As of 29 March 2021, we can meet outdoors in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households. But the question is, have you got your picnic basket ready? We round up some of our favourites from the traditional to the more luxury, for the ultimate outdoor picnic party…
7 best picnic baskets
Best picnic basket for wine in the park
Carry your picnic essentials in style with this luxury picnic basket. Handcrafted from willow with an insulated lining, this basket is perfect for holding up to two wine bottles and comes with a corkscrew and two acrylic glasses, which are secured to the inside of the lid. Finished with an adjustable shoulder strap, top handle and secure fastening, this basket is an essential accessory for your next outdoor picnic. Very good quality and big enough to include ice packs and some picnic food.
Price – £45.00.
Best picnic basket for the family
This beautiful Wicker Basket from the John Lewis Croft Collection will form the centrepiece for that perfect outdoor picnic with family and friends. It includes: 4 dinner plates, 4 Knives, 4 forks, 4 dessert spoons, 4 tumblers and 4 napkins. You can fit a good amount of food and drink in there and it makes for a stylish addition to the outing. Note it can get a bit heavy so not meant for a long hike.
Best personalised picnic basket
A four person willow picnic basket that can be personalised with the initials of your choice making it an ideal anniversary or birthday gift. You can select up to 3 characters to appear on the front of the basket free of charge. The picnic basket is beautifully made in willow with an antique wash finish. It features cream faux leather fixings and contains 4 x 7″ Porcelain Plates; 4 x Wine Glasses; 4 x Knives, Forks & Spoons; 1 x Cooler Bag; 4 x Napkins; Bottle Opener and Corkscrew. Champagne is not included but you can add a bottle of Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Champagne at the checkout.
Best afternoon tea picnic basket
If you’re looking for an afternoon tea picnic basket, look no further than Fornum’s. The 2 Person Sparkling Teatime Picnic basket comes with 19 items in a Fortnum’s Eau de Nil Cool Bag. Packing three centuries of teatime wisdom into one palate-pleasing picnic, The Sparkling Teatime Picnic is a delicious homage to Fortnum’s most famous pastime – Afternoon Tea. Indulge in freshly-baked cakes, preserves, bubbles and plenty of savoury treats.
Best deli counter picnic basket
Another great option for those looking for a picnic basket with food, the Colette deli counter hamper comes with tantalising treats such as a bottle of Margaux du Chateau Margaux 2014, Truffle Brie, Coppa Tipo Parma and 12 Ladurée Macaroons. So if wine, cheese and charcuterie is your thing, the Colette Deli Counter Hamper is for you.
Best picnic basket for a sweet tooth
Celebrate life’s occasions (big and small) with the Cartwright & Butler Helmsley hamper. Offering quintessential British favourites such as English breakfast tea, salted caramel fudge and crunchy shortbread, this mouth-watering hamper makes a perfect gift for someone special.
Best picnic basket for active types
This green geo picnic backpack is perfect for active types picnicking on the go. You’ll have everything you need for a party of 4 to relax, dine and enjoy yourselves in the great outdoors. Made from waterproof 600D polyester with large padded shoulder straps and a top-mounted carry handle make it extra easy to carry a picnic to your favourite outdoor spot. With a large zipped cooler area to keep your food fresh and unique compartments to neatly organise all the dining essentials, eating al fresco has never been more convenient.
Main image: Fortnum’s / Harrods
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.