Perfect Ploughman’s Lunch

Traditional Ploughman's lunch recipe, easy summer dinner idea

I love a proper Ploughman’s Lunch, it’s ridiculously easy to throw together, but when done with care, and making sure you choose the nicest ingredients it’s a total treat. 

I think everyone has their own little variation on what should be included, but for me, it has to be British food, pick out the little regional goodies, choose proper ham, good bread and the cheese has to be vintage Cheddar or a crumbly Lancashire. There’s no room for continental cheese or meat, go for robust chunky British varieties. 

Perfect Ploughman’s Lunch

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Perfect Ploughman’s Lunch

Traditional and easy summer lunch


  • 4 50g wedges of freshly cut cheese - choose Cheddar or Crumbly Lancashire.
  • 4 small pork pies
  • 4 slices of thick roast ham
  • Cos lettuce
  • Vine tomatoes - quartered
  • Half a cucumber - sliced
  • Half a small red onion - thinly sliced
  • Pickled onions
  • Ploughman's pickle chutney
  • 2 apples - cored and sliced
  • 8 slices of nice bread
  • 1 large bag of thick cut crisps


  1. Put together a little salad with the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and sliced onions.
  2. Then just divide all the ingredients between the plates and serve.
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Make Ploughman’s lunch your way
  • Maybe switch the ham for roast beef.
  • Switch the pork pie for sausage roll – you might like our posh sausage roll recipe here.
  • Add any extras you like such as coleslaw, piccalilli, more salad like radish or celery
How to serve Ploughman’s lunch 
  • Delicious as a laid back weekend lunch.
  • Take for picnics.
  • Make a mini-version for in packed lunches.

Traditional Ploughman's Lunch recipe, easy summer dinner idea

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