The picnic, a major British hobby during the warmer months for centuries (sun NEVER guaranteed!) . The Victorians and Edwardians flocked to green spaces to enjoy a spot of alfresco dining and we still love to take a gamble with the weather to delight in an outdoors feast.
First, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the lovely word itself. Picnic. It was first used in the 18th Century and comes from the French like so much of our food vocab. It literally means “piquer” to pick at food and “niquer” a silly, insignificant thing.
A wonderful benefit of picnicking is being able to spend more time in nature which has been proven to be an anxiety buster, as well as having other positives 🌿🦋. Nature can generate calmness, joy, creativity and can even facilitate concentration!
As Brits, we only get a short window where it’s warm enough to spend lots of time outside (not just dashing from one shelter to another). So let's make the most of it! Grab the gingham blanket and head to the hills (or the flat fields/parks if you’re not in the undulating South West like us). Check out our suggestions for some top Picnic spots in Devon.
Picnic Selection Box
We were inspired by picnic week last month and also wanted an excuse to bring back the wonderous pork pie which is only available in our Simon Selection Box usually - as it is one of Simon’s favourite pastry-covered treats! So we’ve thrown together a new Picnic selection for Summer.
In our perfect picnic box, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy a bit of alfresco dining (you might need a nap afterwards if you get through it all 😋)
4 x Squealer Pork Pies
Go on – take a Chunk!