With restaurants and pub gardens often booked up weeks in advance, an impromptu picnic in the park is the perfect way to socialise and see friends. And, to make it extra special (and ease the burden of food preparation), a ready-made picnic is a great option.
After all, you could spend a whole day working away in the kitchen like a picnic elf, knocking up little sausage rolls, finger sandwiches and fairy cakes. Or, you could be smart about it and opt for a ready-made picnic platter.
We hereby confirm that it is absolutely not cheating to invest in pre-made picnic platters – the time-saving benefits of ordering food to be delivered are plentiful, leaving you to concentrate on enjoying the afternoon and not fretting that you haven’t made enough scotch eggs.
Here are 12 places you can order a variety of picnic platters for all tastes from – even the pickiest of eaters will love these!
Where to buy ready-made picnic platters
Morrisons recently launched two takeaway picnic platters – adults and a kids version, both laden with savoury and sweet treats, from pork pies to cherry bakewells. Both platters are available to order online for collection from your local Morrisons store.
A tempting selection of sweet and savoury treats, ideal for creating a generous afternoon tea picnic spread. Packed in a useful cooler bag that can be used time and again.
Subway create freshly prepared platters of their iconic subs – great for feeding a crowd. Each comes with 16 3-inch subs, plus salads, crisps, sweet treats and drinks can also be ordered for a full-on feast. Available for delivery or collection, the sandwich platters start from £20.
If you live in London or are heading for a London-based picnic, consider PIQUE, who make handmade, hand-delivered gourmet picnics. The £60 Pique-Nique for two includes such delights as chorizo, apricot & thyme sausage rolls, roast corn fed chicken with romesco sauce & rocket and double chocolate brownies. Delicious.
London-based? Head to Panzer’s just around the corner from Lord’s Cricket Ground for their Classic Picnic Hamper which comes ready to go in an iconic Panzer’s hessian bag with eco-friendly plates, cutlery and napkins. But don’t worry if you’re not in London, Panzer’s also deliver nationwide.
Pret has launched 3 brand new picnic platters, including a humous & crudités platter, a ploughman’s platter and a smoked salmon & avocado platter, perfect for enjoying alfresco and available to be ordered for delivery from selected shops via Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats. It has also launched a variety of lunch bundles – the classic lunch bundle for 8 includes 4 baguettes, 2 sandwiches, two salads, 8 bags of crisps and fruit, all for £60.
On the Table
Serving two people as the main event or four people as at starter, On the Table’s alfresco feast includes artisan meats (or feta, olives and organic carrots in the veggie version), burrata, labneh, pizza dough and hummus. Delicious!