As luck would have it, July just so happens to officially be National Picnic Month, and frankly, it couldn’t come at a better time!
But before you start rustling up your picnic finger food and dusting off the dog blanket, think again. The simple pleasure of a picnic is one to be savoured and enjoyed, now more so than ever.
Basically, it’s time to treat yourself. So, here’s five fabulous additions to add to your family picnic hamper today. And in keeping with the quintessentially British theme, we’ve picked our favourite premium British brands.
Essentials for a British Picnic
1. Sweet Theatre Chocolate Bars
For the ultimate in indulgence, Sweet Theatre chocolate bars bring a touch of West End pizzazz to proceedings. Inspired by all your favourite theatrical performances, our favourite theme has to be ‘The Wonderland Range’, more specifically the White Rabbit Bar. The velvety smooth white chocolate is indulgently laced with popping candy (see picture), making it a hit with all the family. Available just in time for Picnic Month and the occasional Mad Hatter Party, why not treat yourself to the entire range, beautifully decorated by Sancia Rose.
Available at - sweettheatre.com (From £4.25)
2. Munchy Play Tea Party Plate
As pictured, our kids’ plates aren’t just for teatimes. Nope, in fact they’re pretty darn good for any time of year, and most definitely our favourite time of year – summer! Easy to pack and clean while out and about, the Tea Party plate is set on a built-in picnic table for extra fun. With plenty of room to push your picnic finger food around on, this is a must-have for young children for a blissful day out…
Available here (£14.50)
3. The Fortnum and Mason Family Picnic Hamper
When you think of quintessential British food hampers, you think of Fortnum and Mason. Their gourmet foods are second-to-none and must be tried at least once. For the ultimate in luxury dining al fresco, their family picnic hamper for four can be home delivered, but sadly just to those within the M25. It includes decadent tarts, an artisan cheese platter, and their famous dips like Piccadilly Piccalilli. Plus, there’s a bottle of Portuguese wine to wash it all down. (PS, they also do a picnic hamper for 2 with food).
Available now on Fortnum and Mason (£180)
4. Peggy Porschen Cakes
When it comes to food to take on a picnic, you can never go wrong with a classic cupcake or scone. If you want to really wow friends, then Peggy Proschen in Belgravia is a must for any self-respecting foodie. Choose from a delightful variety, including their Eton Mess & Fleur Cupcake – the perfect picnic pick-me-up! As you’d expect, it’s a thing of beauty, perhaps too good to eat.
Available for delivery or collection at: peggyporschen.com (From £5.00)
5. Sloe Gin
In a break from tradition, it’s time to ditch the champagne flutes in favour of generous tumblers. Because this season, it’s all about Sloe Gin. The perfect afternoon tipple for grown-ups, its beautifully paired with a cupcake or strawberry. Best of all, it’s not too potent for when you have little ones to entertain on top!
Sipsmith Sloe Gin is available at sipsmith.com (£25)
Prices correct at time of publishing - please check in advance of purchase.