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THE PUB AND THE PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH

Food + Wine

Aug
03
2009

ALL OVER HER MAJESTY’S GREAT LAND

JULY 2009

Okay, so I had some pretty grand illusions about the PUB.  I had heard all about its ‘poncy’ culinary-based cousin, the GASTROPUB and the brewery-less FREE PUB and was altogether ready to be wowed by the entire Pub family.

A rather touristy pub (plus my sad attempt to take a cool out-of-focus travel magazine style photo)

A rather touristy pub (plus my sad attempt to take a cool out-of-focus travel magazine style photo)

As we toured the land pub by pub, I came across a lunchtime dish that I quite fancied and decided to then establish it henceforth, as the one and only meter from which to judge a good pub. Given that I’m pretty ignorant about good beer, I was more confident that I could safely attest the merits of The Ploughman’s Lunch.

The basic Ploughman's Lunch (courtesy of BBC)

The basic Ploughman's Lunch (courtesy of BBC

More or less, an aggrandized version of a Lunchables but sans plastic and Oscar Meyer’s slimy stamp, the Ploughman’s Lunch is, at its barest, basic state: cheese, a side salad, Branston pickle (which is super pickled relish), sliced apple and some crusty bread.

My first Ploughman's - clearly best paired with a Pint of local brew

My first Ploughman's - clearly best paired with a Pint of local brew

So, I remain today, still searching for the top Ploughman’s and welcome all sorts of suggestions (particularly while I am still in London). But as it stands now, the best Ploughman’s I enjoyed (much to my purist Photographer’s dismay) was the one I had at the Potting Shed Pub in Crudwell.  The acclaimed “Rolls Royce” of Ploughman’s Lunches, this spread was beyond what any olden-day Ploughman would have even liked, (3 chutneys, four types of homemade bread, three cheeses (stilton, cheddar and some stinky one) let alone thought should be consumed by one person. Sadly, I had zero problem tackling it solo and with a pint of Timothy Taylor to wash it all down.

A lesser version of the real thing (awaiting real photo please bear with me)

A lesser version of the real thing (awaiting real photo please bear with me)

Me and Madonna's favorite beer - Timothy Taylor on tap at the Potting Shed

Me and Madonna's favorite beer - Timothy Taylor on tap at the Potting Shed

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THE PORK PIE

Food + Wine

Jul
30
2009

MELTON MOWBRAY

JULY 20th

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Okay as promised, here are hideous pics of me trying the all famous PORK PIE from its birthplace or was it, the best place? Either way, despite my scrunched nose below, the thing was tasty.

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Is that really what I look like eating? Sad.

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Meg is the founder of luxury travel consulting company, Friend of a Friend Consulting. Her three books, Italian Hideaways, Caribbean Hideaways and England's Hideaways are published by Rizzoli. Passionate about travel, hotels and wine, she continues to write freelance travel pieces and is currently pursuing a Masters in Wine through the WSET.

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