Spring is fully here and Summer is on its way! Flowers are all in bloom and the bees are a-buzzing. That means only one thing: It's time for picnic season!
There's nothing quite like filling a hamper with tasty food and drinks and then heading off to the ultimate picnic spot with friends and family. We love sitting in a blossoming orchard, on a hill with a view or even by the seaside and munching away at delicious treats!
Looking for picnic inspiration? We've put together a few ideas for the perfect picnic hamper.
Fill a Hamper with West Country treats
Our Elston & Son hampers were created to celebrate different West Country artisanal produce, from Spirits selections to Cheese hampers. Everybody has unique tastes and now you can fill a hamper with your choice West Country goodies.
Make your own!
It's easy to create Your Own Elston & Son Hamper: Choose your box size, add your choice of West Country Artisan Food & Drink and we'll pack it beautifully for you. All you need is a blanket and your favourite picnic spot: Enjoy!
Dig into a west country charcuterie board from our NEW arrivals, Somerset Charcuterie. Traditional Italian/Spanish methods with local produce and Somerset flavours results in THE MOST delicious cured meats. (We're particularly fond of the Somerset Spicy Cider Chorizo Pokers!)
Add a mixed platter into a Make your own hamper.
Best West Country Cheese for a Picnic
The West Country is home to some of the UK's most renowned cheeses, including Cheddar and Dorset Blue Vinny. Cheese is an absolute MUST in a picnic basket, so we put together a few of our favourites for you to try.
Selection of our West Country Cheeses
Dorset Blue Vinny
Dorset Blue Vinny was once made across Dorset. Now only a few artisans still produce this delicious, creamy yet crumbly blue cheese.
Feltham's Farm fuse continental cheese with artisanal UK techniques. Renegade Monk is a hybrid mix between soft white cheese, blue cheese and rind-washed cheese. It's completely unique with an amazing soft, creamy texture.
Oak Smoked Vintage Cheddar
A World Cheese Awards winner in 2018, this organic Cheddar originates from a 90-year-old traditional recipe for cold-smoked cheese. Oak smoking gives cheese a rich, depth of flavour that takes mature cheddar to a whole new level.
Tasty artisanal snacks to share at a picnic
Add some snacks to your picnic. They're perfect for sharing or nibbling on a country walk. We've got a range of savoury snacks and a couple of sweet ones too!
Selection of our West Country Snacks
We could eat these all day long - either cold or gently warmed in the oven. Without a doubt, these are THE BEST cheese straws around. Handmade in Somerset, they are incredibly buttery, flaky and cheesy. All things a cheese straw should be.
French Rosemary Almonds
Mr Filbert's French Rosemary Almonds are mouth wateringly fragrant with both sweet and savoury notes. A real treat to add something a little bit different for your picnic.
Salted Caramel Fudge
Fudge is a West Country seaside classic! Handmade in Devon, this fudge will just melt in the mouth and is incredibly moreish. We guarantee this won't make it home from your picnic!
Refreshing Artisanal Soft Drinks for a picnic
Stay refreshed and hydrated with a selection of west country soft drinks. We've got everything in our online shop, from artisanal Colas to Ginger Beers. Below are our most tantalising soft drinks for an extra special picnic.
Some of our West Country soft drinks
You've not truly tried Cola until you've had Jolly's Drink's Cornish Cola. It's the best artisanal Cola out there! Made from a blend of top secret herbs and spices infused with Cornish Spring water.
Hot Ginger Beer
This is an appealing twist to traditional Ginger Beer. Spicy and zesty. Cornish Springwater, ginger and Jamaican Yellow chillies (grown in Cornwall) come together in this spiecy Ginger Beer. Ideal on a hot sunny day.