The rise and fall of Germans in the British hospitality industry, c1880-1920

Panayi, Panikos and Manz, Stefan (2013). The rise and fall of Germans in the British hospitality industry, c1880-1920. Food and History, 11 (2), pp. 243-266.

Abstract

German migrants were to be found in significant numbers in the British hospitality industry during the period 1880 to 1920. They worked as waiters, chefs, and managers of restaurants and hotels. This article has three main sections. It begins with a brief outline of the rise of restaurants and hotels in late nineteenth-century Britain and the role of migrants in this process. It then analyses the Germans in the British hospitality industry in the decades leading up to the First World War. The article then focuses upon the rise of hostility towards Germans with the approach of the Great War, which led to dismissal, internment and repatriation during the conflict.

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