This is summer: food

Your essential guide to help you make the most out of the British summer
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Four part series starting this Sunday.

June 29th: This is summer food

July 6th: This is summer gardens

July 13th: This is summer travel

July 20th: This is summer kids

What could be finer than sitting on a sunny terrace, sipping a fresh, fruity cocktail and eating sweet, juicy melon with crème fraiche and rose syrup? Now that summer has arrived, it's time to take advantage of the great weather with food that is simplicity itself to prepare, and a joy to share…

The perfect person to suggest summer recipes is Skye Gyngell, owner and head chef of the Petersham Nurseries, who also writes a weekly column for The Independent on Sunday's New Review. Skye’s recipes use beautiful fresh ingredients in ways that are very achieveable – but there's no need to tell your impressed summer-party guests!

Also getting us all in the party spirit are Giles Looker and Michael Butt, aka Soulshakers, the men behind Britain’s coolest cocktails – including the infamous Treasure Chest at the nightclub Mahiki, and the drinks at the newly revamped and much in demand restaurant Quo Vadis. They've dreamt up eight delicious drinks that will refresh, delight and - if not intoxicate – then definitely add a mellow mood to long, light evenings.

If you need an excuse to go shopping, look no further than Sarah Harris’s guide to summer entertaining accessories – there’s everything from outdoor dining chairs to some seriously funky tableware.

For those who need further inspiration, foodie Christopher Hirst has compiled got a round-up of mouth-watering food books and websites where you can order provisions, find out about great places, and discover even more recipes.

And finally, it’s that’s all too much - why not book a table at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes around the UK that have outside space? Whether you’re eating at home or further afield, enjoy the very best of summer food…

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