When is the pukka time to eat? My understanding is as follows, but I will welcome any corrections or suggestions particularly those with references.
Chota Hazri - Five Thirty (05h30)
Breakfast - Seven (07h00)
Elevenses - Eleven (11h00)
Lunch - Lunchtime (12h30)
Afternoon Tea - Teatime (15h30)
Dinner - Seven (19h00)
Supper - Ten Thirty (22h30)
Midnight Snack - Midnight (24h00)
Midnight Feast - To Midnight (23h30 - 00h30)
There are other snack times possible, but they don't have proper names.

Other important meals are:
Picnics - Afternoon (11h30 - 19h00)
Barbeque Lunch - Afternoon (12h30 - 18h00)
Barbeque Supper - Evening (16h00 - 20h00)
It is also important to remember that luncheon can be taken at any time of the day though it is most commonly had at lunchtime. I understand that Police usage referrs to Lunch as the 'Midday Meal' - this is, I suppose, to avoid problems arising from difficulties pinning people down when presented with statements such as 'It happened shortly before lunch'.
I have tried various authorities to get this information - the OED is vague regarding most terms, 'dinner' is 'now usually in the evening', for example, which covers a multitude of sins. It is a little more helpful in indicating that dinner is normally the main meal of the day, whilst supper is the last meal of the day. The OED does, sadly, contradict itself on the subject of breakfast, claiming it to be the first meal of the day, when, as ani fule kno, it can be preceeded by both a midnight snack or a chota hazri. A snack is properly described as an incidental repast -
The usually helpful 'Enquire Within Upon Everything' only provides a vague suggestion that people invited for dinner should have the time specified as 7:30 for 8:00 which suggests that, after sherry, those invited may only actually go through to dine at half past eight, or even nine.

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Well, according to this, I'm all over the place!! I usually have

Breakfast at 10.30
Dinner at 13.30
Tea at 20.30
with any amount of snacks in between. Of course, things also vary according to season. In the summer when I'm still outside at 22.00 I might not have tea until 22.30. You must also allow for the differences between regions (or is it social classes?). I'm from the North and we have Dinner in the middle of the day (your Lunchtime) and Tea towards evening time (your Dinner).
Jaqy
When is the pukka time to eat? My understanding is as follows, but I will welcome any corrections or suggestions ... suggests that, after sherry, those invited may only actually go through to dine at half past eight, or even nine.
Lunch - Lunchtime (12h30)

12 noon in France 1pm in the UK and 2pm in Spain.
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Lunch - Lunchtime (12h30)

12 noon in France 1pm in the UK and 2pm in Spain.

Depending on the time of year that's true - it is also about midnight in New Zealand.
I suppose that the moral of the story is not to eat a Franch or Spanish lunch in England. Contrariwise don't insist on lunchtime being 12h00 GMT when you are visiting Auckland.
Mind you, I didn't specify that times were all to be in GMT, rather than local time - I doubt it would work anyway.
In Spain, lunch starts at arount 13h30 and doesn't stop until 16h30 - if you are with hard-working chaps who rush back to the office after a short lunch break. So, if you are looking forward to your afternoon tea in Spain you do have something of a problem - I suppose that, since they don't have supper until about 22h30, you could fit in afternoon tea at about six.

On the other hand, if you mean that lunchtime is at those times in the respective countries (a comma between France and 1 would have decided me on that interpretation), then that seems a little late for the UK. Of course, if you are off to the pub for lunch and want to be able to sit down then it is wise to have your lunch a little earlier than everybody else, which might be why I have always seen it as 12h30, or even 12h24 {to beat the 12h30 crowd}. The French probably need lunch by noon since the morning armagnac on the way to work and the mid-morning beer will have worn off by then.

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Chota Hazri - Five Thirty (05h30) Breakfast - Seven (07h00) Elevenses - Eleven (11h00) Lunch - Lunchtime (12h30) Afternoon Tea - Teatime (15h30) Dinner - Seven (19h00) Supper - Ten Thirty (22h30) Midnight Snack - Midnight (24h00) Midnight Feast - To Midnight (23h30 - 00h30)

To complicate things I think you need to acknowledge national differences, dinner in southern Spain being near midnight on summer weekends.
(A thread has just started on f+d.m about dinnertime)
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Following up to Peter H.M. Brooks

Chota Hazri - Five Thirty (05h30) Breakfast - Seven (07h00) ... Midnight (24h00) Midnight Feast - To Midnight (23h30 - 00h30)

To complicate things I think you need to acknowledge national differences, dinner in southern Spain being near midnight on summer weekends.

Yes, but those aren't pukka mealtimes - in Spain you can have a pukka bullfight (or Corrida) or a pukka Moorish Castle, but you can't have a pukka meal time.
(A thread has just started on f+d.m about dinnertime)

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To complicate things I think you need to acknowledge national differences, dinner in southern Spain being near midnight on summer weekends.

Yes, but those aren't pukka mealtimes - in Spain you can have a pukka bullfight (or Corrida) or a pukka Moorish Castle, but you can't have a pukka meal time.

Why not. Could you elucidate a little?
(A thread has just started on f+d.m about dinnertime)

Synchronisity - if you only have a few peculiar beliefs it is one you can add to keep them company.

I hope that's an amusing comment.

Mike Reid
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Following up to Peter H.M. Brooks

Yes, but those aren't pukka mealtimes - in Spain you ... pukka Moorish Castle, but you can't have apukka meal time.

Why not. Could you elucidate a little?

Because for English speaking people, pukka meal times are what you have in pukka circles in Pom.
Synchronisity - if you only have a few peculiar beliefs it is one you can add to keep them company.

I hope that's an amusing comment.

Certainly, if you don't find it amusing you probably have a rather heavy infestation of peculiar beliefs.

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When is the pukka time to eat?

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