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What were British Restaurants? Bryce Evans

Regulars | By Bryce Evans

Woolmore Street British Restaurant, 1942

At their peak, there were 2,160 British Restaurants, opened with the aim of combating food- and fuel-price inflation and boost morale. By Professor Bryce Evans

British Restaurants were public dining rooms offering price-capped, nutritious meals to people in the 1940s and 1950s. You may associate canteen dining with the reek of cabbage and the misery of wet trays, but these sites were designed to be ‘centres of civilisation’. ...

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