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Where is Melbourne's Best Ploughman's Lunch?

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published May 2nd 2014
Image The Guardian A ploughman's lunch … or is it? Photograph: Alamy

Had a ploughman's lunch at Southgate today and somehow it just seemed all wrong. Lots of cured meats, prosucitto ham and toasted ciabiti - it was a bit like just a plate of antipasto. Such a disappointment.

When I think of a ploughman's lunch I think of those great feeds you get in English country pubs: a really good cob of homemade bread, a bitey cheddar cheese, good quality cold meats, whole pickled onions straight out of the jar and Branston pickles all washed down with a pint of good cold beer or cider.

I don't mind a modern twist on the old ploughman's lunch but you have to have really top ingredients and the more variety on the plate the better.

So where do you go for a top ploughman's lunch in Melbourne?

Love to have your answer above and here are a few suggestions:

Ploughman's lunch - image Farm Cafe

The Farm Cafe

The Farm Cafe, which is on the edge of Collingwood Children's Farm, does a really good version. They call it the Ploughman's Board. It involves great corned beef, English cloth-bound cheddar, house pickles, apple, crispy pork scratchings and bread and butter ($17.50). I also love the atmosphere at this rustic cafe as it is as if you are out in the country just like the ploughman who used to wrap up such fare and lunch on it in between bouts of work in the fields. For a review of the Farm Cafe click here.

8 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford

Middle Park Hotel

There is also a good ploughmans at the bar at the Middle Park Hotel. This one consists of a good cheddar - usually Will Studd's select cheddar - two types of ham - perhaps leg ham and a cured, smoked pork loin - radishes, Branston pickle (of course) and a Scotch egg which is a welcome break from tradition. ($16)

102 Canterbury Road, Middle Park

Facebook: Middle Park Hotel

Try this at home

If you are making your own ploughman's at home you might want to consider some of the following ingredients to grace the plate (some traditional--others not but I think they are acceptable additions):

cloth-bound cheddar (try the farmer's markets)

cold roast beef, corned beef or leg ham


pickled onions and gherkin

hard-boiled eggs or Scotch eggs

celery stalks and leaves

crusty bread preferably a cob and preferably straight out of the oven

fruit chutney or if you can get them Branston's pickles

pieces of apple (goes well with the cheese)

You can also add things like watercress, fresh tomatoes, horseradish, and hot mustard.

Plonk it all on a board and dig in preferably with a glass of beer or cider within arm's reach.

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Hotel Windsor has a new one; I think they technically call it a "gourmet high tea" though; unsure why.
by Dayna Chu (score: 3|1485) 2312 days ago
Looks good to me
by pvsan (score: 0|5) 2395 days ago
Sounds good. I guess they had to do something to differentiate themselves away from all the abundance of other high tea places that have started up.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5965) 2311 days ago

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