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Paul Brewster  •  Link

From the OED:
An eating-house or tavern where public meals are provided at a fixed price; a dining room in such a building.
In the 17th century, the more expensive ordinaries were frequented by men of fashion, and the dinner was usually followed by gambling; hence the term was often used as synonymous with

Stuart Mitchell  •  Link

An Ordinary was also a meal, usually a lunchtime meal, that was available in pubs. This is the sense that it has when Pepys says, "I went to an Ordinary at the King

Second Reading

Bill  •  Link

An Ordinary, an eating or victualing house, where persons may eat at so much per meal.
---Dictionarium Britannicum Or a More Compleat Universal Etymological English. N. Bailey, 1736

Jeremy Buck  •  Link

There is an alley in London, not far from where Sam's house was, called French Ordinary Court.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Funny you should mention that, Jeremy. I just found this today:

‘Ordinaries’ were fairly common in the City of London during the 17th and 18th centuries, as quoted in "Journey throughout England" of 1714, ‘not so common here as abroad, yet the French have set up two or three good ones for the convenience of foreigners, where one is tolerably well served.’

The French bit comes from the arrival of the French Huguenots who opened several Ordinaries in the City of London to cater to their fellow immigrants. A French style Ordinary stood on the site of French Ordinary Court, EC3.


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