Get the kids slathered up in suncream and hit the park, for picnic season has officially begun. When soggy sarnies and crumbled crisps just won’t do, our favourite family-friendly restaurants and hotels are here to save summertime with a pretty scrumptious selection of ready-made picnics – check out our top five faves for families…
THE DELI DELIGHT: Melrose And Morgan
Modern grocer and kitchen with two shops in Primrose Hill and Hampstead Village, Melrose And Morgan are always our first stop for deli delights. From the Park to the Heath, Melrose and Morgan’s summer picnic hampers scale up from two to six, making them the perfect for family feasts in the sun. The Meadow is ideal for a family of four and packed with divine delights – salad, veggie or meat scotch eggs, cheddar cheese, hummus and spelt crackers, truffle crisps, broad beans, olives, feta stuffed peppers, cherry tomatoes, a punnet of strawberries and sinfully gooey chocolate brownies.
42 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8JD / Oriel Hall, Oriel Place, London, NW3 1QN
THE CLASSIC ITALIAN: Carluccio’s
If you’re planning a mums meet up en masse and fancy a quick foodie fix for the whole family why not make the most of Carluccio’s perennially popular picnics. From Italian classics to a brand new plant-powered offering. Both the Classic and Plant Power picnics are filled to the brim with delicious, freshly prepared Italian dishes, made from recipes adhering to Antonio Carluccio’s ‘MOF MOF’ food philosophy, minimum of fuss, maximum of flavour. From freshly baked focaccia and antipasto through to seasonal salads and Polpette di Fagioli – vegan bean balls with chickpea and aubergine purée. Pick-up your ready-made Italian feast in its chic, reusable Carluccio’s cool bag from your local restaurant and, to avoid disappointment mamas, on those super sunny days, order in advance! Individual Kid’s Picnics, priced at just £10, comes with grissini bread sticks, carrot, cucumber and celery sticks with tomato and basil dip; and meatballs in tomato sauce.
Carluccio’s – Available across London and the UK
THE CHILDREN’S CHOICE: Dukes London
If you’re searching for a gorgeously gourmet picnic the whole family can savour, look no further than Dukes London. Prepared by their Great British Restaurant, simply collect your picnic at Dukes London and stroll over to nearby Green Park or St James’s Park to enjoy a right royal spread. Vegetarian to Vegan, Classic to a seasonal Wimbledon special, we’re pretty enamoured with their Children’s picnic which serves up chicken wraps, dinky pigs in blankets, scotch eggs, homemade crisps and pasta. salad. Strawberry trifles and cheese and pineapple on sticks offer a sweet treat for those with tiny tastebuds and all for the affordable price of £17 per person.
35 St. James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NY
THE TAPAS TASTER: Brindisa
Weekend evening without the kids? Grab a taste of Spain in the comfort of your back garden with Brindisa’s Spanish picnic. Made for two their picnic lunch box is packed with a refreshing gazpacho, slices of smoky chorizo, big, juicy Gordal olives, wild boar pate and a selection of snacks for deliciously easy outdoor feasting. Oh and did we mention you can nab all this for £20! Available at Borough Market or the Balham Deli, be quick as these beauties will get snapped up quickly this sun-soaked weekend.
Brindisa Cheese and Charcuterie, 6 Hildreth St, Balham, London, SW12 9RQ / Brindisa Shop at Borough Market, The Floral Hall, Stoney Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AF
THE TEATIME TREAT: The DeBeavuoir Deli
North London families will be familiar with Dalston’s The DeBeauvoir Deli. With the temperature set to high this Saturday why not make a beeline for the nearby DeBeauvoir Squre for spot of afternoon tea in the sun. The perfect picnic version of an afternoon tea, their Afternoon Tea Picnic is laden with Pipers crisps, a De Beauvoir Deli scotch egg, finger sandwich selection, De Beauvoir choc chip biscuits and a brownie and flapjack bite selection. For little ones, be sure to keep cool with Chegworth Valley apple juice and grab a flask of hot water mama for the tea’s up with bags of Joe’s Tea English Breakfast.
98 Southgate Road, London N1 3JD