The ‘British Restaurants’ - David Ian Chapman tells us about the local ones
Few readers will remember food rationing during the war years. But you could supplement
your diet by eating out as restaurants were “off-ration”. This caused some resentment
as the rich were able to muddle along in fine style by taking in a top West-End restaurant
after the theatre. As a result the National Coalition Government first introduced
price capping and then in 1942 they opened up a chain of British Restaurants. These
were set-up to supply hot meals at a reasonable price, especially useful for those
who had suffered from the Blitz.
We are told that all schoolchildren are expected to be obese by 2020, or to avoid
cancer it is recommended to eat no more than 5 oz (metric equivalent = a “dollop“)
of red meat a week or knock back more than 10 units of alcohol. Yet in the days
of the last world war it was said that British households ate very healthily. Then
perhaps the Government should reintroduce rationing?