Putting Together The Perfect Ploughman’s Lunch

Are you having special family and friends over and looking for a wonderfully delicious British themed lunch without having to make a full traditional roast with all the trimmings? Maybe you are looking to maximise the time you can spend with your special guests rather than spending it preparing food or washing dishes or maybe a roast is just seasonally not appropriate? The perfect solution is to take out a nice wooden bread board and to put together a ploughman’s lunch!

A ploughman’s lunch could not be more simple to throw together. The most basic items that all Ploughman’s lunches must include are crusty bread, pickles and a sharp crumbly cheese. Take all of these essential ingredients and serve on a large wooden chopping board then add in a few other of your favourite foods such as sliced hard-boiled egg, ham, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, chopped apple slices, pickled onions, char grilled capsicum, zucchini or eggplant.

Jamie Oliver


If you are planning to serve alcohol or looking to make this the most substantial meal of the day you could also add some cooked foods such as scotch eggs or little sausage rolls or add a pork pie.


All you need to serve is a bread and butter knife and a sandwich plate for each guest. Then just sit back and enjoy yourself as your guests help themselves to their favourite combinations. The communal, help yourself nature of a Ploughman’s lunch is wonderful for creating a casual atmosphere and feeling of togetherness which is great for catch ups with people you have not had the opportunity to see for a while.


The only other area to consider is which liquid refreshments you wish to serve with your ploughman lunch. Have a big jug of cooled lemonade available for children or designated drivers. A nice cold beer, cider or a jug of Pimm’s punch is perfect on a hot summers day!



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