“As a foxhunter husband, I've never heard why it's called a Hunt Breakfast when it's usually the afternoon when the hunt breakfast is served,” writes a mystified Andrew Clarke from Ontario.
Surely there are many practicing foxhunters equally mystified by this question. For the answer we turned to our resident etymologist, author-editor Steven Price.To read more, a subscription is required. Log in or click here to subscribe.
It seems that the term Hunt Breakfast is mostly a popular American usage. Martin Scott, MFH, an English member of our Panel of Experts, says that in England a hunt breakfast would take place before the meet, but they are rarely offered. More common would be an informal invitation for a drink or for tea after the meet, but this would not be called a hunt breakfast.
So we can't blame the Brits for this oddity. Now, Andrew Clarke's question becomes even more interesting. How indeed did the after-hunt meal come to be called a hunt breakfast here? We shall have to do some more research!