Picnic Teas Give Feel Good Factor

White Mare, Beckermet

Dianne Irving of the White Mare, Beckermet is building on her afternoon tea trade by offering picnic teas in traditional hampers. For £14.50 a head, customers get scones with cream and jam, sandwiches, cakes and quality soft drinks. Many add a bottle of wine or prosecco. For a £20 deposit (waived for hotel guests), the hampers – complete with glasses, cutlery, china plates and waterproof seating mats - can be taken away and enjoyed in the countryside. “They started as a fun extra that gave us a bit more business.  It’s not much more work as the contents replicate our afternoon teas. The bonus is they make people happy and give them a special connection to the pub which, in turn, leads to repeat business and positive word-of-mouth reviews,” says Diane.