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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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Our pick of the best luxury food and drink hampers on the market, offering everything from at-home afternoon tea to the ultimate reunion picnic. 

GAIL’s Breakfast Hampers

Gail's Hampers

Nothing beats breakfast in bed on a Sunday morning – particularly if it entails cinnamon buns. Treat yourself to one of GAIL’s newly launched hampers, which contain pastries, sourdough, marmalade, orange juice and coffee for two. If you’re a bigger group opt for the Farmhouse Breakfast Hamper, designed for four and featuring a whole host of breakfast ingredients including smoked salmon, sourdough, granola and Greek yoghurt. Breakfast In Bed Hamper is £30, Farmhouse Breakfast Hamper is £55. gailsbread.co.uk

Colette

Colette

On top of their at-home gourmet meals range, family-run Chelsea deli Colette now offers a collection of hampers, devised by chef Chris Hill – who previously worked at The Ritz. There are three to choose from: The Colette Picnic Hamper, The Colette BBQ Hamper and The Colette Afternoon Tea Hamper – all of which are brimming with goods. The picnic box features dishes like sausage rolls, chicken Caesar salad and black pudding scotch egg, while the BBQ hamper offers an indulgent feast for four: think rosemary marinated lamb cutlets, miso glazed halibut steaks, stuffed peppers and Thai spiced Argentinian prawns. The afternoon tea offering, meanwhile, includes a mixture of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, with the option to add a bottle of Charles Heidsieck. From £55. colette.co.uk

The Reunion Hamper, Fortnum & Mason

The Reunion Hamper

Reuniting with friends and family after months apart? Celebrate with Fortnum & Mason’s newly launched picnic hamper, designed to suit six people. Inside you’ll find a whole host of luxury al fresco dining treats: think scotch eggs, coronation chicken, hot dog buns, strawberries and cream and chocolate brownies. On the drinks side, the hamper contains a bottle of Blanc de Blancs Champagne, a bottle of rosé and either still or sparkling water. No need to bring your own cutlery: bamboo cutlery sets, a corkscrew, wine glasses and picnic plates are all provided. Available from 25 June. £500. fortnumandmason.com

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. thedorchesterathome.slerp.com

Megan’s Pop Up Picnic Box

Megan's Picnic Hamper

Many of the Megan’s sites are located near parks, meaning they’re perfectly placed for stopping by and picking up one of their new picnic hampers before an al fresco afternoon. Each box can be customised with your pick of their delicious Mediterranean-inspired dishes – think salad bowls, wraps and fancy kebabs – alongside sweet treats, such as their famous Nutella sea salt cookie. Added bonus: the boxes fold out into a table. Say yes to the prosecco. megans.co.uk

Perrier-Jouët Celebration Brunch Hamper

Pique Brunch Hamper

Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or looking for ways to celebrate this week’s heatwave, 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. piquefood.co.uk

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 hampers, 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. thesuntavern.com

Farmacy Hampers

Farmacy

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. farmacylondon.com

The Picnic Box, Jimmy’s Pop-Up

Famed pop-up chef Jimmy Garcia has spent the past couple of months perfecting his range of sumptuous hampers, including our favourite: the Picnic Box. This contains some of the best British picnic dishes, such as giant sausages rolls, pork pies and English strawberries, alongside a sourdough baguette and a botte of red, white or rose wine. £100, jimmyspopup.com

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. They’ve also recently launched The Sicilian Picnic, filled with a feast of Italian-inspired al fresco dining treats, such as olives, sun-dried tomatoes and rosemary focaccia, plus a refreshing serving of Strazzanti’s signature dolci. From £35. strazzanti.co

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 luxurious 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. paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk

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. hejcoffee.co.uk

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. formanandfield.com

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