Stick of celery, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes (optional)
A thick slice of baked ham or some coarse pâté (optional)
Assemble the following onto a plate: a big hunk of mature, tongue-tingling Cheddar, with fresh, crusty bread and butter. To go with this, try any of the following: juicy pickled onions and baby gherkins; a tangy, spicy onion or tomato chutney; or a really good piccalilli. For more substance, try serving the cheese with some salad, such as celery, cucumber and tomatoes, and a thick slice of baked ham or some coarse pâté.
Whether or not it was invented by the Milk Marketing Board in the 1960s, as cynics are quick to point out, a good ploughman’s is one of the finest lunches around.