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Posh Picnics

TOAST’s top picks of tasty ready-made picnics

There are few things in life that we Brits enjoy more than spending time outdoors in the glorious sunshine (if we’re lucky). One of the other things that we really enjoy is food. Put the two together and what have you got…? A picnic! Here are TOAST’s Top Picks of the best picnic providers around.



Spending time al fresco with a group of friends and a spread of scrumptious food is a truly idyllic way to spend a summer afternoon. Picnic-ing also goes hand-in-hand with some of the biggest events in the British social calendar – whether it’s classic cars at Goodwood, world class opera at Glyndebourne, or flower power at Chelsea – nearly everyone is packing a pretty killer picnic. And it’s not just the big events either – local outdoor concerts, cinema screenings and festivals are also brilliant opportunity with snacking outside with friends, and the local park or a back garden works just as well on a sunny day too.  

But if you don’t have the time (or the willing) to pack a picnic yourself, or perhaps you just feel like treating yourself to some tasty treats that someone else has made, then read on for TOAST’s top picks of the best ready made picnics that will delight you and your picnic guests this summer. All you need to do is grab a cosy rug, pick the perfect spot and pop a bottle – picnic time is here! 

TOAST'S Pick of The UK's Best Picnic Providers 

The Little Picnic Company

The Little Picnic Company have been producing picnics for events for more than 10 years, so it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two about what works. Whether you’re after an individual hamper for a jolly day out, or you’d like 200 hampers to feed your guests at a big event, these guys have got it covered.

There are dozens of tempting hand-prepared picnics to choose from, such as ‘The British Larder Picnic’ – packed full with pork pies, ham, cheese and pickles, plus scones and clotted cream for dessert of course, and their ‘Little Picnic’ is designed specially for hungry little mouths to enjoy!  

Each picnic comes beautifully packaged and contains everything you need including cutlery, plates and napkins  – you can even upgrade to a wicker hamper that also includes a gorgeous recycled wool rug. You can collect your chosen picnic from their kitchen in Addlestone, Surrey or they can deliver it to you in a refrigerated van!

Little Picnic Co Lunch

Little Picnic Co Spread

The Little Picnic Company,  www.littlepicniccompany.co.uk, Prices start from £9.50. 

Picnic Cornwall

Picnic Cornwall is a small, independent coffee shop, deli and hamper service located in the heart of Falmouth. Their aim is to bring you the finest seasonal food from the best Cornish producers, giving you a true taste of Cornwall. Their Cornish Cream Tea Hamper is the ultimate afternoon tea treat – packed full with handmade scones, Sisley’s Strawberry Preserve, Rodda’s Clotted Cream, Tregothnan Tea and a delicious bottle of Camel Valley Brut – heaven!

Or if you’d prefer something savoury then you can opt for their Cornish Cheese Hamper, which includes a beautiful slate board so you can serve up in style. If you’re after some location inspiration then head over to their website for a selection of the best picnic spots in Cornwall!

Picnic Cornwall

Picnic Cornwall, www.picniccornwall.co.uk, Price from £12.00
 

The Little Kitchen Company

The award-winning Little Kitchen Company’s so-called ‘Posh Picnics’ are just that - nothing is pre-prepared and the entire contents of their stylish cardboard disposable box are completely homemade (think home-made scones, cakes, breads, salads, pates…) so there’s not a soggy sandwich in sight!

Named after some fo the summer’s most prestigious events, their hampers are truly tempting. Their ‘Ascot Hamper’, for example, contains poached salmon with fennel and lemon served with a garlic aioli and a rich homemade chocolate brownie amongst plenty of other goodies, or you can choose from their vast menu and build your very own bespoke picnic feast!

The team can deliver your chosen hamper direct to events and homes within 10 miles of Winchester for a £5 charge, or for delivery outside of this area just give them a call!

Posh Picnics Jars

The Little Kitchen Companywww.thelittlekitchencompany.com

The English Cream Tea Company

Nothing quite beats a proper English Cream Tea, but when it comes delivered to your door packed up and ready to be devoured outside? Even better! The ‘Fresh English Picnic’ from The English Cream Tea Company contains a delicious afternoon tea service, from scones and sandwiches to smoked salmon roulades, British cheese, luxury chutneys and crisps, as well as a large traditional meat pie to share (a tasty vegetarian version is available too) and if you’re feeling flash then you can choose to add a bottle of champagne too!

Order enough for 2 or 4 and your hamper, complete with napkins and bamboo cutlery, will arrive in a specially designed chill box, ready to be enjoyed al fresco!

The English Cream Tea Company

The English Cream Tea Companywww.englishcreamtea.com, price from £69.00.

Carluccio’s

For a scrumptious picnic with an Italian twist then look no further than reliable Italian chain Carluccio’s. Imagine tucking in to piles of authentic antipasto served with fresh focaccia bread and tasty bruschetta, followed by a choice of fresh Italian salads. And to finish? Apricot frangipane tart and some Italian biscotti of course.

There’s a slo a selection of Itlaian wines to choose from, and each pincic comes packed in one of Carluccio’s trademark blue cool bags – yours to keep. If the sun shines on your picnic, with this spread you’ll feel as though you’re actually in Italy! Picnics can be pre-ordered up to 4hrs in advance from your nearest Carluccio’s, with plenty of options available for children, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Carluccios Picnic

Carluccio'swww.carluccios.com

Fortnum & Mason

The winner for cutest picnic out there has to go to Fortnum and Mason’s Hamperlings, which contain a perfect pint-sized picnic for one. Famous for their hampers and their fabulous, fresh food Fortnum’s’ stylish Hamperlings are small cool bags with a handy handle, that come in the trademark eau de nil blue and a variety of tempting contents to choose from, such as Coronation Chicken, Smoked Salmon, Charcuterie or Vegetarian.

Aside from the main event, each hamperling contains rye bread and a selection of desserts (lemon posset or chocolate cake, and decadent Napolitain chocolates) as well as a small panache salad with a tiny little bottle of dressing on the side. For true Fortnum’s’ luxury then opt for the Oscietra Caviar Hamperling, which includes their connoisseur caviar, miniature blinis, crème fraiche, shredded eggs, and a selection decadent chocolates for dessert. The ultimate posh picnic! Click and collect or home delivery available.

Fortnum And Mason

Fortnum and Mason,  www.fortnumandmason.com

 

Pique Food

Pique is a gourmet picnic delivery service run by two girls who are passionate about al-fresco dining. Sophie and Laura became friends whilst working as chefs for a London catering company; with experience in many areas of the food industry, they decided to pull together their skills and start a company specialising in freshly made picnics. Their food is made from the highest quality ingredients – such as Burford Brown eggs and hertitage tomatoes.

Choose from ‘Cupid’ – perfect for a romantic picnic a deux, or the ‘Cricket’ hamper for 6 – a real crowd pleaser. Every item comes beautifully packaged and tastes as good as it looks – choose from ‘nduja, black pudding, chickpea or traditional scotch eggs, Smoked salmon wholewheat mini bagels, chilli and herb prawn skewers and so much more. This is high end pinic-ing at its best and perfect for foodies.

Pique

Pique Spreass

Pique,  www.piquefood.co.uk Prices from £20 - £100. 


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