Just as a quick update, I couldn’t resist the temptation to go to the pub yesterday afternoon, just for a quick, sneaky pint. It had been too long. I found the answer to my quandary fairly quickly. I explained the situation to one of the bar staff, about not being able to use cutlery. She phoned her boss, who said I needed to eat, but that it could be something like a sandwich; ie it didn’t have to be a full blown meal. So in the end I had a cheese and gammon sandwich: slightly messy because the cheese was grated, but I was getting peckish anyway.