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Monday 23 May 2011

Perfect picnic picks

As the Famous Five once said, food tastes better outdoors, so here are our picks for a perfect picnic.

First, you'll need a picnic basket. This hamper for two is perfect for a romantic picnic-a-deux, and comes with plates, wine glasses, cutlery and a handy food cooler. It costs £105 from Oliver Bonas.

If stumping up a hundred quid on a picnic basket is too extravagant, just shove these colourful butterfly plates in a Tesco's bag and be done with it. They cost £24 from Rocket St George.

To picnic in comfort, you need a picnic blanket. Otherwise, you're just going to sit on a stone, or get mud on your skirt or ants in your pants. Or maybe all three. This stag print blanket from Graham & Green is both funky and functional as it has a waterproof backing to stop the dew spoiling your frock. It costs £40.
Now I know you should really use plastic tumblers for a picnic, but these embossed vintage style glasses from Marks and Spencer are just too pretty to ignore. So be careful, ok? They're £19.50 for four.

Now for food. A pork pie is a must for any picnic. Mrs King's pork pies are the genuine Melton Mowbray article. A 450g pie will set you back £6.95 from Foreman and Field.

For cheese, head straight to Neals Yard Dairy, where you can pick a ready made cheeseboard, or get one of the helpful folk to find you your perfect cheese match. This is a selection of cheeses that are all made with vegetable rennet. It costs £50, but it does feed 14 people.

To go with it, why not try some Damson Cheese. It's not really cheese, silly. It's a sort of solid jam that's lovely WITH cheese. It's £3.25 from uber-posh Fortnum & Mason.

After all that cheese and pie, you might want to be a bit healthy and have some salad. But if you're going to do that, you'll really need a salad dressing. We like Tracklements' new balsamic dressing, which is tangy and sweet. It's also great on leftover roast chicken, if you're feeling less virtuous. It costs £3.55 and is available direct from Tracklements or lots of nice little delis around the country.

And finally, I think this beer bucket from John Lewis would come in handy at any outdoor event. Just fill it with ice and leave the bottles to chill. Picnic perfection.


  1. You know what I like about picnics? When it rains, and then you have to have an indoor picnic. Indoor picnics are the best.

  2. I have that Stag Picnic Blanket AND I used it yesterday for my Car Picnic. It was rad. I wrote about it this morning here --->


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