Christmas menus from 1941

Christmas  1941 menu at Simpons-in-the-Strand.
Christmas 1941 menu at Simpons-in-the-Strand.
A delightful look along Pembroke Road, Old Portsmouth, in Edwardian days when all there was on the road was a bakers van and a stray dog.

NOSTALGIA: Telling the time in Old Portsmouth

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Judging by these two menus you would not have thought there was a war on at Christmas 1941 at Simpsons-in-the-Strand.

Mind you, the men on the gun battery didn’t do too badly though did they? Included in the soldiers’ menu are beer and cigarettes.

Christmas  1941 menu at Simpons-in-the-Strand.

Christmas 1941 menu at Simpons-in-the-Strand.

Although there seemed a shortage of many things during the war, cigarettes always seemed to make it through with the convoys.