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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)