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Anglo-Saxon Food and Drink

Anglo-Saxon ploughmen

The Anglo-Saxons would often have feasts in the hall.

Nearly all food was boiled in a cauldron over a fire and eaten as a kind of stew.

They drank ale from drinking horns because river water was often polluted.

They ate what they grew on their farm land such as:
  • cereals - wheat and rye for bread
  • vegetables - carrots, parsnips, cabbages, peas, beans and onions
  • fruit - apples, cherries and plums.
Pigs and fish like perch or herring might also have been eaten.

Food would be dried or salted to preserve it over the winter.