So you fancy yourself a Time Lord, or you’re curious to know how your ancestors might have kicked off their weekend (if they were lucky enough to have one). Let’s take a quick journey through the history of takeaway and see which era you fancy your food from?

… on a journey through the big ball of wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff

Stone Age Snacking

Fred Flinstone may have loved a good Brontosaurus burger, but his real life counter parts were not so lucky. For them easy eating would not have included meat, which needed to be chased down and butchered. Berries, nuts and easily locatable veggies would have given them sustenance and allowed them to kick back in the cave for the night.

Those Brontosaurus Ribs Do Look Pretty Good…

Bronze Age Brunch

Dinner time for the ancient Celts and the like was still very “meat and two veg”, but a relaxing night might have seen them enjoy a pre-prepared sausage, a kind of breakfast bar/ bread hybrid called “bannock” and, to the relief of many, beer.

Dark to Middle Age Dinners

For the Nobles, every night was takeaway night. They ate only their faves and never, ever cooked for themselves. Here the iconic suckling pig was the norm, with shellfish, game, poultry, cheese, fish and baked goods all on hand.

Conversely, the peasants didn’t often get time off, or access to game meats that were reserved for the Noble’s hunting (deer, boar, rabbits and hares, and game fowl). Rye bread and Meade would have made for a pretty exciting dinner for these guys.

It’s OK King Fergus, YOU still get the game meats.

Renaissance Ready Meals

New world foods come at us! The discovery of the Americas brought with it many of our, now favourite, foods. Potatoes, chocolate, turkey, corn, tomato, pineapple, peanuts, pumpkin and squash were all brought back to Europe during this age of exploration and discovery.

That said, the Renaissance diet is pretty close to the Mediterranean food we know and love today- although the tomato only entered the cooking repertoire in the last 100 years of the period. Good fats and high antioxidants featured here with lots of breads, pastas, olive oil and cheese taking centre stage.

A night off for Da Vinci and his pals would have involved bread, cheese and wine (sounds like a party!)

There aint no party like a renaissance party

The Enlightenment

People were too focussed on finding science and reason during this period for food to change too much. Towards the end of the era, however, better agricultural practices meant the bread and potatoes we know and love became readily available (huzzah!)

Pies and baked goods sourced from local bakeries became common, easy to grab, meals.  

No barbershop customers were harmed in the making of these pies…

The Industrial Revolution Solution

Following an agricultural revolution, the people of this era were able to have many of the staples we have today. Bread, oats and potatoes constituted much of the diet as fruits and leafy veggies often didn’t keep well enough to travel to the cities.

Luckily, canned goods made their first appearance and hence, easy eating became available to more people. Looks like the industrial revolution may have also sparked the takeaway revolution, and aren’t we all glad?

The look on your face when you see what came out of the cans…

Keen to try the modern day equivalents of your ancestors meanest munchies? Order some of today’s takeaway treats now.