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Queue outside the City Restaurant, Derby, during World War 2

The Wartime Meals Division encouraged the setting up of industrial canteens, and lent local authorities money to start British Restaurants for the public. Meals eaten away from home, whether in expensive West End restaurants or industrial canteens, were 'off ration' and a popular alternative with people who could afford them. The conspicuous ability of the rich to enjoy almost pre-war levels of ga…