Top outdoor dining products
PUBLISHED: 12:18 16 May 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 16 May 2014
Whether you're planning a picnic or a barbecue this summer, here is a selection of our favourite alfresco dining picks.
Summer is officially on its way and now’s the time to make the most of the nice weather and enjoy a spot of outdoor dining. Picnics and barbecues are a fun and informal way to get together with friends and family and without the stress of preparing a three-course meal you’ll have more time to bask in the sunshine.
Jamie Oliver Portable BBQ, £49.99, www.dunelm-mill.com
It wouldn’t be summer without a barbecue or two and this portable barbecue means you can take it with you on camping weekends or day trips to the beach. The wicker picnic basket for four, containing small plates, plastic flutes and cutlery, is also available from Dunelm Mill priced at £29.99. Available in store.
Big Spot Cool Bag, £35, www.cathkidston.com
If you’re going out for the day and don’t want to lug around a heavy wicker basket this cool bag from Cath Kidston is ideal. The bright red spot design is our pick but they also do a mini cool bag in their classic field rose print.
Barbecue Tools, £32.95, www.annabeljames.co.uk
Get set for barbecue season with this useful set of tools. The set, featuring a two-pronged fork, a spatula, a basting brush and tongs and presented in a khaki canvas case, makes an ideal gift for a barbecue-loving family member.
Coastal Tableware, from £1.50, www.sainsburys.co.uk
Plastic tableware doesn’t have to be boring and the coastal range from Sainsbury’s is perfect for brightening up alfresco meals. The range, available in store, features plates of varying sizes, cutlery, glasses and napkins.
Rolling Hills Picnic Blanket, £36, www.clareloves.co.uk
Keep a roll up picnic blanket in your car so you can stop for a break when you’re on the road. This bold and bright blanket by UK brand Anorak is both stylish and practical thanks to its water resistant backing.
Rambling Rose Flask and Cup, £12.95, www.dotcomgiftshop.com
Afternoon tea doesn’t just have to be an indoor affair and lazing in the park with tea and cakes sounds like the perfect way to while away a few hours. Simply make a selection of sandwiches, take a flask of tea and add biscuits and cakes of your choice.