A traditional English breakfast is a very big meal: you can eat sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms… but nowadays many people just have cereal with milk and sugar, or toast with marmalade, jam or honey. Marmalade and jam are not the same! Marmalade is made from oranges and jam is made fron other fruit. The traditional drink is tea, which people have with cold milk. Some people have coffee, often instant coffee, which is made just hot water. Many visitors to Britain find this coffee disgusting!
For many people lunch is a quick meal. In cities there are a lot of sandwich bars, where office workers can choose the kind of bread they want and all sorts of salad and meat or fish to go in the sandwich. Pubs often serve good and cheap food, hot or cold. School-children can have a hot meal at school, but many just take a snack from home like a sandwich, a drink, some fruit.
In the afternoon English people drink tea at 5 p.m. “Tea” means two things: it is a drink and a meal.
The evening meal is the main meal of the day for many people. They usually have it quite early, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., and often the whole family eats together.
On Sundays many families have a traditional lunch. They have roast meat, either beef, lamb, chicken or pork with potatoes and vegetables.
The British like food from other countries, especially Italian, French, Chinese and Indian food. In Britain you can find food from all over the world.