Enjoy a picnic in Chesterfield with local food and drink
With so many wonderful spots to enjoy a picnic in Chesterfield, you’ll need to make the most of every day to fit them all in this summer.
That means you’ll also need to come up with lots of different food and drink ideas.
Do you have a sweet tooth or are you a lover of savoury snacks? Do you like to spend time baking for your picnic or would you rather pick up a ready-made hamper? Whatever your taste or lifestyle, there are plenty of delicious local food and drink options for you to try.
Remember to take all of your waste with you after your picnic to reduce litter and support the environment. Make sure to keep your family safe by following these NHS sun safety tips.
For more great places to eat and drink in Chesterfield, visit our Eating Out section to find great restaurants, gastro pubs, bars, cafes and more. You can also check out the past winners of the Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards here.
If you love being outdoors, here is a list of bike rides and cycle routes around Chesterfield that you can try out.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your favourite picnic blanket and enjoy some of these Chesterfield food and drink products!
Local picnic basket items
Cup & Saucer Teas – Pennine Picnic Cold Brew
Pennine Picnic Cold Brew is a special cold tea drink, made from pieces of apple, rosehip, pineapple, coconut, hibiscus petals and natural flavours. It is bottled, ready to drink and comes in two sizes. The bottles are also recycleable and you can get a 10p refund when you return the bottle so it can re re-used or recycled.
- £1.60 – 330ml bottle
- £3.50 – 750ml bottle
Gail Hannan, Owner of Cup & Saucer Teas, says it’s perfect for a picnic because… it tastes like a Pina Colada (without the alcohol) or for adults it can be used as a tasty mixer with Gin, it’s really refreshing, fruity and it’s a favourite of both children and adults.
The Pennine Picnic Cold Brew can be purchased from Cup & Saucer, 132 High Street, Clay Cross, S45 9EE. You can find more Cup & Saucer products, including teas, gift hampers and other local products here – www.cupandsauceronline.co.uk/shop.
Little Morton Farm – Award-winning pork pies
Little Morton Farm is passionate about our animals and producing great tasting produce. A Little Morton Farm gold award-winning pork pie is a perfect savoury addition to your picnic basket. It is made on the farm with home bred and reared, organic fed, pedigree, Berkshire pork.
- £2 – Medium pie
- £3.50 – Large pie
Tom & Daniella say it’s perfect for a picnic because… Every picnic needs a pork pie!
These are available to buy from the farm shop at Little Morton Farm in North Wingfield. To order, please call 01246 859 904 by Wednesday for collection on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information and to see more products from Little Morton Farm, visit www.littlemortonfarm.co.uk/livestock-produce.
Crooked Pickle Co – Bread & Butter Pickles
These Bread & Butter Pickles are a tasty twist of a classic favourite, and there is even a hot version for those who are feeling more adventurous!
- £4.95 per jar
Felix, Owner of The Crooked Pickle Co, says it’s perfect for a picnic because… Our Bread & Butter Pickles are crunchy, sweet-sour and delicately spiced and which makes them amazing on picnic sandwiches, with cold cuts and pork pies.
You can purchase these from the Crooked Pickle Co online store here – crookedpickle.co/collections or from No.10 The Tea Room and Society Coffee Shop & Bar, both located in Chesterfield town centre.
Casa Hotel’s infamous scotch eggs
These delicious Scotch eggs are a brilliant addition to any hamper, a firm favourite with the Casa diners and team! They are available every day from Casa Hotel and they will continue to sell these post reopening as part of their takeaway offerings.
- £2 per scotch egg
Alex from Casa Hotel says it’s perfect for a picnic because… it’s made from locally reared pork and eggs sourced from Casa Hotel’s Walton Lodge Farm.
Franklin & Sons – Soft Drinks & RTS cans
Produced by Chesterfield’s Global Brands, Franklin & Sons has teamed up with the UK’s top Gin brands to create a range of ready-to-drink G&T cans that tick a lot of boxes. Just cool, click, pour and enjoy. These are available locally at Tesco, Co-op & Morrisons, online at www.goodtimein.co.uk or can be ordered for delivery on the City Grab app through Casa at Home.
- The RRP is around £2 in the supermarkets or you can buy a case of 12 for £17.49 on the City Grab App or www.goodtimein.co.uk
Fancy something non-alcoholic for your picnic? Franklin & Sons also has a delicious range of Sodas. Sister’s Sodas provide that fresh sophisticated flavour, the perfect grown-up soft drink, sure to cool you down on a hot summer’s day! Available at Tesco, online at www.goodtimein.co.uk or can be ordered for delivery on the City Grab app through Casa at Home.
- The RRP is £1.20 a can in the supermarkets or you can buy a case of 12 for £9 on the City Grab App or www.goodtimein.co.uk
Charlotte from Global Brands says these products are perfect for a picnic because… They are perfect pick-me-up picnic tipples and they look seriously swanky too!
Northern Tea Merchants – Hot and Cold Teas
Northern Tea’s Gourmet Classic Tea is their finest quality small leaf ‘breakfast tea’, Gourmet Classic is easy to drink, with a delicious aroma, a bright and coppery liquor and excellent flavour due to its excellent quality constituent teas. Drink with milk at any time of day but particularly good at breakfast or an afternoon tea picnic.
- £3 for 40 tea bags
- £3.35 for 125g of loose leaf tea
- £5.63 for 250g of loose leaf tea
Or how about a Red Berry Mix infusion to serve cold as a refreshing summer fruit punch at a picnic? This can be brewed, cooled overnight, then transferred into a flask and will make a lovely refreshing drink on a particularly hot day like we’ve had lately. A spot of honey will make the brew an even more delightful sweet treat.
- £2.42 for 50g
- £5.90 for 125g
- £6.15 for 15 tea temples
James Pogson, Owner of Northern Tea Merchants, says these products are perfect for a picnic because… these teas are perfect for any tea lover and what picnic would be complete without a flask of tea?
Available to purchase online from www.northern-tea.com/buy, from Northern Tea Merchants, 193 Chatsworth Road (free parking available on-street or car park to the rear of the shop) or give the shop a call on 01246 232 600 to arrange free local delivery.
Cacoa Elora – craft chocolate bars
Cacoa Elora is Derbyshire’s only craft chocolate producer making bean to bar chocolate using ethically sourced cocoa beans from Venezuela, Uganda, Nicaragua and Indonesia. Cacoa Elora make a range of dark and dark milk chocolate bars, including vegan options within their milk range of premium bars.
Their bars are full of flavour and let you taste cocoa rather than the sugar which is laden into branded chocolate. Each one is made using the minimum of machinery and tempered by hand on marble.
John, Owner of Cacoa Elora, says these products are perfect for a picnic because… We grind and conche our beans for many hours to bring out the natural notes present within each origin.
They can be purchased from the online shop at www.cacoa-elora.co.uk or they can be purchased at at Cup and Saucer in Clay Cross.
Ready-made picnic baskets
Let a local business do all the work for you and purchase a ready-made picnic basket from one of the below companies.
£28.99 (including p&p) – Salute Picnic Hamper:
- 1 x Cake
- 1 x Packet of crisps
- 1 x Bottles of water
- 1 x Mini Gin & Franklin & Sons Tonic
- 1 x Mini Prosecco
- 1 x bottle opener
- plus plastic glasses
To find out more, visit www.salute-prosecco.com/hampers/fathers-day-hamper, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07807 159 322.
With two picnics to choose from, created for two or four people, these picnics showcase the best of estate farm shop and local produce and are served in a reusable Chatsworth cool bag. Access to the house car park is included with all picnic bookings.
£45 – Chatsworth Family picnic (2 adults and 2 children)
- Two filled baguettes
- Two children’s sandwiches
- Estate farm shop pork pie
- Summer vegetable quiche
- Carriage House chunky coleslaw
- Potato salad
- Estate farm shop crisps
- Fresh fruit pots
- Freshly baked scones with cream and jam
- Chocolate brownies
- Two Fentimans botanical beverages
- Two Cawston Press juice boxes
£50 – Garden gourmet picnic (2 adults)
- A selection of estate farm shop charcuterie and local cheese
- Freshly baked rolls and artisan crackers
- English asparagus, mango and avocado salad
- Sweet potato, pickled onion, coriander and goats cheese salad
- Summer vegetable frittata
- Estate farm shop crisps
- Summer berries with clotted cream
- Gold leaf macaroons
- Chatsworth vanilla fudge
- Elderflower presse
- A bottle of Earl of Burlington Collection wine
To find out more or to order, visit www.chatsworth.org/shop-dine/dine/picnics/ or call 01246 565300.
Van Dyk by Wildes
Order a delicious Van Dyk Picnic Hamper and you can choose dine on their new lawns or as a takeaway.
£36.95 – Van Dyk Picnic Hamper for two people
- Van Dyk’s classic scotch egg and house piccalilli
- Handraised Nottinghamshire pork pie
- Cropwell Bishop organic Stilton
- Vintage Lincolnshire poacher
- Black Bomber cheddar & Henderson’s relish straws
- Van Dyk’s marmalade and mustard glazed gammon
- Chorizo and sausage rolls
- House pickles and chutney
- Marinated olives
- Home baked sour dough loaf and butter
To find out more or to order call 01246 387386.
Get the whole family involved and try out a recipe from a local food & drink business. These items can then be added to your picnic basket and taken with you.
Carrot Cake – Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House
Claire Wood, owner of Stephenson’s Coffee and Tea House, winner of many Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards over the years, shares her recipe for their scrumptious Carrot Cake.
Chocolate Brownie – The Tickled Trout
Chris Mapp, Head Chef at the award- winning The Tickled Trout restaurant in Barlow says: “This brownie recipe has something of legendary status at The Tickled Trout now. It is so good, we just cannot take it off the menu. It is a proper signature dessert and great for chocolate lovers.”
Florentines – Jacksons the Bakers
Trevor Jackson, Managing Director of Jacksons The Bakers in Chesterfield, and a former winner of the Chesterfield Food & Drink Awards ‘Food Hero of the Year’ award, shares the recipe for their popular Florentines.
Energy Boost Smoothie – Qoozies
This delicious Energy Boost Smoothie from Qoozies, located in Vicar Lane Shopping Centre, is all made with fresh fruit and veg, and nothing else. It’s perfect for an all-natural energy boost!
Lemon & Ginger Cheesecake with Raspberry Sorbet – Casa Hotel
This delicious cheesecake recipe, which will give a wow to any entertaining is taken from the cookbook, Mi Casa: Spanish-inspired recipes from the heart of Derbyshire. Written by local entrepreneur and Chesterfield’s four star Casa Hotel owner, Steve Perez.
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