Great British produce to make you the envy of picnickers this summer — from brownies and game crisps to venison pies and a show stopping sponge cake
The best summer picnic food encompasses everything from the crumbliest fudge to ham so good it’s wasted in a sandwich, celebrating every corner of the British Isles from the Isle of Wight (tomatoes) to the Highlands (venison pie). The Field’s guide to the best summer picnic food comes with one guarantee – we’ve tried it all, and it is delicious.
There is no better way to celebrate a glorious summer than by filling the larder with proper picnic food. If you’d prefer to cook rather than buy (sometimes buying the best summer picnic food is made at home, but you’d be hard pressed to beat this handpicked Field selection) then see what makes a proper British picnic.
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THE FIELD’S ULTIMATE SUMMER PICNIC
Pictured above: clockwise from left
1. Game-flavoured crisps, Eat Game
Choose from grouse and whinberry, smoked pheasant and wild mushroom, wild duck and plum sauce or wild boar and apple.
Price: £24.49 for 12 x 150g assorted flavours
2. Crackers and toasts, The Fine Cheese Co
Take your pick of crackers from this Somerset institution – from Bath Squares to olive oil and sea salt crackers.
Price: from £3
Tel: 01225 448748
3. Butter fudge, The Toffee Shop
Made in Cumbria, with the ingredients heated and stirred in brass pans before the golden liquid is hand-beaten and poured into trays.
Price: from £6.90
Tel: 01768 862008
4. Hard tonic, Percival & Co
A refreshing alcoholic drink without the high calorie and sugar content of the usual offerings. Choose form apple and mint, elderflower or rose and juniper.
Price: £31 for 12 x 250ml
5. Original brownies, Gower Cottage Brownies
Freshly baked in Wales, made from the finest Belgian chocolate.
Price: £18.99 for 12
Tel: 01792 390011
6. Tillington 2014 sparkling wine, Nyetimber
From this West Sussex vineyard, expect a palate that is “generous yet refined, with ripe red apple and apricot complemented by undertones of fresh citrus”.
Tel: 0800 093 0243
7. Yorkshire fruit cake in a tin, Bettys
This Yorkshire tea room’s classic fruit cake, packed with vine fruits and glacé cherries.
Tel: 01423 814008
8. The Elizabeth sponge, Forman & Field
Seven layers of sponge to represent seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign.
Tel: 020 3601 5464
9. Venison and cranberry pie, Lochinver Larder
From the north west coast of Scotland, diced venison in a rich red wine gravy topped with cranberry sauce.
Tel: 01571 844356
10. Assorted British cheeses, The Fine Cheese Co
Put together a spread of British cheeses, from Baron Bigod to Pitchfork Cheddar.
Price: from £8.50
Tel: 01225 448748;
11. Tomatoes, The Tomato Stall
Over 40 varieties to choose from, grown on the Isle of Wight.
Price: £11.50 for 1.5kg
Tel: 01983 866907
12. Smoked trout terrine, Mere Trout,
Made with the trimmings from rainbow trout, which are slow grown in the crystal clear chalk stream waters of Wiltshire.
Price: from £3.75
Tel: 01747 860461
13. The Gentleman’s Relish, Patum Peperium
The classic anchovy relish to spread on crackers.
Price: from £3 at various stockists
14. Greengage Fruit Cheese, Rosebud Preserves
A sweet addition to your cheese board, perfectly partnered with blue cheese.
Tel: 01765 689174
15. Half Boneless St George’s Ham, Dukeshill
Cured in Dukeshill’s sweet Wiltshire brine, before being baked in a glaze of spiced oranges, cinnamon, mace and cloves.
Tel: 0345 222 0153
16. Blackwatch tartan blanket, Campbell’s of Beauly
The smartest blanket to lay down your spread on.
Tel: 01463 782 239