Coming to the New Forest or out on your boat? Check out new business The Forest Foodie who can take away the hassle for you with a specially curated picnic or seafood hamper.

What a world we’re living in at the moment! With lockdown easing we’ve seen a boom in bookings for holiday cottages, yacht charters and day visitors to The New Forest. The appetite for a break within the safety of our own country and good old ‘staycations’ is truly on the up.

We’re pinching ourselves with excitement for local businesses and events happening around us, and we need to support them more than ever.

Are you planning a trip to the forest, or perhaps coming ashore by boat? The recently launched, Lymington based, company The Forest Foodie can make your trip as hassle free as possible. They deliver hampers and picnics of fresh produce, locally sourced directly to your holiday cottage, or to your marina in Lymington. Their hampers and picnics are delivered in cooled temperature-controlled boxes so you don’t have to worry about fridge space, so a shout out to the yachties who know this all too well. (Must have rosé cold….)

Their products range from ‘The Solent’ which is their version of surf n’turf with fresh lobster, fillet of beef, Hampshire sparkling wine, to ‘The Beaulieu’ which is a selection of wonderful local cheeses, wine and pickles. For a picniccy vibe they have partnered with Chalkstream Farm to source fresh smoked trout, smoked trout pâté, and paired these with fresh crab and king prawns. They have carefully selected some great ‘thirsty bits’ also including a premier cru Chablis, Châteauneuf du pape and magnums of Aix-en-Provence.

The Forest Foodie team source as much as possible from local businesses to Lymington and the New Forest, and do as much as they can to work as sustainably and responsibly as possible. The majority of their packaging is all made from plants.

Click the link to get in touch with the team to find out more at The Forest Foodie