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Top Hampshire picnic spots

Grab a gourmet takeaway and head to one of these lovely local parks, gardens and countryside picnic spots to enjoy it.

Outdoor meet-ups are back on! Make the most of it with a gourmet takeaway in one of these fabulous Hampshire picnic spots. Blanket, bubble or bestie at the ready – and out you go…

Lymington

The picnic: Sunny days, waterside views and stylish eats to-go. Lymington locals are loving Coffee & Drift close to the quayside. Pretty pancakes, granola nourish bowels, barista-made coffees and tasty sourdough toasties for takeaway (above) make an insta-worthy picnic treat.

The picnic spot: Sit at the quayside and indulge in a spot of yacht-watching. Or, find gardens, picnic spots galore and even a fairy trail just 20 minutes’ walk away in the scenic Woodside Park.

Southsea

Southsea beach Portsmouth Hampshire picnic spots

The picnic: Recently returned for takeaway, tuck into seriously good cake to go with your takeaway coffee from the Tenth Hole tearooms on the seafront. Or head for the Briny’s takeout hatch for gourmet fish ‘n’ chips, burgers, sourdough toasties and more.

The picnic spot: The sound of the sea is good for the soul. Dodge the seagulls and blow away the cobwebs with a seafront picnic. Find plenty of green space too on Southsea Common, with Spring flowers to enjoy on the Ladies Walk pathway.

Rowland’s Castle

The picnic: Collect gorgeous cakes, scones, soup, quiches and more from Stanstead Park’s popular Pavillion Tearooms. While you’re there, pop to the vast garden centre or the Stanstead Park Farmshop for locally-sourced gourmet provisions and homemade ice-creams by the scoop.

The picnic spot: Stanstead House, arboretum and immediate surrounds are closed but there is a small, sweet picnic garden as you exit the Pavillion Tearooms towards the carpark. Afterwards, walkers are welcome to take a scenic stroll around the wider estate.

Petersfield

Physic Garden Petersfield

The picnic: Gourmet picnic options galore in Petersfield. Get fresh-to-order classic deli sandwiches like Hot Salt Beef on Rye, New York Reuben and Tuna Mayonnaise with seriously good coffee from Madeleine’s Kitchen. Or there’s sandwiches plus highly addictive buns and pastries from the Hoxton Bakehouse.

The picnic spot: Visitors and locals tend to go straight to the fantastic Petersfield Heath for walks and picnics. But with its picturesque, lake-sized pond, playpark, walking circuit and friendly Plump Duck café, space can be at a premium. For a quieter option, grab a takeaway in town and head for the Physic Garden, a hidden, volunteer-tended oasis off the High Street, with sunny benches and beautiful plants and flowers. As it’s charitably run remember to leave a donation if you can.

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Odiham Castle - Image by BabelStone
Odiham Castle – Image by BabelStone

The picnic: Pick up gourmet picnic goodies like posh pies, fruit and some seriously good local cheeses from the nearby Newlyns Farm Shop in North Warnborough.

The picnic spot: Known locally as ‘King John’s Castle’, enjoy a walk and right royal picnic at Odiham Castle, opposite the scenic Basingstoke Canal. Park up at the Colt Hill car park and it’s around a mile and a half down the towpath. If you don’t fancy going that far, there are plenty of other scenic places to perch along the way.

Winchester

Winchester Cathedral picnic spots Hampshire

The picnic: There’s great picnic grub to be had in Winchester. Find posh veggie salads and bagels from Rawberry. Sweet tooth? The Winchester Orangery has seriously indulgent takeaway treats like a banoffee crumble waffle picnic (drool…), plus coffees and treat-loaded hot chocolates.

The picnic spot: It’s a popular spot but rarely impossible to find a socially-distanced space in the grounds of the magnificent Cathedral.

Mottisfont

National Trust chairs Mottisfont
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The picnic: Find takeaway drinks and light snacks at The Stables restaurant on-site. Or pick up an afternoon tea box (£12.50) from TeaCups in nearby Romsey, a feast of sandwiches, homemade scones and a selection of homemade cakes.

The picnic spot: The grounds of the National Trust favourite are a picnic paradise. In the south paddock there’s picnic benches spread out around the sloping lawn. Or bring a chair and choose a shady spot under a tree with a plum view of the house and church spire. Behind the house, there’s plenty of green space too for a peaceful riverside picnic.

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Picnic blanket British Blanket Company

Go through picnic season in style and #supportlocal with a traditional or colourful picnic blanket (£100) from The British Blanket Company. Each beautiful blanket is woven at a small mill in the British Isles.

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