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The Ploughman’s Lunch

Let’s Make A Difference

Like many Australians I’ve been touched by the loss of loved ones through depression and mental illness.

On Friday the 20th of November, The Ploughman’s Lunch will bring family, friends and colleagues together to raise awareness and funds in the memory of those lost and currently battling with depression, anxiety and mental illness.

So get your group together, prepare your fine Australian cold cuts, dips, fruit, bread and wine and donate to this worthy cause.

To register your donation please click here to visit ‘The Ploughman’s Lunch’ donation page.

Thank you for supporting The Ploughman’s Lunch initiative and Beyond Blue!

Need Help? Call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Give Beyond Blue a call any time of the day or night – select from the voice menu or simply hold on the line to talk with a trained mental health professional.

We’ll be there to listen, provide information and advice, and point you in the right direction so you can seek further support for the cost of a local call (could be more from mobiles).

All calls and chats are one-on-one with a trained mental health professional, and completely confidential. Although we may ask for your first name and some general details, you can let us know if you’d like to remain anonymous.

What is a ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’?

According to a Ploughman’s Lunch was originally a British farm worker’s packed lunch – crumbly, cloth-bound cheddar, strong pickles and tough bread – the ploughman’s was promoted as a quick, easy pub meal in the late 1950s as part of a campaign to get people to eat more cheese. With the rise of casual eating, shared platters and craft beer – its ideal companion – the ploughman’s is being put to work once again.

Here’s an example of what a Ploughman’s Lunch may consist of but feel free to create your own Ploughman’s fare – just start with a platter!

Ingredients courtesy

  • A good Australian farmhouse cheddar is at the heart and soul of a ploughman’s.
  • 6 thick slices rare roast beef or leg ham.
  • 4 pink radishes.
  • 4 pickled onions, gherkin, cornichon, etc.
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved.
  • Sea salt and black pepper.
  • Celery stalks and leaves.
  • Crusty bread.
  • Fruit chutney or piccalilli.

Wash it all down with your favourite drink.