It’s pan de coca which is long, thin and airy, like a non-floury ciabatta. The idea is that you rub this with special thick-skinned and dense penjar tomatoes – lovingly packed in straw to keep them from squishing – to make a pan con tomate. And then you load your DIY sandwich with something from the feast box’s array of options.
There are tiny sardines from La Brujula, Nardin anchovies caught off the Cantabrian coast and then smoked over beechwood, and a very light and fresh Villarejo manchego cheese.
As well as the tomatoes, you get tinned piquillos peppers, slices of finest salchichon and a giant sobrasada. This is a Majorcan speciality – a smooth sausage paste seasoned with paprika which adds zing to any sandwich.
Obviously, the thing to drink with all this Iberian deliciousness is a cold sherry. Victoria Moore is very busy or I’d ask her for a recommendation but I don’t think you can go wrong with Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla. It’s a picnic that will bring out your inner Carmen. To be enjoyed as the sun goes down with a red carnation in your hair. Sasha Slater
£50 for six people; brindisa.com
Le Deli Robuchon
‘Pivoted’ has become one of the phrases – like ‘Covid’ and ‘R rate’ – that has very much entered the 2020 lexicon. And it’s exactly what Le Deli Robuchon did in response to the lockdown, offering its elevated menu via delivery service. The deli, which is a more casual sibling to Le Comptoir Robuchon, offers a picnic hamper of delights, delivered within a London catchment area. The service is attentive and thorough, with phone calls confirming the exact time of drop off, and the menu vast and varied.
The spread is sizeable – in fact, we keep a not inconsiderable amount for leftovers – and simple, done with the best ingredients and of the kind of quality you’d expect from those carrying on the great name of the late Michelin star amassing Joel Robuchon. We start off with a plump, oozing burrata and heirloom tomato salad, wonderfully cooling in the heatwave, and vegetable quiche.