Britain’s Golden Age for dining

An interesting letter from last weekend’s Guardian:

I suggest you eat your words

“Tim Hayward’s reference to a “British food renaissance” implies a previous golden age but one wonders when this was. Prior to the 1950s, there were few restaurants to be found outside London and the majority were located in hotels. Though there have always been recipe books devoted to “traditional British” (usually meaning English) cooking, food has not traditionally played much part in our cuture. The postwar interest in cooking imaginatively, and in eating out, can be directly traced to immigrants, Italian, Bangladeshi, Chinese or Greek Cypriot.

– Graham Hall (professor emeritus), Penarth

Britain’s Golden Age for dining