Ny times the demise of dating
Regular mealtimes seem to have been seen as evidence of an ordered, civilised life.
Morever, in large establishments, serving meals at set hours would have saved time.
These differ greatly from culture to culture and through time.
They also depend upon the socio-economic class of the person who was eating.
According to the Old English Rule of Chodegang, if preostas ate twice a day then it was a midday and evening, and at Aethelwold's monastery the monks had dinner and supper...12) British meal times (overview) "In the beginning of the sixteenth century in England, dinner, the main meal of the day, used to begin at AM.Meals tended over time to be eaten later and later in the day: by the eighteenth century, dinner was eaten at about PM...There may have been others whose meals were similarly limited from lack of resources, but we do not hear of them." ---A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption, Ann Hagen [Anglo Saxon Books:1992] (p.69-70) Medieval era "..were the mealtimes and how often did people eat a day?
The very poor doubtless ate when they could, but the slightly better-off peasants seem generally to have eaten three times a day.