May 15, 2020 • Food5 min read

The best bank holiday food boxes to help your employees unwind: Pantry Packages

The upcoming bank holiday may be very different this year, but you can still make it a good one for your teams with boxes of tasty treats from Pantry Packages.

With social distancing rules set to continue for weeks - or even months - to come, 2020’s Spring bank holiday will look very different from previous years. The days seem to blur into one, working from home has become the norm, and supermarket shopping has never been so stressful.

But City Pantry has come up with the perfect bank holiday pick-me-up to help you and your colleagues get through this challenging time together. We’ve got boxes of BBQ meat & marinades, spring salads, cocktail-making kits, DIY bread kits, decadent brownies, and more, so mark the date in your diary and get excited for some holiday fun.

Delivered directly to your colleagues’ homes contact-free, Pantry Packages is the ultimate way to boost team morale, ward off feelings of isolation, support local businesses, and make this bank holiday weekend feel special. It’s a winner all round.

Read on to discover the best bank holiday food boxes that your teams will love:

Bank Holiday Brunch, Lunch, & Dinner Boxes

While lockdown rules have been eased slightly, we still can't meet up with groups of friends as we have done on previous bank holiays, but that won’t stop us cooking up a feast, dusting off the BBQ, and enjoying good food on this national public holiday. 

Let City Pantry inspire your teams with delicious food boxes to make brunch, lunch, and dinner special this bank holiday weekend.

Spier’s Salad - BBQs, Salads, & Veg Boxes

 Varuious meats on a chopping board next to a knife and fresh herbs

If the sun's out - which it's forecast to be! - you can bet that your colleagues with gardens will be cranking up the BBQ for a bank holiday feast. So, why not help them out with a box of BBQ meat and marinade from Spier's Salad? Beef mince, chicken thighs, Cumberland sausages, and more, complete with a recipe card to inspire culinery success.

And there are options for the garden-less (or vegetarians) too, with Spier’s Salad fresh fruit, veg, and salad boxes, as well as mushroom bourguignon and veggie roast dinner kits. With a recipe card to help them out, your colleagues can enjoy making tasty and refreshing meals like roast corn, aubergine, and sundried tomato salad and lemongrass and ginger ‘slaw - ideal for a sunny spring day.

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Detox Kitchen - Chef-Made Healthy Ready Meals

Detox Kitchen

Not much of a chef? Don’t worry! Detox Kitchen’s ready-made meals will make preparing the perfect bank holiday feast quick and easy - not to mention nutritious!

Each box contains six chef-cooked meals, and your colleagues can choose between meat or vegan boxes. Expect mouth-watering dishes like Sweet Potato Caesar, Thai Lentil Dal, Mushroom Walnut Burger, Salmon Poke Bowl, and 3 Bean Chilli with Chicken.

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Crust Bros - Make-Your-Own Pizza

Three pizzas stacked next to each other

As tempting as it may be, skip the greasy pizza takeaway this bank holiday and make your own delicious Italian pizza with ingredients from award-winning pizzeria Crust Bros.

Choose between classic pizzas like Margherita, Nduja, and Salami. You can choose to make your own dough or get the Dough Ball Pizza Kit and leave it to the experts!

The perfect gift for your hard-working colleagues.

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PAUL - French Baked Goods

Illustration of bread, pastries, milk, veg, and frui

You may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the flavours of France with a Pantry Packages box from PAUL. Start the bank holiday morning the right way with freshly baked bread, flaky pastries, and juicy fruit. 

Got the baking bug? Why not try making your own artisanal bread and pizza bases with PAUL’s DYI kit, which includes their own French Strong White Bread Flour, fresh yeast, and recipes for gentle guidance.

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Eat in Colour - English Breakfast Kit & Fruit and Veg Boxes

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If continental isn’t your thing, Eat in Colour’s English Breakfast box contains everything you need for a slow and steady British bank holiday morning: pork sausages, baked beans, eggs, mushrooms, and more.

Eat in Colour’s offering goes beyond breakfast too, with boxes of fresh fruit and veg for a nutrient-packaged lunch and dinner. Take some time away from the screen and get creative in the kitchen with Eat in Colour's Pantry Packages food boxes.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen - DIY Burgers

Burger buns next to raw burger patties and sauces

Bank holiday burgers for everyone! Make cooking more fun for your colleagues by sending them a DIY burger kit from GBK.

Create gourmet burgers with British prime beef patties, burger buns, house mayo, house relish, and mature cheddar cheese. Why not get everyone to send photos of their finished creations for a Best in Show burger competition?! Winner gets glory and a sense of achievement - the ultimate prize.

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City Country Catering - Brunch, BBQ, & Sunday Roast Boxes

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Bank holidays and lazy mid-morning brunches go hand in hand, so that's why we've brought you the ultimate DIY brunch kit from Country City Catering.

Prepare for a huge spread, with orange juice, freshly baked sourdough, smashed avocado, eggs, streaky bacon, fluffy American-style pancakes, topped with nutella and banana. Make it boozes by adding on a bottle of Prosecco!

Country City Catering also has BBQ boxes, Stay at Home hampers, and roast dinner kits for all your bank holiday meal-prep needs.

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Karma Cans - Healthy Ready-Meals & Ingredients Boxes

Colourful box full of sauces and ready-meals

Freshen up your bank holiday weekend with wholesome meals and ingredients from Karma Cans. A sustainably minded kitchen located in Hackney, Karma Cans uses seasonal veg to create Mumbai-inspired dishes that you can now eat at home.

In addition to either meat or veggie ready-meals, Karma Cans' food boxes also contain homemade sauces and fresh veg that you can easily prepare into delicious, simple dishes at home. Cheffing made easy.

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Sereso - Picnic Boxes & Afternoon Teas

Picnic with cheese and fruits

Now that we're allowed to venture into the great outdoors and sit in the sun - at a distance from others, of course - what better way to spend the bank holiday weekend than with a picnic!

Sereso is one of the latest additions to our Pantry Packages offering and it's a good one! With picnic boxes for meat-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans, it'll be a hit with all your colleagues. Enjoy cheeses, fresh fruits, sourdough breads, grilled vegetables and more!

Looking for something even more refined? Sereso offers Afternoon Tea boxes too, with or without prosecco! Get hungry for scones, stawberry jam, and cream!

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Bank Holiday Drinks Boxes

With temperatures set to rise to 20 degrees in time for the bank holiday weekend, it looks like it’ll be a sunny one. So help your colleagues relax and unwind in their gardens, on their balconies, or peering through their flatshare bedroom window with the best bank holiday drinks boxes from Pantry Packages.

The Libation Station - Make-Your-Own-Cocktail Kits & Craft Beers

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For many of us bank holiday means booze, so that’s why we’ve included an alcoholic Pantry Packages box to help your colleagues relax this weekend.

While you can't expect these two happy chaps to come knocking at your door, you can enjoy a cocktail-making kit or a box of craft beers to make virutal work drinks more fun.

Get the bank holiday off to a good start with all the ingredients you need to make one of the Libation Station's signature cocktails (+ a video to show you how) like:

- Moscow Mule

- English Garden

- Raspberry Gin Collins

- Americano

- Tequila Sunrise

Cocktails not your thing? The Libation Station is also offering boxes of craft beer from Tiny Rebel, Beavertown, Gipsy Hill, Magic Rock, and Siren Brewery.

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Smith & Sinclair - Alcoholic Gummies & Cocktail Fizzes

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For an alcoholic treat with a twist, check out Smith & Sinclair.

Smith & Sinclair is on a mission to make adulting more fun with alcoholic gummies, Prosecco fizz tablets, and edible cocktail glitter. Celebrate bank holiday in style, spruce up your drinks, and relax to the max. All of the boxes are vegan-friendly and there’s even a non-alcoholic option for those who want to stay sober!

Please consume responsibly! 

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Sejuiced - Freshly Made Juices

5 glass bottles filled with juice

Cool yourself down this sunny bank holiday with refreshing juices from Sejuiced - the name says it all!

Each of your employees will receive a box of five delicious fruit and veg blends that are sure to tantalize their tastebuds and give them the boost they need to tackle the weekend ahead. Individually packaged in glass bottles, these brightly coloured juices are a sight to behold.

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Crussh - Healthy Shakes & Snacks

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Help your teams stay strong and healthy this bank holiday weekend with a box of protein shakes and snacks from Crussh. 

Slurp the Chocco Nutter, Berry Super Warrior, or Incredible Bulk shake to fuel your bank holiday workout - or a video gaming session on the couch. You do you.

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CRU Kafe - Ethical, Organic Coffee

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Bank holiday = a well-earned lie in. But when that doesn’t happen, coffee is there to make the day go better.

A what better way to get your caffeine fix than with a box of ethically sourced, certified organic coffee from CRU Kafe. Choose from recyclable pods, ground coffee, or whole beans, and discover notes of dark chocolate, dried fruits, and subtle spices. Delish.

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Bank Holiday Sweet Treats Boxes

Croissants for breakfast, cake for lunch, and cookies for dessert - the ultimate bank holiday weekend in, and Pantry Packages has you covered for it all!

We’ve partnered with the best vendors in town to satiate your sweet tooth and bring you the most decadent bank holiday yet.

Ben's Cookies - Chunky Cookies from Oxfordshire

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Ben’s Cookies are heaven on earth - chunky, gooey, and oozing with chocolate. What better way to treat your teams this bank holiday? We’ve got classic flavours like milk, white, and dark chocolate, as well as more adventurous ones like Rum & Raisin.

If a box of seven cookies isn’t enough, spoil your colleagues with 15! That’s five for each day of the bank holiday - sounds like a plan.

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Bad Brownie - Gooey, Luxurious Brownies

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Bad Brownie has won awards for its gourmet treats - that’s how good they are. In 2015 these mouth-watering brownies made an appearance on Dragon’s Den, and now they’re coming to a front porch near you.

Give your teams the indulgence they deserve this bank holiday, with boxes of 12 or 24 brownie bites, including flavours like Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, and Ferrero Rocher. Everyone can enjoy a box, with vegan and no-gluten options too!

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Dominique Ansel Bakery - Mini Meringues, Macarons, & More

Orange box full of colourful mini meringues

Bring the WOW factor to this bank holiday by gifting your colleagues a mini meringue hamper from Dominique Ansel Bakery. Beautifully packaged in a bright orange box with a silky bow to boot, the look on your teams’ faces as they open their door on delivery day will be priceless.

Dominique Ansel Bakery is also providing a homemade pasta hamper for all those Italian-food aficionados. Paired with a focaccia loaf drizzled in olive oil, it’ll be a bank holiday dinner to remember.

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EK Bakery - Every Chocoholic's Dream

Chocolate brownies on grease proof paper

What better way to end your bank holiday feast than with a box bespoke brownies from EK Bakery?

Small enough to slide through your letterbox with ease, but big enough to satisfy your sweetooth time and time again, these brownies are every chocoholic's dream.

Make your colleagues' bank holiday special and let them enjoy decadent brownie flavours like:

- Peanut Butter

- Triple Chocolate

- Toasted Hazelnut

Vegan and no-gluten options available!

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GAIL's - Pastries, Loaves, & Sweet Buns

pilre of croissants

Your colleagues can have their cake and eat it this bank holiday, with a GAIL’s treat box that definitely won’t disappoint. 

Think lemon drizzle loaf, chocolate cake, croissants, and cinnamon buns. Yum! Share them with your household, or don’t - we’re not here to judge.

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Lovely Buns - Plant-Based Sweet Treats

cookies on patterned plates

Suitable for vegans, veggies, flexitarians, and meat-lovers alike, Lovely Buns' cakes and cookies are the perfect bank holiday treat.

All of the goodies are made with love in a little kitchen in North London and use high-quality, ethical incredients like organic English flour, unrefined fairly traded sugars, fairtrade chocolate and cocoa, organic and palm-oil free fats, and responsonsibly sourced vanilla.

Here's just a selection of the treats on offer:

- Maple Glazed Banana Block

- Pecan + Chocolate Block

- Sea Salt + Dark Chocolate Cookies

- Biscoff + Cinnamon Cookies

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Treats Club - Blondies and Cookie Dough Pies

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Treats Club aims to bring joy with every bite and wonder with every flavour, so you and your colleagues are in for a mouth-watering extravaganza.

Skip the banana bread and bake one of Treats Club's bestselling cookie pies this bank holiday. Choose from flavours like milk chocolate chip, birthday funfetti, and Biscoff cookie pie.

If you like your desserts pre-made and ready to eat, opt for the peanut butter and white chocolate blondies instead. All vegetarian-friendly!

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Like what you see? Order your corporate food boxes now in time for delivery on May 7th, so that your colleagues can relax and unwind this bank holiday. Get in touch with your Account Manager or visit this webpage for more info.