The kitchens in large houses or castles were usually situated some distance from the Great Hall and therefore food was generally served cold. The number of daily meals eaten during the day by the Upper Classes were as follows:
The Elizabethan Lower Classes also had three meals but obviously far less elaborate than the Upper Classes.
Daily Elizabethan Food Consumption for the Lower Classes
Daily Elizabethan Food Consumption for the Upper Classes
The Upper classes had a taste for spicy and also sweet foods and could afford the expensive spices and sugar required to create these exotic recipes. In a Description Of Elizabethan England, 1577 from Holinshed's Chronicles Upper Class food consumption was described as follows:
In number of dishes and change of meat the nobility of England (whose cooks are for the most part musical-headed Frenchmen and strangers) do most exceed, sith there is no day in manner that passeth over their heads wherein they have not only beef, mutton, veal, lamb, kid, pork, cony, capon, pig, or so many of these as the season yieldeth, but also some portion of the red or fallow deer, beside great variety of fish and wild fowl, and thereto sundry other delicates.