Packing your own? Upgrade your picnic with these gourmet essentials
Valentina’s Selection Black Truffle Sticks
This online deli sells top-notch Italian food from artisan producers. It’s owned by Valentina Harris, an Italian chef, food writer and teacher, with a passion for authentic ingredients. She chooses every item herself, all of which are lovingly and sustainably-made, like these slow-cooked, finest black truffle breadsticks (£36).
Savoursmith Gourmet Crisps
Give a picnic staple an upgrade with these posh crisps. They’re handmade in small batches in Cambridgeshire and come in sublime flavours like ‘Truffle and Rosemary’ and ‘Champers and Serrano Chilli. Grab a bag (or two) at Harrods, Harvey Nics, Fortnum & Mason and other food halls.
Pierre Marcolini’s Summer Collection
I can’t think of anywhere fancier to shop for your picnic puds than expert chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. His sophisticated style and use of rare, inventive ingredients have gained him accolades worldwide. There’s plenty of picnic-friendly treats in the summer collection, like these beautiful, bright Melove cakes – a twist on those classic marshmallow teacakes.
GATO & Co: Free From Puds
These guilt-free artisan desserts are handmade using natural ingredients so they’re free from nasties like refined sugar, gluten and dairy. At less than 230 calories a pot and only £2.29, how can you say no?
Mirabeau Etoile Rosé 2016
What says summer more than sipping ice-cold rosé? This elegant crowd-pleaser pairs beautifully with salads and nibbles with its floral notes. The award-winning, boutique wine brand was founded by British producers Stephen and Jeany Cronk who’ve earned global acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics.
Pinkster’s Giant Gin Box
We’ve all heard of boxed wine but now there’s boxed gin thanks to boutique British gin-makers, Pinkster’s. There is a handy pouring tap and the whole thing’s recyclable. It’s ideal for festivals too, where glass isn’t usually allowed. If you haven’t tried it yet, this delectable tipple is made from ripe raspberries. The box costs £135 for 300cl.
Popaball Bubbles and Shimmer
…And if you want to go full-on glam, top off your drinks with Popaball bursting flavour bubbles or coloured shimmer – best for Prosecco, spirits and soft drinks.
Nonsuch Shrubs Drinking Vinegars
Shrubs (a booze-free syrup made by infusing vinegar, fruit and sugar) are set to be one of the year’s biggest foodie trends. Nonsuch has gone one step further by creating these sophisticated infusions. They’re tangy and refreshing – the perfect thirst-quencher for your picnic.