Saw a mention of ploughman's lunches in a magazine today and reminded me of a rant I wanted to post for response, but never had. On my last visit to England (2000), each of three ploughman's lunches I ordered had pre-shredded cheese (some kind of yellow-white stuff), rather than the (formerly familiar) block of some interesting real cheese. The first time was in a "teahouse" type place in a in Carlisle and I thought it was just because of the place itself. The other two were in traditional pubs elsewhere (one in London, the other I dont' remember now). I should've asked, but reallllllly didn't expect it either time.
Is this a trend throughout England? What the hell are they thinking? I know it must be cheaper, but who would order it a second time? These were not touristy spots, but places frequented mostly by (apparent) locals.
Any suggestions for a real traditional ploughman for my next (as yet unplanned) trip?