“Tea, dinner, or supper?” asks The Guardian

You can’t have a blog with a name like mine and not re-post this excellent article from yesterday’s Guardian!

Grayson Perry
photo © The Guardian

Personally I eat tea, dinner, and supper – though not usually all at the one sitting.

  • Tea is for when I’m flaunting my northern roots to annoy the Shopkeeper, who is so London-centric he’d have had Hadrian build his wall along the northern edge of Hyde Park.
  • Dinner is something I’ll eat when I’m invited to, or when I’m in a restaurant.
  • Supper is what I’ll be most likely to invite you to, precisely so that you’ll know it’ll be an informal affair where it’s more important that the food tastes good than whether it could be put on display in the V&A. And whilst I might add the word ‘garden’ to indicate that we’ll be outside and you should probably bring a cardigan and maybe an umbrella, you can feel free to shoot me if I start to call them ‘kitchen’ or ‘country’ suppers.

So what do you call yours…?

Tea with Grayson Perry. Or is it dinner, or supper? | Life and style | The Guardian.


15 responses to ““Tea, dinner, or supper?” asks The Guardian

  1. The article(s) reminded me of a joke by Irish comedian Patrick Kielty. After moving into Chelsea, one of his neighbours suggested he pop round for a spot of supper one evening. Patrick thought ‘What, come round about half ten for a bowl of Frosties?!’

  2. Growing up under the societally trained eye of my “Sloane-Ranger”-wannabe mother, tea in our house meant the main meal of the day had been eaten at lunchtime, so a meal of bread and jam took the place of dinner. This was “tea”. Dinner was a full, cooked, main-course-and-dessert affair and supper, like Patrick Kielty said, was a bowl of cereal or toast and a poached egg eaten later in the evening.
    My husband and I enjoy cooking and appreciate good food, so when we have someone over for dinner we call it just that. If they’re feeling pretentious, it better reflect in the wine they bring!

  3. I always think “tea” is a Cockney/London thing. Maybe?

  4. Sometimes being American really does keep it simple. We have dinner, whether it’s in front of the tv, on the “good china” or something in between. A fine wine is, of course, always welcome.

  5. Tea – cucumber sandwiches / salad / cup of tea / cake – eating at a table preferable.
    Supper – A light easy to cook day to day meal / glass of wine – can be eaten as a TV dinner
    Dinner – Probably involves a starter / more complicated meal / dessert / bottle of wine / coffee and liqueurs – seated at table a must
    Lunch – weekdays a light snack – but on a Sunday this is like a dinner again

    Simples! 🙂

  6. No no no no. It’s all wrong! You have your breakfast then your dinner and then tea and then supper just before you go to bed. Supper should never be used for anything else. Dinner I suppose could be as it does stem from dining so really that could be any meal. Oh and there’s no such thing as lunch! It’s defineately dinner. Always.

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