Dining Al Fresco | Picnic Friendly Food & Drink Advice And Top Picks

Dining Al Fresco

There have been some delicious Dining Al Fresco products launching over the last month or two and we’re loving the fact that they would undoubtedly make a tasty selection of both healthy and not so healthy food and drink to take on a picnic or to eat al fresco in the garden. Here are a few yummy picks that we’ve loved trying out during the past month or two.

AG007-680g-SparklingPinotChard-StampFor dining alfresco entertaining in the garden with friends, complement the longer evenings with tea lights in jam jars for a lovely fairy light effect and add to the atmosphere with your favourite summer soundtrack. You can impress your guests with some simple bite size appetisers such as smoked salmon canapés.

Serve on blinis with crème fraiche and pair with a delicious glass of Hardys Stamp Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay (Asda, £8,99RRP). This medium-bodied wine delivers fresh lime with hints of nectarine and apricot and a fresh, zingy finish.

You could even freeze summer berries to use in place of ice cubes – add some frozen berries to your Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay (Asda, £9.75RRP) for the ultimate summer tipple.


The Fabulous Baker Brothers products are perfect if you are looking for a good selection of sweet treats. With everything from muffins to brunch bars and flapjacks, you have a brilliant variety to choose from at affordable prices. You can get hold of them at their website: www.thefabulousbakers.com and they are stocked in Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury’s with an RRP of £1.50- £1.79


We all know that water is at the core of our wellbeing, but drinking eight glasses a day can challenge even the most health conscious of us – the purest of palates can tire of water after a while. So, what is the healthy alternative?

Nuva is designed for everyone who is frustrated that the only alternative drinks to water are filled with either additives, sugar or sweeteners and for those who enjoy a delicate taste without compromising on hydration and quality, Nuva’s innovative range includes three drinks – Spring Water with a Kiss of Cucumber & Mint, Spring Water with a Kiss of Ginger & Lemon and Spring Water with a Kiss of Melon & Jasmine. These taste delicious and are perfect for picnics and drinks on the go. Available in selected independent health food and high street retailers. RRP £1.49 for 500ml. www.nuva.co.uk


If you are keen to try something a bit different then why not take a look at the savoury chocolate collection from La Maison du Chocolat.

A luxurious box of savoury chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat that is perfect for sharing with friends. Giving a nod to summer in a vibrant yellow coffret, flavours include; Black Olives, Red Pepper, Porcini Mushroom, Salted Ganache and Caramelised Onions.


For the ultimate dining Al Fresco party vibe then Parrot Bay might be just the thing. Grab some of their delicious frozen cocktails straight from the freezer or mix up your own cocktails using their various flavours of spirits with coke or lemonade. Add a wedge of lime and some wonderfully over the top garnishes and you’ve got an instant party in your back garden!

The Parrot Bay Freeze and Squeeze Cocktails are available in five flavours; Margarita, Mojito, Pina Colada, Passion Fruit Caipirinha and Berry Daiquiri from Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Asda and Sainsbury’s for £2.49 a pouch.

The Parrot Bay Spirit Drinks are available in three flavours; Coconut, Strawberry and Passion Fruit from Tesco, Asda, Morrison’s and Booker Premier stores for £13.

Disclaimer: please note that unless otherwise stated some items featured have been provided on a review basis.

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