If you love the idea of finding a sunny al fresco dining spot in your favourite park after work but aren’t so keen on foil-wrapping sandwiches and dirty Tupperware, we suggest you take a look at London’s most appealing ready-made picnic hampers, put together in the capital’s finest kitchens. Here are the eateries offering the most delicious food bundles…
Trendy café and in-house bakery Albion has the USP of food and drink that is exclusively produced in Britain. Sample their selection of Blighty’s best with their picnic hamper, which comes complete with wicker basket, canvas bag and feeds up to four people with tasty treats like scotch eggs, sausage rolls, beef and horseradish sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam, all washed down with Fentiman’s Victorian Lemonade and Château Ollieux Romanis Rosé.
French restaurant chain Aubaine scores points with its ultimate park accessory: The ‘Pic Nic Box’. Not only does it come packed with a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, homemade bread and sweet treats (yes, there are macaroons), but it also comes packed in a dinky, eco-friendly box for easy transportation.
Carluccios’s have no less than three picnic options: Vegetarian, Classic, and Bambini. Serving two people or one (the children’s option), they offer an array of typical Italian nibbles, dishes and desserts (there’s also the option to add a bottle of wine or Prosecco – when in Rome). Order up to 24 hours in advance from your nearest Carluccio’s, or plump for the chef’s choice – available on the day only. Food comes contained within a cool bag and all cutlery and napkins are provided, making this outdoor dining thing a doddle.
Chapters Luxury Hamper
Those who love a bit of luxury should plump for Chapters’ offering. No soggy sandwiches in sight, but instead, a three-course picnic menu of roast belly pork, salt beef, tomato couscous and more, that come beautifully presented in a wicker basket for just £45. Just pre-order with two hours’ notice, and be sure to select a bottle of vino from their extensive collection to go alongside.