30 Things to Eat and Drink in a Poor Quality Tavern

PCs seemingly spend much of their downtime between adventures in taverns and inns. Here they relax, meet contacts and (probably) get into the occasional brawl. However, most modules and supplements provide surprisingly little detail on what such establishments actually serve.

By William McAusland (Outland Arts)


Use the tables below to add depth and flavour (did you see what I did there?) to the inns and taverns the PCs visit during their adventures.


Use the table below, to generate details of the food on offer at the tavern:

  1. Carrot and acorn soup with bread
  2. Vegetable stew
  3. Pease pudding
  4. Chickpea stew with kale
  5. Beans and greens soup with rye bread
  6. Pea and carrot soup with oatcakes
  7. Vegetable soup with laver bread
  8. Pea soup on baked potato
  9. Potato soup with mixed greens
  10. Pea and beet stew

House Specialties

Use the table below, to generate details of the house specialties on offer at the tavern:

  1. Fishcakes with cabbage
  2. Black pudding with turnip and bread
  3. Marrow stuffed with barley and herbs
  4. Spiced beets with onion and potato
  5. Roast chickpeas with laver bread
  6. Mushroom porridge
  7. Turnip and pea pie
  8. Onion flan
  9. Bean stew with onion bread
  10. Cracked wheat pilaf


Use the table below, to generate details of the drinks on offer at the tavern:

  1. Water (cold)
  2. Buttermilk
  3. Whey
  4. Mint tea
  5. Nettle tea
  6. Dandelion coffee
  7. Small ale
  8. Small beer
  9. Sour wine
  10. Sage tea

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Liz Smith was introduced to RPGs at the age of 14 and has been involved with them ever since one way and another. Quiet, observant and an avid reader, she somehow manages to fit a lot of things into a 24‐hour day, becoming a full‐time writer in 2002. She writes for multiple RPG systems including Pathfinder and 1879, in addition to being a published novelist, poet, short story and non-fiction writer under another name. She lives in the UK, under a mountain of books.

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