Soak up the last of the summer sun and go on a good old fashioned picnic. Although there are no soggy sandwiches on a H&L picnic. Only the best artisan goods. Take a peek at a few of our favourites…
Ewe Two – The Cheese Shed
Here at H&L we are cheese fanatics, so when The Cheese Shed kindly offered to send us their mini Ewe Two hamper we jumped at the chance. This dinky boxed set of goodies is perfect for a light picnic in the park, glass of wine in one hand, and cheese and cracker in the other. Ewe Two was inspired by holidays in Umbria and Corsica, where sheeps’ milk cheeses are eaten with fig jam, and both wild boar and truffles are prominent features of the local food landscape. The box contains two ewes’ milk cheeses (soft Dumpling and hard Fosseway Fleece) with Victoria Cranfield’s fig preserve, Stag’s water biscuits and a half-bottle of Villa La Pagliaia Chianti. As an option, you can complete the picture with some beautiful artisan charcuterie in the form of Wild Boar or Truffle Salami from Forest Pig.
If the Ewe Two set doesn’t float your cheesy boat then The Cheese Shed is sure to have something that will. This innovative online cheese shop specialises in exceptional Westcountry artisan hand-made cheeses from small producers and individual cheeses, hampers, subscriptions, gift boxes, and celebratory or wedding cheese cakes can be delivered straight to their door. Listing over 100 Westcountry cheeses, The Cheese Shed balances its passion for showcasing artisan produce and its customers’ hunger for new flavours by forever seeking out unusual cheeses.
The standard Ewe Two box comes in at £28, or £36 with the extras of either Truffle Salami or Wild Boar Salami. For more information visit www.thecheeseshed.com or call 01626 835599
Al-Fresco Feasting Hamper – Harvey Nichols
Tucked neatly away inside a slick and uber stylish black hamper is Harvey Nichols Al-Fresco Feasting delights. Embrace the outdoors and find your inner romantic by arranging a day spend under the clouds. Overflowing with flavour, the hamper features brilliantly British Clotted Cream Biscuits, a bottle of the very finest pop and just about every other tasty morsel in town.
The Al-Fresco Feasting hamper is £110. For more information or to place an order please visit www.harveynichols.com/
The British Hamper – The Artisan Smokehouse
For a very British affair you cannot go far wrong with ‘The British Hamper’ from The Artisan Smokehouse. This classic hamper contains the very best of smoked traditional British goodies to help you create the ultimate patriotic picnic. Complete with smoked British beef brisket, artisan cheese biscuits, a delicious jar of chutney and smoked welfare friendly Scottish salmon plus many more tasty treats, ‘The British Hamper’ is a must try for all foodie fiends.
The British Hamper is £50. For more information about what is included please visit www.artisansmokehouse.co.uk
Sophie Conran Hamper – Forman & Field
Earlier this year Sophie Conran, the British designer and cook, announced her partnership with Forman and Field and has created an entirely new smoked salmon – ‘Rhubarb and Ginger’. She has curated a delightful picnic hamper which includes Sophie’s exclusive Salmon, Buckwheat Blinis, Godminster Biscuits, Cashel Blue Cheese, Keta Caviar, Spinach and Ricotta Flamiches, a Lemon and Pistachio Cake and a bottle of Chapel Down sparkling Rose. These mouth-watering treats are partnered with 2 dinner plates and 2 side plates from Sophie’s brand new melamine collection- it really is a pack it and go picnic.