Best picnic baskets and hampers: Plates and cutlery must-haves for the summer

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Calling all Londoners! After two summers of navigating the ever changing COVID rules in the UK, the time has come to embrace complete freedom and enjoy a rule-free summer. And with the Queen’s Jubilee (AKA a much needed long weekend) and International Picnic Day (we didn’t know that was a thing either) just around the corner it’s time to pick a park, pack a picnic and grab a sunny patch.

While tote bags undoubtedly have their uses for ferrying groceries and snacks to your springtime event, a proper picnic requires plates and cutlery. After all, our use of tableware is what separates us from the animals.

A picnic hamper or basket complete with plates, cutlery and sometimes glasses is the park dining essential. It also goes a long way to cutting our use of single use plastics and recycling burden - no need to search for the right bin to put empty G&T tinnies when you can pour your measure directly into a glass. Far chicer too. Many have room for snacks and a chiller compartment too, making more use of your space.

To that end, we’ve gathered the nicest designs around for your summer trips to the park. From wicker baskets with dining equipment for two, to family-sized versions, here are our favourites.

Luxury 4 Person Wicker Chiller Picnic Hamper

Call your quad and pick a parkside picnic date. This four-person hamper is the perfect thing to make a proper meal of it, containing four sets of plates, cutlery, plastic wine glasses and a fix-in cooler to keep drinks nice and cold. Measures 27 x 27 x 43cm. Available for free one-day delivery on Prime.

Buy now £49.99, Amazon

VonShef Picnic Backpack

Keep both hands free for groceries and carry your meal service on your back instead - this design makes it easy. VonShef’s 3.35kg backpack comes with enough glasses, plates and cutlery for four diners, plus loads of helpful extras like a bottle opener, salt and pepper shakers, a cutting board, napkins, cheese knife - even a waterproof blanket! There’s also an insulated cooler compartment to keep cheeses, cans and condiments at the right temperature. Consider yourself a walking restaurant, no reservations required.

Buy now £57.99, Wayfair

Fortnum’s Stripe Picnic Hamper for Two

If you’re looking to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in royal-style then this picnic hamper for two has you covered. This classic picnic hamper features all the essentials and more including two striped mugs, glasses, plates, salt & pepper grinders and most importantly a freezable champagne and wine bottle holder. It also features an insulated lining to keep your food fresh for longer so no more worrying about melting chocolate bar!

Buy now £350.00, Fortnum & Mason

Retreat Autumn Red Tartan Hamper - 4 Person

A handmade hamper with enough picnicware for four people, this old school design has been crafted by a master craftsman and opens up to reveal cutlery on one side and plates and S&P shakers securely held on the other. The main compartment holds four wine glasses along with red tartan cloth napkins, which match the lining. Very country chic. Measures 19 x 46 x 30cm.

Buy now £119.00, Retreat

Two Person Salcombe Barrel Picnic Hamper

Whether it’s the first date or the 50th, impress your date by bringing this smart 46 x 30cm hamper to your picnic. Formed from steamed willow with faux leather straps, the tube-like basket is lined with green tweed and contains china plates, wine glasses, a removable cooler bag and stainless steel cutlery.

Buy now £169.00, Joules

August Grove Chiller Wicker Picnic Basket

Cater for friends and family picnics with this wicker picnic basket which comes laden with enough tableware and cutlery to feed four. Everything is strapped onto place, cutting the chances of breakages and it has a fixed cooler and removable chill bag for bottles you want to keep cold until it’s time to open them.

Buy now £85.99, Wayfair

Gardenia 4 Person Luxury Wicker Hamper

This straw-coloured wicker basket opens to reveal all picnicking essentials, with cutlery housed in a jewellery-roll style fabric wrap, all in an eye-catching botanical print. There’s even a cool bag in the same pretty print, which can keep snacks and cans cool for up to four hours.

Buy now £100.00, Dunelm

Four Person Natural Wicker Picnic Basket

Perfect for al fresco dining this spring, this basket will ensure you are ready to go with tableware like wine glasses, cutlery and a bottle opener. There is also plenty of room to store your sarnies, drinks and indulgent treats for leisurely meal. Just add food and go!

Buy now £79.50, Oliver Bonas

apollo walker 2 Person Picnic Backpack Picnic Bag Hamper Cooler Bag with Tableware Set & Blanket

A smart and stylish take on the traditional picnic basket, this backpack makes ferrying your feast ridiculously simple. Complete with a cooling compartment, chopping board, bottle opener, cheese knife, four dinner plates, wine glasses, cotton napkins, cutlery, and a salt and pepper shaker set. The bonus is a fully detachable bottle holder and a picnic blanket with waterproof base. It also comes in 6 different colours and styles. A fantastic option for a weekend trip to the coast or country, or simply down the street to nearest sunny spot.

Buy now £50.99, Amazon

Heritage 6 Person Wicker Picnic Hamper

For those going on larger group picnics, this hamper is ideal as it features six plates, cutlery sets, plastic wine glasses and a bottle opener. The hamper is strong, sturdy and includes secure storage for all the equipment. The plastic glasses also make this a perfect hamper for the whole family.

Buy now £74.99, Tower

Verdict

Offering incredibly good value for money, our pick of the baskets goes to the Luxury 4 Person Picnic Hamper for less than £50. It’s ideal for families and groups of friends, and with the proper care and storage, will serve you well for many picnics to come.

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