Amy and Auberon’s Picnic Wedding 2017



picnic wedding septemberSaturday 23rd September 2017

Venue: The Maltings in Ely

Newmarket Hampers First met the couple in February 2017

Picnic Tasting Event Attended: Thetford Newmarket Hamper Tasting Event March 2017

Picnic Menu Chosen:

Traditional Picnic Menu £15.00pp +VAT

  • Fresh Crusty Bread and Butter
  • Luxury Cheese Board with Crackers, Grapes and Celery
  • Hand Carved Meat Platter (Turkey, Honey Ham and Beef)
  • Handmade Scotch Eggs
  • Handmade Pork Pies
  • Homemade Coleslaw
  • Newmarket Sausages and a Mustard Dip
  • Mozzarella Tomato and Basil Salad
  • Homemade Quiches (v)
  • Sharing Bags of Crisps / Vegetable Crisps
  • Strawberries and Cream
  • Homemade Triple Chocolate Brownie

( Also catered for 3 vegetarians and a vegan)

Hampers: Sharing Hired Hampers placed on Hired Apple Crates with Blackboard Menus

Colour Scheme  : Pale Mint Green with Peach and Wild Flowers

The theme was elegant with subtle vintage touches – the guests entered the venue and the atmosphere was quiet – Until the guests were asked to open their hampers and share out the food. As with most hamper weddings the conversations started to flow and the laughter and excitement in trying all the different options raised the vibration and atmosphere to a new level –  food that had been beautifully packaged in little brown boxes, platters and glass jars were torn open and placed on plates with chutneys on the side to taste! The sounds of devouring a Newmarket Hamper filled the room and the compliments could be heard from table to table as our staff circled the room clearing as they went!

A glorious elegant wedding for a beautiful couple – who we had the opportunity to work closely with to create their perfect day!


Elegant Styled Picnic Wedding – Hampers can fit into all themes and venues!


Cheese Boards – Black Bomber, Camembert, Ash Goats Cheese and The Duke


Decadent Truffle styled Triple Chocolate Brownie – Made by Newmarket Hampers

Got some spare time? Grab a cuppa and read our story (so far)…

Hello we are Paul and Tessa – owners of Newmarket Hampers.

tessa paul

Newmarket Hampers did not start life as a business with great ambitions, more as a hobby for Tessa after our 3 children were all out of nappies and off to school! Beginning in a terraced house in Newmarket, (hence Newmarket Hampers) the little hamper company began life as a local gift delivery service. At the time websites were new (2006) and so we found a lovely chap called Richard online, by using a search engine called Jeeves – he hosted domain names and could set up a do it yourself website. We took some snaps of hampers and created a really basic website with his help, offering custom hampers. Not expecting much, yet to our surprise our first order was for a 150 Christmas hampers to be delivered to Manchester! With little children sitting on boxes we fulfilled the order – and the rest they say is history! ( Richard / Tendersoft still hosts our website today!)

Newmarket Hampers has outgrown our home – we are now onto our 3rd commercial unit based outside Ely, Cambridgeshire and specialise in Picnic Hampers (in a former life, before children Tessa was a qualified Restaurant manager and owned and worked in many kitchens) and so the leap into creating food was an obvious choice. We have a fabulous kitchen team and with the help of Tessa’s sister Selina and an events team we  staff  Picnic Weddings!

We have been part of so many special occasions, and love each and every aspect from discussing menus, sampling the food to staffing the events – Picnic Weddings are especially close to our heart as the idea began with our own wedding blessing (picture at the top of the page)!

So if you would like a speciality gift hamper or picnic hampers for your wedding or event – or even a BBQ or Afternoon Tea – our dedicated team will be happy to discuss this with you – just give us a bell or drop us a line using any of the contact forms on the website!

Check out the website today –

Look forward to hearing from you soon,


Paul and Tessa x

Dietary dilemma? Or not.

In just 10 years, the number of vegans in the UK has risen by 360%. To boot, there has been huge growth in the number of people consciously opting to go gluten-free or vegetarian.

Here at Hamper HQ, we willingly cater for alternative eaters. 

We love to flout our expert-at-catering-for-special-dietary-needs credentials whenever and wherever we can… that’s why we’re market leaders in picnic catering; we go the extra mile. 

If you or your guests don’t eat certain foods/food groups/ingredients, this is never an issue at Newmarket Hampers. We work closely with local suppliers, and suppliers from further afar in England to provide delicious foods for those with slightly different tastes, and we never fail to please. 

For vegetarians or even flexitarians (those that eat little meat and stay clear most of the time) we simply lop the meat off your chosen hamper. We make fresh homemade quiches, crudites and hummus combinations and use fresh fruit and vegetables for salads and their trimmings. Instead of sausage rolls we offer cheese and onion rolls and our Corkers vegetable crisps are an especially delicious accompaniment here.

No one will be missing their meat fix, that’s a promise! 

No hidden ingredients or lurking allergens in our hampers! Vegans rejoice!

For vegans and those following a plant-based diet alike, we thrive on sourcing you new and exciting menu additions. Your plate will be piled high with butternut, walnut and chilli salads, Freaks of Nature Choco Pots (soya dark chocolate ganache with hazelnuts. Divine!), a zingy spicy bean crush pâté and lots of other meat and dairy free picnic items. Everything inside your hamper is freshly made and all foods will be of the finest quality. 

Newmarket Hampers is a family business and we’ve got first-hand experience of how pesky finding gluten-free alternatives can be. Now? We’re dab hands at hunting down gluten-free quiches, biscuits, breads and wraps and we always check, check and triple-check our ingredients for wheat or gluten.

Making individual hampers for those with alternative diets is a pleasure – we love being able to chop and change up our menus. 

We know that when you’re having fun, the last thing you want to be doing is painstakingly checking through ingredients lists or fretting about animal products in your sauces – that’s why you can trust Newmarket Hampers to come up trumps for those with dietary needs. 

For more information, or to find our menus visit 

No more dietary dilemmas around here! 

Newmarket Hampers