the Ploughman’s

The “Ploughman’s lunch” has been referred to in text as early as 1394 and at this time, it referred to a meal that included bread, cheese and of course, beer.

More recently in 1950s England, The Cheese Bureau began to advertise the Ploughman’s in pubs. War-time rationing had ceased and they were looking for a way to increase cheese sales. Together with bread, cheese and beer, a pickle was ingeniously added to the mix.

I highly recommend the Tasmanian Blue Banner pickled onions, below left. Nowhere else have I ever tried a better pickled onion!


As the popularity of this meal gained traction, it saw the addition of a hard-boiled egg and cold sausage.

Everyone will have their own interpretation of the Ploughman’s but in its modern context, above all, it is a meal to be shared.

Choose fresh bread, a favourite cured meat, cheese, and your favourite selection of relishes and pickles… Then add some fruit. A colourful presentation on a platter, it’s the best kind of make-your-own meal.


As an aside… one of my personal heroes, Ford Prefect, an alien travel-writer/field-researcher for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, even comments on the Ploughman’s lunch as an important human experience should you choose to travel to the planet Earth.

Bon appétit,



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Gordon says:

    Wow, looks amazing – nice work Cheese Bureau, nice work SSP!

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  2. zoomzoommedia says:

    Nice idea for a Saturday picnic at the park!


  3. perfectbeers says:

    Making my lunch look sad…


    1. Oh no perfectbeers.. Just add a bit of bread and cheese and voila – the original Ploughman’s 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Cassie says:

    This is making me very hungry. Love hearing the history of. Could you please include where to purchase recommendations if possible ie the pickled onion. Loving this blog so far.


    1. Thanks Cassie, means a lot coming from you! ….and the Blue Banner onions can be found at the Northbridge Woolworths – I like them chilled 🙂


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