Originally Posted by ChicagoTerry
The food in the UK during the period when Grantchester is set might have been slightly better or infinitely worse. There was still rationing of sugar, meat and some dairy products in the UK until 1953 &1954. The only cheese available for many, many years even after rationing ended was something that came to be known as "government cheddar."
I vaguely remember Government Cheese, back in the 50's or 60's, in the U.S. If I'm not mistaken, it was available for low income, welfare recipients, and the elderly. And, it was Kosher(?) I remember my Grandmother making grilled cheese sandwiches :). It came in a large block, and looked similar to this: