Review of Vintage Feast – Summer Picnic

Summer has arrived in London and it’s time for a picnic in the park. Vintage Feast – a catering, afternoon tea and picnic company offers a homemade, fresh, British and local produce for private and food events. From finger sandwiches, to English scones and a touch of exotic street food there is definitely something to tickle your fancy.

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Packaged in a wicker picnic hampers with disposable plates, cutlery, cups and napkins. I pre-ordered off their extensive menu;

Salt beef bagel and mustard – packed with slithers of thick cuts of salt beef, the meat was tender but not too salty. The bagel however was the star of the show, soft and not gummy and heavy, a light dough bread freshly made . A little too much mustard for my taste perhaps a lighter granary mustard or some pickles could be used to add to the already delicious bagel.

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Empanadas – A Mexican street food pasties, stuffed full of seafood and herbs was flavoursome but a little on the small side. The pastry was crumbly and not greasy and well baked.

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Vegetable skewers – crunchy, diced, roasted Mediterranean vegetables skewers with a creamy salty mozzarella ball placed in between to add more depth and moisture. Clean, fresh, organic that no seasoning was needed.

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As munched through the fantastic spread of food I sipped away on a Fentimen’s Rose Lemonade. A feminine pink blushed drink was a treat! dashed with rose water and a touch of fizz was beautiful.

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Potato salad with a lemon, vinegar, garlic and wholegrain mustard dressing was marvelous!. Zesty sourness from the lemon zinged up the dressing with a perfumed garlic and peppery mustard was a perfect salad to brighten the picnic.

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Desserts on offer were; the double chocolate cake, a light moist sponge cake with a milk chocolate frosting. The topping was  gooey, sweet and smooth however being a double chocolate cake I think I wanted more of a richer and indulgence dessert much like a fudge cake that’s dense and heavy. Either way a top notch cake I’m just a bit more greedy!.

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I made way for the summer profiteroles, 6 pastry creamed filled delights with pastel icing toppings. A packed with unsweetened cream and a light choux pastry casing however the roll had a soggy bottom, maybe caused by the heat. I was expecting the icing to be flavoured with summer fruits but sadly disappointed at the plain sugary topping.  Beautifully presented and gorgeous to eat just minor tweaks could make this dessert excellent.

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Overall the summer picnic was a Friday lunchtime treat,  the adorable wicker hamper set the tone for a traditional and special occasion. The food was neatly packed and packaged in reusable transparent containers. The food was fresh and a varied mixture of dishes and flavours.

Vintage Feast are available for private and home functions: fancy@vintagefeast.com