A perfect picnic - Chutneys, oils and pre-mixed tipples to enjoy during your next al fresco escape...
With temperatures set to give Spain a run for its money this week, there's never been a better time to dust off your picnic blanket and head to your park (or back garden) for a glorious picnic.
While packet sandwiches, salads, juice boxes and easy to eat fruits are the norm, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't put any thought into your picnic fare. With a few additions, such as lovely oils, chutneys and a cheeky, ready-to-drink tipple, you can take you picnic to another level.
We've rounded up some of our favourite items for you to enjoy this summer. Clockwise from left to right:
Greenall's pre-mixed cocktails - Made with Greenall's London Dry Gin and mixed with either Tonic Water or Pink Grapefruit. The Great British Cocktail that's a summer staple...
Vivo Bio Organic Red Wine Vinegar and Organic Olive Oil - Great with summer salads and full of organic goodness for health mavens.
BLOOM Gin & Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Gin & Tonic - Sophisticated ready-to-drink cocktails made with BLOOM London Dry Gin and Fentiman's Rose Lemonade or Tonic Water. Classic cocktails that are sure to be a hit...
Butler's Grove Apple Chutney
A Great Taste Award winning, gourmet apple chutney made with love in Hampshire. A thick apple chutney with spices and raisins. Serve with pork or cheeses.
The Blueberry Brothers Blueberry Chutney
A spicy, blueberry chutney with cardamon, mustard and fennel, hand made in Devon. Enjoy with cheeses or charcuterie.
If you'd like to be a bit more adventurous and would like to whip up some unique savoury sandwich fillings or make some delicious desserts, ensure you check out the Picnic Cookbook for inspiration.
Pre-made picnic baskets
If the thought of compiling your own picnic is too much like hard work, then you'll love the picnic baskets from Arch London. Gourmet picnic delights include half a bottle of Champagne; smoked salmon sandwiches; homemade crisps with sea salt lemon and sage; poached chicken cooked in the stone oven; potato salad; and a selection of freshly made macaroons.
The picnics are priced at £75 per person and come packaged in a posh hamper.
See you in the park with my picnic basket in tow!
Le Pain Quotidien
The Le Pain Quotidien picnic hamper can be purchased from 24 branches across London and is priced £40 or with wine, £48.
Wine options include Malbec, Domaine Bousquet, Argentina or Pinot Grigio, Mont’ Albano, Friuli Grave, Italy.
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