The Great British Picnic Menu
The Great British Picnic Menu

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Whether enjoyed in one of London’s Royal Parks, in the middle of the countryside or on a stretch of charming coastline, an outdoor picnic (with all the trimmings) is a much-loved British tradition. And while the very first London Pic-Nic Society was formed in 1801, dining al fresco has gained a new level of importance for friends and families in Britain in 2020 too.

Brimming with sandwiches, scones, and other treats, these finger-food extravaganzas are a fun way of enjoying a socially-distanced get together. So dig out that picnic blanket and get creative in the kitchen, for a British-themed dining experience to remember.

Scotch Eggs
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Scotch egg is not Scottish but fully British, created in 1738 by Fortnum & Mason established at 181 Piccadilly, London "in the days of horse-drawn travel, for indoor picnics, instant lunches and long carriage rides...

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Fortnum & Mason suggests to serve it with Piccalilli, a British pickle favourite

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Sausage Rolls
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Loved by city-dwellers and village folk alike, the sausage roll is a pastry-based treat, which can contain meat or vegan fillings, helping to make the sausage roll a staple of British picnics…

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Coronation Chicken
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Created by Le Cordon Bleu chef Rosemary Hume to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation lunch in 1953, this dish is enjoyed by royals and street party-throwing Brits alike! A quintessential British classic to add to any picnic, it can spice up a simple salad or work as a delicious sandwich filling.

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Potato salad
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Although hailing from Germany, potato salad is a popular addition to any British picnic. There are many delicious variations to this traditional recipe, but here is a simple way to produce a potato salad that is regularly gobbled up across Britain.

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Pork Pie
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Pork pies have been eaten in Britain since medieval times, when their thick pastry crusts were simply used as a way to preserve their meaty fillings. The confection itself has seen many variations over the centuries, from meat and fruit combinations to adding half a pint of white wine into the mix. Today, it takes the form of a classic high crusted pie, with the meat surrounded by a layer of jelly to help it retain its moisture.

Having used the same traditional pork pie recipe since 1851, Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Molton Mowbray, Leicestershire, is the home of the pork pie, a taste that you can attempt to replicate for your very own British picnic.

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Golden brown and brimming with golden syrup, the oat flapjack is a picnic pudding loved throughout the nation. The word flapjack has been used in Britain since the 16th century, with Shakespeare himself mentioning ‘flap-jacks’ in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, as reference to a common English pudding. However, the dish we know and love today was not created until 1935.

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Royal warrant holder and drinks maker, Pimm’s is a British liqueur that sparks fond memories of summer fun for many Brits. Made from a secret gin recipe infused with caramelised orange, warming spices and herbal botanicals, this drink is best served with a refreshing mixer, a selection of sliced fruits, ice and mint leaves.

It is particularly popular as a refreshment at Wimbledon tournaments, summer parties, and of course, British picnics!

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Cupcakes & Fairy Cakes
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If you have visited the perpetually pink Peggy Porschen in west London, you’ll know how seriously cupcakes are taken in Britain. Although originating in America, cupcakes are a dainty and delicious addition to any outdoor feast. Why not go full Anglophile and add blue and red food colouring to your frosting mix to create a Union Jack themed sweet treat?

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Perhaps you prefer Fairy Cakes? Smaller than cupcakes, and not piled high with a rosette of buttercream, the fairy cakes' tops are cut in two and placed on either side of the cream to resemble the wings of fairy - hence their name. 

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With the kind assistance of Visit Britain.

Recipe photos: Scotch eggs (Pint Shop, Birmingham) ; Pork Pie (VisitBritain/Sam Barker) ; Flapjacks (VisitBritain) ; Coronation Chicken (Bradleys Foods) ; Pimm's (Wimbledon, Manchester) ; Cupcakes, Pimm's (Pixabay, MSCOMM).

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