Phew, then maybe there is hope then.
Maybe the problem was that my pub guide is a Les Routiers, so the Frenchies may be biased towards slightly poncier cuisine, and thus excerpting the specifically snootier and more unique items from the menus, rather than documenting the traditional British pub fare.
It almost reminds me of when so many British brewers started switching over to brewing lagers...before the CAMRA revolution really took hold, European style lagers were the new big product, and so plenty of ales were mothballed in favor of lager beer. Such was my fear as regards the UK, that they'd be so interested in other cultures that they let their own slip away. I've heard it mentioned a number of times that chicken tikka masala is considered Britain's national dish. I guess that could be considered similar to American pizza, in that tikka masala is Anglo-Indian in origin, but it'd be kind of like hearing that the Italians had foregone pasta as their traditional cuisine and were really into tacos and enchiladas now.
Sorry for the threadjack. If I ever get over to Ireland I'm making a beeline for the distilleries!