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24-08-2016, 09:58
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In a recent blogpost, Stuart Vallantine reflects on the decline of that onetime pub staple, the cheese toastie (https://mancunian1001.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/pub-food-classics-the-cheese-toastie/). I’ve written myself about how, in many areas, lunchtime pub food has largely become a thing of the past (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/liquid-lunch.html).
This led me to wonder whether, to some extent, the decline of pubs’ lunchtime trade is linked with their abandonment of straightforward sandwiches and toasties in favour of expensive, fancy ciabattas and the like. People wanting a good-value lunchtime snack have increasingly deserted them for cafés and supermarkets. It is noticeable how there has been an expansion in the number of small independent cafés in recent years.
I have to say myself that, given the increasing difficulty of finding any pubs serving lunchtime food, and the fact that you may end up paying £7.95 for something “dressed with mixed leaves and a few handcut chips”, the supermarket meal deal sometimes seems a better and more dependable option.

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