Ascot Racecourse is delighted to be associated with Fortnum's this year and for Royal Ascot they have created exclusive hampers specifically for visitors to the much-anticipated annual event.
Available to be ordered for each day of the five-day meeting as close to three days in advance for those who are last minute planners, theFortnum’s Royal Ascot Hamperis filled with every delicious thing for a glorious and stylish picnic. The hamper for two includes Prawn and Lobster Cocktails, Scotch Eggs – invented by Fortnum’s in the 1700’s – sharing plates of Smoked Salmon and salt-aged Glenarm Beef, an array of salads and a British Cheese Plate. Desserts include Sherry Trifle Strawberry Jellies and a jar of Splendid Sweets.
Chargrilled Broccoli and Artichokes with Tahini & Lemon Dressing, Burrata with Basil Pesto and Heritage Tomatoes, and Grilled Miso Aubergine with Quinoa and Tofu are some of the dishes packed within theFortnum’s Ascot Vegetarian Hamper. A choice of the grocer’s own red or white wine accompanies both wickers.
When picnics became fashionable at the end of the 18thCentury, Fortnum’s hampers - which were previously designed for travel – started to house delicacies destined for the outdoors. In the Victorian era, the ‘London Season’ was cemented and Piccadilly would be blocked from the early hours as carriages of customers queued to collect their Ascot hampers. Thus, starting a longstanding history between Royal Ascot and Fortnum & Mason.
Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 20th– Saturday 24thJune. Tickets start from £37.Click here for latest ticket availability.
Fortnum’s Ascot Hampers are £195 each. They should be ordered in advance.You can view all picnic options and purchase here.