Except, as anyone who has lugged a picnic basket ‘just that little bit further’ in search of the elusively perfect spot knows, that’s not quite the full story. Unpacking sadly misshapen sandwiches. Grappling with bendy forks, floppy paper plates and drinking warm wine from paper cups. Yes, it’s all part of it and yes, there’s a certain charm, but sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like the perfect picnic that we had in mind. If you’ve gone to the trouble of making delicious food, you need to honour your spread with proper plates, glasses that you can chink and cutlery that feels reassuringly solid and does the job properly.
The answer, we’ve decided, is to prepare a moveable feast and to not roam very far at all. Your back garden – or your favourite patch in a nearby field – will serve you well and means little legs needn’t traipse for very long. You can still enjoy all that’s lovely about being outdoors, except you’ll also have all the benefits of being close to home. Your food will travel well and can be served just as you intended. Your elderflower, Chablis or deliciously sharp lemonade will remain chilled to perfection.