How dining habits have changed over the years


From the introduction of ground breaking technology revolutionising communications, to significant changes in our social behaviour, Britain has changed almost out of sight during the last 70 years or so. And none more so than how the British public dine. Weetwood Hall explores how dining habits have changed over the years.

Evolving British cuisine

Today’s trade on a global scale, means we now have access to pretty much any type of food we want to. This contrasts significantly to the 1950s when much of the food we now take for granted, such as butter, meat, sugar and cheese, were difficult to get hold of and were only available in rations.

The ensuing decades saw phenomenal changes in British cuisine. As well as the likes of refrigerators and freezers being available to purchase for the first time in the 1960s, transforming how we cooked and ate, products were imported from abroad, opening the UK up to new recipes and tastes.

Restaurants serving international cuisine started to open, bringing a new dimension to the concept of eating out. People had the option of dining at restaurants that served food from Continental Europe, America, Asia and elsewhere, thus changing the dining habits of the British people.

The arrival and demise of ‘TV’ dinners  

Eating microwave dinners perched on the knee whilst ‘gorping’ at the soaps on the TV is an image many of us associate with Jim Royle in The Royle Family. Despite their connotations of not being the highest quality of food and not eaten within the most civilised of environments, so-called ‘TV dinners’, conveniently packaged meals typically comprising of meat, potatoes and vegetables, first hit the market in 1953, quickly becoming popular for their convenience and ease. In the 1980s, when microwave ovens came onto the market, the TV dinner gained a new life, reinvented as an even more convenient microwave dinner.

Whilst most of us rely on a super-convenient microwave dinner in front of the box now and again, dining habits in the 21st century tend to reflect the importance of eating healthily and dining at a table and in the company of others.

Trends in health and fitness

From health officials advocating the importance of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, to the banning of smoking in public places, the 21st century has certainly placed an emphasis on creating a healthier society.

This drive towards greater health and fitness can be reflected within the dining habits of many. Whilst the temptation to reach for convenience food and head to the takeaways is still there, many are keen to adopt the modern trend for healthier living by eating healthy, home-cooked food made with organic ingredients, both at home and in restaurants.

Enjoying quality time with the family

As we wrote in an earlier blog about the importance of eating together as a family, meals should be a time to relax, unwind and socialise with the family. In fact, according to research, sitting down at the table with the family and chatting about the day’s news, can help parents, teenagers and children alleviate stress built up during the day.

Due to the fact research is now devoted and circulated about the importance of eating together as a family around the table, many families are recognising the significance of eating together and are going to greater lengths to make meals ‘family time’, opposed to each individual member snatching what they can at meal times and eating by themselves.

If you are looking for some great family dining in Leeds, where you can enjoy high quality food made from local Yorkshire ingredients, then why not head to Weetwod Hall. With a selection of quality restaurants and bars, memorable and quality dining in Yorkshire is there for the taking at Weetwood Hall.

We are also excited about the development of our new restaurant ‘Convive’, which places an emphasis on family dining and ‘feasting together’. Watch this space for more information on the opening of Weetwood Hall’s new restaurant Convive.   












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