KuPP Scandi Picnic in the Park by Lauren Heath

Gosh, hasn’t Summer well and truly shown herself this past week? Some days it has been too hot really, but alas we shouldn’t moan, there are so many great spots to find shade in our beautiful city whilst enjoying the sunshine. So you’re sitting alfresco, and you’re thinking ‘a deliciously fresh and exciting picnic would be great right about now’ – well guess what? KuPP Exeter have the answer!

I was very pleased to have received an offer from KuPP to experience their latest offering of a Scandi Picnic; “a feast of cold cuts and light salads, including Norwegian salmon gravadlax and house smoked mackerel with lashings of Scandi potato and summer heritage tomato salad as well as roast beetroot and smoked red onions. Meaty offerings come in the form of homemade chorizo sausage roll, smoked pork meatballs, Sussex smoked ham and potted rabbit with nutmeg butter. A Scandi picnic wouldn’t be complete without a generous helping of Västerbotten (strong Swedish cheddar) and a section of breads, spreads and pickles.”

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There is a vegetarian picnic too as well as vegan and gluten free options on request.

So I quickly gathered two fabulous lady friends, arranged a date – which happened to be the first day of #NationalPicnicWeek – placed my order 24hrs in advance and we swiftly found ourselves collecting our fabric tote bag of goodies and settling under a tree in Northernhay Gardens.

At £30 for 2 people, I initially worried this seemed pricey and also worried there wouldn’t be enough for the three of us so ordered two extra open sandwiches at a further £6.50 for both –Smoked Streaky Danish Bacon & Crushed Avocado Roasted baby plum tomatoes & dressed pea shoots and Smoked Chilli Torn Roast Chicken Roasted red peppers & little gem.

I was wrong on both counts – it was a bounty of food and even without the sandwiches there was plenty for the three of us – with some left over for me to take back to my desk. I am already a big fan of Kupp – their food is fresh, vibrant, filling and well priced in the restaurant, so to have all the delights from their smorgasbords packed up nicely for a picnic was a delight.

Everything was so tasty – the potted rabbit was moist, flavoursome and plentiful; the smoked pork meatballs are so good in their tangy gravy; the chorizo sausage roll is a triumph of crispy light pastry and delicious meat filling; and don’t get me started on the smoked red onions (I want to know how they do it!!). The breads bring even more texture and crunch to the offering and boy is that Västerbotten cheese tangy.

I could go on, but I won’t. Great for lazy days or even in your work lunch break; forget spending a fortune on the drier supermarket offering, this really is the bees knees of picnic and is very generous in size. All supplied with cutlery, plates and napkins – just bring along your picnic blanket and some great people to share it with – and if the weather is, well, under the weather, there are plenty of covered spots around the city where you can sit and have a nibble Scandi style. Cheers or Skål!

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For further info on their picnics, click here.

To read about our thoughts on their bottomless brunch click here.

KuPP – Unit 12 Queen Street Dining, Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter EX4 3HP

T: 01392 531 777  | Website: www.kupp.co

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Venetian Restaurant, Polpo, is Coming to Exeter

POLPO, a bacaro from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty inspired by humble Venetian restaurants, serving simple food, made from scratch everyday alongside good young local wines is to open in Exeter in early February at Higher Market Guildhall

The  restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, signatures on the menu will include cicheti, such as Fried stuffed olives; Arancini; and Chopped chicken liver crostini (from £3).  There will also be Fritto misto; Pizzetta bianca; Spicy pork and fennel meatballs; .  Desserts will list Affogato al caffe; Gelato cone; Flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake; and Tiramisu pot (from £4).

POLPO takes inspiration from the rustic back-street wine bars of Venice and features an array of simple but delicious small plates from the region of Veneto. The interiors reflect the gloriously faded elegance of La Serenissima and the renowned charm of the humble bacaro.

Polpo – 18 Higher Market Guildhall, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3FB

Website: http://polpo.co.uk/

Win a meal out and shopping vouchers for Guildhall favourites Comptoir Libanais and Sainsbury’s

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Eating Exeter has teamed up with the Exeter Business Improvement District to offer one lucky winner a meal for two in Comptoir Libanais and vouchers to spend in Sainsbury’s*.

This festive foodie prize includes a mezze platter for two and a bottle of house wine in Comptoir Libanais and a £10 voucher to spend in Sainsbury’s, perfect for enjoying a meal out in Exeter and making a head start on the Christmas shopping.

Comptoir Libanais is situated in the recently opened Queen St Dining Quarter, next to the Guildhall Shopping Centre. Specialising in wholesome and healthy Lebanese food from breakfast through to dinner, this relaxed souk-like restaurant is perfect for a meal out in Exeter.

Stock up the fridge with Christmas food and drinks, or pick up some Christmas gifts for family and friends with £10 to spend in Sainsbury’s, found in the Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Once you have had your fill of Lebanese food and picked up your shopping explore the rest of Exeter city centre. Don’t forget late night shopping ends on December 22nd.

Explore everything Exeter has to offer including shopping, eating and drinking, where to stay and what’s on over the festive period at inexeter.com.

*To enter, please retweet our pinned Twitter post linked to this page or share the Facebook post relating to this competition. Competition ends Midnight on Friday 9th December 2016. and is exclusive to Eating Exeter.