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summer romantic picnic inspiration - old-fashioned picnic basket and woman holding basket in summer dress in garden

Picnic Date Ideas

Summer is underway; long days, the hum of people mowing their lawns, the scent of freshly cut grass and smoky barbecues, and the warm breeze and bright blue sky setting the scene for a season of sun-worshipping and al fresco dining. Picnic Season is here, and with bags of English charm, it is capturing the nation's hearts once again.

The picnic has curious connotations, conjuring up images of both other-worldly romance and the sticky summer holiday affairs of our youth. 19th century romance; lying gracefully on a picnic blanket with a parasol in a meadow, a Mr. Darcy type cutting a dashing figure as he emerges from a lake. Either that, or the somewhat frenzied picnics of our childhood, where windbreaks on the beach did little to keep the sand from our food; dubious egg mayonnaise sandwiches, salty crisps, warm pasta salads and pork pies.

However, the humble picnic has made a comeback and it is now a glorious gourmet affair, with outdoor eating being the romantic dinner du jour. Long gone are the days where romantic dining was considered to be exclusively an extravagant restaurant and a black-tie-caviar-and-champagne affair; now it is considered equally as elegant to eat in the intimacy of rambling rural idylls, beautiful beaches, or on magnificent mountainsides.

Most of our hotels offer romantic picnics, where every little luxurious detail will be taken of, but the beauty of the picnic is that you can do it however you like and anywhere you like, and you don't need to be on holiday to create your own romantic retreat. Here are a few tips for making your own romantic picnic, so you can soak up the summer sunshine in style:

1. Get an old-fashioned picnic basket

Yes, they may be practical, but a cool box just doesn't have the romantic charm of an old-fashioned picnic basket.

2. Sip on something sparkling

It wouldn't be a romantic picnic without something sparkly to drink, be it champagne, prosecco, or something else. Make it that little bit more special by adding something sweet. A peach purée will make a traditional Bellini, some elderflower cordial will give it a classic English twist, and blackberries and thyme add a sweet summer feel.

3. Choose a scenic location