There’s nothing we like more when the sun is shining is to pack up our lunch and dine alfresco. Whether it’s in the garden, at the beach or our nearby park, we think it’s the perfect way to spend a summer lunchtime – complete with the finest home-produced food and drink of course!

The British Hamper Company, based in North Carlton, near Lincoln, have created a collection of specially-selected hampers that are not only perfect for gifts, but they make for a pretty special picnic too. Mike Tod, who launched in June with his family said: “My eldest son and I had both been working overseas for a couple of years and we separately thought it would be great to be able send some wonderful British food to friends, colleagues, customers and family overseas. Britain has loads of really excellent small, passionate artisan and independent food producers and we had a great time sourcing some of the best food we could find.”

The renowned artisan producers include the likes of Prestat, The London Tea CompanyPimms, and Lincolnshire’s own Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps, and each hamper is packed in a good, strong box, complete with a British motif and a hand-tied ribbon. When it comes to packing for a picnic, Mike thinks variety and quality is key: “Good sandwiches and quiche as a starting point and then we like Cider (Cornish Orchards and Lyme Bay are our current favourites), Fentimans soft drinks, those fantastic and healthy veg crisps from Scrubbys, and we would take something like a lovely Apricot and Ginger cake from a small producer in Shropshire (The Simply Delicious Cake Company) or Tiffin if we’re after chocolate (we buy from More Foods bakery in West Sussex). I could go on, there really is so much out there to enjoy.” This is of course, alongside good weather and good company.

While caters to all tastes (chocolate, alcohol, luxury, traditional) and occasions (Christmas, birthdays, weddings), there are a number of hampers which would be perfect for a summertime picnic party.


The Afternoon Tea hamper: Butter Flapjack Slices and Belgium Dark Chocolate Tiffin Slices from More Food, Dark, Rich Fruit Cake from Simply Delicious, Organic and Fairtrade Earl Grey Tea and English Breakfast Tea from The London Tea Company, All Butter Shortbread from Teonis Cookies, Strawberry Jam from Thursday Cottage, and Raspberry and Vanilla Jam from Hawkshead Relish – £44.00


Summertime Celebration hamper: Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, Pimms No 1, Union Jack Gourmet Truffles from Prestat, All British Stilton Biscuits from Grate Britain, Chicken Liver Pate with Chase Smoked Vodka, Brandy Snap from Wright & Co., Roasted Pepper Stuffed Olives from Olives Et Al, Scrubbys Vegetable Crisps, Drinking Chocolate and Real Strawberries covered in creamy White Chocolate from Chocca Mocca, Milk Chocolate Caramel and Sea Salt Wafers from Plush Chocolates, Apricot and Ginger Cake from The Simply Delicious Cake Company, and Sweet Apple Crisps from Perry Court Farm – £135.00