What Did Robin Hood Eat And Drink?


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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
Considering the fact that the tale of Robin Hood is based in medieval times, Robin would have enjoyed food and drink of his time.

Unfortunately, unless you were quite well off, this often consisted of a rather meager diet (by today's standards, anyway).

What did Robin Hood drink?
Before we get to the food part - let's discuss the drink.

In medieval times, peasants (the social class most closely related to Robin Hood's style of life) would have enjoyed ale and, in fact, the cinematic representations of Robin Hood often show him drinking frothy beers and ales. Even children drank diluted versions of the alcoholic beverage.

One mistake that most movies make, however, is to show Robin drinking from goblets, cups, and other containers. During medieval times, the number one receptacle used for drinking liquids was actually a bowl!

Another popular drink during medieval times would have been water (from a well), that was sweetened with honey. Yum!

What did Robin Hood eat?
Robin Hood's story is based in Northern England - an area that is modern-day Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

People in this part of England may have enjoyed meat like venison or poultry (although in Robin Hood's case, these delicacies were probably stolen from the manor of a wealthy land-owner).

Soup and bread were very popular during Robin's time, and broths made from onions, cabbage, garlic, nuts, berries, leeks, spinach, and parsley were very common.

Pottage (a type of bread made from cheap grain) was also likely to have featured in Robin Hood's diet.

If you're interested in checking out Robin Hood feasting on some tasty-looking food, I'd recommend you watch Errol Flynn’s 1938 film, The Adventures of Robin Hood.
The movie features wild banquets, with bowls of fruit and spit-roasted meat aplenty. Unfortunately, these scenes would have been historically unlikely - but they look mouthwatering nonetheless!
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Mark Westbrook answered
Robin Hood, who is also known as Robert Locksley or Loxley or Robert of Loxley (Loxley being his ancestral seat in Southern Yorkshire), would have been able to eat a great deal of food and beverages.

It is likely that Robin ate the fruits and vegetables that were around in his time: Root vegetables mainly, apples certainly, not bananas.

During the late Summer, he would have eaten the wild berries growing across the Midlands and Yorkshire.

Certainly, he would have eaten a lot of meat, venison, fish, beef, lamb, pork and chicken would all have been available, although technically the venison would have belonged to someone's estate and may have been taken by theft.

In terms of beverages, then of course water (although no Evian or Perrier), milk would have been available from cows and goats, but also wine (from fermented grapes) and early types of beer or ale (from fermented crops).
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Julii Brainard
Julii Brainard commented
Not water.

Water in the medival times was heavily contaminated with pathogenic microbes; everyone drank very weak beer, instead -- even young children drank lots of beer (else they had breastmilk). Milk was unpasteurised and nobody had fridges so they drank little of it unless very fresh; cream or butter mixed with cow's blood were staples of the diet, though.

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