Fast Food in Victorian London
By one estimate, over 6000 food and drink street sellers at one time hawked their fare in London.
On their way to work in the morning, many working men grabbed a coffee and a slice of bread and butter from a coffee stall. Coffee-stall keepers, usually women, made about one pound a week.
From: Victorian London by Liza Picard (2005.) “There were stalls selling eels and pea soup, sheep’s trotters and fried fish, meat puddings and eel pies, cakes and crumpets and, in summer, the more novel and aristocratic luxury of street ices.”
I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I’m going to stick with the egg muffin and pass on the breakfast sheep’s feet and eel pie.