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Classic British Ploughman's Lunch

A British Ploughman's lunch is the classic pub favourite that is easy to put together and far better made at home. A filling meal based on good bread, cheese, and pickles, with a traditional beer or cider to wash it down. 
Servings: 4 people
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes



  • 8 thick slices good quality bread

Cheese & Dairy

  • 100 g Cheddar
  • 100 g Stilton
  • 100 g Soft goats cheese
  • 100 g Blue cheese
  • 100 g Butter

Ham and Meats

  • 4 thick slices Ham
  • 100 g cured meats and charcuterie

Pickles & Chutney

  • 50 g Silver skin onions
  • 4 Pickled onions
  • 50 g Gherkins
  • 100 g Chutney

Salad & Fruit

  • 100 g Celery
  • 100 g Vine tomatoes
  • 4 Apples - or pears

Optional Extras

  • 1 medium Pork Pie - cut into wedges
  • 2 Scotch eggs - cut into wedges
  • 4 Eggs - hard boiled

To Drink


  • Select what you will be serving from the ingredients above, choosing one or two ingredients from each category.
  • Arrange on serving boards and patters and serve at room temperature.


  • Concentrate on the core ingredients first (the bread, cheese and pickles) and build around them. 
  • Quality, fresh and preferably local ingredients every time! The better the food, the simpler and better the meal. 
  • Make sure you have covered something salty (cheese), tangy (pickles) and sweet (apples or pears).
  • Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature for the best flavour.  
  • Nutrition is very approximate and will depend on what you serve and eat!  
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 706kcal | Carbohydrates: 78g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 1830mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1974IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 468mg | Iron: 5mg