Sharon Reid

 

It was National Picnic Week last week, my inbox overflows with these almost weekly commemorations and quite frankly, it’s a struggle to keep up! Alas, I may be over seven days late for National Picnic Week; however, gloriously warm weather means that eating alfresco is pretty much compulsory! So with outdoor dining in mind, cast a critical eye on our round up of the best picnics:

Healthy Hampers

Where from? Meat –free restaurant Ethos

What’s in the hamper?

Gluten –Free and Vegan hampers (£8 each) dishes include: Pitta & dip; Crunchy summer salad; Wasabi potato salad; Californian chickpea Salad with caramelised Shallots & pumpkin Seeds; Broccoli with candy striped beetroot & crispy lotus root; Gluten –free bread; and Black bean brownies.

For something a little more indulgent go up scale with the Premium Hamper (£29.99) this includes either a bottle of Brut or Rosé; Farfelle a la crème with walnuts & mushrooms; Whole aloo scotch egg with spicy ketchup; Summer crunch salad; and two Black bean brownies.

Armed with your hamper and you are stuck for somewhere to go – no problem, all hampers include a map of nearby picnic spots.

Please note, hampers must be pre-ordered via their website before 10:30am, then picked up from the restaurant between 12 -3pm.

For further information please visit: www.ethosfoods.com

A Touch of Luxury

Where from? Luxury boutique hotel, Flemings Mayfair

What’s in the hamper?Traditional Picnic Hamper -

The traditional hamper (£89 serves two) is filled with various delights: rustic panzanella, Greek or caesar salad; Cucumber sandwiches; Smoked salmon and dill butter sandwiches; Scones; Fresh fruit salad; Red velvet cupcakes; Macarons; and soft drinks with a bottle of house wine (red, white or rosé).

Eat your freshly -prepared picnic in one of the nearby parks – Green Park, Hyde Park or St. James’s Park.

Picnic hampers must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance. For further information please visit: www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

Where From? Award winning restaurant Corrigans Mayfair

What’s in the hamper?Corrigan's Mayfair -Luxury Picnic Hamper

Seven freshly prepared seasonal dishes (£100 serves two): Grilled sardines; New potatoes; Pickled radish; Air dried Irish beef; Celeriac remoulade; Artichoke; Heritage beetroot; Goat’s curd; Smoked mackerel; English summer berries; Shortbread; Crème fraîche

Additional extras include: Homemade bread & hand churned butter, half a bottle of Champagne and mineral water. Corrigan’s hamper is a plastic cutlery and paper plate free – zone! Expect crockery, cutlery and glassware. A blanket also forms part of the package.

48 hours noticed is required when ordering.

If you have the means to up your picnic game, or perhaps you are planning a specific occasion or you require something special to share with family and friends then opt for Corrigan’s luxury picnic service (from £1000). This exceptional service comes with a personal butler service – who is on hand to serve with finesse and ensure that the Champagne flows. Expect gourmet Irish and British dishes such as: Smoked eel & pressed duck liver terrine; Native lobster & citrus salad; Whole cornfed roast chicken; Irish beef carpaccio; Duck egg dressing; Dressed Cornish crab.

For further information please visit: www.corrigansmayfair.co.uk

Child Friendly

Where from? Award winning Primrose Hill bakery, Sweet Things

What’s in the hamper?Sweet Things - Children's Picnic

With the summer holidays fast approaching, this picnic is ideal for days out. Priced at £12.50, the hamper contains: a bucket and spade; Homemade bagel filled with cream cheese; Mini vanilla or chocolate cupcake; Fruit yo yo; bottle of still water; and one voucher for a scoop of Sweet Things Gelato or Sorbet.

High Tea

Where from? Sweet Things

What’s in the hamper?Sweet Afternoon Tea hamper - Sweet Things

An alfresco afternoon tea, what’s not to like? Choose from either sweet (£23 serves two) or sweet and savoury (£27 serves two).

Find the following baked sweet treats: two Cream teas (loose leaf teas) made with Sweet Things’ award winning Scones served with homemade jam and clotted cream; a selection of six Mini cupcakes; and a Triple chocolate brownie.Sweet and Savoury Afternoon Tea hamper -Sweet Things

For something sweet and savoury expect: Savoury bagels choose from smoked salmon and cream cheese or mature cheddar and tomato; Scones with homemade jam and clotted cream; selection of six Mini cupcakes; and two bottles of still or sparkling water.

Allow between two – four hours when ordering.

Please note there is an additional £10 refundable deposit on the wicker hamper, alternatively you can choose to keep this!

For further information please visit: www.sweetthings