ARN - tarverns and inns

Theron Bretz tbretz at
Mon Dec 4 11:32:31 PST 2000


That information seems oddly familiar to me as well, but I can't place it
either.  I'll look through "the stacks" tonight and see if I can find it.


>I honestly cannot remember where I read it.  I know it was in my library
somewhere so I will look for it.  It was >just a tidbit of info in a
discussion of general daily life.  I'll do what I can.

  >>Ghia Hoover <ghia_f at> wrote:
>>Hi Benedict!
>>That's a tantalizing bit of research; could you point me to where I can
>>that article? If it has more bits of trivia in it, then it sounds like
>>what I'm looking for.

>I recently read an article that was regarding the daily habits of the
>Elizabethan middle and upper class, not noblity. It stated that the vast
>majority of houses in the middle and upper-middle classes did not contain
>what we would regard as a kitchen. The article speculates that is was
>cheaper to 'eat out' than to cook at home due to the lack of any way to
>keep food w/o spoiling, while taverns/inns would be able to constantly get
>fresher food. At home foods would have been breads and easy to keep
>veggies (onions, turnips, ect) but meat at home would have been uncommon.
>Benedict / Joe

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