Meal Times in Medieval England

At what dime di people eat their meals in Medieval England?

Most people only had two meals a day – with no breakfast unless you were particularly rich or indulgent. A householder might grab some bread and cheese, but no more.

The main meal of the day was a dinner at late morning, perhaps about ten or eleven o’clock.

A second smaller meal was a supper in late afternoon – four or five o’clock.

As was to be the case throughout history, the nobility would often eat later in the day.


Mortimer, Ian, The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England (London, 2009), p167-168

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