Alfresco at Home
As Enid Blyton wrote in one of her iconic Famous Five books, Five Go Off in a Caravan, “picnics always taste so much nicer than meals we have indoors”. Whether you’re enjoying a coffee and croissant alone or entertaining family and friends on a long summer’s evening, there’s something about eating alfresco at home during the summer that just makes meal times even more special. Here are some of our favourite things from the Square to add the finishing touch to your table.
Florio Four Wick Candle, Ortigia, £110
Candles not only provide a wonderful atmosphere and a natural mood light, but they are also beautiful to look at. This wonderful four wick candle from Ortigia can burn for up to 80 hours and smells of Sicilian spring flowers to transport you to the Mediterranean.
Textured Stoneware Salad Bowl, Zara Home, £29.99
If you’re entertaining outside, there’s more than just comfy chairs and sumptuous food to consider. Ensure your table looks beautiful with gorgeous serving dishes such as this stone salad bowl from Zara Home (found here). Your salad will look almost too good to eat!
Line Pattern Blanket, Zara Home, £79.99
As the night rolls on it can sometimes get a bit cooler. Keep yourself and your guests warm underneath a cosy blanket so you don’t have to hurry inside any time soon. This colourful stripy blanket made from a mix of cotton and wool will ensure to prevent those evening chills.
Add a finishing touch to your table with a floral centrepiece. If you don’t have time to put together something fresh from the garden, Jacques Flowers at 45 Duke of York Square has plenty of beautiful bouquets to add some life and colour to your table. Pop by to ask their expert advice on the best creations.
Above all though, you must not forget the essential element of dining outside; delicious food and the opportunity to try tasty new things.
Tiggs Perfect Match Cool Basil and Pea, Partridges, £4.95
Try this Cool Basil and Pea sauce – a delicious and refreshing accompaniment to fish dishes, veggies or salads as well as BBQ favourites, burgers. Save it for later and even try it with cheesy pasta. Whatever you’re cooking, this is sure to pack a flavourful punch to your summer dishes.
Baklava, Comptoir Libanais, £4.95 for 6 pieces
Finish your summer feast off with some Baklava from Lebanese restaurant, Comptoir Libanais. This rich dessert made with filo pastry, chopped nuts and coated in honey is a fantastic and truly indulgent end to a meal. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, we are sure you’ll be back for more!