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Sarnies, scotch eggs and pork pies: Brits still love a traditional picnic

What makes your picnic really special? Homemade sandwiches, perhaps, or a jug of ice cold lemonade? New research has shown that we Brits still prefer a traditional spread (especially one that includes scotch eggs) over more modern, fancier food.

Brits still prefer a classic picnic – scotch eggs, sausage rolls and homemade sandwiches – to anything fancy, according to new research from Branston Pickle. The research, conducted to celebrate National Picnic Week, shows that we’d always pick traditional food over more exotic choices such as vine leaves, kale salad, quinoa and avocado.


The average Briton picnics just four times a year, spending £52.75 each time. There are strict rules to picnicking and preparing one from scratch is essential to its success, say 46 percent of people. Bought sandwiches, for example, were considered a faux-pas by nearly half the respondents.

Homemade sandwiches and crisps, sausage rolls, pork pies and scotch eggs are all listed in the top ten essential picnic foods. Victoria Adams, Branston brand manager said, “There really isn’t anything much better than sitting in the sunshine with friends eating a delicious homemade sandwich…..preferably with Branston!”

Britain’s top 10 picnic essentials

*Homemade sandwiches


*Cold meats

*Sausage roll

*Pork pie

*Cocktail sausages

*Scotch egg


*Cheese board

*Scones and Jam

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