When you find a beautiful spot, roll out a picnic blanket and tuck into delicious food and drink you know you’ll be creating memories to last a lifetime as you enjoy the very best type of al fresco dining.
Whether it’s in the park or on the beach there’s nothing quite like the combination of fresh air, great food and a bunch of friends or family, and with National Picnic Month in July celebrating this great British tradition, we take a look at some of the best treats to share.
Picnic Treats – Chunk of Devon
Chunk of Devon has made al fresco dining effortless for you. Their brand new selection pack, the Ultimate Picnic Selection, has been curated to celebrate the great British summer with the best products for enjoying hot or cold.
Handmade in Devon and delivered direct to your door, you can order either traditional or veggie. Choose from: The Traditional Picnic Selection: 2 x Steak Pasties, 2 x Original Chunki Sausage Rolls, 3 x Squealer Pork Pies, 2 x Ploughman’s.
Each box costs £35 with free delivery. For more info and their list of 20 best picnic spots across Devon, simply visit www.chunkofdevon.co.uk.
Picnic Treats – Trewithen Dairy
Freshly baked scones loaded with fresh Trewithen Dairy Cornish Clotted Cream and a dollop of your favourite jam is a quintessentially English treat, and one to be enjoyed against a backdrop of wildflowers, long grasses and singing birds. Trewithen Dairy’s Cornish Clotted Cream is produced using only milk from local herds which is then gently pasteurised in small batches and cooked over a low heat.
Trewithen Dairy Cornish clotted cream 200g, RRP Â£1.99 available from Ocado, Morrisons, ASDA, Spar. www.trewithendairy.co.uk
Picnic Treats – Flapjackery
Soft, buttery, sweet and oozing delicious golden syrup, gluten-free flapjacks from Devon-based Flapjackery are a mouth-watering treat to share among friends.
By adding the best, most scrumptious ingredients to the humble, gluten-free oat Flapjackery have taken the rustic flapjacks to the next level, and when you’re enjoying time outdoors these most gratifying of treats will satisfy even the sweetest tooth.
Delivered straight to your door, the picnic box contains giant flapjacks cut into half pieces, which are perfect for sharing.
Nationwide delivery from Flapjackery, 3 Giant Flapjacks £12.00, 6 Giant Flapjacks £24.00. To order visit Flapjackery.
Picnic Treats – Clementina Cakes
Cake lovers can choose from four luxurious collections from Clementina Cakes, each offering a slice of mouth-wateringly moreish perfection:
The Brownies – a chocoholics dream with six Signature Clementina Cakes Brownies and six Salted Caramel Swirl Brookies.
The Blondies – rich, fudgy and buttery, there are six Raspberry and White Chocolate and six Lemon Meringue Gin Blondies.
The Great British Brownies – baked to celebrate our heritage of red, white and blue with brownies smothered in chocolate ganache and adorned with ruby red raspberry, white meringue nibs and sapphire blue cornflower petals.
Big Love Brownies – brownies smothered in chocolate ganache, strewn with chocolate chips and finished with hand placed red fondant hearts.
Visit the Clementina Cakes website to shop the luxurious collection, available from £19.99 Clementinacakes.co.uk
Picnic Treats – Sharpham Cheese
Good cheese is vital to a picnic, so pack up a chopping board, sharp knife, fresh crusty baguette and some Sharpham Cheese.
Sharpham Rustic with Chives and Garlic is a fresh, rich and crumby semi-soft cheese made deliciously savoury with the addition of chives and garlic, which works well with a fruity West Country cider.
Sharpham Brie is made with Jersey milk and is a mould ripened cheese with a creamy texture and unique flavour that’s rich and unctuous when young, developing mushroomy notes.
Sharpham Cheese is available for nationwide delivery. Sharpham Brie is available from £6.00 and Sharpham Rustic from £8.50. Delivery £9.50 or pick up.
A picnic hamper from Darts Farm is a hassle free way of enjoying a picnic.
The Darts Farm Picnic Hamper is filled with delicious food and drink from world class artisan producers across the West Country and British Isles, such as honey roast ham,Vicky’s Bread Bordelaise Loaf, Vicky’s Bread Bordelaise Loaf. A vegetarian option is also available.
Darts Farm Picnic Hampers are available from £55.00 with nationwide delivery.
Refreshing drinks are as important as delicious food, and while jugs of fresh water are a must on warm summer days, a refreshing organic fruit juice, a glass of sparkling cider or rose are wonderful to share when relaxing is the order of the day.
Having produced beautiful organic drinks in South Devon since 1975, Luscombe Drinks certainly know what they’re doing.
A delicious organic fruit juice, a sparkling fruit crush, a non-alcoholic bubbly, Luscombe’s drinks are entirely free from concentrates, additives, preservatives, colourings, artificial flavourings or enhancers and are delightfully refreshing on warm summer’s days.
Nationwide free delivery with a Luscombe Drinks Taster Pack of 12, 27cl bottles for £20.28. To order visit Luscombe Drinks.
Picnic Treats – Wickhams Wine
Nothing shouts summer more than a glass of rose and independent online wine merchant, Wickhams, has come up trumps with Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel (ABV 13%) and Piquepoul Noir Rose `Foncalieu` 2020.
This former is a superb rosa and made from a blend of old vines and uses traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, resulting in a rounded and expressive Provence rose with unusual complexity, while the latter has a wonderfully fresh palate with summer berry flavours and notes of crushed rose petals.
Whispering Angel (75cl) retails at £16.99 and Piquepoul Noir Rose (75cl) is £9.99. Both can be purchased at www.wickhamwine.co.uk.
Picnic Treats – Sharpham Wine
For summer in a glass, Sharpham Estate Selection is an absolute must. This light, dry white wine shows aromas of green apple, gooseberry and elderflower. The palate is very fresh and clean with a citrus driven acidity which pairs extremely well with fresh grilled fish and crab and easy drinking in the sunshine.
For a celebration choose Sharpham Sparkling Pink, a crisp and delicate, traditional method English Sparkling Wine. There are aromas of fresh strawberry, tart raspberry and some floral notes. The palate is vibrant and fruity showing great balance and complexity which pairs well with charcuterie, prawns, salmon and goats cheese dishes.
Sharpham Estate Selection retails at Â£15.20 and Sharpham Sparkling Pink is £27.00. Both can be purchased at www.sharpham.com
Salcombe Brewery’s Sun Drop
Sun Drop (ABV 4.6%) is a gluten free and vegan friendly, dry-hopped ale that has an intensely fruity, citrusy aroma of melon, orange and pink grapefruit which really packs a punch and quenches the thirst.
Nationwide delivery with RRP £24 for 12 x 330ml bottles £24.00. To order visit www.salcombebrewery.com
Picnic Treats – Sandford Orchards Katja
Devon-based Sandford Orchards sparkling cider is a delicious and refreshing summer tipple crafted from the dessert apple Katja. Vibrant, light and fresh with fragrant green apple and strawberry notes, there is a subtle sweetness, crisp natural acidity with undertones of melon, honeysuckle and citrus fruit.
Available for nationwide delivery RRP £9.00 per 750ml bottle www.sandfordorchards.co.uk
Picnic Treats – Salcombe Gin Start Point
The iconic Start Point lighthouse marked the beginning of the 19th century voyages of the Salcombe Fruit Schooners which carried the exotic goods, fruits and spices that inspire this gin’s signature flavour. Distilled to the London Dry method, this multi-award winning classic citrus led gin is elegantly smooth, distinct and complex yet extremely versatile.
Available in 70cl and 5cl. 44% ABV from £40.00. Every UK 70cl bottle purchased helps protect and regenerate 2m² of seagrass by donating 40p to the Marine Conservation Society. www.salcombegin.com
And for something extra special why not fire up a barbecue….
Picnic Treats – Kamado Joe
Take a transportable Kamado Joe and fire up the barbecue. Kamado Joe’s innovative Joe Jr is perfect for picnics. Joe Jr boasts a 377 square centimetre cooking surface – ample space for a full beer-can chicken with vegetables. The thick-walled ceramic body locks in heat, moisture and flavour. The heat deflector plate allows cooks to experiment with indirect heat for more flexible cooking.
Picnic Treats. Hot Smoked
Devon-based Hot Smoked has everything you need to fuel those outdoor gastronomic adventures. And it’s so simple. Pop wood chips into the tin, add to the barbecue, and the aromatic woodsmoke curls around and infuses the food, whether you’re cooking up a meat feast, creating a sumptuous vegetarian platter, or opting for fish.
Seasoned barbecue hot smokers and beginners alike will love the Smoke and Spice Box. Each box contains Pear chips, for a spice edged fruity smoke flavour, and Whisky Barrel Chips, for a heady oaky smoke punch, together with a Piri Piri Hot Spice Rub and the Hot Smoked stainless steel smoker box. The box also comes with a four page leaflet with recipes.
Smoke & Spice BBQ Kit (£27) available nationwide from www.hotsmoked.co.uk