Dinner or tea: name of evening meal in England 2018, by region and social class

This statistic shows the results of a survey in which people in England were asked what they call their main evening meal, dinner or tea? As can be seen in this statistic, whether or not someone says 'tea' or 'dinner' has a strong relationship to whether they live in the north or south of England, with northerners far more likely to say 'tea' and southerners 'dinner'. There is also a weaker relationship between respondents and their social class; The working class in both regions are more likely than the middle class to say 'tea' rather than 'dinner'.

What do you personally call the main meal you eat in the evening?*

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Release date

May 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

May 2018

Number of respondents

42,000 respondents

Special properties

English residents

Method of interview

Online survey

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