Ploughman's lunch cancelled as pub rebrands to gender neutral 'ploughperson's'

The move by the Tors pub in Belstone, Devon, has been met with backlash on social media

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The ploughman’s lunch has been cancelled after a British pub rebranded the meal "ploughperson's".

The Tors pub in Belstone, Devon, now offers the traditionally cold dish, which consists of cheese, ham, pickled onions, chutney and sourdough bread, for £12.50.

In a now-deleted tweet, the updated menu, complete with the ploughperson’s was posted by Charlotte Deakins.

The tweet caused a huge reaction with dozens left angry by the name change.

One Twitter user, @Robbietheranger, said: “Yup this is the world we currently live in where people see offensive things when they don't really exist...”

A traditional ploughman's lunch
A traditional ploughman's lunch
The Tors pub in Belstone, Devon
The Tors pub in Belstone, Devon

Meanwhile, @Basil3106 also shared their frustration: “Never seen such utter rubbish in my life - stop the bus I want to get off now.

“The PC brigade need to get a grip, created by the ‘plough man’ of Britain, otherwise known as a farmer in the modern day. Who invented The Ploughman’s Lunch?”

On Sunday night, Ms Deakins said: “Quite frankly, my reaction is that it is pandering and dangerous, unless the pub owners have done it in a tongue-in-cheek manner and I hope they have."

“The tweet has gained some traction and people are absolutely sick of the nonsense and having to pussyfoot around because of a small minority who are eternally offended,” she told the Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Dicky Harrison, the landlord of the pub added: “The menu item was just meant as a bit of tongue in cheek. We live in a farming community with amazing women and men farming the land.

“It's just a bit of fun and a nod to the amazing ladies who work the land here. I didn't think it would cause offence, but in reality, women plough too.”