The Best of St Ives Picnic

The sun’s out, the basket’s full and the coast path’s calling – it’s picnic time. We recently gathered the best that St Ives has to offer from its most covetable shops, to show you how to eat under the sky in style – from cosy picnic blankets to mouthwatering cakes, portable chopping boards to lust-worthy backpacks and some of the tastiest and most finger-friendly food offerings around, all washed down with a healthy dose of St Ives Gin.

Jen wears, yellow jumper £125 Selected Femme, Moscot sunglasses £220, La Cerise sur le Gateau duffel bag £73, all from academyandco. Tim wears long sleeve Folk top £70 and Moscot sunglasses £220 academyandco. Round straw bag from a selection at The Painted Bird. Blue Finisterre coat £165 and pink blanket from selection at Common Wanderer.

Jen wears, yellow jumper £125 Selected Femme, Moscot sunglasses £220, La Cerise sur le Gateau duffel bag £73, all from academyandco. Tim wears long sleeve Folk top £70 and Moscot sunglasses £220 academyandco. Round straw bag from a selection at The Painted Bird. Blue Finisterre coat £165 and pink blanket from selection at Common Wanderer.

There’s nothing quite like getting out for an afternoon of lounging somewhere special, so the St Ives Liquor Co. team – apart from Mum and Dad, well, someone needs to hold the fort –  took advantage of the first sunny day of 2019 and went for it. This spot on Man’s Head overlooks Porthmeor beach, where one side offers unlimited horizon gazing while the other casts your sight back to the surfers as they take on the tides by the shoreline.

Our friends at the amazing St Ives stores, academyandco, Common Wanderer and The Painted Bird pulled together some choice items to kit us out in style. Thanks guys.

Top left: Moscot Sunglasses £220 and yellow Selected Femme jumper £125 academyandco, rugs and throws from £19.95 and wicker back pack from a selection at The Painted Bird. Top right: Yellow and cream blanket £45, marble and wood chopping board £32.50 both from The Painted Bird, cheese selection from The Allotment Deli. Bottom left: Black enamel plates. £34 each from academyandco, picnic salads from a delicious selection at The Digey Food rooms and The Allotment Deli. Bottom right: Wicker backpack from a selection at The Painted Bird.

When it comes to packing the perfect picnic we think you need to factor in the following things:

  • Bottle opener (this takes priority on the list)

  • Enamel plates and tumblers aka. unbreakable

  • Chopping board, or find a handy rock like Timmy has below

  • Wicker bags that hold their shape, so your strawberries don’t get crushed

  • Sharp knife, we use a fancy Japanese one we pilfered from our restaurant kitchen

  • Rugs, throws and blankets for sitting on and cosying up in

The Food & Drink

A quick trip to both The Allotment Deli on Forestreet and Digey Food Room in the heart of St Ives, will provide all the delicious picnic produce you’ll need to stock your basket. Swing via SILCo. Searoom to check out our new liquor shop where there’s gin and spirit apparel galore, and if you ask really nicely we might even spare some ice too.

  • Palm friendly portable snacks, think pork pies and scotch eggs

  • Peelable fruit that won’t get squished

  • Loaf of bread for tearing

  • All the cheeses

  • Boxes of pre-made salad

  • Cake, always cake

  • A bottle of St Ives Gin and some Seabuck Tonic

Pendleton rug £290, Folk long sleeve striped top £70 and Moscot sunglasses £220 all academyandco, St Ives Liquor Co. Glass, set of two £16.

Pendleton rug £290, Folk long sleeve striped top £70 and Moscot sunglasses £220 all academyandco, St Ives Liquor Co. Glass, set of two £16.

Top left: St Ives Original Gin £36 Top right: Finisterre jacket £165 Common Wanderer, Moscot sunglasses £220 academyandco. Second row left: Pink blanket from a selection at Common Wanderer, SILCo. Pompelmocello £21. Second row right: Yellow and cream rug £45 The Painted Bird, black enamel plates £34 academyandco, cakes from a selection at The Allotment Deli. Third row left: Navy jumper £85 at Common Wanderer. Third row right: Square wicker bag £25, wood and marble salad servers £34 both The Painted Bird, Dor and Tan tumblers £24 each at academyandco. Bottom left: Food from a selection at The Allotment Deli and The Digey Food Rooms. Bottom right: Sourdough loaf from St Ives Bakery.

Nicola Robey