“a hasty luncheon at the buffet” [NAVA]
When it comes to dining habits in Victorian England, as with so much during that period, it all comes down to class or status. Lower classes had more humble dining experiences, while upper classes enjoyed more luxurious ones.
The good news is you too can eat like a Victorian, should you choose. According to Writers in London in the 1890s, avoiding the lower and upper class options, you could expect the following for a middle class lunch:
- Bread, with cold leftover beef and asparagus/potato, and a cold pudding
- A couple pieces of buttered bread, a slice of meat, and a cold pudding
- Cold chicken sandwich, a cup of warm broth, and a cold pudding
Fairly simple for the middle class.
But nothing like what the cafeteria offers at Baker Street Elementary...
We covered Sherlock Holmes's dining habits and buffets on Trifles. And you might want to check out the book Dining with Sherlock Holmes by Julia Carlson Rosenblatt and Frederich Sonnenschmidt.
Baker Street Elementary follows the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, as they and their friends work through the issues of elementary school in Victorian London. An archive of all previous episodes can be viewed at www.bakerstreetelementary.org.