From a NY Times article about Little Chef restaurants:
"Little Chef is still living in the past, evoking memories of a time when no one went to a British restaurant expecting to eat well, when food was universally overcooked, canned, covered with fat and bread crumbs or drowning in a floury, glutinous sauce."
Hey, they said it, not me. No wonder the British were the most successful colonists - they had to go as far as possible to escape their own home cooking.
Do read the full article, btw - it makes you realise how close the Onion is to being true.