The Friar Tuck, British Restaurant, Mitcham

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Partial / Incomplete Date c.1943
Area Mitcham
Picture Reference Mit_​War_​3-8
Original Format Photo
Notes / History Detail of the murals painted to decorate one of the 6 British Restaurants or Communal Kitchens set up in Mitcham during World War II. The murals depict the various stories connected with Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Robin Hood has been associated with the area since the 16th century when the May Games, held in Kingston, included the Robin Hood Game. There is also a Robin Hood Gate leading from Richmond Park.

A full three course meal could be purchased at the British Restaurant without using up valuable ration coupons. A typical meal would be soup, a main course and a hot pudding. It would cost 4d for a child portion and between 6d to 9d for an adult.

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