Self Catering In Style

There are many ways to enjoy a cottage holiday, but the thought of trudging through Tesco can often take the shine off a country getaway. There’s always groceries online, but if you fancy something different…

1. Order a Welcome Pack

The Rural Farm Shop Co offers a selection of hampers packed with local produce and perfect for your first night or morning. We like the look of the Dorset Full Breakfast. At £35 it’s great for a group – everything you need for a hearty fry-up!

2. Step Away from the Stove

Don’t fancy cooking? Order a ready meal with a difference direct to your door with Cherry-Picked Hampers. Working with nearby farms, fishmongers and butchers, Cherry-Picked offer a selection of seasonal mains served with vegetables direct from their garden. Complete your meal with a delicious home-baked pudding. Or you could always push the boat out and have a catered dinner party at your cottage.

3. Picnic without the Prep

Forget preparing and packing your own picnic. The days of squashed sandwiches are over thanks to Home-Cooked Hampers (yes the same guys as above!) Home-Cooked will deliver AND collect a wicker basket full of goodies at a pre-arranged time and location. Packaged in recycled brown boxes with handwritten labels, they look as good as they taste!

4. Set Yourself a Local Challenge

Have you ever tried to eat only locally produced food? Dorset is the perfect place to give it a go. Forget the big nationals and try eating only local Dorset produce for a couple of days or a whole week if you’re up for it. The difference in taste and quality is astounding and it’s not as expensive as you might think. There a number of excellent farm shops where you can buy everything you need. Felicity’s, Holme and Washingpool are three of our favourites.