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The Perfect Picnic Checklist: What to Pack

As national picnic month commences, we have created the ultimate guide on what to pack, make and buy for the perfect British outdoor summer picnic.

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The best way to take advantage of national picnic month is with a delicious picnic eaten in a lovely outdoor setting. Whether you are planning a day at the beach and want snacks that can handle the heat, you might be planning a picnic for children now the summer holidays are approaching or looking for something special with a champagne-themed picnic for two in a scenic spot in Windsor Great Park, we’ve got picnic packing tips for you and outdoor food inspiration

From homemade sausage rolls to sweet treats like fresh strawberry tarts and caprese salads, nothing quite beats alfresco lunching in the great outdoors on a hot summer’s day.

What to pack:

  1. A wicker picnic hamper is always our top pick to carry our picnic essentials inside.

  2. Extra-large picnic blanket – ideally a waterproof one just to be extra prepared for any downpours.

  3. Ice coolers to keep food cool for longer and to keep all those important mini bottles of fizz cool.

  4. Pack foods in sealed Tupperware to avoid a leaky hamper and any possible soggy sandwiches en route to your destination.

  5. Don’t forget plates, cutlery, napkins and of course glasses to cheer your outdoor picnic in style.

  6. Choose food that will travel well like layered pasta salads, sandwiches, sausage rolls, potato salads, quiches, and desserts in jars – leave delicate cakes and canapés at home that don’t travel well.

And if you fancy treating yourself, why not leave the picnics to us?  We have three picnic baskets to choose from; the simple Garden Picnic, a traditional Orchard Picnic, or the most decadent Sparkling Riverside Picnic. All of our picnics are served in a hamper complete with blanket, disposable plates and cutlery and glasses for your celebration.

And if you hire one of our boats, you can also take advantage of our picnic menu. It’s the perfect way to explore the local area from the water.

Simply pre-order, collect your basket, blanket and bubbles then find a sunny riverside spot for an al fresco treat.

Please note, the minimum order for each picnic is 2 people, with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Bookings must be made via our restaurant reservations team on 01784 220999

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