What To Serve With Cheese Scones: 12 Best Choices

July 26, 2021
what to serve with cheese scones

A cheese scone is a super simple but comforting treat, and it can lend itself to being anything from a light snack when you’re entertaining unexpected guests, through to being a side dish for hearty meals like stews and soups. 

If you fancy making a batch, you might be wondering what to serve with cheese scones so you can really make the most of your efforts. 

Here are 12 tasty ideas that you should definitely consider trying… 

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1. Ploughman’s pickle

The tangy flavour of ploughman’s pickle makes it the perfect accompaniment for cheese.

It’s chunky, crunchy texture also makes it super satisfying to spread over a warm scone, served fresh from the oven! 

You can pick up a jar from your local supermarket, but if you fancy going the extra mile, try out this ploughman’s pickle recipe

It’s packed with lots of lovely fruit and veggies such as apples, cauliflower, carrots, and courgettes, and it would be a great idea to batch cook and keep a few jars to give to friends and family members as gifts! 

You could even make a gift hamper for special occasions including cheese scones, pickles, and a chunk of your favourite cheese. 

ploughmans pickle

2. Cold cuts of ham

Ham and cheese is a popular combination that works really well for sandwiches, toasties, salads, and yes, you guessed it, scones! 

Pile the slices of ham into a buttered scone, add some freshly sliced tomato, and you’ve got an exciting twist on your usual sandwich. 

If you fancy trying out a little spin on this, check out my cheese and bacon scones recipe.

They’re perfect as a snack at lunchtime, though I also like serving them as an alternative to bread when making a pan of soup. 

cold cuts of ham

3. Sweet chilli sauce

A sweet chilli sauce might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about what to serve with cheese scones, but trust me, it’s a taste sensation! 

Serve your sauce on the side for dipping, or spread directly on to your scones. 

sweet chilli sauce

4. Salad

If you want to make your cheese scone into a satisfying meal for lunch or even dinner, serve with a side salad. 

Chop up lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, peppers, and throw in some olives. The saltiness will work really well with the creaminess of the cheese. 

greek salad

5. Strawberry jam

You’ve heard of brie and cranberry sauce, so why not cheese and strawberry jam?! 

This might seem like a strange combination, especially if you’re not a big fan of mixing sweet and savoury, but it’s so delicious when served as a mid-afternoon treat with a cup of freshly brewed tea.

strawberry jam

6. Tomato chutney

A tomato chutney is a delectable choice when it comes to what to serve with cheese scones. 

If you’re serving afternoon tea for friends and family and you really want to impress, try making your own and giving everyone their own jar to take home with them. 

An onion chutney would work really well too. 

tomato chutney

7. Chunks of cheese

If you’re a cheese lover then you may believe that there’s no such thing as too much cheese! 

I really love serving scones with a chunk of my favourite cheese, some ploughman’s pickle, and some grapes. 

It’s a simple plate of food but it’s utterly delicious and can lend itself to practically any occasion. 

It’s a great option to have on standby if you have friends call by unexpectedly. 


8. Slices of apple

Cheese and apple are such a good match! 

Some slices of fresh apple will add a satisfying crunch to your plate, and the sweetness can make the creaminess of the cheese really sing. 

If you want to go the extra mile, add slices of apple to a walnut salad and serve with your cheese scones. 

apple salad

9. Sun-dried tomatoes

Sun-dried tomatoes are handy to keep in the cupboard so you’ll always have an option on standby when you can’t decide what to serve with cheese scones. 

If you like, you can even add them to your scone mixture before you pop them into the oven. 

Alternatively, serve them with cocktail sticks on the side so everyone can easily help themselves. 

sundried tomatoes

10. Marmite

Marmite can very much divide opinions, but if you’re a big fan, you’ll love it spread over a warm cheese scone. 

The rich savoury flavour is a real treat, and adds a great deal of depth to your usual teatime snack. 

Of course, not everyone will be a fan of this accompaniment for cheese scones! If you’re preparing tea for guests and you’re not quite sure what their opinions of Marmite are, just place the jar on the table and let everyone help themselves. 

marmite scones

11. Tomato soup

Soup and a sandwich is a popular combination, so why not soup and a scone? 

Tomato soup works particularly well here, and it’s a wholesome and filling lunchtime option that’ll keep you going until dinnertime. 

My tomato soup recipe is easy to make and is perfect for batch cooking! 

slimming world tomato soup

12. Caramelised onions

There’s something just so satisfying about a hot pan of sticky, melty caramelised onions, and they’re an indulgent option for what to serve with cheese scones. 

This caramelised onions recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and it’ll be a side dish that you return to time and time again. 

caramelised onions

As you can see, there’s no shortage of tasty choices to serve alongside cheese scones, and plenty of these will work really well whether you’re looking for a quick snack or are planning a decadent afternoon tea for friends. 

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