This summertime, take advantage of al fresco dining in the sun with some of our favourite ready-made picnic hampers
By Paola Peralta & Philippa Thomas
Just because a British picnic often involves nervously commenting on dark clouds, fending off passing hungry dogs and having to seriously improvise when needing the toilet, 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.
8 of the best ready-made picnic hampers
Treehouse Hotel London
For those who want to take a trip down memory lane, Treehouse Hotel London’s retro picnic offers a fine selection of classic British bites. Mini Cornish pasties, coronation chicken sandwiches, and swiss roll are all on offer in this beautifully presented hamper. The picnics cost from £30 and are available for takeaway by click and collect or as an in-room dining option for hotel guests. All orders must be made 24 hours in advance so be sure to plan ahead.
Rathfinny Estate in the South Downs has launched beautiful Vineyard Picnic Hampers for the summer created by Tasting Room Head Chef Chris Bailey. Seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients will be used in the three-course menu, which costs £30 a head and is available for collection Wednesday to Sunday. Dishes include watermelon and feta salad, grilled sea trout and Victoria sponge with strawberries for a quintessential English picnic.
To celebrate the reopening of Mayfair’s original shopping gallery, Burlington Arcade has launched an exclusive ‘Tea for Two’ hamper in partnership with French confectioners Ladurée and Moet & Chandon. Shoppers who book an appointment with a retailer at the Arcade will receive a complimentary basket filled with a delicious assortment of goods including freshly baked scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, macarons, and a small bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne. For those who are not in the shopping mood, the hamper can also be purchased directly for £60 from Ladurée to take away.
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 Piccadilly’s Le Deli Robuchon. Diners have a choice of the finest French cuisine with quiches, cheeses, and freshly baked pastries all on offer. Each hamper, from £80, is complete with a selection of wines including Domaines Ott Rosé. To order, call in advance or head in store and collect from Le Deli.
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
If you are heading out to one of the Capital’s many beautiful parks, you can now order one of Megan’s new picnic boxes to come and join you. From £23, these hampers are great for picky eaters as you can choose your own delicious selection of dishes from their Mediterranean-inspired menu. The boxes, which come with either lemonade, prosecco or champagne, can be ordered via click and collect and picked up at a number of their southwest eateries.
French traiteur and delicatessen Colette has launched a hamper collection full of fine foods for every al fresco occasion. The BBQ Hamper includes Thai spiced Argentinian prawns and miso-glazed halibut steaks to cook on the grill, while the Afternoon Tea Hamper includes mini sandwiches like lobster roll on brioche and traditional scones with all the trimmings. Finally, the Picnic Hamper includes elegant twists on classic favourites such as the black pudding scotch egg and ham and gruyere baguette. Available via click and collect and delivery.
Ampéli’s seasonal picnic boxes are bursting with the bright flavours of the Mediterranean, best enjoyed with a delicious Greek wine from the restaurant’s expertly curated list. Highlights from the pescatarian box include salt cod croquettes and cod’s roe dip with pickled jalapenos while the vegan box is full of delights like a smoked aubergine dip, tahini and walnuts.
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