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The Best Food & Drink Hampers To Buy

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The Best Food & Drink Hampers To Buy

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With lockdown measures in place for the foreseeable – though slowly easing – many of us are looking for alternative ways to get hold of supplies. One of the easiest – and in some cases, most luxurious – avenues is stocking up our homes with goods from food and drink hampers, which we’re seeing more and more of as restaurants and shops adapt to this new way of life. Here’s our pick of the best.

The Dorchester’s Afternoon Tea Hamper

The Dorchester

Recreate the afternoon tea experience at home with this lavish new hamper from The Dorchester. Designed for two people, each hamper contains a selection of six sandwiches, four scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, and six delicious pastries – the current menu features a bergamot and dark chocolate tart, and a vanilla and verbena cake. The hamper also includes a selection of different teas and a Dorchester tea etiquette guide, with the option to add a bottle of bubbly. From £100.

Perrier-Jouët Celebration Brunch Hamper

Pique Brunch Hamper

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or looking for ways to spend the sunny Bank Holiday weekend, this brunch picnic hamper from Perrier-Jouët and Pique is sure to hit the spot. Each box contains a whole host of brunch dishes: think crispy pancetta and avocado mini bagels, buttermilk blueberry pancakes, Greek yoghurt with strawberries, courgette and feta frittatas and rocky road brownies. Enjoy alongside a bottle of Perrier-Jouët – and if you opt for a full bottle, you’ll also be treated to two champagne flutes and a picnic blanket. From £95.

The Sun Tavern’s Garden Hamper

As we’re now allowed to enjoy picnics in parks, Hackney-based cocktail bar The Sun Tavern has launched a new range of hamper kits, perfect for afternoons and evenings spent in the sunshine. Inside you’ll find a whole host of picnic-friendly treats including olives, crackers, grapes and saucisson, alongside a bottle of prosecco and some rosé wine. They’ll kit you out with plates, knives and forks, wine glasses and coasters too. £75.

Farmacy Hampers


Inject some plant-based goodness into your lockdown fridge by ordering a hamper from the healthiest restaurant in town, Farmacy. Inside you’ll find a whole host of nutritious goods, dressings and condiments used in the restaurant’s dishes: chia jam, hummus and goji ketchup to name a few, as well as items from Farmacy’s retail range such as a tote bag and a mug. £120.

Jimmy Garcia’s Isolation Hampers

Jimmy Garcia Isolation Hampers

Famed pop-up chef Jimmy Garcia has created three hampers, each designed to feed two people. Restock the fridge with the Beat the Supermarket Hamper (£70) which is filled with a range of meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables and eggs. Planning a date night with your lockdown buddy? Go for the Night In (Again) Hamper (£35), which features a sourdough baguette, charcuterie, rosemary and garlic stuffed camembert and a bottle of wine. The Sunday Roast Club Hamper (£35), meanwhile, includes everything you need to cook up a sumptuous roast with all the trimmings, with both a meat and a veggie option.

Il Piccolo Pacchetto, Strazzanti

Strazzanti Hampers

Chef Emilia Strazzanti is bringing together local East London businesses to create a new line of Sicilian-inspired food parcels, which are delivered to homes each Friday. Each contain all the ingredients for one of Strazzanti’s pasta dishes – including fresh pasta from Pasta e Basta –  alongside a recipe card and a video link to a cooking tutorial. Also included is a selection of antipasti, a loaf of freshly baked bread and some Sicilian sweet treats. Parcels can be personalised with little extras, such as a bouquet of McQueens spring flowers or coffee from HackneyCoffee Co. Feeling inspired? The Thinking Traveller has partnered with Strazzanti to introduce a culinary course, available to book as soon as travel restrictions have lifted at a number of their Sicilian villas. £38.

The Great Indoors Hamper, Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason Hamper

Fortnum & Mason is known for its vast selection of top-class hampers. These make great gifts – but work equally well as lockdown supplies. Invest in The Great Indoors Hamper, for instance, and your kitchen will be filled to the brim with all sorts of luxurious delights: champagne, smoked salmon, fine cheeses, biscuits, and of course plenty of Fortnum & Mason tea. £450.

Wild By Tart

Survival Hamper Wild by Tart

Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones’ Wild By Tart is centred around local, seasonal produce, which you now enjoy at home on by ordering one of their newly created hampers. The Tart hamper contains a whole selection of treats from the lovely Fitzrovia deli, such as marmalade, granola, brownies, truffle crisps, cheese biscuits, spiced nuts, coffee and wine. Bonus: each hamper comes with a copy of Tart’s cookbook. £160. wildbytart.vmos

The Piccadilly Hamper, Paxton & Whitfield

Cheese lovers, feast your way through quarantine with Paxton & Whitfield’s Piccadilly Hamper. Presented in a traditional wooden box, the hamper contains a selection of their house range cheeses – including Dorset Goat and Celtic Soft – alongside accompanying preserves, biscuits and sweet treats. Cheeseboard gold. £100.

Hej Premium Hamper, Hej Coffee at Elephant Park

Hej Coffee

Roastery and café Hej Coffee at Elephant Park has partnered with local youth cycling team One Life Cycle to offer contactless hamper delivery to your doorstep every Monday. The Premium Hamper includes all the essentials – bread, milk, butter – plus a few extras, such as peanut butter, honey and juice, alongside a 250g bag of Hej coffee and some loo rolls thrown in for good measure. From £32.

The Ultimate Care Package, Forman & Field

Forman & Field

East London-based gourmet food company Forman & Field is famous for its fresh smoked salmon, which arrives at its smokehouse within just 48 hours of being caught. It’s then smoked and processed by hand, using only oak smoke and salt. This care and quality is seen throughout the company’s produce, which includes everything from charcuterie to cheese to chocolate, showcased in their hamper. Alongside 200g of Forman’s renowned smoked salmon, The Ultimate Care Package features buttermilk chicken, salmon fish fingers, prime beef burgers, English sausages, banana bread and more – all of which can be stored in the fridge for up to three weeks or frozen for several months. £79.95.

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