Northumberland's evening meal is officially teatime as hundreds vote in our poll
It’s always time for tea in Northumberland – or at least, it’s always teatime.
We decided to answer the age-old question once and for all and asked you: “An evening meal has different meanings across the UK, with half of people calling it 'dinner', and almost as many describing it as 'tea', according to a new study. What's it called in your house?”
More than 790 people voted and the answer was a landslide, with a whopping 74 per cent (quite rightly) saying the answer was ‘Tea.’
Comments on our Facebook page left little doubt where loyalties lay.
Joanna Lisa Todd was in two minds: “If you have a large, main meal in the middle of the day, it's called dinner and in the evening you'll have a light meal called tea but if you have a light meal in the middle of the day, it's lunch and in the evening you have your large, main meal, it's dinner.
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“The main meal of the day is 'dinner' whenever it's served.”
Philip Truitt brought a trans-Atlantic perspective to matters: “Here in Georgia, USA, if we do a tea, it's typically between 3pm and 5pm. The evening meal is supper, unless it's a special or formal occasion, then it's called dinner.
“I don't care what we call it, as long as I get to eat!”
Karen Ball laid down the law: “Lunch at midday, tea is a light meal ie sandwiches served round 4-5pm and dinner is a proper meal served round about 6pm.”