Apart from a traditional Sunday lunch, in England the evening meal (called variably dinner or supper or tea) tends to be the main meal of the day.
It's often substantial and warming - what with our unpredictable weather. Pies and casseroles are popular, or you can expect sausages, chops or grilled fish.
Steamed puddings, their meaty fillings creating the most mouth-watering aromas in your kitchen, are real traditional fare.
Dinner recipes have always been a speciality of the English cook, but that doesn't mean that we don't also have a wide variety of tasty lunch treats.
There's nothing as wonderful as a picnic lunch in a traditional English pub. And if you've never tried this, you really should. You'll rise from the table far later than you'd planned, replete with good food and even tastier pudding, mellowed by a pint or two ... and in desperate need of a brisk walk to burn off the calories.
For many families, a Sunday lunch of roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, pot roast pork with apples or roast lamb with green beans and mint sauce, is still a cherished tradition. And if you don't fancy cooking it at home, your local pub the place to go to for traditional English food. Actually, Sunday lunch is more than just food, it's a family occasion.
During the week, lunch most often consists of that English food classic: the, eaten with a bag of crisps on the side. are equally popular, as are pork pies or .
And if we have time? Then a traditional ploughman's lunch is hard to beat, especially when served with good, mature Cheddar cheese and a pint of beer.
What other tasty treats might you be offered for lunch? Well, there could be a Bedfordshire clanger, some seriously good cured ham with salad, , or freshly smoked fish.
In most English homes, dinner is a substantial affair. Big traditional roasts tend to be reserved for Sunday lunch or special occasions, but there are numerous recipes that fit less formal weekday suppers.
Here's a small list of what you might look forward to:
Hearty soups and stews are equally popular. And then, of course, a traditional fish supper is hard to beat. Cod or haddock in crispy, rustling batter with thick-cut chips, green peas or - up north at least - mushy peas and gravy on the side.