What better way to welcome summers’ warmer days and lighter evenings than grabbing a blanket and basket, and indulging in a leisurely picnic. But what about when you’re on holiday and your picnic essentials are at home? A number of Red Carnation hotels across the UK (and further afield) are giving guests the opportunity to dine alfresco with the delivery of a plush picnic hamper featuring Lanson champagne, afternoon tea feasts, tasty cheese platters and more!
A serene city break: The Milestone Hotel, Kensington
The five star Milestone Hotel occupies a prime location opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens. As part of the hotel‘s Picnic in the Park service, staff deliver traditional wicker baskets filled with freshly baked treats and sandwiches to the hotel’s neighbouring parks, allowing guests to make the most of London’s sunny days. Guests can choose from the Picnic Feast menu or a traditional afternoon tea, enjoyed al fresco. The Picnic Feast is priced from £120 per basket (for two sharing) and includes delicate finger sandwiches plus a succulent and crispy sesame crusted corn fed chicken with coleslaw, freshly baked bread, prawn and crayfish cocktail, smoked salmon and cheese platter, a selection of tasty pastries and a half bottle of Lanson Champagne, or a flight of three Lanson Champagnes. The Afternoon Tea Picnic is priced from £120 per basket (for two sharing) and includes finger sandwiches, pastries, freshly baked scones and Champagne. Sample menus are available for download on the website here and can be altered to cater to specific dietary requirements.
A country escape: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Dorset
The stunning five star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset is adjacent to the 600 acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park which offers guests access to an expanse of countryside landscape. Summer Lodge offers its guests everything they may need for a wholesome day of outdoor pursuits, with Wellington boots in all sizes, maps of the best walks, jogging routes and even paints, brushes and easels available. The perfect accompaniment to a wholesome weekend in the countryside is a picnic basket of tasty delights prepared by the hotel’s talented chefs. Guests can enjoy a picnic on the hotel’s manicured lawns or in the Dorset countryside. Picnic menus are available for children and adults alike with savoury and sweet treats sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters! Picnics can be pre-ordered by guests at Summer Lodge and dishes are priced individually with children’s menu items such as pizza wedges starting from £3. Dishes on the main picnic menu start from £2.50 for home baked cookies and a selection of typical picnic sandwiches for £8.
A sunny beach break: Old Government House Hotel, Guernsey
Situated just a short walk from the quayside, in the heart of St Peter Port, Guernsey’s five star Old Government House Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the expanses of beaches and untouched natural beauty in the Channel Islands. Explore historic Guernsey, or head to sea for fishing, surfing and diving. Whether guests prefer active or relaxing pastimes to fill their days, the hotel can pack a picnic to be enjoyed in the picturesque surrounds. Prices for a Picnic Hamper start from £19.75 per person with a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches, cold meat platters, salads, desserts and drinks available to choose from.
A lakeside retreat: The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Ireland
Located on the shores of Lough Corrib in the West of Ireland, the peaceful setting of The Lodge at Ashford Castle welcomes guests for a long weekend spent lakeside. With regal Ashford Castle in the distance, guests can partake in their choice of 26 different Estate activities including falconry, fishing and shooting. For those that prefer to soak up the serenity, The Lodge offers a Picnic Afternoon Tea to be enjoyed overlooking the 350 acre Estate’s stunning views. The Picnic Afternoon Tea is priced at €27.50 (approx. £23). The beautifully presented picnic themed afternoon includes savoury dishes such as sausage rolls, pork pies and a selection of salads, whilst sweet treats include crème brulee, tiramisu and cheesecake. A sample menu can be downloaded here. Estate activities are at an additional charge.
A holiday further afield: The Twelve Apostles Hotel, South Africa
Looking for something a little more adventurous? Strolling through the Table Mountain National Park in South Africa can only be topped with a lavish picnic spread overlooking the rugged coastline and vast natural landscape. The team at The Twelve Apostles can prepare guests a delicious picnic at sites along the coastal route where they sit back and enjoy the stunning sunset. A Gourmet Picnic Hamper is priced from ZAR 875 (approx. £50) per basket (for two sharing) and includes seasonal savoury dishes such as cold meat charcuterie, gourmet salads, cheeses and sweet treats. For those seeking out a secret picnic spot, the Backpack Picnic Hamper is priced from R650 (approx. £38) per basket (for two sharing) and includes salads, sandwiches, fruits and snacks. Sample menus can be downloaded here.