See this shed? There's gold in that shed, there is. Gold plucked straight from the sea, not metres away, not hours ago.
This is Company Shed, on Mersea Island, about 2 hours drive from London (if you live east side). Here, two brilliant ideas merge to create something so simple and so deliciously pleasing.
Concept number 1 - the picnic. Imagine, if you will, the perfect picnic. Then remember you live in England. Solution? Host a picnic indoors - on tables covered in plastic tablecloths, each adorned with a roll of kitchen towel. Provide wine glasses and the odd bottle opener, even plates and cutlery, but otherwise let people bring their own bread, wine, condiments.
Concept number 2 - seafood. The shed is situated within an oyster schuck of the sea. So they have access to the best and freshest seafood. Seafood is what they do. And nothing else.
Combine 1 with 2, and what do you get? An indoor picnic where you bring everything except the seafood. I know. Say it with me. BRILLIANT.
Oh and did I mention the price? We (three) carried our bursting bellies out of that shed, and all the seafood you see came to £45. All up.
My advice, get there early, put your name down, drive back to the village, take a stroll (duck into the Cake Hole deli/cafe) and take cash. The rest you can work out yourself, for it's not rocket science. It's perfectly, wonderfully simple.
See review also from Shed Likes Food.