Best M&S Platinum Jubilee food and drink buys to make celebrating easy
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Marks & Spencer has launched a limited-edition collection of food, drink, picnic hampers and more to help us celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, taking place on 2 to 5 June, in style.
The retailer has thought of everything, with Corgi cookies, Wensleydale Cheese & Cranberry Crowns and even a Jubilee-inspired Colin the Caterpillar (a limited-edition regal duo called Queen Connie and her Corgi).
We've picked some of our favourites, below, so you can either order online now, or go in-store and stock up IRL. You may want to hurry though as these yummy looking treats are selling out very fast.
Best M&S Platinum Jubilee hampers
Buy it: Platinum Jubilee Treats Tote Bag | £30 from M&S
The Platinum Jubilee Treats Tote Bag, £30, contains everything you'll need for a day of celebration in the sunshine.
Packed in a limited edition jubilee branded tote bag, it contains; a Jubilee All Butter Shortbread tin, Chocolate Collection of Corgis, Jubilee Lollies, Sparkling Light British Strawberry and Elderflower Pressé, Corgi Gingerbread and Jubilee Connie the Caterpillar™ mini rolls.
Platinum jubilee products, from memorabilia to decorations, are already selling out fast, so you will have to hurry.
Buy it: Platinum Jubilee Celebration Hamper | £100 from M&S
If you're planning a bit of a party, then you may be more at home with the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Hamper, a £100 wicker hamper brimming with sweet treats and bubbly. The limited-edition Platinum Jubilee Cocktail Party Picnic Bag, £50, features all of our favourite M&S drinks in a can. This perfect party hamper is also packed full of sweet and savoury snacks for the ultimate celebration picnic.
Buy it: Platinum Jubilee Cocktail Party Picnic Bag | £50 from M&S
Packed into a limited edition jubilee branded cool bag, this cocktail bag is ready to go straight away. The cool bag contains everything from Mojitos to Cosmopolitans plus Jubilee-inspired Ale, napkins and paper straws.
Buy it: Ultimate Afternoon Tea Selection | £20 from M&S
If you're planning to watch the Jubilee celebrations on the TV, this best of British selection will be your perfect accompaniment. The £20 afternoon tea selection includes heaps of favourites such as Victoria sponge cake, strawberry and clotted cream sponge roll, Cherry Bakewell tarts – even ground coffee and teabags.
Best Platinum Jubilee sandwich platters
Buy it: Limited Edition Jubilee Afternoon Tea Sandwich Fingers (20 Pieces) | £17.50 from M&S
You can expect all the sandwich classics in this 20-piece platter like free-range egg and watercress; British roast beef and horseradish mayo; prawn mayo; British honey roast ham and cheddar; smoked salmon and cream cheese. You can pre-order these for collection from 26 May.
Buy it: Vegetarian Sandwich & Wrap Selection (20 Pieces) | £15 from M&S
There's something for everyone in this delicious vegetarian platter. The sandwich selection? Egg and watercress as well as that old fave, cheese and onion, while the wraps are spinach and falafel or Mexican three-bean wrap.
Buy it: Classic Mini Roll Platter (15 Pieces) | £17.50 from M&S
You’ll get three varieties – British chicken salad on poppy seed-topped white rolls, smoked British ham salad on malted rolls, and something for the vegetarians – egg mayonnaise and cress on mixed seed-topped white rolls. Delish.
Best Platinum Jubilee cakes
Buy it: Corgi and Queen Connie the Caterpillar Cake | £12 from M&S
What a dynamic duo! Yes, Colin the Caterpillar has had a special makeover and is now Queen Connie and her devoted Corgi. But what hasn't changed is that you still get two delicious chocolate sponge rolls filled with chocolate buttercream and covered in milk chocolate. And, yes, the capes are edible too.
Buy it: Rainbow Layers Cake (Serves 12) | £30 from M&S
This rainbow-coloured six-layer sponge is not just Instagram-friendly, but delicious, too. Featuring natural colourings it's filled, covered and decorated with vanilla buttercream. And for added value, the sides are covered in crunch coloured sugar pieces.
FYI: You need to allow three days for this to be made before you can collect in-store.
Buy it: Vanilla Naked Cake (Serves 20) | £30 from M&S
You can decorate this delicious sponge (which is filled with vanilla buttercream with berries and miniature British flags, sweets or even edible flowers (which you can buy in selected M&S stores) or just leave it minimal like this. It's party perfection.
Best Platinum Jubilee alcohol deals
Buy it: Conte Priuli Prosecco Rosé - Case of 6 | £48 (was £72) from M&S
Working out at just £8 per bottle, this crisp dry Prosecco has flavours of red berries with floral aromas. Customers are raving about it: "Delicious – especially well chilled, recommended to all who prefer dry less sweet rose," said one. While another customer is stocking up: "So good I'm buying another case ;) Can definitely recommend."
Buy it: Coteaux Varois en Provence - Case of 6 | £42 (was £60) from M&S
This is a light dry and fruity rosé from Provence. (Interesting fact: the beautiful Var region of Provence was the first area in France to produce rosé wines and this example is made with Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah grapes.) Top quality for only £7 a bottle.
Buy it: Happy Hour Cocktail Gift | £40 from M&S
With a selection of 10 cocktails (including Cosmopolitan, Mojito and Pina Colada), plus delicious snacks (think black truffle and olive oil hand-cooked crisps and sourdough crackers to name a couple), this is the most hassle-free way to have a cocktail party we've ever come across.
Buy it: Jubilee Ale - Case of 12 | £36 from M&S
Working out at £3 for a 660ml bottle, this is made by Elgoods Brewery, in the heart of the Cambridgeshire Fens. For this special celebratory beer, they've used pale ale malt organically grown in North Norfolk and classic English Sovereign hops from Herefordshire. A regal blend indeed.
While you're on the M&S site, you may also want to check out the array of Platinum Jubilee merchandise, from tote bags to union jack pillows and clothing.
Best places to shop for Platinum Jubilee memorabilia