Braving the British weather and planning to picnic this summer? Getting family and friends together at a beautiful spot is one of the best ways to make some memories, but it’s not always easy to arrange. We asked James Strawbridge to give us his five top tips for a perfect picnic to help you plan yours.
1. Go large or go home
Take a large picnic hamper with you that has room for all sorts of goodies; a thermos of tea, some soft drinks and plenty of delicious food.
If there’s room, try and squeeze in a picnic blanket too as it makes all the difference being comfortable sitting on the floor.
2. Celebrate the classics
It’s a great chance to enjoy unpretentious family favourites and make sure that there’s something for everyone.
3. Take time to smell the roses
Picnics are a great opportunity to reconnect with your family and friends. It’s OK to take a few snaps, but a digital detox tastes great too.
Listen to the sounds of the countryside or birds in the park and the food will be even better without technology distracting you.
4. Quality not quantity
An artisan sausage roll made with good quality pork will be far more satisfying and filling than eating several factory-made mini sausage rolls.
I feel the same goes with most food, where if you spend more on top quality ingredients, you appreciate the picnic experience more than taking a load of convenience food and throwing it in a cool box to eat outdoors.
Think about a selection of tasty foods that travel well and can be enjoyed with very little fuss.
5. And finally…
Beware of seagulls! They are picnic pirates and never to be trusted...