Dining al fresco in style – sophisticated picnic ideas

Fine dining al fresco with champagne

Nothing is more British than eating outside, especially a picnic and ‘lashings of lemonade’ a la Enid Blyton characters.
There are so many outdoor events this summer that if you’re attending more than one you might get fed up with the same packaged sarnies and salads from the nearest supermarket.
So why not take some time to pack yourself something a bit more sophisticated – it doesn’t have to take you long, but the difference is amazing.

The simplest way to add a touch of class to a picnic is to use real plates and glasses – paper plates always go soggy and can blow away if there’s a breeze.
This picnic set from John Lewis includes everything you need for a perfect picnic, including plates, cutlery and a picnic blanket. There’s also some beautiful picnicware by Orla Kiely which will make any outdoor meal much prettier and this gorgeous butterfly print jug from Marks and Spencer.

Food wise, why not try one of our picnic ideas?

  • Picnic lunch ideas - bruschettaMash a clove of garlic into some butter and chill – spread on crusty French bread and top with mozzarella and tomatoes.
  • Make a pasta salad with a difference – cook the pasta as normal but add some feta and sun-dried tomatoes and swirl in some red pesto. Top with basil leaves and pine nuts for extra flavour.
  • Strawberries dipped in chocolate - a must for any picnic lunchStrawberries are a must for any picnic, but make it extra stylish with a chocolate dipping sauce (or bring along some double cream).
  • The proof is in the pudding, so treat yourself to some Pimm’s jelly or one of the decadent desserts from the Gü range.
  • If you’re heading to Glyndebourne or Oxford Castle to watch an opera or Shakespeare performance, spoil yourself with a glass of bubbly! Pick a sparkling rosé and top with a single strawberry.

What are your top picnic treats? Do you whip up a feast or just go to Marks & Spencer?

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