This summertime, take advantage of al fresco dining in the sun with some of our favourite ready-made picnic hampers
By Philippa Thomas & Abbie Schofield
A British picnic often involves nervously commenting on dark clouds, fending off passing hungry dogs and having to seriously improvise when needing the toilet. But it doesn’t mean the food has to be bad! Forget soggy sandwiches and lacklustre supermarket nibbles – treat yourself to a luxury picnic hamper instead. Here are some of our favourite ready-made picnic hampers to try.
The best ready-made picnic hampers
Le Deli Robuchon
If you fancy something with a little je ne sais quoi, you can now order your own beautifully bespoke picnic hamper from Le Deli Robuchon. Diners have a choice of the finest French cuisine with quiches, cheeses, freshly baked pastries and fabulous wines all on offer. Each hamper, from £20, is fully customisable. To order, contact [email protected]
Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason’s range of summer hampers are worth it for getting your hands on the iconic wicker basket alone – thankfully, there are also plenty of treats inside to make any outdoor get-together extra special. From bottles of bubbly to everything you need for the perfect cheeseboard, the hampers also make a wonderful gift for friends and family.
From £85; fortnumandmason.co.uk
French traiteur and delicatessen Colette has launched a hamper collection full of fine foods for every al fresco occasion. There’s the BBQ Hamper for your grilled feast, the Afternoon Tea Hamper full of traditional delights and a Picnic Hamper with meat, pescatarian and veggie options. Available via click and collect and delivery.
From £75, colette.co.uk
Bocca di Lupo
Bocca di Lupo’s hamper of Italian essentials is perfect for an al fresco feast. The picnic box contains flatbreads, prosciutto, salami, ricotta, grilled aubergines, chocolate cake, Prosecco and more. They’ve thought of everything, with eco-friendly plates, napkins and cutlery included too.
From £86, boccadilupoathome.com
Not Another Bill
Unique gifting site Not Another Bill allows you to build your own picnic hamper, with the choice of a wicker basket or personalised tote bag to house your goodies. Choose from a wonderful range of snacks and drinks, and you can add on homeware bits too.
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