Leigh Hatts  

Good Friday: Hot cross buns

Bread Ahead hot cross buns in Borough Market

On Good Friday 1783 Dr Johnson described his breakfast as “tea without milk, and…a hot cross bun to prevent faintness”. 

Today is a day of fasting and abstinence so a hot cross bun, invented by St Albans Abbey in 1361, should keep one going until after church this afternoon.

The distribution of hot cross buns today at St Bartholomew the Great in London’s Smithfield (11.30am) and The Widow’s Son pub in Bow (3pm); skipping at Firle is Sussex (lunchtime) and marbles at nearby Battle and Tinsley Green all help to mark Good Friday as special and a still an important part of our Christian culture.

That culture draws on the teaching of Jesus who on the first Good Friday refused to deny his words and faced death.