Going for a picnic has always been a popular pastime in this country but since it became one of the only ways we’re allowed to socialise under lockdown, the art of the picnic has been taken up a notch. A couple of tinnies and a packet of cocktail sausages isn’t gonna cut it anymore, not when you can get mega ready-made picnic boxes like these. And most of them can be delivered too, so if the weather takes a turn you can have a sofa picnic instead.
Noble House Prepared – swap the limp sarnies for this chef-prepared fine food feast from Noble House Prepared. They’re delivering not one but THREE different picnic offerings (savoury, sweet or mixed), featuring luxe products like East London’s H.Forman & Son Smoked Salmon and gourmet giant sausage rolls. Plus, all baked items come frozen just in case the British weather lets you down. That’s what we call a luxury version of Iceland.
Pique – no matter what the occasion, Pique has a picnic box to match. They specialise in luxury homemade picnics and have boxes for celebrations, birthday breakfasts, movie nights and more, which you can get delivered within seven miles of Battersea. Everything comes in recyclable or compostable packaging, and you can add on wicker hampers and rugs if you’re really trying to impress.
Bocca di Lupo – Soho’s Bocca di Lupo are celebrating our new found freedom with a range of picnic feasts. The classic box features the likes of Sardinian crispbread with a pecorino cream for dipping, a hearty side of smoked ricotta with grilled aubergines, Tuscan salami, house-made marbled ricotta and chocolate cake, and a bottle of bottle of Gelupo’s very own Prosecco. They’ll deliver to any London postcode and even throw in a snazzy tote bag (as well as eco-friendly cutlery, plates and glasses) so it’s all ready to be carried to the park.
London Shell Co. – the floating restaurant can’t have people aboard to eat seafood so it’s sending the seafood to you via their new Seashore to Front Door delivery service. Their Easter picnic box includes whole smoked trout, smoked salmon, pepper curedchar, crevettes & mayo, soda bread, and a bottle of The Grand Duchess English Sparkling Wine to complete the feast. AHOY.
Rudy’s Vegan – who says the meat eaters should have all the picnic fun? Swap out the sausage rolls for peppered plant-based salami and Apricolina cheeze, along with freshly baked baguettes and delicious vegan butter. There are three Rudy’s Vegan picnic options to choose from; the Basic Basket, Premium Picnic and Super Premium Picnic, so if you’re feeling fancy add on the Frizzenti sparkling wine and call it a picnic party.
José Pizarro – pretend you’re holidaying somewhere in Spain with this ready-to-eat tapas style picnic from our favourite Spanish chef José Pizarro. Obviously it includes slices of Jamón Ibérico, but also tortilla de patatas, manchego and la Peral cheese, empanadilla de atún, boquerones, ensaladilla Ruse, olives and TWO bottles of Nordes Gin. And they deliver nationwide.
Provisions – North London’s cheese and wine shop Provisions have to put together a picnic hamper that’s brimming with organic produce and natural wines from some of Europe’s hidden gems. It features all sorts of spreads (like houmous, olive tapenade and tuna paté), as well as cold meats, cheese, a selection of nibbles and a bottle of vino too. And not only do they deliver nationwide but it’s also plastic-free.