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What to get: The summer spritz kit and some fresh focaccia.
We don’t mean to brag, but we’ve been on a lot of picnics. Most of them were first dates where we didn’t fancy spending 30 quid on cocktails only to find out that this person from Hinge thinks Rory Stewart is ‘misunderstood’. On those picnics we learnt that we really should stop internet dating and also, that cocktails and parks are a pretty stellar combination no matter who you’re with. If you’re a Hackney local, head to Italian spot Ombra to stock up on batched negronis, their summer spritz kit, and some fresh bread before heading to the park.
Lasagne alla bolognese, whole tiramisu, and pumpkin agnolotti are just some of the things you can get from the Italian spot on Cambridge Heath Road. There are plenty of sauces if you’re looking for something to pair with their handmade pastas, and it’s available for delivery if you’re around east London. Check their website for the full spread.
The three-course set menu, including things like rigatoni al ragu, and burnt ricotta cheesecake is reduced from £33 to £23 per person if you book a table from 5 to 6.30pm, Mondays to Thursdays.
The park picnic for two
“Look, I rarely picnic. If I’ve learnt anything from the picnics of my youth it’s that grass stains suck and the only creature on planet Earth that has the same determination and inner strength as Beyoncé is the common ant. Well, rejoice my fellow picnic pessimists, because Ombra’s park picnic for two has made the whole thing pretty lovely. For 25 quid, you get focaccia, salami, burrata, and more - but the DIY sandwich situation is the real winner of the lot.”
- Heidi Lauth Beasley, Staff Writer
Customers at Ombra’s canalside dining room and terrace will continue to get the 50% up to £10 per person discount on their homemade pasta Monday to Wednesday throughout September.
Venetian specialists Ombra are offering a handmade pasta and sauce collection service for you to cook at home. At the moment it’s available if you’re near their restaurant in Cambridge Heath.