Anywhere in Northern Virginia where I could get a "ploughman's lunch", or something very like it?
I found this British meal referenced onlne - for those who don't know, it's a "cold snack or meal, comprising at a minimum a thick piece of cheese (usually Cheddar, Stilton, or other local cheese), pickle (often Branston Pickle, sometimes piccalilli and/or pickled onions), crusty bread, and butter."
Sounds good to me!
Not in NoVa, but if you're willing to trek to Wheaton, the Royal Mile Pub on Price St. has a Ploughman's Lunch on the menu. Close to the Metro, too.
Hunter's Head in Upperville , Va. is an authentic British style pub and serves a Ploughman's Lunch along with various other English foods.
I think the English Pantry in Aldie should fulfill your craving. Here's the web site where they specifically say they do a Ploughman's Lunch:
You should probably contact them first to be sure.
I loved getting a cheese and pickle toasty in the Highlands, and even on the plane ride home!