Solid packed meals are always needed in the country since workers are out in the fields at midday, and children often have a long, cold walk to school. Sportsmen, too, need easily-eaten, concentrated food; and picnic meals are popular for race meetings, agricultural shows and the like.
All such meals must be easy to carry, tasty and nourishing. Pies and pasties are always popular, and so are sandwiches filled with pressed or potted meats or herb-flavoured brawn. (These meats are also liked for High Tea when everyone comes home.) Often, the packed meal is completed with a hard-boiled egg, an apple, or a chunk of cheese with a wedge of gingerbread or rich fruit cake.