Shakespeare’s plays are full of food and drink quotes. As usual with Shakespeare, he uses such everyday things to characterise the people who populate the world of his plays. He also uses food and drink as metaphors to create accurate impressions of the times he lived in. No Sweat Shakespeare has browsed through the plays to delight you with the top 20 Shakespeare quotes on food and drink.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 1. Twelfth Night: Act 2, Scene 3

Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?

Shakespeare food & drink quote 2. Othello: Act 2, Scene 3

Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 3. Henry V: Act 3, Scene 2

I would give all my fame for a pot of ale.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 4. As You Like It: Act 3, Scene 2

Truly, thou art damned like an ill-roasted egg, all on one side.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 5. The Merry Wives Of Windsor: Act 1, Scene 1

Why, sir, for my part I say the gentleman had drunk himself out of his five senses.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 6. Antony and Cleopatra: Act 2, Scene 1

Eight wild boars roasted whole at breakfast, but twelve persons there.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 7. Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 2

Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 8. Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 3

I am a great eater of beefd and I believe that does harm to my wit.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 9. Henry IV Part 1: Act 2, Scene 1

He hath eaten me out of house and home; he hath put all my substance into that fat belly of his.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 10. Macbeth: Act 2, Scene 3

Drink sir, is a great provoker of three things….nose-painting, sleep and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire but takes away the performance.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 11. Henry IV Part I: Act 3, Scene 1

O, he is as tedious as a tired horse, a railing wife; worse than a smokey house: I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmil, far, than than feed on cates and have him talk to me in any summer-house in Christendom.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 12. The Comedy Of Errors: Act 5, Scene 1

Unquiet meals make ill digestions.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 13. Richard III: Act 3, Scene 4

My lord of Ely, when I was last in Holborn I saw good strawberries in your garden there; I do beseech you send for some of them.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 14. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 4, Scene 2

And, most dear actors, eat no onions or garlic, for we are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy. No more words: Away! Go, away!

Shakespeare food & drink quote 15. Henry IV Part II: Act 5, Scene 1

A’ shall answer it. Some pigeons, Davy, a couple of short-legged hens, a joint of mutton, and any pretty little tiny kickshaws, tell William cook.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 16. All’s Well That Ends Well: Act 5, Scene 3

Mine eyes smell onions; I shall weep anon.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 17. Romeo and Juliet: Act 4, Scene 4

They call for dates and quinces in the pastry.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 18. Henry IV Part II: Act 2, Scene 4

A man cannot make him laugh – but that’s no marvel; he drinks no wine.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 19. As You Like It: Act 3, Scene 5

I pray you, do not fall in love with me, For I am falser than vows made in wine.

Shakespeare food & drink quote 20. Othello: Act 2, Scene 3

O thou invisible spirit of wine! If thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee devil!

Test your Shakespeare quote knowledge with our Shakespeare quote quiz – simply match the 10 Shakespeare quotes to the correct play!

10 replies
  1. rose
    rose says:

    thanks for the info, i have to write an essay! I’m only 12, I shouldn’t have to spend my entire weekend writing it.

    • Martin
      Martin says:

      I wrote a book to make Shakespeare fun and accessible called ‘To Be Or Not To Be, Innit. A Yoof-Speak Guide to Shakespeare. It became an unexpected best-seller.

    • Sven Diamond
      Sven Diamond says:

      Or, Peter, you could maybe do that bit of homework yourself, instead of making a ‘cavil on the ninth part of a hair’ . I’ll let you discover which character said that on your own shall I? 🙂


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