This smart and solid teak table is a cut above most camping tables, and works well in the garden when you aren’t at a campsite – but it does come with a hefty price tag.
Wood needs regular care
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Barlow Safari Table: first impressions
Even camping tables can be pretty fancy affairs – and the Barlow Safari Table is a case in point. Inspired by safari-style dinner setups, this solid little table seats two comfortably and is made from beautiful quality teak wood. Eat your camping meals in style!
But looks aren’t everything, so how did it fare under test conditions for our best camping tables buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: £335 (UK)
• Weight: 4.8kg / 10.5lb
• Height: 70cm / 27in
• Length & width: 70cm x 58cm / 27.5in x 23in
• Pack size: 58cm x 68cm x 10cm / 23in x 27in x 4 in
• Main materials: Teak
• Seating capacity: 2
• Carry bag: No
• Compatibility: Ideal for glamping and car camping
Barlow Safari Table: on the trails
The Barlow Safari Table is small, light and portable enough to bring camping with you in the car, where it makes an attractive change from basic aluminum camping tables and feels far sturdier than most cheap tables thanks to its solid wooden legs.
Once folded, this table is small enough to fit into any car and is easy to store in a shed. And back at home, this good-looking design is perfect in a garden or even a kitchen, so while it’s expensive you do get more versatility for your buck.
The wood will need more care than wipe-clean designs would, and is best cleaned regularly with a teak-specific cleaner and restained when it begins to lose color.
The upside is that this table should look good for years to come, and has been designed so that it can be safely left uncovered out in the elements without needing to be covered up to protect it from winter conditions (we wouldn’t advise using a double-burner camping stove on it, though). Barlow also makes matching director’s chairs, which work very nicely with this table for lazy days outdoors.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.