Happy National Picnic Week!

The weather is getting warmer, the sky is much brighter and days are considerably longer. It is the time of year where it feels strange to be stuck indoors and you just want to go for long summer walks, sip spritzers in beautiful pub gardens and stay up late into the night gazing at the starry sky.

Today marks the first day of National Picnic Week, like we even needed an excuse to get our wicker hampers out!

It’s time to shake out that rarely used picnic blanket, fill up a basket full of fine foods, fetch that Frisbee and find a fantastic spot to spend a lovely afternoon with your family and friends in the beautiful British outdoors.

Finding the perfect picnicking area should be easy, the hard part is deciding which delicious, picnic treats are worthy enough to be taken along. That’s where we can help!

Step 1 – Savoury staples

The most filling feature of your picnic

Sandwiches – The simple must have. From cheese and chutney to honey roast ham and mustard, egg mayonnaise to peanut butter and jam and BLT to smoked salmon and cream cheese. The combinations are endless, and who doesn’t love a good sandwich!

Pasta – pasta salads are a fabulous thing to pack for a picnic, they won’t fall apart in the hamper, they’re almost always a crowd pleaser, they’re so substantial and you can pretty much use whatever you can find in your kitchen. Why not try these combinations; chicken, spinach and pesto; tuna, sweetcorn and mayonnaise; bacon, halloumi and avocado.

Salads – definitely one to include, especially if you want a lighter picnic. Our absolute favourite salad is a simple tomato and mozzarella salad with a twist.  We’ve given our recipe at the end of this blog.

Step 2 – Snack items

Crisps – Normally quite a tricky item to pack without crushing the crisps into tiny crumbs. Award-winning Yorkshire crisps have you covered with their sensational Henderson’s Yorkshire sauce flavour crisps sealed away in a hardy, sealable drum.

Olives – Looking for a posh picnic. Our Olives Et Al, Roasted Pepper Stuffed Olives are quite simply the best accompaniment and the jar is the perfect size for sharing.

Scotch eggs and sausage rolls – You won’t find these in any of our hampers, but they’re a picnic essential and are heartily welcomed.

Cheese and biscuits – A must have item for a superior picnic. Grate Britain’s All British Cheddar biscuits are ideal for a picnic with two ingredients incorporated into one! Perfect as you don’t have to worry about keeping cheese cold, they won’t make other items smell/taste of cheese, and it’s a complete space saver – meaning more room for other deliciousness!

Fresh Fruit – Gotta stay healthy! Make it interesting by creating a delicious summer fruit salad, with chopped strawberries, peaches, apples, kiwis, grapes and pineapple with a squeeze of lemon juice to keep the fruit from browning.

Step 3 – Sweet Items

Cake – the absolute go to. Perfect for all occasions and ideal for larger groups. Without a shadow of a doubt, we would take the Apricot and Ginger Cake from Simply Delicious Cake Company – it’s just so summery!

Biscuits – No picnic is complete without some sort of biscuit! Teoni’s Cookies melt in the mouth All Butter Shortbread are packaged in a sturdy box ensuring the safe arrival to a lovely picnic spot.

Popcorn – A great treat to take in your hamper, especially if there are children present. We are totally obsessed with the sweet and salty popcorn from Yorkshire Popcorn. Like the crisps, these come in a handy, sealable drum and the bonus feature – they are suitable for diabetics and coeliacs!

Step 4 – Drinks

You can make your picnic as grown up or as child friendly as you wish! However, does anything beat a refreshing glass of wine in the sun?!

White wine – try the delicate, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Montgras. Be sure to take a wine cooler on those warm summer days!

Beer – something to wash down the crisps and olives. Why not branch out and try the delicious selection of beers from Wold Top, or Hollows and Fentimans alcoholic ginger beer, a very retro summer drink.

Pimms – The number one British summer drink. Fill a jug with ice, add one third Pimms and two thirds lemonade, chuck in slices of cucumber, strawberries, oranges and lemons and top with mint for the most delightful king of all drinks. For a slightly healthier version, substitute lemonade for Qcumber – a deliciously light drink made from a blend of cucumber and carbonated spring water – it makes the cocktail even more refreshing – trust us!

For kids you could make a delicious, fruity mocktail which is fun for them to make themselves too! Try this delicious strawberry lemonade mocktail – fill a jug with ice, pour equal parts non-alcoholic  ginger beer and lemonade into a jug. Take a large handful of fresh strawberries and cut them into tiny pieces. Add to the jug and mix well. Garnish with a lemon slice and a straw. Cheers!

Romantic picnic for two? This calls for Moet! And Chocca Mocca’s picnic handy white chocolate covered strawberries. That combination must be the epitome of love.

So what are you waiting for! Forget expensive and fancy meals out this week, it’s all about the picnic and all these tips should make packing for it, a complete doddle…or should we say, a piece of cake! We now have an uncontrollable urge to play rounders, snack on scotch eggs and sip Sauvignon Blanc in the sun.

If you want to check out our wicker hampers for an almost complete picnic experience, please follow this link … and just add a blanket, some friends and maybe a sandwich or two!

Happy National Picnic Week!

Perfect tomato and mozzarella recipe (Serves2-4)


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 mozzarella balls
  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed and finely chopped
  • 2 handfuls fresh basil, chopped
  • 100g sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 165g / 1 small jar peppadew peppers, diced
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 50g cornichons, sliced
  • 250g baby plum tomatoes, halved, then quartered
  • 150g yellow or orange baby tomatoes, halved then quartered
  • 40g rocket
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • Oil
  • Salt & pepper
  1. Chop the chicken into bitesize chunks. Heat oil in a pan and add the chicken. Cook on medium heat and add the mustard and soy sauce. Stir well. Once the chicken is cooked (approx ten mins) add the honey and stir well. After a couple of minutes remove from the heat, transfer to a plate and leave to cool.
  2. Once cooled, tear the mozzarella into chunks, combine with the rest of the ingredients and the chicken, season to taste, add a few dashes of balsamic and enjoy!



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Tracy S

1st time used this company. Lovely hamper. Well packaged. Delivery as planned. Will definitely use again. Thank you

Posted 1 week ago

Belinda N

Lovely English products. . .was devoured in a day!

Posted 1 month ago

Jan O

Beautifully packaged hamper for our gluten free friends. Feel sure they will be delighted when they open it on Christmas morning! Lovely to find gluten free goodies that look so tempting. Excellent service too.

Posted 1 month ago

Jacqueline T

I can only comment on the service and delivery ( which were both very good ). I have purchased this beautifully boxed hamper as a gift for christmas, so I'm hoping that the contents are as good as the above mentioned. Well packaged and arrived on my suggested date. Thank you.

Posted 1 month ago

Angela G

First time I have used this company. I chose my hamper from their web site but rang to place the order. The firm's operator was extremely helpful, even ringing me back when the phone cut off. The hamper was delivered as it said the next day. As it was a thank you gift I didn't see the hamper but the recipients were delighted with its presentation and contents. I would most certainly recommend this company and would be more than happy to use their services again. Excellent.

Posted 1 month ago

Jeremy H

I particularly liked the Gluten Free Offering, which seems to be an increasing trend, although in our case and absolute medical requirement - not a lifestyle choice. So, thank you for providing this and the products offered were very appreciated and new to my wife.

Posted 1 month ago

Nicola C

I used this company to send a hamper to my sister in Australia , the hamper contained a few English items I knew she was missing. The service was fantastic , it arrived very quickly and was packaged very well , it was a great success and I would definitely use the company again.

Posted 1 month ago

Renee M

I sent a Hamper to the US and couldn't believe how quickly it was delivered 3 days in total most impressed. Our daughter was over the moon with this gift and absolutely loved the design of the box. Great to be able to send British products overseas will definitely use again.

Posted 1 month ago


My friends were absolutely thrilled when their hamper arrived and described it as "a huge box with classy wrapping and a beautiful navy blue bow, filled with lovely treats." "Exquisite in every way","so professional" and "perfect" were just some of their additional comments. I really want to thank you so much Sam for all your help and suggestions - you made arranging their hamper so easy and a very pleasant experience for me as well - one that I intend to repeat! 5 Stars Plus. Colleen, New Zealand

Posted 1 month ago

David P

What a wonderful company to deal with. I found the website very easy to use and then put in a telephone order in which I was dealt with in a helpful and polite way by the lady on the phone. The hamper arrived the next day and was very well received. 10/10

Posted 1 month ago

Maria A

Excellent service, could not be any happier.

Posted 1 month ago

Edward T

After a failed order from Betty's Tea Room to ship to Singapore, I found The British Hamper Company and ordered a hamper for my brother. It arrived 2.5 days later (I ordered it on a Monday afternoon and it was received in Singapore before 11:00 loccal time on Thursday). And best of all, the prices shown included delivery, so there were no nasty surprises when going to the checkout. Very good service and my brother was very happy with his present. Will be using these guys again for orders to international family ( Singapore, Australia, US).

Posted 1 month ago

Dale B

Amazing Christmas hamper with a wide range of treats and great alcohol brands. Brilliant value.

Posted 1 month ago


Our friends in Dubai were delighted with their sweet hamper- said packaging was beautiful too. Extremely fast service and would definitely recommend. Many thanks

Posted 1 month ago

Helen C

Great service - good value products and quick delivery. The only downside was communications from customer service were lacking as I didn't know when a hamper had been despatched or delivered (although I was given a way to track this with the courier company themselves)

Posted 1 month ago

Michael T

Hamper was ordered for some friends in the United States. I was a bit sceptical about the stated delivery time.....as it looked really quick! The hamper was indeed delivered on the exact date specified and our friends were delighted with the quality of the contents :) Mike T (United Kingdom)

Posted 1 month ago

Naman P

Great service , No fuss and my relatives loved everything in the hamper. I will use you again . Thank you so much ????

Posted 1 month ago

Samantha E

Ordered for delivery to my sister in Florida. kept well informed throughout and hamper delivered on time. Sister loved the hamper and reminded her of home. Thankyou

Posted 1 month ago

Samantha E

Ordered for delivery to my sister in Florida. kept well informed throughout and hamper delivered on time. Sister loved the hamper and reminded her of home. Thankyou

Posted 1 month ago

Moira D

Our friends were delighted with the hamper as it had British items. The arrival time was very good and the whole service excellent as we were kept informed of what was happening. We would be happy to use this service again in the future.

Posted 1 month ago

Christine W

Sent hampers to USA. They were over the moon with them.

Posted 2 months ago

Gillian B

Ordered the Classic Retro Sweet Hamper for delivery to the Netherlands and it arrived promptly. It was packaged beautifully and the recipients were over the moon with it. Great Job and would definately order again

Posted 2 months ago

Andrew B

Excellent, arrived on time in Australia, Packed beautifully, in true British style. Contents delicious. My daughter loved it, a reminder of home when she is so Far away. Will definitely be using this great company again.

Posted 2 months ago

Rich F

Bought as a gift, recipient was very pleased with contents

Posted 2 months ago

Jane H

I found this service excellent. Just what my cousin in Australia needed to brighten her up.

Posted 2 months ago

Stuart M

This was a lovely, delicious hamper sent to our gluten free friend who absolutely loved it. He shared it with the WHOLE family and I have heard nothing but positive comments from all of the family. This is a VERY good idea for people that are allergic to wheat. Will definitely be ordering again

Posted 2 months ago

deborah h

I have ordered Hamers as presents from The Netherlands to be sent to Italy and England to the great surprise and Delight of the recipient's. Their feedback to me was: The quality was excellent, the quaintly was generous and everything was beautifully packed.. What more could a person wish for, Thank You.

Posted 2 months ago

Susan J

My sister loved the hamper I sent her. I was disappointed though that it did not contain the flapjack biscuits as they are divine. A second fruit cake had been substituted so no loss of items in the contents Thank you

Posted 2 months ago

Jo O

Excellent service. So fast and efficient, my relatives in Canada were delighted with the contents of their hamper and thrilled with the surprise. The tracking service was fascinating to follow, I could picture my hamper as it travelled through all the checkpoints and it arrived 2 days before it's predicted delivery date. Will definitely use this company again.

Posted 2 months ago

Tanya A

I purchased this hamper for my daughter and her family. I understand that it was enjoyed by them all. I wanted to get them something that they could all share. I would definitely purchase from you again and I believe that my daughter would too,

Posted 2 months ago

Claire A

Good choice of hampers with great treats inside. The hamper I ordered was a gift which was delivered to friends in France very quickly.

Posted 2 months ago

Laura C

Staff always very friendly, helpful and accommodating with any request. Great products too!

Posted 2 months ago

Martin B

We were very happy with our selection, it went down well!

Posted 2 months ago


It is a pity the rating only goes up to 5 stars, the service from the British Hamper Company is worthy of much more. From my first order all the way through to the delivery in Japan, everything was first class. I will be ordering a Christmas hamper soon. Highly recommended, thank you. Mr E. Green.

Posted 2 months ago

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