London Restaurant Sells WWII Rationing Food

Kitchen Front, a restaurant in London’s Imperial War Museum, has started selling accurate re-creations of the food eaten in Great Britain during the WWII rationing period. Time Out magazine gave it two-stars for food quality, but a full five-stars for accuracy:

Salt was the dominant flavour of ‘Mrs Harwood’s lentil and cheese pie’. It tasted floury and bland – my grandmother used to make the same dish. I couldn’t fault it for authenticity. It came with a dollop of sludgy green pease pudding, just as it might have been in the war years.The baked potato, though, was quite good, served with a fishy filling and a proper 1940s salad – English lettuce, rings of spring onion, no dressing.

Sweets include scones filled with ‘mock cream’ made from margarine beaten with caster sugar, tasting exactly as you’d imagine it to, ie nothing like cream at all… [B]e warned that for a more fortunate generation brought up on meat, sweets, fats and deftly used spices, the drabness of austerity cooking can come as a bit of a shock.

[via BoingBoing]


One response to “London Restaurant Sells WWII Rationing Food

  1. I will check this out next time I visit. Did buy a cookbook of wartime receipes while visiting the UK. Gave it as a gift but not sure if it was ever used!

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