BBQs, Picnics and Ploughman's

Summer 2021 with Red Pepper Catering

In years gone by, I’d have been catering for corporate summer events, but this year has been very different once again. Summer 2021 so far has been great – the beautiful weather, combined with the UK opening up again, has meant that people have been getting out and enjoying their meals outdoors once more. This has brought me new opportunities, and so the Red Pepper Catering focus has been on barbecues in the early summer…and as the school holidays get underway, picnics are on the menu!

I’ve spent the first half of the summer providing barbecue catering at the weekends, at Newton Park Farm in Newton Blossomville: a beautiful location that’s a popular wedding venue. While wedding numbers were restricted, they opened their gates to visitors – and the weekends and bank holidays saw the grounds full of families on days out with the kids, dog walkers, and those who’d just come to enjoy the surroundings. I was there with my barbecue menu, offering all sorts from an 8oz burger, to a jumbo hotdog, and even a whole BBQ platter with cajun chicken, BBQ pork and crusty bread alongside the burger. Children’s options were available too – there was something for everyone.

We had mixed weather – some weeks it was beautiful, and others it was not! – but we kept everyone fed, and at just £10 for a platter we had lots of happy customers!

Now that weddings are returning those events are over, so I’m now concentrating on that essential for every British summer – the picnic. Now you can pack up for a special day out without worrying what to put in your sandwiches, because I’ve sorted all that for you.

Your Red Pepper Catering picnic hamper includes the following:

  • homemade Focaccia Sandwich filled with salami, roasted red and yellow peppers and mozzarella,
  • coronation chicken drumstick,
  • sausage roll,
  • mini cheese and chive quiche,
  • fresh herb salad,
  • summer couscous salad,
  • lemon and blueberry sponge,
  • salted peanut rocky road,
  • and a bottle of elderflower presse.

A cup, serviette, and fork are also included! For £20 and a small delivery charge, you’ll be all set for a quintessential day out – or day in – on the lawn.

The National Trust held an Opera Della Luna event recently at Stowe, and I was delighted to provide 28 picnics for them to sell on to guests. Here’s what they had to say:

“Just wanted to say that the picnics were a great success, and nothing but good comments from all those who partook. I am sure, if we do the event again next year, we will be coming back to you!”

I’m also still offering the hamper and delivery options I developed during the first lockdown, which are also ideal for summer dining out. The Posh Ploughman’s and Afternoon Teas in a Box are still hugely popular, and they’re just perfect for a summer afternoon when you’ve got people coming round, but don’t feel like cooking.

For a more special occasion, I can come and cook for you at home now that restrictions have lifted – but if you’d like to have it delivered, I will cook it beforehand and bring it to your door with full instructions for serving it up, just as I would do it myself.

If you’d like to book a picnic, or any of my other services, I’d love to hear from you – please contact me here: Contact

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