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Five sandwich substitutes for the perfect picnic


A picnic hamper suggests an element of adventure; venturing out into the great outdoors, armed with a supply of food, not knowing where exactly the day could take you.

But, somehow, the contents of these bags don’t always live up to that initial excitement and fishing out a soggy sandwich after a day exploring can feel disappointing to say the least.

Our food stores are armed with supplies to fend off that deflated feel - we have a vast selection of high-quality local produce as part of our Love Local range. 

Perk up your pack up with one of these amazing alternatives:

A summery salad

Salads don’t have to be boring - put in all your favourite veggies, mix with your choice of Lincolnshire Drizzle Company dressing and enjoy a vibrant salad, packed with flavour and goodness.

Pine nuts, parmesan and rocket coated with Lincolnshire Drizzle Company’s balsamic vinegar is a taste sensation. 

Balsamic Rocket

Ready-made pastries

Sausage rolls are staple of a British pack-up, and the care taken by long-running Louth family firm Pocklington’s means their award-winning sausage rolls are superior.

Grasmere Farm, based in the south of the county, are also famed for delicious pork pies and scotch eggs, made with fresh ingredients and locally-reared meat.

These options are high quality but little fuss - perfect to grab and go.

Sausage Rolls

Cheese sticks

A slightly more grown-up option, this canape is sure to impress. At Lincolnshire Co-op, we support a variety of farms around our trading area which provide us with an assortment of delicious cheeses. Our producers include Lincolnshire Poacher Cheese, Cote Hill Cheese, and Lymn Bank Farm. A selection of cheese sticks is a great way to sample several, and you could even pair them with a chutney from Jenny’s Jams or some local haslet from Curtis’.

Cheese Sticks 1

Afternoon tea

Nothing is more traditional than a scone and a cup of tea on a warm day - and who’s to say you can’t enjoy it al-fresco as well?

Pack up some of our scones from Gadsby’s, brew a flask of Stokes of Lincoln tea, and enjoy it with the sun on your face.


Open sandwiches

If you’re more opposed to the potential sogginess of a sandwich rather than the bread itself, then open sandwiches could be for you.

All you’ll need is some slices of bread – our local bakers Gadsby’s stock a large range in our food stores - and some toppings of your choice.

You could go for smoked salmon from Grimsby smokehouse Alfred Enderby. If you’re looking for a vegetarian option, why not bring some egg-mayo in some Tupperware using Love Local free-range eggs?

Open Salmon Sandwich Resized

Lincolnshire Co-op's Love Local range is available in our food stores - find your nearest food store here.