Blankets, hampers, iconoclastic food choices, we’ve rounded up everything you need for the perfect picnic.

Whether or not you can afford a holiday this summer, the joys of a rare British Summer mean at least for a good few weeks you can enjoy that quintessential of British pastimes; a picnic. Blankets, hampers, iconoclastic food choices, we’ve rounded up everything you need…


Chic, elegant and well-made goods for the garden (and home) can be found here, a clear and cleanly designed site. Here are products that will stand the test of time, season after season from the essential fly swot, in leather of course, to deckchairs and BBQ buckets.


If your packed lunches lack lustre, seek out Lunchbox World, a stylish website that is dedicated to bringing you great products for lunch-on-the-go. Replace plastic bags and dreary tupperware with funkily designed lunch boxes for both adults and kids that not only insulate, but are easy to keep clean and score top marks in the style department.


Riverside Lifestyle specialises in artisan food and beauty produce made with home-grown, British organic lavender and olives from handpicked groves in Spain. It also has a carefully curated collection of luxury cashmere and merino wool goods, chicly rustic home wares and covetable personalised gifts. NB: Their picnic blankets are first rate.

Now to the food…


If Italian food is your fix (but the seriously high end, beautifully packaged end of the market) then this is the site you'll want bookmarked. All produce comes straight from Italy, from the mouthwatering deli shop of the lauded La Vialla estate, so make sure you order in good time.


Shop for your favourite tipple by country, style or by beer. The choice at Beerhawk is extensive, with a range of wheat beers, porters, bottled lagers, stout, barley ale, beer gifts and more besides. There are even mixed Discovery Cases - a great way to explore specialist and world beers - with an American Discovery 15 bottle Case, the Belgian Discovery 15 bottle case and a Worldwide Beer Collection of 15 bottles. A perfect conversation starter for a picnic.


Delimann is a deli with heritage. Based in Bovey Tracey for 175 years, the business is still run by the same family that started out delivering milk to customers' doorsteps and making clotted cream at the back of the shop. Today delicious foodie gifts and hampers have cemented its appeal; some products are supplied exclusively to Delimann by artisan producers, who make only small batches for maximum flavour and taste. Picked up frequently in the press as a destination site for food gifts, it’s reputation is well earned.
8 August 2014