Quote Originally Posted by David Brown

This is exactly what my wife told me for years before our visit. However, our extremely unscientific sample of -1- did not confirm this. The first place we went after checking into our hotel was the closest pub. They actually had a butcher type display case with some pretty nice looking steaks for not much money. We happily ordered two and waited.

They cooked them. And cooked them, and ... Well, they were reduced to shoe leather. :o Oh, well.
I have to admit you take pot luck with steak steak over here unless you go to a proper restaurant, however, you were probably unlucky and found a bad pub. Personally when asked how I'd like my steak I say, <cliche alert> "Pull it's horns out and wipe it's backside!" </end cliche alert>