The sun is shining and we can finally meet up with our friends and loved ones outdoors, which means only one thing – picnics.
With summer plans scuppered and weekend after weekend free of any engagements, an impromptu picnic in the park is the perfect way to socialise, see friends and feel like life is somewhat normal for an afternoon, all while easily maintaining social distancing.
However, now you’ve got a few picnics in the diary, your mind has probably quickly turned to how you’re going to provide all this food. 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 7 places you can order a variety of picnic platters for all tastes from – even the pickiest of eaters will love these!
Where to buy pre-made picnic platters
GAIL’s Bakery has just launched a Picnic Hamper for two, available for delivery only, and it’s the perfect option for ordering in decadent picnic food. The hamper comprises of two cheese straws, a sausage roll, a spinach & feta roll, a baguette, Quicke’s clothbound cheddar, Suffolk salami with rosemary, 6 madeleines and strawberries.
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 al fresco 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.
A little known fact is that Greggs do sandwich platters – they’re available to be ordered up to 7 days in advance, then just pop in and collect from your local Greggs store. The 20-piece classic sandwich platter and vegetarian sandwich platter are both available from £11.50 and the baguette platter is from £14. Don’t forget to leave room for a sweet treat – the doughnut platter holds no less than 12 glazed ring doughnuts and is available from £5.
Morrisons recently launched two takeaway picnic platters – an 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.
BoroughBox are well known for their impeccably curated hampers. We love the idea of taking the Cure & Craft Box to the park with us – it’s packed with British charcuterie and craft beers for the ultimate afternoon of outdoor snacking and drinking. It’s £40 and for an extra £12 it’ll come in a luxury wicker hamper. Another brilliant option is the Gourmet Picnic with Dad Box – a great Father’s Day gift but also something that anyone can enjoy, it comes with champagne beer, vintage cheddar, shortbread, olives, chorizo jam and more.
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.
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If you live in London or are heading for a London-based picnic, consider PIQUE, who make handmade, hand-delivered gourmet picnics. The £70 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.