Summer is coming. The weather is slowly improving and we have two May Bank Holidays to look forward to. Make it a summer to remember by showing your support to small businesses across the country with our positively perfect picnic ideas.
Whether you’re having a family day out or simply enjoying a picnic in your local park we’ve put together a sumptuous selection of marketplace food and drink.
The perfect set up
Picnic Mat – Rummy Stripe
For the seasoned picnic goer this vintage inspired picnic mat is a must have. Complete with khaki waterproof nylon lining, a delightful turquoise border, and even a beautiful Bolster Bag for easy carrying. The only question will be finding the perfect picnic spot.
The Stripes Company borrowed £25,000 from 315 investors back in January 2011.
What to drink?
Inspired by the bounty of England’s orchards and hedgerows, Lovely Drinks produces award-winning handmade sparkling soft drinks and juices. Choose from their wide range of flavours, including Apple, Apple & Elderflower or Apple & Gooseberry. These juices are made with all-natural flavours in the North Somerset countryside.
Lovely Drinks borrowed £25,000 from 336 investors in May 2014.
Lindley Fine Wines based near Huddersfield has a range of over 350 wines for all tastes, occasions and pockets. They’ll be delighted to help you choose the right wine to compliment your food. Just don’t forget the glasses!
Lindley Fine Wine borrowed £6,000 from 108 investors in January 2015.
The main event
Wholemeal or more adventurous breads
Whether you favour a slice of focaccia or a more traditional wholemeal loaf, The Dutch Bakery in Southport has something to suit every taste. Established in 1959 by Nic and Vera Klassen, the family-run bakery is now managed by their third son, Derek. Now just how to fill your barmcake…
The Dutch Bakery borrowed £50,000 from 704 investors in March 2014.
Whether its Wiltshire, Smoked, York or Shropshire black; glazed with honey and mustard or lashings of marmalade, a succulent ham is a picnic staple. Dukeshill Ham has a selection of the very best hams cured the “old fashioned” way.
Dukeshill Ham is committed to sustainable and ethical farming and borrowed over £90,000 from 1195 investors back in August 2013.
Chutney’s, relish and accompaniments
Voted one of the 50 best delis in the country, Deli Flavour stocks award-winning relishes along with olives, antipasti and a range of cheeses. From the traditional whole grain English mustard or Westmoreland Chutney through to exotic and spicy chilli jam or hot banana pickle, these condiments will add a tasty twist to your picnic. They have two shops in Leicester and a selection available online.
Deli Flavour borrowed £25,000 from 275 investors back in November 2013.
A sweet treat
Based in Barnstaple & Bideford, North Devon, Lindsey’s Cake & Dessert Shop bakes award-winning cakes, cheesecakes and desserts. Choose from five different delicious cheesecake flavours in a handy picnic friendly pot. Delicious!
Lindsey’s Cake & Dessert Shop borrowed over £30,000 from 479 investors back in March 2014.
Just sit back and relax
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