Although the recent relaxation of Covid restrictions has been very much welcome, the taste of freedom has been short lived for many of us as the “Pingdemic” sees us once again confined to our homes.
For those of us lucky enough to have an outdoor space, the last year has certainly shown us just how valuable it is.
With this in mind this month our Creative Director, Annabelle Holland, shares some tips on how to make the most of your outdoor space.
There are very few things we like more at Anbôise than a long, lazy lunch, in the dappled shade of a tree.
So often in the UK, after months of being starved of sunlight, we place our outdoor tables in the full sun, as close as possible to the kitchen. Although this is certainly very practical, it more often than not means having an uncomfortably hot lunch, inches away from where you eat every other day of the year.
With very a little extra effort, eating outdoors can be a much more comfortable - and special occasion. If possible, I recommend you moving the table to a shaded spot in the garden where you can sit in comfort and be surrounded by nature, for an entirely different dining experience.
Place a cushion on each dining chair to encourage your guests to relax long after lunch is over, I find fabrics with subtle patterns including flower motifs work best in the garden – and consider having a basket of throws to hand, or placing one over each chair to keep your guests warm when those long lunches turn into late evening G&T’s.
Consider mixing and matching your tableware - reactive glaze plates and hand blown glassware will fit perfectly with the relaxed feel of the garden. Place a large vase in the centre of the table filled with cut flowers from the garden, literally bringing the borders to the table. Finish off the table with a couple hurricane lanterns and a small number of tealight holders for when the sun starts to set.
Having lunch in the garden is never going to be as practical as eating at the kitchen table, however you can make your life easier by investing in rustic rattan trays and jute baskets to reduce the number of trips to the end of the garden.
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