Eating in Spain, as you can imagine, is steeped in tradition, culture, habit and simple everyday repetition. Even so, the possibilities for causing offence are probably less prominent here in Spain than in other, more sensitive, cultures (unless you should dare start eating before everyone has their food – that’s a big faux pas). So, rather than an etiquette guide, this is more like a list of observations of the Spanish in their natural habitat – enjoying a good meal with friends and family. They are small, mostly completely insignificant details – points I’ve picked up on over the years as an Englishman living in Spain. If you’re sensitive to national stereotyping and stuff like that, perhaps don’t read on – this is lighthearted stuff, meant for a laugh and a bit of discussion. Nothing more.