School ends next week & Smix and I have dozens of day trips already planned all over Northern Ireland, and even beyond. I'm sure there will be a picnic or six along the way. I called into Marks & Spencer at Sprucefield to pick up some new lunch items from their Tastes of the British Isles' range.
There is also a great big sale on, with up to 60% off. I got a t-shirt for myself for £2, and a Minecraft sweatshirt & t-shirt for £10 each for Michael.
Straight in with the sandwiches, but this is no ordinary sandwich, this is an M&S sandwich! If you are buying for a family picnic, you'll be able to take advantage of the current 3 for 2 offer running on most of the lunch range. Then again if you're just buying for yourself, you could get three items, sandwich, crisps, drink or dessert for the price of two yourself.
These mighty British sandwiches are £4, £3.80 and £3.50.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous there are some protein rich, fancy salads with a classic British twist too, £3.50 each.
Guilty secret time. I discovered the little three pack of sausage rolls last week one evening at my local M&S in Bloomfields. I had gone to pick up sushi, but they were all out. I chose the £2.00 pack of three different flavours of rolls and since I've repeat purchased three times! My daily sausage roll consumption is quite high right now! I just eat them cold and they are super tasty. So I'm excited about trying the massive Hog Roast Sausage Roll, which is also £2. I could tell myself only eating one sausage roll of an evening is healthier than three, even if the one roll is the size of my hand!
Moving onto lunch snacks, British recipe inspired crisps are 3 for 2 also, or 70p each. There also a little jelly for £1.35
For your sweet tooth we have little takeaway bowls of fresh strawberries for £2, a must have in Wimbledon week, even if you are just watching it on tv. I also picked two rhubarb desserts to try, a trifle at £1.35 and a slice of cheesecake for £2. Have you noticed just how many products in M&S have rhubarb in them this summer? Drinks, cakes, everything. They must have bought a rhubarb farm they've used so much of the stuff. Luckily I adore it!
Now I'm not entirely sure if I like gooseberries, but I was very drawn to the little meringues on top of this dessert. There is also a classic recipe Eton Mess variety and they are £1.50 each.
So here is my spread all together. All these items are on three for two, so you only pay for 2/3 of what's shown. I think this would make a great picnic lunch for the family, and everyone could try a little of each. Happy feasting!