Summer is on the horizon and National Picnic Week runs from 16-25 June, so dust off the picnic blanket and check out these exciting new picnic essentials, from ready made luxury spreads to cool accessories…
READY MADE PICNICS
1 Fortnum & Mason’s Picnics
For years, Fortnum & Mason’s has been London’s number one picnic stop, and this year they are rolling out two picnic feasts. The Great BBQ Picnic includes items like fountain sausages, Highgrove organic burgers, Cornish salad and classic coleslaw. As well as dessert options like pineapple rings, marshmallows on skewers and a Fortnum’s chocolate bar. Round up the meal by breaking open the Rosso Piceno Saladini Pilastri (priced £100, feeds four). There’s also the Primrose Picnic, which includes items like smoked salmon, baguettini rolls, scotch eggs, bothy pie and new potato salad as well as summer berries, lemon posset and flourless chocolate cake. Top off the meal with a glass of the provided Prosecco (priced at £125, feeds two). Cutlery and dining accessories included.
Available online at fortnumandmason.com
2 Gourmet Picnic with Butler Service by DUKES LONDON
DUKES LONDON’s gourmet picnic hampers, created by Executive Head Chef Nigel Mendham, are not only bursting with culinary treats, they’re also served by a private picnic butler in gorgeous Green Park. A hamper full of very British delicacies such as poached Loch Duart salmon and artisan cheese (or vegetarian versions with baked avocado quiche and chickpea salad), comes complete with warm rugs, plump cushions and blankets. Children’s picnics are also available, including pasta salad and strawberry trifle. From £39.50 per person (minimum two people per picnic), or from £99 with a small bottle of Champagne. Children’s picnics are £12 per person. Available all summer.
To book see dukeshotel.com
3 German Gymnasium and Wines of Germany’s Berlin Picnic
Make like a Berliner and pick up one of German Gymnasium’s contemporary picnic hampers, created in partnership with Wines of Germany. Head to a nearby urban picnic spot, like Granary Square or Regent’s Park, or indulge on the Grade II listed restaurant’s own terrace. Served from 5 June until 10 September, the picnic comes in three varieties, each designed to highlight a different German wine, with an assortment of German delicacies (three varieties of Bavarian Giga rolls, a Bavarian cheese delicacy and cornichons, buttery shortbread topped with apricot jam and hazelnuts, and marzipan treats. The picnic is served in a modern steel hamper complete with wayfarer-style sunglasses for two.
1 Kings Boulevard, Kings Cross N1C 4BU; germangymnasium.com
4 Les Pique-niques from PAUL
If you want a little more control over what comes in your basket, PAUL is releasing a made-to-order picnic deal full of authentic French favourites. Simply choose your PAUL sandwich, quiche or salad, a bag of PAUL hand-cooked crisps, a slice of tart or large macaron and either cherry lemonade or peach iced tea. Your picnic will come prepared in a ‘Sac á Pique-nique’ — a smart and reusable cool bag — complete with a disposable chequered paper tablecloth. £20 for two people or £38 for four people.
Order online at paul-uk.com
5 ScandiKitchen Picnic Bundles
ScandiKitchen has created three sandwich bundles for picnic lovers to choose from. The Swedish Midsummer Spread (£67.99) serves four-to-six people, and includes an array of classic Swedish dishes such as mustard herring, gravadlax, mini cinnamon buns and a bottle of Aquavit. The Swedish Midsummer Selection (£49.99) serves two-three people and includes herring in dill, classic Swedish meatballs and bottle of Aquavit. Finally, the Swedish Taste of Midsummer (£24.99) serves two and includes a smaller selection of Sweden’s favourite dishes plus an individual bottle of Aquavit.
Available in store and online at scandikitchen.co.uk
6 Carluccio’s Picnic Baskets
Carluccio’s has put together picnic baskets perfect for families. Based on Italian-style food, Carluccio’s picnics provide you with a selection of antipasti, Ligurian focaccia bread, rosemary bruschetta and panzanella salad, to name just a few. Plus, each basket can be downsized to a kids’ version or created for vegetarians. Both the vegetarian and classic baskets are £45, while the kids’ version is £10.
Pre-order online at carluccios.com and pick up from your nearest branch
7 The Modern Pantry
In celebration of the warmer summer months, Modern Pantry has released its new line of picnic baskets: meat, fish, vegetarian and an afternoon tea hamper. Each of the baskets provide a twist on the picnic classics by featuring items such as ‘The Modern Pantry sausage roll with sour cherry, miso and fenugreek leaf piccalilli’ while its sandwiches will include seasonal ingredients sourced locally. Known for their afternoon tea, the Modern Pantry picnic basket version will be a great option for those days where your sweet tooth just can’t be satisfied. All the baskets are priced at £22 and packed in printed cotton bags alongside disposable cutlery and napkins.
Pre-order 48 hours in advance online at themodernpantry.co.uk or in the Clerkenwell brance
1 Harvey Nichols Picnic Treats
For those seasoned-picnic-goers, Harvey Nichols has released an exclusive set of items perfect for bringing a little twist to your favourite picnic baskets. The Fossier Raspberry Macarons are ideal for bringing a little sweetness to your basket (£7.50), and the Flyboyant Dragonfly Tray will add a little flourish to proceedings (£40).
Both available in-store and online at harveynichols.com
2 Milly Green’s Ascot Treats
In honor of the Royal Ascot returning at the end of June, Milly Green has released tea caddies, biscuits, fudge and travel sweets stored in cute, keepsake boxes and tins perfect to stash in a picnic basket on your way to the races. If you are lucky enough to be attending Ascot this year, be sure to enter Milly Green’s competition to win a picnic hamper filled with all mentioned above as well.
Available online at millygreen.com
3 The Vino Beano Sparkling Rosé
Picnic-ers with everything but the drink should check out Vino Beano’s Lambrusco NV. The sparkling rosé is a wonderful blush pink that brings to mind the taste of white peach, lemon sorbet, fresh strawberries and hawthorn. It goes well with summer salads, cured meats and light pasta dishes. £90 per case and £15 per bottle.
Available online at thevinobeano.com
4 Tolly McRae Picnic Rug
Every picnic needs a good picnic rug, ideally one that’s comfortable, easy to lug around and stylish. Tolly McRae has released a limited-edition rug that fits all of these criteria. The rug is made from pure lambswool, a lovely pastel yellow colour and is larger than your average picnic blanket so there’s plenty of space for friends and food. Plus, it comes with a strap attached so it’s easy to carry. £119.
Available online at tollymcrae.co.uk
5 BBQ Grill Briefcase
BBQ Picnics are always a crowd favourite, but aren’t the easiest thing to accomplish. Fortunately, with Kikkerland’s new portable BBQ Grill, picnic-goers and BBQ lovers are sorted. Styled as a briefcase, this portable grill is super convenient and easy to carry wherever and whenever you’re next picnic-ing. £67.72.
Available online at kikkerlandeu.com
6 The Gourmet Trotter
The name of the company says it all – this golf trolley-style picnic hamper was made for edible outdoor adventures. It’s made up of three detachable modules, each creatively designed to accommodate stylish, durable dining accessories for up to four people, plus your gourmet produce. £399.
7 Flying Tiger Picnic Pack
The Royal Doulton is probably not the wisest choice for a rambunctious picnic. Make it easy on yourself and grab a Picnic Pack from Flying Tiger. The pack comes with everything necessary for a picnic for four, including napkins, plates, cutlery and cups all styled in a bright and bold monochrome pineapple design. £4.
Available in store or online at gb.flyingtiger.com