Due to the overwhelming response to our picnic guide, it was a no brainier to do part 2!
It’s a reusable coffee cup with a difference from Circular&Co. Their latest offering, the NOW cup, is made entirely from single use coffee cups, making it not only reusable but also 100% recyclable! Perfect for keeping your tea or coffee warm while picnicking and there’s loads of colours to choose from too. We found it perfect for lovely walks around the city. The cup retails at £4.95.
Candy Kittens is bringing old school nostalgia with the launch of its brand new flavour: Very Cherry. Very Cherry (from £2) is bursting with real cherry juice and this nostalgic flavour evokes memories of Summers lazily spent in the park; taking us back to cheekier, more whimsical times. These packs didn’t last long for sure!
Popcorn Shed are a family owned UK business and they’re on a mission to create the tastiest gourmet popcorn for those sharing moments that matter. They have succeeded in their mission for sure and have amazing Sweet and Savoury Flavours to temp all your tastebuds. Our favourites were the cookies & cream, birthday cake, butterscotch and salted caramel! We have a sweet tooth for sure! Prices start at £4 for each shed of popcorn.
Karma Bites are a fantastic range of popped lotus seeds and are a delicious new creation which astounded us. They are available in a number of amazing flavours including Peri-Peri; Wasabi; Coconut & Vanilla; Himalayan Pink Salt and Caramel, and can be found on Ocado; Whole Foods Market; Planet Organic, and over 300 other UK stores. They taste amazing, and also boast a plethora of health benefits (vegan; gluten free; low in cholesterol, fat and sodium etc etc!). Plus they retail at only £1.59 per pack. Available for delivery.
Nush – Choc Pots
Nush (www.nushfoods.co.uk), the award-winning British brand, which produces, dairy-free and soya-free, live almond m*lk yogs and Spreadable Ch*ese, has launched a range of indulgent, but low calorie and protein-rich, plant-based cultured almond m*lk Choc Pots (RRP £3.00: 2 x 75g pots). Available in a delicious Chocolate Orange variety, the Nush all-natural Choc Pots are guilt-free but truly decadent, making them the perfect choice for dinner parties or some delicious self-indulgence. My housemate loved them! They were smooth, creamy and thick like a ganache, each one balances the richness of Belgian chocolate with fresh citrus notes of orange to create a light but truly satisfying pud! The Nush Choc Pot range is available nationwide at Ocado and Whole Food Market and the Nush website (www.nushfoods.co.uk) with an RRP of £3.00 for 2 x 75g pots.
Here at Onin.London you know we love cheese so the Ilchester® cheese snacking packs which contains 12 cheese snacking portions including Ilchester® Red Leicester, Ilchester® Mature Cheddar, Applewood®, Mexicana®, Jarlsberg® and Edam were the perfect choice for any picnic. The Ilchester® light snacking net which contains 12 lower fat alternatives to Applewood®, Jarlsberg, Edam, Mexicana, Ilchester® Red Leicester, Ilchester® Mature Cheddar were pretty dame good and went down a treat with both kids and adults.
Holy Moly – Tomato & Mango Salsa
Holy Moly (www.holymolydips.com), the revolutionary British brand known for its delicious range of guacamole is now expanding its range of salsas and created a natural, chunky, fruity and refreshing Tomato & Mango Salsa that tastes as good as homemade (available from Waitrose with an RRP of £2.50). The Tomato & Mango Salsais created with the finest natural ingredients including ripe mangoes, vine-ripened tomatoes, diced red onions, roasted red peppers, coriander, chilli, a dash of lime juice and pinch of salt. This fresh, clean and light dip has a wonderful sweet and sour flavour balance, making it the perfect addition to a family BBQ, Taco Tuesday or Saturday chip and dip night with tortillas. We used to create delicious nachos as we were eating in our garden and it one definitely one up on our picnic game.
Peapod & Co. picnics
Peapod & Co. provide a wide range of private and corporate picnic catering options for events across London, Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey. Whether you’re planning a sumptuous picnic in the park with friends, attending a British summer time event like Royal Ascot or would like to arrange a corporate picnic hamper delivery to London or beyond, they deliver luxurious picnic hampers for all occasions. The picnics are lovingly made using the best seasonal ingredients and beautifully presented to impress your guests. The new picnic hamper menu includes a selection of gourmet snacks, colourful seasonal salads, platters, delicate finger sandwiches, as well as sweet treats. picnic menus can be viewed here and prices start at £32pp + vat & delivery www.peapodandco.com/picnic-delivery
HonestBrew’s new Field Days fruity pale ale
HonestBrew has exclusively collaborated with Northern Monk to create an exclusive new fruit-first pale ale, Field Days. With tasting notes of tropical pineapple and mango, Field Days (£4.99) is the perfect first brew for meeting people outdoors again. My friend was in love with these with the first sip.
OTO Balance CBD Botanical Seltzer
Looking for a non-alcoholic drink that’s super refreshing! Then look no further than OTO Balance CBD botanical seltzer. With the Elements of Green it’s something a bit different..it’s a flavoursome blend of pure CBD and botanical extracts with natural adaptogens, designed to help you feel calm and relaxed. It’s 100% natural, vegan, with zero sugar and under 15 calories. It comes in a range of three flavours – 1.Elderflower, cucumber and Liquorice, 2. Bitter Orange, Goji Berry and Chilli, 3. Korean Sencha, mint and Kampot Pepper. I loved the Bitter Orange, Goji Berry and Chilli! To purchase for: https://elementsofgreen.com/collections/oto
Giving us another option in the soft drinks sphere are the low calorie, low sugar, all natural, vegan, gluten free and delicious complex flavour profile of Punchy. Available to buy directly on their website. RRP £2 per can. https://www.punchydrinks.com
Wignac (pronounced ‘Vin-yak’) is an award-winning, 100% natural and completely organic cider. It’s gluten and sulphite-free with no added sugar, produced in the Ardennes region of Northern France. Wignac is bucking the previous trends in the cider category by focusing on quality, provenance and authenticity. A family business with a rich history run by two siblings, Eliane and Edouard, the brand is rejuvenating the image of cider and focuses on combining tradition with innovation. Full range available to buy on Master of Malt. (v glamorous female founder at the helm too – French of course so very chic!!) https://www.wignac.com
Following a sleek rebrand – Fourpure’s messaging is all about keeping craft beer simple and easy to navigate – normal beers with normal names like ‘Lager’ and ‘IPA’. They’ve also simplified their range… letting the quality of their beers shout the loudest, so even beer novices can find the right craft beer for them. The brand’s new signature line-up includes Lager, Session Pale Ale, Citrus India Pale Ale and more. These went down a treat at our picnic and we’re so happy to share that Fourpure’s new beers are available from Tesco and Waitrose from April from RRP £1.80 per can and also their website – www.fourpure.com
My friend makes an amazing Bloody Mary so when I brought along the Pickle House Spiced Tomato Mix which Vanity Fair recently called this ‘the best Bloody Mary base known to man’, she was excited to try. She agreed with Vanity Fair that it makes an incredible BM every single time. Definitely what we need to help with the hangovers as lockdown eases! Super convenient and very premium. Also delicious on its own as a Virgin Mary. We made it as red snapper with Gin so it is incredibly versatile.
We also have an Onin.London picnic Spotify playlist and would love you to tweet your suggestions for songs. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6pCz5k5gJ7Tks0rvrTfOXf?si=vNcoFlvAQ7u1d9fIW66pQg&dl_branch=1