The Ploughman’s Lunch is a quaint, charming café and general store situated in West Dublin, just a stones throw away from Crescent and Rissers beaches and Lunenburg West’s beautiful, scenic coastline. It offers a relaxed atmosphere with fresh, home made-food and an unexpected surprise…fresh, water buffalo products! It’s definitely worthy of a stop, next time you drive by!
The revitalized cafe, built in the late 1800’s by Edgar L. Publicover, was originally a general store and barber shop. The current owners, Desiree Gordon and Stefan Kilpatrick purchased the eatery from Edgar’s daughter, Mavis Corkum in 2016. “It was boarded up from 1966 until we took it over”, says Stefan. “Its literally a time capsule…a walk back in time”. The café exudes history, character and a really cool vibe, with a 1950’s counter top and the original old barber chair. Desiree and Stefan play their collection of vinyls on a vintage record player, which adds to its retro charm.
Where did the name, “Ploughman’s Lunch” come from? In the past, a ploughman’s lunch was the farm worker’s lunch of choice and is traditionally made up of a lump of cheese, a hunk of bread and an apple. Desiree says, “We have adapted this traditional meal to include some Nova Scotian and New Brunswick cheese, buffalo meats, apple, olives, pickles, beets, greens and lots of sourdough toast! We love the idea that labourers worked in the field and ate a lunch that also came from the field.”
The Ploughman’s Lunch is known for its amazing “home made” French pastries including croissants and for its European style breads and other baked goods. Everything is made with TLC. In fact, one of the favourites, sour dough bread takes an 8-hour process to make. Picnic lunches, sandwiches, tea, coffee, espresso, milkshakes, refreshing ice cream and sorbet are also provided at the Café, as well as preserves. You can even find groceries such as hard to find spices, Italian olive oils, tomatoes, and anchovies.
Desiree and Stefan have a small herd of water buffalo that produce the most amazing meats (sausage, ground meat and pepperoni), yogurt, mozzarella and ricotta cheese, and ice cream (on weekends), all which are available at the Ploughman’s Lunch. They were so intrigued by the animals and the quality of the products made from their milk that visited a water buffalo dairy in Ontario, and visited Italy to learn more about them, before starting their own herd. “The milk produced by these massive animals is rich with almost twice the fat content as cow’s milk, says Stefan. “The milk from these sweet, lovely animals is delicious!”
The Ploughman’s Lunch is open 9:00 am-4:00 p.m., seven days a week from June to Thanksgiving. In the winter is open only on weekends, at the same time. The building is also the home to a Farmers Market on Saturdays during the winter. Can’t make it out to West Dublin? This unique business also provides product to No 9 (Lunenburg); The Barn Coffee and Social House (Mahone Bay); Fancy Pants Café (Bridgewater) and the Main & Mersey Home Store (Liverpool).
The Ploughman’s Lunch is situated at 4645 Route 331 in West Dublin, NS. Owners, Desiree and Stefan can also be reached on Facebook at Ploughman’s Lunch, or at (902) 521-5371.