britain people
simply don’t care enough
to bother.
* In the society
+ There’re no “restaurant
culture” nor a “cafe society”.
+ People just want to eat up quickly and are not
interested much in quality.
Attitudes to food
+ Little effort is made to
make the hamburgers tasty
because nobody expects
them to be.
+ The coffee is horrible not
because British people
prefer it that way but
because they don’t go
to a cafe for a delicious,
slow cup of coffee-they go
there because they need caffeine.
* At home:
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Food and drink given little attention. The
coffee often as bad as it is in the cafe.
Meals tend to be eaten quickly and the
table cleared.
Parties and celebrations are not normally
centered around food.
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When the British do pay attention to food, it is
most frequently not to appreciate it but to notice
what they don’t like about it. (eggs infected with
salmonella; “mad cow” disease).
- The range of plants and animals which they will
eat is rather narrow. British consider eating wild
animals and domestic animals is exotic. Today
the country’s supermarket shelves are full of the
spices and sauces.
What British people eat?
- A fry-up is a phrase used informally for several
items (eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes,
mushrooms, bread) fried together. The British
eat rather a lot of fried food.
- Bread is not an accompaniment
to every meal. They use
flour for making pastry dishes.
What British people eat?
- Eggs are a basic part of most
people’s diet. (fried,
soft-boiled, hard-boiled).
- Cold meats are not very
popular.
- The British are the world’s
biggest consumers of sugarmore than 5 kilograms a person
per year. They also love “sweets”.
Eating out
- Going to a restaurant is still a rare event for most
British people. Regular restaurant going is confined
mostly to the richest section of society. Being in an
expensive restaurant sometimes seems to be more
important than the food eaten in it. – snobbery.
Eating out
- Snobbery in the menus. All the dishes have non
English names, most commonly
French (more exotic and exciting).
Going to a restaurant is a time to
be adventurous.-few are actually
British restaurants)
- Eating places which serve British
food: pubs, workman’s cafe,
fish and chip shop.
** Workman’s cafe (pronounced “caff”’):
- Used during the day, most typically by manual workers.
- Also used by anybody else who wants a filling meal,
likes the informal atmosphere and is not over-worried
about cleanliness.
- Offers mostly fried food of
the “English breakfast” type.
(sometimes jokingly called a
“greasy spoon”).
** Fish and chip shop:
- Used in the evening for “take-away” meals. Again, the
fish is (deep) fried.
When people eat what meals?
1- Breakfast:
- full breakfast is a traditional cooked breakfast ,
comprising at its heart bacon and eggs, that is popular
throughout the Republic of Ireland, the United
Kingdom and other parts of the English speaking
world.
- A full breakfast with scrambled
eggs, bacon, sausages,
black pudding, mushrooms,
baked beans, hash browns,
and half a tomato
While weekday breakfasts in
Britain and Ireland often consist
of a brief meal of cereal and/or
toast, the fry-up is commonly
eaten in a leisurely fashion on
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Saturday or Sunday mornings.
2- Elevenses: is, conventionally, a cup of tea or coffee
and some biscuits at around eleven o’clock. In fact,
people drink tea or coffee whenever they feel like.
3- Lunch is typically at 1 o’clock
(any shops which close for
lunch close from one to two).
4- Supper: is the usual word
for the evening meal among
most people who don’t call it “tea”.
5 -Dinner: In the United Kingdom, dinner traditionally
meant the main meal of the day. Because of
differences in custom as to when this meal was taken,
dinner might mean the evening meal (typically used by
upper class people), or the midday meal (typically
used by working class people, who describe their
evening meal as tea).
Alcohol
The attitude to alcohol in Britain is ambivalent:
It is accepted & welcomed as
an integral part of British culture.
Local pubs play an important role
Drinking beer and spirits.
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Alcohol
The puritan tradition thinks that
drinking is potentially dangerous
therefore it should be restricted.
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People can’t be served in pubs
until the age of 18 and they
aren’t even allowed inside
one until they’re 14.
- Beer is an important part of the lives of many
people.
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Pubs
- The British pub (short for
public house) is unique.
(different character from bars
or cafe in other countries,
different from any other public
place in Britain itself.)
- The pub is the only indoor
place where the average
person can comfortably meet
others, even strangers,
and get into a prolonged conversation with them.
(classless, noisy).
Pubs
- Special character: no waiter service, if you want
something you have to go and ask for it at the
bar. (comfortable and relaxed, informal, being in
your own house).
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Each pub has its own name, a sign hanging
outside, always with old-fashioned associations.
What people drink?
Large amounts of hot drinks: tea,
coffee, cocoa, squash (a sweetened
fruit concentrate diluted with water),
soft drink, water from the tap.
- Wine (higher social classes,
in expensive restaurants)
Now, it is for everybody.
- Beer is still the most popular alcoholic drink. (bitter,
mild, lager beer)
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Fish and chips
- Fish and chips or fish 'n' chips,
a popular take-away food with
British origins, consists of
deep-fried fish in batter or
breadcrumbs with deep-fried potatoes.