Plan a picnic with Lancashire and Lake District produce

PUBLISHED: 00:00 10 July 2020

Plan the perfect picnic. Photo: Booths

Plan the perfect picnic. Photo: Booths


Put together your own perfect picnic using some of the best food and drink from Lancashire and the Lake District

Bells artisan breadBells artisan bread

Three of the best: bread and cakes

Bells of Lazonby: Whether you’re looking for lovely loaves or magnificent meringues, Bells of Lazonby, near Penrith, have it all. Established in 1946, the family bakery was founded by war hero John Bell – he made it through the Second World War after his aircraft was shot down over Germany. Their artisan sourdoughs made using a three-day fermentation process are the perfect picnic pick.

Studio Bakery: This family run business started in the garden studio of Allison Metcalf in the Ribble Valley. Now based in The Cow Shed – an eco-build factory in Bolton by Bowland – their cakes and bakery bites are made by hand by an 11-strong team including Allison’s 73-year-old mum. The team also produced more than 115,000 marmajam star biscuits for Booths at Christmas. Don’t miss their Rocky Road mini bites that are the ideal picnic pudding. On the move? They’ll also deliver a great energy boost for a power up one of Lancashire’s fells.

Waterfields: Looking for fresh barms, a brilliant Bakewell or cracking carrot cake? You’re in safe hands with Waterfields in Leigh where they have been producing wonderful bakes and cakes since 1926. Choose from fresh rolls, sharing cakes for a taste of something everyone will love or if you need an indulgent fix, try their double chocolate cake.


Glorious grazing: deli and snacks

Happy Belly: No picnic, we think, is complete without a Scotch egg and Bolton’s Brendan Baury took his love for good food to create his much-loved range of this picnic favourite for his business Happy Belly. He now supplies Booths and farm shops across the county.

Fiddlers Lancashire Crisps: Every picnic needs a crunchy crisp and Fiddlers in Rufford have the ideal ones. Made by the Fiddler family, choose from Lancashire Sauce, Lancashire cheese and onion and sea salt and Lancashire vinegar flavours for your own blanket-based brunch.


Fruit & Veg: the perfect accompaniments

Croftpak Nurseries: A Lancashire tomato institution, Brian Ascroft and his family have been growing this terrific fruit in their Hesketh Bank glasshouses for almost three decades, developing different varieties for the likes of Booths. Pack a punnet of these in your picnic basket for a fresh taste of summer.

Dug Today Potatoes: Sean Mallinson lifts his not-often-found Maris Bard potatoes under the cover of darkness in the early hours on his land in Tarleton. They’re sent out to Booths stores the same day making them as fresh as possible. They’re a similar size to salad potatoes and are delicious dunked in cheese fondue, crushed with sautéed mushrooms or prepared in advance for the tastiest potato salad.


Drink up: picnic pours

Cuckoo Gin: The team at Lancashire Life feel it’s well worth going to an extra effort to add a bottle of your favourite tipple to your picnic basket. Cuckoo Gin is one of the several gins now made on Holmes Farm at Brindle Distillery. Choose from Signature, Spiced, Sunshine or Solace, a blend created to thank charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust for the support their gave Brindle Distillery’s Liz Long who fought a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Don’t forget to pack your garnish.

Lakes Distillery: Whether your drink of choice is whisky, gin or vodka this distillery in Setmurthy, near Bassenthwaite, can supply it all. Their gin and vodka are ideal on a hot day or if you’ve taken a picnic on a bracing, breezy walk, their Lakes Single Malt, will warm you up in no time.

Calyx Drinks: Raphael Ogunrinde has been making drinks from hibiscus flowers since he was a young boy in Nigeria. Now, he produces soft drinks made from flowers in Burnley and supplies food retailers across the country from small farm shops to retailing giants like John Lewis – the latest to sign up is Booths. He has developed several flavours including pineapple and hibiscus, strawberry and lavender and apple and camomile, offering the perfect summer drink.


Board members: Lancashire’s cheese masters

Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire: Cloth bound and sealed with butter, the don of Lancashire cheeses and the last farmhouse producer of raw-milk Lancashire cheese, Mrs Kirkham’s is a must for any picnic. It’s made by third generation cheese maker Graham Kirkham. Eat it with slices of apples, use it in a quiche or pair it with a rich chutney.

Dewlay: This third generation of cheese makers in Garstang, run by Nick and Richard Kenyon, produce cheeses that are perfect for picnics. Choose from Tasty Lancashire, Creamy Lancashire or their Garstang Blue – all delicious.

Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses: You’ll be spoilt for choice with the cheeses produced by the Butler family. All members of your picnic party will love their fabulous fromage. We love Blackstick’s Blue, their farmhouse blue cheese, made in open vats and left to mature under the watchful eye of Butlers’ cheese experts.

All the food and drink producers featured here supply Lancashire grocer Booths. For more information visit

And if you’re looking for inspiration on places to go, here our top ten picnic spots in Lancashire and the Lake District

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