National Picnic Week has sprung and what better way to celebrate summer than a good old British picnic in the sunshine? Us Brits don’t need much of an excuse to take to the parks and beaches and scoff delicacies before the sun disappears behind the clouds. Forget making soggy sandwiches and instead, look to the smattering of restaurants and farm shops that offer made-to-order picnic hampers for visitors to demolish al fresco.
Make the most of the nice weather with an Italian-inspired hamper from Carluccio’s. Dig into a delicious pearl barley salad, and chicken supreme with lemon, garlic and chilli doused in balsamic dressing and little pancetta, spring onion and Taleggio tarts. Dessert comes in the form of individual strawberry shortcrust tarts and authentic Piedmont biscotti. Carluccio’s is great for veggies too, with spinach, ricotta and pine nut tarts top of the culinary list. Add a bottle of Prosecco and drink yourself jolly.
What could be nicer than whiling away an afternoon sprawled out on the grass? Bill’s hampers, that’s what. Hampers come packed with Bill’s own fine products; the traditional hamper incorporates classic strawberry jam, breakfast tea, a big enamel teapot and chocolate and Brazil nut oaties. For ultimate indulgence, look to the bumper hamper that includes marmalade, chutney, jam, red wine, truffles, chocolate bars and Bill’s bon bons, dressing and olive oil.
The Sycamore Inn
If you find yourself rambling around the idyllic village of Birch Vale in Derbyshire, definitely pop into this tranquil, family-run inn. If the sun is shining, soak up the rural views after pre-ordering a hamper that’s been lovingly assembled by the team and filled with local goods. From the luxury, classic and cheese to Italian or Greek, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.
Arch House Deli
Venture to Bristol to sample Arch House Deli’s biodegradable picnic hampers brimming with hand-picked treats and freshly made produce. Spread your picnic blanket and start unpacking your romantic picnic hamper of fresh strawberries and Dulce de Leche, crackers, butter and chutney, charcuterie, artisan cheeses, deli salads and home-baked tartlets. The bottle of Prosecco completes it.
Wellington Farm Shop
Occupying a rather secret spot in the Hampshire countryside, this farm shop and café has just about everything you could want under one roof. The staff have sampled everything available to purchase and are ready to assist when putting together a hamper or tuck box, perhaps filled with local sliced meat, quiche, sausage rolls, pastries and fresh bread straight from the oven.