Dust off your hamper and roll up your picnic blanket – it’s time to rally your closest friends and head to your favourite Bristol park for a picnic.

But this isn’t going to be any old picnic. We’ve rounded up a selection of picnic essentials from local chefs, street food stalls and regional producers that will take your usual picnic fayre to a whole new level. We’re talking handmade hummus, traditionally cured charcuterie, sweet filled doughnuts, ready-to-pour drinks and so much more.

All of these local favourites are available to order from our sister site, Bristol Pantry, with options for home delivery or city centre pick-up. Order by 4pm Wednesday for guaranteed delivery on Friday so you’re picnic ready for the weekend!

Sweet treats.

Filled Doughnuts – Pippin Doughnuts

Pippin Doughnuts sweet filled doughnuts need no introduction. Originally hailing from Swindon, Pippin Doughnuts have cemented themselves as favourites at street food markets across Bristol. And for a good reason: because their doughnuts are the absolute bees knees.

These indulgent doughnuts are filled with your choice of oozing berry jam, vanilla custard, or molten chocolate ganache, alongside an array of seasonal specials such as homemade strawberry jam & cream, or rhubarb & custard.

Mixed Cookie Box – Bakery Number Eight

What if we told you that the best cookies you’re ever going to eat are being made by a local artisan bakery right here in Bristol? Cue Bakery Number Eight!

This small set-up based on Portland Square bakes some truly stunning cookies. We love every single one of them: the NYC triple choc-chip cookies are luxurious chocolatey treat; the Matcha Kukkii cookies are a premium grown up treat; and their stem ginger & dark chocolate cookies balance spice and rich chocolate perfectly. Because they’re all just so damn good, you’ve got to opt for their mixed cookie box to get your fill of every single one of them!

Chocolate Treat Selection Box – Bosh Kitchen

Juliet is both the mind and the skilled hands behind Bosh, and she's truly mastered the art of baking cakes to make your mouth water. She already supplies cakes to many of the best cafes in Bristol, so she was one of the first people we called when we set up Bristol Pantry. From gooey brownies to dreamy shortbread, and with a plethora of plant-based options, you're sure to find the treat that will satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.

We recommend ordering the chocolate treat selection box: a mighty mix of millionaire shortbread, billionaire shortbread, and fruit & nut tiffin. There’s a vegan version too!

dips and crisps.

Hummus – Moist

We first stumbled across local hummus legends Moist at the weekly Tobacco Factory Market. This small team of dip aficionados create artisan hummus, made in small batches with only the freshest ingredients to ensure they’re the best in town. Bristol Pantry stocks their core range, including hummus flavoured with coriander and paprika oil; carrot, roasted garlic and smoked paprika; and (our personal favourite) a hot scotch bonnet chilli hummus.

Beautifully packaged and perfect with any crisp or flatbread, Moist’s hummus is top of our list when we’re planning any picnic.

Baba Ganoush – Yossi

Yossi has only been around for about a year now but their incredible Middle Eastern falafel meal kits and selection of dips has already been turning heads and impressing taste-buds. And whilst it’s usually their homemade falafels stealing the show, we wanted to turn the spotlight onto our favourite item that’s coming out of the Yossi kitchen – their baba ganoush.

With its complex smoky flavour of charred aubergine, creamy tehina and aromatic garlic, Yossi’s handmade baba ganoush is like no other you’ll find in Bristol. Fold it into a pitta from Abu Noor or add lashings to a Lavosh flatbread, and you’ll find yourself what we like to call ‘picnic heaven’.

Rosemary & Sea Salt Lavosh Flatbread – Step and Stone

A Bristol-based bakery, Step and Stone makes handmade lavosh flatbreads with a social purpose. They work with young people with learning disabilities, helping to develop their skills and confidence so they can eventually find employment in the mainstream catering world. And as a community interest company, all of Step and Stone’s profits are reinvested back into the bakery, so you can rest assured that every bite you take is helping an amazing cause.

West Country Farmhouse Cheddar & Onion Crisps – Brown Bag Crisps

Anything with West Country Farmhouse Cheddar in the title has our full attention, and these crisps are no exception to that rule. Brown Bag Crisps was started by a husband and wife team on the search for the perfect crisps – and by jove they’ve done it. Cooked in sunflower oil and meticulously seasoned, each crisp promises the perfect crunch and comes packed full of natural flavours.

Cheese fanatics take note – these are the crisp you’ve been looking for. They masterfully balance the tangy mature farmhouse cheddar flavour with a kick of onion to create a crisp that’s both moreish and incredibly satisfying.

cheese & sides.

Vegan Chease – Bath Culture House

Lucie from Bath Culture House is a self-described “fermenting geek” who switched dairy for plants. Taking her knowledge of biology and a successful cheesmaking career in Cornwall, she set up Bath Culture House in 2016 to craft an array of fermented goodies including kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut.

But above everything, it’s Bath Culture House’s handmade vegan chease that floats our boat the most. Made using fermented organic cashew nuts and a variety of herbs and spices, this vegan chease is gorgeously simple, and is a straight talking alternative to soft Goat’s cheese. The fermentation process also means it’s packed full of friendly bacteria that’s known to help keep your immune system fit and fighting.

Bath Culture House’s fabulously fermented vegan chease can be found in more than three unique flavours – our top recommendation is definitely the garlic and herb choice!

Vintage Organic Cheddar Truckle – Godminster

Godminster’s Vintage Organic Cheddar cheese is a multi-award-winning cheddar, covered in their distinctive burgundy wax. With a deliciously smooth and creamy taste, it is made to a traditional 90-year-old recipe and matured for up to 12 months. At that point they select the very best cheese to be turned into one of their award-winning truckles.

Crunchy Peanut Butter – Yumello

Peanut butter doesn’t get much better than this. Made locally in Bristol with golden batch roasted peanuts and argan oil sourced from female-led coops in the Atlas Mountains, this is an extra special spread that not only tastes the part but has the important values and positive attitude to go with it.

Yumello’s crunchy peanut butter is our go to from their range of award-winning nutty spreads, but we’ve always got a tub of their salted date & peanut butter close to hand too, just in case the perfect snacking opportunity arises.

Chorizo Scotch Eggs – Buxton Pies

Chorizo. scotch. Eggs. Need we say more?

Family run Buxton Butchers have been turning their hands to making these absolutely favourite picnic essentials. Made with restaurant grade pork sausage meat and chorizo (seriously, this is the good stuff), and finished with a soft boiled egg taking centre stage, these are the crème de la crème of scotch eggs.

Mixed Charcuterie Packs – Deli Farm Charcuterie

Deli Farm Charcuterie produce award-winning cured meats from their home close to the rugged North Cornish coastline. Using a hybrid of modern sustainable energy sources from their own wind turbines and traditional meat curing methods, Deli Farm Charcuterie produce an incredible range of charcuterie meats from free range duck prosciutto and Cornish Coppa, to oak smoked paprika salami and spicy chorizo.

Their mixed charcuterie packs are perfect for picnics. Filled with layers of Coppa, bresaola and spicy chorizo, they’re a great way to sample and share old favourites and new flavours.

Smoked Trout & Mackerel Pate – Fishers Restaurant

Fishers Restaurant (Clifton) may have had to shut their doors in-line with the national lockdown over the last 12 or so months, but that certainly hasn’t stopped their team of chefs from cooking up a storm in their kitchens. From paella recipe kits to 3 course meals delivered, Fishers Restaurant have been bringing their restaurant experiences to homes across Bristol with their chef-made meal kits.

For picnic season, we can’t recommend their smoked trout and mackerel pate enough! Made with Severn & Wye hot smoked trout and mackerel, cream cheese, lemon, shallots and herbs, this is a decedent yet refreshing pate. We guarantee it’ll be the talk of your picnic blanket.

freshly baked favourites.

Freshly Baked Ciabatta – Bakehouse

New to the Bristol food scene, Bakehouse is the brain-child of the team behind Bristol’s famous Cakesmiths. With a cafe set-up, Bakehouse has become a busy weekday lunch spot, serving locally roasted coffee from Clifton Coffee Roasters alongside a selection of cakes and sandwiches, made on-site by the Bakehouse team. But we’re not here for a coffee and a chit-chat (at least not today anyway) – we’re here for their freshly baked picnic delicacies!

Between their cakes and sandwiches (all of which are 100% picnic worth), you’ll find us reaching for one of their freshly baked ciabatta loaves. Delicately crispy on the outside, and light as a cloud on the inside, Bakehouse’s ciabatta is a brilliant addition to any picnic. We like to pull it apart and fold it over Deli Farm’s Charcuterie meats or dip slices in Moist’s hummus.

Tomato & Pesto Focaccia – The Forest Bakery

The Forest Bakery makes real bread from high quality, natural ingredients sourced locally from independent producers. And whilst we think their sourdough loaves are the absolute business, it really doesn’t get much better than their tomato & pesto focaccia. Ladened with tomatoes and pesto, and a generous drizzle of olive oil, The Forest Bakery’s focaccia is a meal in itself, equally tasty as it is filling. Get this in your picnic hamper pronto!

picnic-ready drinks.

Organic Rhubarb & Ginger Sparkling Drink – Lovely

Lovely Drinks began as a passion project when the lovely team started making lovely elderflower pressé with the flowers from their garden and nearby hedgerows. Based just outside of Bristol, the award-winning company usually supplies top-notch cafes, restaurants and delis across the Southwest.

Their organic rhubarb & ginger sparkling drink is a seasonal favourite of ours; sweet and refreshing, it’s guaranteed to keep your thirst quenched whilst your cloud watching from your picnic blanket.

Exotic Orange Gin & Tonic – 6 O’Clock Gin

We’d love to give the person who decided to put G&T in a can a massive pat on the back – what a hero!

6 O’Clock Gin have canned all of their favourite gins, making it nice and easy to take your favourite tipple to your favourite sunny spot. And whilst their straight up G&T is a winner in our books, it’s the Exotic Orange G&T that’s the real MVP.

Helles Lager – Lost & Grounded

New from Lost & Grounded this year, their Helles has already jumped to the top spot of our favourite summer sips. Gentle and balanced, Helles presents everything you want from a lager. The Lost & Grounded team always say it’s to be enjoyed with “rolling hills, open fields, and happy times with friends” so you need no other excuses to throw a handful of cans in your picnic hamper.

Gruner No. 1 White Wine – Canned Wine Co.

Wine in a can? Well, wine not! No longer will you need to struggle carrying around heavy glass bottles or panic when you can’t find the all-important bottle opener. Canned Wine Co. are making it easier to enjoy your favourite wines when you’re on the move with their picnic ready cans.

The full range is spot on, but you can’t beat a cool crisp sip of white wine can you? (no pun intended).

and of course...

Your Wriggle Lunchbox

To pack all your picnic essentials, don't forget to order a reusable, bamboo and BPA-free Wriggle lunchbox! These limited edition lunchboxes are now available to order from Bristol Pantry!

If you're looking to take food from your favourite cafe or restaurant to your picnic, you can visit participating BYO lunchbox venues who will refill your lunchbox there on the spot and help reduce plastic pollution caused by single-use takeaway containers! Find out more about the BYO Lunchbox campaign here.

Published -10th May 2021