EATING ETIQUETTE IN ENGLAND
The British generally pay a lot of attention to good table manners. Even young children are expected to eat properly with knife and fork.
British peopke eat most of their food with cutley. The foods they don't eat with a knife, fork or spoon include sandwiches, crisps, corn on the cob, and fruit.
You may eat chicken and pizza with your fingers if you are at a barbecue, finger buffet or very informal setting. Otherwise always use a knife and fork.
Always say thank you when served something. It shows appreciation. When eating rolls, break off a piece of bread before buttering. Eating it whole looks tacky. When eating soup, tip the bowl away from you and scoop the soup up with your spoon.
When you have finished eating, and to let others know that you have, place your knife and fork together, with the prongs on the fork facing upwards, on your plate.
In a restaurant, it is normal to pay for your food by putting your money on the plate the bill comes on.
Things you should not do:
Never lick or put your knife in your mouth.
It is impolite to start eating before everyone has been served unless your host says that you don't need to wait.
Never chew with your mouth open. No one wants to see food being chewed.
It is impolite to have your elbows on the table while you are eating.
Don't reach over someone's plate for something, ask for the item to be passed.
Never talk with food in your mouth.
It is impolite to put too much food in your mouth.
Never use your fingers to push food onto your spoon or fork.
It is impolite to slurp your food or eat noisily.
Never take food from your neighbours plate.
Things that are ok to do:
It is ok to eat and drink something while walking down the street, unless you want to seem posh.
It is ok to pour your own drink when eating with other people, but it is more polite to offer pouring drinks to the people sitting on either side of you.
"I'm sorry, but it seems that 'my eyes are bigger than my stomach'.
"I'm sorry. It was so delicious but I am full".
The main thing is not to offend your host.
THINGS YOU NEED AT THE TABLE
elegáns, flancos, nagymen?
villa éle, foga
ízléstelen, nem elegáns
to be expected to do sth
vkit?l elvárnak vmit
to pay attention to sth
kanalaz, kikotor, kiváj
to tip away
megdönt, eldönt magától