Classic Ploughman’s Sandwich

The Ploughman’s Sandwich is a classic sandwich that originates from England and has been in existence for at least two centuries. It is composed of basic and staple ingredients that are easy, cheap, and nutritional and created for a farmer’s and laborer’s lunch. A great sandwich that has stood the test of time and still many people’s favorites.  


  • Whole grain or white bread
  • English cheddar cheese sliced thinly
  • Branson’s Pickle or similar relish
  • Sliced pickled onions
  • Several thin slices of ham

Spread a layer of the pickle relish on one piece of bread, then layer on the cheese, ham, and onion. Enjoy with an English ale.


There are quite a few variations of this sandwich that exist, and sometimes incorporate tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, etc… Feel free to add or substitute anything to suit your taste. In the US, you can find Branston’s Pickle and pickled onions in some supermarkets that have a good international selection, World Market, international food stores, and Amazon. There are recipes online to make a copycat version, but it’s hard to beat the original. Please let me know if you try this sandwich, and don’t forget to share and subscribe! Enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Classic Ploughman’s Sandwich

    1. 👍 I had English neighbors a few years ago that introduced me to quite a bit of different foods that aren’t as common here. I truly love everything I had from them, especially the onion and cheese pies!

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