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What’s for lunch?

August 17, 2010

Rocky recently returned from a brief visit to the United Kingdom.  Despite the proliferation of  Starbucks and McDonald’s,  the quintissential pub lunch still survives (for better or worse). In this case, it was for the the worse, although a pint of proper English Bitter helped wash it down quickly.

Any reader who correctly identifies the name and contents of this “classic” pub sandwich, will receive a unique prize of dubious monetary value.

  1. masteroftheuniverse
    August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Are those kidneys?

  2. August 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Nope. No cows or pigs or chickens were slaughtered to create this atrocity.

  3. big al
    August 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    if it’s brit, it must be sheep-something. sheep-brains sandwich? sheep’s bladder stuffed with oysters, open-faced?? sheep tripe pie sandwich? okay, now i’m getting a little queasy….

  4. August 17, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Big Al: Excellent idea, but you are incorrect. Hint: Boy George might find this meal to be palatable. See: http://www.happycow.net/famous/boy_george/

  5. ld
    August 18, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I have no clue what it is but am headed there early September. Will be back to find out what not to order.

  6. kim
    August 18, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Rocky did you eat in the mush room and falafel afterwards?

    • August 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm

      Kim: No mushrooms. No falafel. But yes, feltawful.

  7. big al
    August 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    ground tofu with cashews and grapes? really wandering in the wilderness now….

    • August 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm

      No tofu. No grapes. No cashew. The only nut was the person eating it.

  8. August 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Mince, crisps and pickles?

    Curious that the picture is distorted on this web page, but showed up correct in the email.

    • August 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

      Charles has the best guess so far (but still isn’t correct.)

      No mince or crisps. They were actually stale tortilla chips … which was beyond the scope of the inquest.

      Yes on the pickle.

  9. August 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Spent 6 months in London once and never saw a meal like that one. Is there cilantro in the meaty thing on the bread slice? And is that salad over to the side? Sure you were in the UK? Looks almost like south o’ the border fare.

  10. August 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Anne: Rocky is pleased to hear from you again. He’s quite certain that he was in the UK for at least three reasons: (1) His airline ticket was marked JFK–>LHR and (2) Although the food quality is comparable, Disneyland Orlando doesn’t have a UK-Theme Park yet. (3) It was raining.

    He acknowledges that the UK diet has evolved over the past decades and ketchup is no longer the only vegetable served. Sadly, your answer doesn’t win the prize of dubious monetary value.

  11. Gregory Chan
    August 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm


    Really can’t tell what that is but the closest thing i saw on the internet that resembles that which I can’t recognize is Crab on toast.

  12. Karl
    August 20, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Marmite on toast?

  13. August 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Gregory: The internet is over-rated. Not crab on toast.

    Karl: The marketing slogan for Marmite is “Love it or hate it!” There’s no such choice for this sandwich.

  14. big al
    August 20, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    so far we know: (1) it’s vegetarian, per boy george hint, and therefore not tripe or brains or snails or some such; (2) it’s NOT tofu, marmite, mince, grapes, mushrooms, falafel or cashews. (3) it has lettuce and some mayo-looking sauce, which would rule out (one hopes) any variation on PBJ; it does have some berry/grape-looking things in it, like cranberry, so maybe it’s a vegetarian turkey sandwich with cranberries. it also looks like somebody made a pie of “it” and then cut out a slice to make the sandwich. the tortilla chips might suggest something “mexican”, but i just don’t want to go there unless we have to.

  15. August 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Big Al (aka Sherlock Al): PBJ is not on the table. The berry/grape-looking things were identified correctly by the astute Mr. Pergiel as “pickle.”

  16. ld
    August 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    My son thought this looked like warthog or a granola bar sandwich. He said looks like there are olives and mushrooms in it.

    • August 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      LD: Your son’s guess is excellent — however, “looks can deceive.” No olives. No mushrooms.

  17. big al
    August 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    is it some sort of meatless ploughman’s lunch, maybe Branston Pickle and…cheese? or beans?

    • August 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      Big Al (aka Sherlock Al): You are on the five yard line … it’s fourth down, and ten seconds on the clock. If you can name the cheese correctly on your first try, the dubious prize will be yours….. p.s. no beans.

  18. big al
    August 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    i’ll have to guess the obvious: cheddar

    • August 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Big Al (who will forever be known to the Food Network Cognescenti as Sherlock Al): CONGRATULATIONS! This is a Cheddar & Pickle Sandwich … served to unsuspecting Americans at The Chandos Pub (just off Trafalgar Square)


      Rocky’s daughter ordered this with the understanding (from her father who lived in London for several years!!) that she’d get a slab of glorious British Cheddar and a pickle on the side. Sadly, the cheddar and pickle met with a fate similar to the victims of Jack-the-Ripper … before being embalmed upon two slices of “brown” bread. The taste and texture are accurately captured by the photograph.

      Please send a private email to Rockyhumbert (at) hotmail.com with your snail mail address, and your unique prize of dubious monetary value will be shipped forthwith.

      Thanks to all of the contestants in this edition of “What’s for lunch” … your participation is greatly appreciated and enjoyed!

  19. allocator
    August 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm


    Did you by any chance try a ‘Chip Butty” during your travels? I had one a few week-ends ago here in Ottawa no less, and I’m still not quite right. 🙂

    So, does anyone here know what a chip butty is?


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