Picture this: it's late July, the afternoon sun is giving everything a dappled golden glow, the blue sky stretches above you, the only sounds the buzzing of insects and the faint rustle of the trees. You sit up from a quick nap feeling peckish, and dip into your picnic hamper from The Newt. You pull out flaky sausage rolls, sweet Somerset strawberries and a perfectly chilled bottle of rosé. All is good in the world; you are happy.
Look, roll with us here. We know this summer hasn't exactly been the sunniest or the driest, and the likelihood of any al fresco afternoon not being interrupted by the piercing scream of sirens or the incessant hoot of traffic is unlikely in London, but with these picnic baskets to hand, you are at least one step closer to living your bucolic British summertime dreams (just BYO wildflower meadow).
Set on a whopping 800-acre estate, The Newt is home to some of the country's most impressive gardens alongside dedicated growing spaces for produce used in the restaurants on site and in all their products available from the farmshop and online, plus swathes of grazing land for cattle, a woodland for free-roaming deer and even an apple orchard. It's the kind of place that seems spun from foodie dreams, allowing you to sit in a restaurant for lunch overlooking the exact plot of land that the carrot you're eating came from.
While not all of us have the time to take a trip down to Somerset, The Newt brings a slice of that heaven to concrete-weary Londoners with their online shop. Almost everything you can grab from their utopia of a farm shop is available from the website. Build your own perfect picnic with everything from Somerset Charcuterie salami and house-made trout roulades to garden piccalilli and Westcombe smoked cheddar. Or, let the team at The Newt pick for you, and opt for their pre-made picnic hampers packed full of everything you need for the ultimate al fresco feast, from scones with clotted cream and house-made strawberry preserve to goats cheese tarts and estate leaves with The Newt Kingston Black and mustard dressing, plus a bottle of Somerset apple juice and The Newt's own fine cyder to wash it all down.
Because even when the weather isn't cooperating and city life is getting too much you can always rely on your taste buds to take you on a journey. No matter if you're digging into the hamper from the comfort of your living room floor, basking in the warm glow of a standing lamp as the rain comes down outside, a selection of goodies from The Newt will do a fairly good job of convincing you that electric bulb is the sun, and the carpet underneath is a stretch of green grass.
Shop now with free next or named day delivery over £40 at thenewtinsomerset.com.