Globe Theatre Food
Days out at the Globe Theatre would have been an exciting event. The grounds surrounding the theater would have been bustling with people. There would be Stalls selling merchandise and refreshments creating a market day atmosphere. Non playgoers would flock to the grounds to go to the market stalls and 'soak in ' the holiday-like atmosphere. What food was available at the Globe Theatre? Did people in the Elizabethan era have convenience food? Yes! Biscuits were invented by the Crusaders. These were easy to carry and make and would have been taken to the theatre. The 'Ploughman's Lunch' consisting of bread and cheese was a staple diet of Lower Class workers. Pastries and pies were sold in the stalls outside the theatre. There would have been men cooking meat on a portable spit so it was possible to buy ready-cooked roasted meat! Elizabethan food included a vast range of different meat - although meat was banned during the religious seasons of Lent and Advent. The meats available included venison, beef, pork, veal, goat, lamb, rabbit, hare, mutton, swans, herons and poultry. A day out at the Globe Theatre, would bring in a good trade for the sellers of Elizabethan convenience foods!
Interesting Facts and Information about Globe Theatre Food
The food eaten daily by the average Lower Class Elizabethan consisted of at least ½ lb. bread, 1 pint of beer, 1 pint of porridge, and 1/4 lb of meat. The different types of Globe Theatre Food which was available was as follows:
- Shell fish also featured in theatre food and included crab, oysters, mussels and cockles
- Apples, oranges, strawberries etc
- Various types of nuts - hazelnuts were especially popular
- Milk was used as an Elizabethan beverage and cream, curds, whey, butter and cheese was a by-product of this basic commodity
- Ready cooked meats
- Pies and pastries
Drinks included ale or mead for the poor and wine for the rich. Elizabethans did not drink their beverages hot. Chocolate, coffee and tea were used as medicines in the Elizabethan period, so these would definitely not have been on the menu at the Elizabethan Globe.
Globe Theatre Food
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