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The best luxury picnic hampers

The best luxury picnic hampers

The Great British summer may be unpredictable, but one thing you can count on is the public heading to green spaces en masse to eat, drink and make the most of the sunshine in between the showers.

But when far from the kitchen and out and about among the well-heeled folk of London, sad salads and soggy sandwiches just won’t cut it. That’s why those in the know are eschewing the tin foil and DIY picnic fare and outsourcing their outdoor catering.

And where best to head for the best of British food than the landmark food halls? Harrods has set the bar high with its new picnic-hamper range, which launched in June. The range consists of four tiers of one-box meals starting at £25 for two people. A picnic and vegetarian picnic option features Harrods’ best-loved sandwiches, savoury pastries, salad and fruit selection.

Sep 20th 2019
Amelia Jean Jones
Craftsmanship
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The afternoon tea set puts together the best of The Harrods Tea Room in a convenient selection of finger sandwiches, scones and pâtisseries. The pièce de résistance decadent set, meanwhile, brings together the finest produce from the Fresh Market Hall including blinis with smoked salmon, a cheese and charcuterie board, crackers and antipasti, dipped strawberries and sweet treats.

Fortnum & Mason has risen to this season’s occasion. This summer it is offering a new Foodhall Hamper (£125) packed full of the iconic store’s gastronomic delights from hearty meats and fish platters to the pickles, tipples and sweet treats to accompany them.

This is Fortnum’s first summer at its newest outpost at one of the world’s most important centres of trade in the City, The Royal Exchange. It boasts takeaway hampers and fridges packed full of treats to stock them including Champagne and classic dishes such as grilled aubergine with chickpeas, chicken Caesar salad, a ploughman’s plate and Fortnum’s famous smoked salmon.

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Daylesford Delivered Ready to Serve is the organic farm, restaurant and store’s sustainable delivery service, which is designed to make your life a little easier. Contact the team and tell them about your gathering and the hot and cold dishes you’d like from the seasonal menu and they’ll deliver within an hour for up to eight people within a kilometre of your location (service charge from £20).

If setting up your own picnic pitch seems too much like hard work in the heat, Pique is a delivery service which not only offers a delicious array of food made
to order in one-hour time slots, but also selects and sets up the perfect spot for your meal. It comes complete with cool boxes, music speakers and a badminton set if required, then they clear up afterwards when you’ve eaten your fill (delivery and removal £60 for up to 30 guests).

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On top of its mouth-watering hampers, Dukes London charges guests £75 for a three-hour butler service to deliver, set up and clear your picnic spot after enjoying the best that British food has to offer. With vegan and veggie options, dishes include chocolate, salted caramel and hazelnut mousse, paprika and cheese scones and chorizo and goat’s cheese scotch egg with roasted almond and paprika pesto salad.

Restaurants are inviting guests to go outside and explore to enjoy their meal, with Corrigan’s Mayfair offering both a pick-up picnic hamper at £115 for two people and a luxury picnic service, complete with butler, featuring lobster and citrus salad, corn-fed roast chicken and beef carpaccio with duck-egg dressing, from £1,000.

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Heading out early? The Wolseley is offering a Breakfast Hamper (£150) to celebrate the café-restaurant’s most popular meal. Alongside a selection of the finest breakfast produce including artisan preserves, granola, loose-leaf tea and coffee, you’ll also receive a breakfast-for-two gift card to enjoy when the weather isn’t so summery.

For something a little bit different from the usual picnic blanket and wicker basket, Jimmy Garcia’s The BBQ Club has introduced its new Patch & Picnic concept. Guests can book games areas and pre-order the Social Butterfly hamper (£100 for four people) that’s full of favourites including barbecue chicken and strawberries and cream.

corrigansmayfair.co.uk | daylesford.com | dukeshotel.com | fortnumandmason.com  harrods.com | jimmyspopup.com | piquefood.co.uk | thewolseley.com

Images courtesy of The Wolseley, Fortnum & Mason, Dukes Hotel, Daylesford, Jodi Hinds.

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