graeme_p - 10:48 am on Jul 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
@Lucy, how well did people eat in big Chinese cities back then? As other people have pointed out there always has been good British cuisine, its just that very few people ate it. Britain was a lot more urbanised than China.
@Old_Honky, there may always have been good British food for those who bothered, but what people generally ate was pretty tasteless for a long time. The current high standards are a reaction to that brought about by foreign food raising people's expectations.
@lawman, if you had been brought up on British school meals you would be ornery about food too.