With temperatures set to soar into the mid-eighties this weekend, more and more of us want to experience the great outdoors, and with this comes alfresco dining. For some of us, however, the thought of packing our own picnics is a bit of a chore, but thankfully, restaurants and cafes have realised this potential gap in the market and have come up with some great products. From fresh ingredients to innovative produce, whether you desire a full on meat treat, or an afternoon sweet delight, check out our best of the pre-packed picnics.
Mayfair based Corrigans offer a superb pre-packed hamper, full of British and Irish fare that includes grilled sardines, new potatoes, pickled radish; air dried Irish beef, celeriac remoulade, artichoke, heritage beetroot, goat’s curd, smoked mackerel and English summer berries, shortbread, creme fraiche. Each hamper is freshly prepared on the day and to order, and includes a half bottle of Champagne and mineral water. The crockery, cutlery, glassware and a blanket are also included.
Prices start from £45 for one person or £75 for a hamper for two.
Choose from a range of meat-eater, vegetarian or stick with the Carluccio chef’s choice. There is also a special cestino for children. Meat hampers include corn-fed chicken supreme with a parsley, breadcrumb and tarragon crust; served with a potato, red onion and spicy salami salad, vegetarian options include savoury tarts with goat’s cheese, red pepper and pine nuts.
Prices from £45 and £10 for children.
Bea’s of Bloomsbury, London
Afternoon tea can now be eaten outdoors and in any location of your choice. Legendary bakers Bea’s offer a selection of delicious home baked scones, cupcakes, mini brownies and meringues for all those who have a sweet tooth, but there is also a savoury option to include baguettes if required. The hamper comes with a picnic blanket and a handy map to local parks.
Prices from £19.
Fancy a twist on a traditional picnic? Then opt for this barbeque pack from Tilia. The bundle includes top range meats, featuring corn-fed chicken thighs, whole salmon, seasonal veg box, Mayfair burgers and Cumberland sausages. Ideal for meat lovers who want a top quality product. Feeds 6 people.
Price is £90.
The Modern Pantry
The clientele of the fabulous restaurant The Modern Pantry will already know about the delicious food this establishment offers. From salads, quiches, sausage rolls and brownies, the food is both seasonal and changes daily. Also included are disposable cutlery, napkins and rose lemonade or ginger beer in a canvas bag.
Prices from £22.50 each.
Fortnum & Mason
Finally, this article would not be complete without a hamper from Fortnum & Mason, and this afternoon tea picnic will make all your fellow picnickers very jealous. This indulgent hamper includes an Afternoon Tea Blend, a bottle of Blanc de Blancs champagne and a tin of County Selection Biscuits. There is also Sir Nigel’s Marmalade Dundee Cake, a jar of new Strawberry & Earl Grey Tea Preserve and, of course, the all-important tea infuser.