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Chinese-style buffalo wings

Serves 4

Warm chocolate & caramel tart

Serves 8

Black bean tofu and vegetable stir-fry

Serves 2

Chocolate babka loaf

Serves 6

Summer picnic special: Things can only get feta! From the mightily meaty to fabulous fish, our pick of scrumptious show-stopping mains

You've invited your friends, laid out your favourite picnic blanket, popped the Prosecco... all that's left is the food! From delicious Mediterranean skewers to simple and refreshing salads, we've got you covered - with something for even the fussiest picnic partner. 

Summer picnic special: Let them eat cake! Feast on these super sweet and mouthwateringly delicious desserts - perfect to pop in your picnic basket

What picnic is complete without a sweet course? Wow your friends and impress your family with a dessert to please everyone. Whether that's a crowdpleasing coffee banoffee cake or a ravishing raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake, these recipes will have everyone asking for seconds. 

Summer picnic special: That’s the spirit! Shake it up with our sizzling selection of cracking summer cocktails

Finding the perfect cocktail for your picnic can be a whisky business, but fear not: from sophisticated espresso martinis to refreshing, zingy lemonade, here are some tantalising tipple ideas to bring the party - whatever the occasion.

Summer picnic special: Impress your friends with these sumptuous bite-size starters

The sun is out (most of the time), so why not pop open the Pimms and dig out the picnic blanket - and prepare a spread to wow your family and friends. From delicious pork skewers to refreshing and summery tartlets, we've got everything you need to create some seriously sizzling - and super simple - nibbles to tuck in your picnic basket. 

Harissa and yogurt chicken with quinoa

Serves 4

No-bake white chocolate, ginger & blueberry cheesecake

Serves 12-16

Warm lentil salad with burrata & basil oil

Serves 4

Passion fruit lemon cake

Serves 8

Fragrant chicken broth with brown rice, mushrooms, lime & coriander

Serves 4

Burnt butter sesame date buns

Serves 6

Prawn, XO & chorizo fried rice

Serves 4

Chocolate & strawberry dessert cake

Serves 8-10

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Features & columns

How to Drink with Olly Smith: Everything is coming up rosé! The beautiful bottle you won’t BELIEVE is £8... plus the perfect pink to drink, whatever the occasion!

In a sparkling new series, our booze buff reveals how to get the very best from your bottle. This week, he shares his sommelier secrets about everyone’s favourite summer drink: a cool, crisp bottle of rosé. From his expert pick of the perfect rosé to pair with food, to the best-kept bargain bottle secret for just £8, here’s everything you need to feel pretty in pink! 

We’ll drink to that! From the country’s smallest pub to cocktails in a caravan, 21 of the UK’s weirdest and most wonderful drinking holes

Exclusive feature by Eloise Feilden: This is the summer of the staycation and after a year stuck indoors, it's time for some adventure. So if you’re in need of an ale to cure your ailments, or some rum to spice up your post-lockdown blues, these strange saloons are sure to do the trick.

Tom’s Taste of Summer: Cheese the day! From maverick Marmite to the plastic fantastic, which cheddar slices tantalised Tom’s and Olly’s tastebuds?

In queso emergency, bring out the cheddar! It’s time for Tom and Olly to lay their curds on the table as they put plastic cheese through its paces with a super-stringent taste test. First up are some Mar-mighty slices that will add a yeasty kick to any burger, followed by the nation’s favourite: Dairylea! But which will be a hole-y great experience - and which could be feta?

The only way is Oz! From rich and fruity to delightfully delicate, the Australian wines you MUST try this summer

Here’s a question: why do we talk about Australian wine as if it were one thing, given the size of Australia? Yes, politically it is one entity – but grapes don’t understand politics. And whereas there did used to be an Aussie style of big, punchy chuggers, awash with oak, overripe fruit - or both - those have gone the way of the whalebone corset.

Foodie fun

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Can a snack bar REALLY make you more beautiful?

When it comes to looking good, we all know the importance of eating the right things. A diet of curry and beer isn’t exactly conducive to a career as a Victoria’s Secret angel, while crisps and chocolate won’t stand you in good stead for running a 10K. 

Fins move on! Fish fingers now grown in labs

IT’S enough to make Captain Birdseye fall overboard.

Time fries when you’re having fun! The weird and the wonderful air-fried foods of TikTok

Bubble, sizzle, crunch. The latest food craze taking TikTok by storm are the infamous pasta chips. And with upwards of 350million views on the app, it’s safe to say this new recipe has gone viral.

Female hand open the lid of mini toy frying pan with fried eggs on stove, pink blue pastel background. Female hand open the lid of mini toy frying pan with fried eggs on stove, pink blue pastel background.

Mini eggs - but not as you know them! Ingenious trick makes irresistibly cute tiny yolks

If you thought the social media trend for miniature breakfast items was long gone, you’re in for a teeny-tiny shock. Because it’s back – but not in the form of oh-so-small doughnuts or pancakes in a bowl. This time, it’s mini eggs that are taking over the internet. And we’re talking savoury, not sweet. 

Drinking

How to Drink with Olly Smith: Everything is coming up rosé! The beautiful bottle you won’t BELIEVE is £8... plus the perfect pink to drink, whatever the occasion!

In a sparkling new series, our booze buff reveals how to get the very best from your bottle. This week, he shares his sommelier secrets about everyone’s favourite summer drink: a cool, crisp bottle of rosé. From his expert pick of the perfect rosé to pair with food, to the best-kept bargain bottle secret for just £8, here’s everything you need to feel pretty in pink! 

We’ll drink to that! From the country’s smallest pub to cocktails in a caravan, 21 of the UK’s weirdest and most wonderful drinking holes

Exclusive feature by Eloise Feilden: This is the summer of the staycation and after a year stuck indoors, it's time for some adventure. So if you’re in need of an ale to cure your ailments, or some rum to spice up your post-lockdown blues, these strange saloons are sure to do the trick.

The grape British Summer! Resident wine buff Olly Smith on the wonderful whites that will bring the holiday to you - for just £6.99 from Aldi!

Sip, sip, hooray! Our man is on cloud wine as he tastes his way from Greece to France with a selection of simple butelegant and sumptuously indulgent bottles of white. First up is the Assyrtiko, which with its bright, refreshing taste is Greece’s answer to Chablis. Hot on its heels is the boutique wine Domaine Bott, packed with peach and apricot flavours from one of France’s most famous white wine destinations. But which will leave him in high spirits for all the right Rieslings - and which aren’t so grape?

The only way is Oz! From rich and fruity to delightfully delicate, the Australian wines you MUST try this summer

Here’s a question: why do we talk about Australian wine as if it were one thing, given the size of Australia? Yes, politically it is one entity – but grapes don’t understand politics. And whereas there did used to be an Aussie style of big, punchy chuggers, awash with oak, overripe fruit - or both - those have gone the way of the whalebone corset.

Food guides

Dinner with a difference! From garden sheds to a floating restaurant in the sky, our pick of the weirdest and most wonderful eateries open this summer

After a year of eating in - no doubt the same repetitive meals - there has never been a better time to explore the UK’s quirkiest dining experiences, from boats to garden sheds and even a table 100ft in the sky. 

Taste of the sea! The stunning seafood restaurants - and breathtaking views - you must try this summer

What could be better than eating the freshest local fish and seafood on the water’s edge? Surrounded by sea, UK restaurants have access to an abundant supply of world-class seafood. Whether it’s a simple grilled lobster eaten in a no-frills beach shack or a mountain of the freshest fruits de mer shared with friends in a stylish bistro overlooking the harbour, here are 21 of the best places to tuck in this summer.

A Wales of a time: The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view this summer in Wales

With its sandy beaches, rolling green hills and rich cultural history (not to mention miles of coastline), Wales is the perfect place to sample seafood. Enjoy the gorgeous views from some of the UK's best kept secrets as you dine out on prawns, crab and haddock, washed down with a glass of delicious Welsh beer.

Succulent seafood! The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view this summer in the South West

The South West's coast has long been the haunt of smugglers, pirates and fishermen, so it's no surprise that this rich maritime heritage is reflected in the food that's on offer. Whether you're on the hunt for a sunny spot by the sea, or tall glasses of Cornish cider to go with your Falmouth scallops, you can't go wrong. Pull up a chair and get stuck in!

Dock the boat: The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view this summer in the South

From the iconic streets of Brighton to the gorgeous beaches of Jersey, there's no better place than the South when it comes to satiating your need for seafood. If you're on the hunt for a restaurant with a sea view to match its food this summer, look no further: this collection of fine dining spots will tick every box and more.

The plaice to be: The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view this summer in the North

The North is famous for its hospitality, but it's also making a name for itself as a prime location for amazing fish dishes. From Newcastle to Yorkshire, look below for our top picks to sit back, sip a cold glass of wine and enjoy the view- whilst also feasting on lovingly-prepared lobster, barbecued octopus and roast hake. 

Trout yourself! The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view this summer in the East

The East of England's rich fishing history and strong ties to the coast make it the perfect place to settle down and enjoy some world-class fish. Stop over in quaint Kentish fishing villages for top-notch rock oysters, or head north to Suffolk for a seafood platter that will set the standard for years to come. Delicious!

Wishing for fish! The best restaurants to eat fish with a sea view in Scotland

Scotland is renowned for its fish. Whether it's trout pulled straight from one of its many beautiful lochs or prawns fished from the sea off the Isle of Mull, one thing is guaranteed: when you head over the border, you can be sure of a good meal and a fish dish that will leave you counting the days until you return. Whether you're looking for a simple plate or a blowout bonanza, here are the best places to lunch on langoustines, snack on scallops and savour the seafood on offer...

Home-cooked heaven! From Marcus’s apple tarte tatin to Gennaro’s chicken saltimbocca, the nation’s favourite chefs share the recipes they love to rustle up

What are dishes the professionals still love cooking for friends and family? Mark Taylor talked to 12 of the UK’s top chefs to find out which of their classic recipes they serve at home

Dine out in style! Our expert’s pick of the hottest new restaurants opening across the country this summer

After a year of doom and gloom for the hospitality industry, there is plenty to be cheerful about now restrictions are being lifted. And there is a wave of brilliant restaurant openings around the country. From Ibiza-style beach bars in Devon serving the fresh local seafood to rural walled garden restaurants using ingredients grown near your table, there are plenty of exciting new places to eat in the coming months. Whether you’re on a staycation or lucky enough to live nearby, here are the hottest new places to eat and drink over the summer. 

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: North

Discover northern England's exciting international dining spots as the dining industry awakens from lockdown's hibernation. Discover a taste of the Middle East at award-winning chef Simon Shaw's new spot in the heart of Manchester, or venture down Pepper Street in Chester for a true Mediterranean experience at Artezzan.

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: Wales

If you're planning a staycation in Wales this summer, you won't want to miss out on these tasty new offerings in Cardiff. Enjoy a juicy burger at Ansh, a family-owned restaurant in the heart of the Welsh capital offering ethically produced meat sourced from farms in the Cambrian mountains, or take your tastebuds for a trip to an Italian bàcari at Bacareto.

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: London

It's London calling! The capital is back to business and there's no better way to rediscover the City than by exploring its latest dining experiences. Try Tim Thornton's light-base pizza at Base Face in Hammersmith, or wander down the streets of Covent Garden to soak up the ambiance of a traditional osteria with a twist at Ave Mario.

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: Scotland

Experience a true luxury dining experience across Scotland, wherever you choose to explore this summer. From Links House's Mara, an elegant new restaurant at Royal Dornoch Hotel, to the Duke's Umbrella in Glasgow, which prides itself for serving quality Scottish produce, you'll be spoilt for choice, whatever your palate desires. 

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: South East

If you're looking for a fine dining experience, look no further - these new openings in the South East are just what we all need as we dare to venture out once again. Lee Clarke's Prévost welcomes guests at its new location, the GradeII-listed Haycock Manor Hotel in Peterborough, following a major restoration, while Masterchef winner Kenny Tutt follow up on his first success Pitch with Bayside Social, a trendy new haunt in Worthing.

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: South West

The South West's restaurant scene is finally coming back to life, with new openings taking place across the region in the next few months. From an elegant pub on the Duke of Somerset's estate in Wiltshire to Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines's new haunt Mickey's in Devon, venture down south for a new taste of the best of British this summer.

Hottest new restaurants opening this summer: Midlands and Cotswolds

Some might say there's nothing more British than a break in the Cotswolds, and they wouldn't be wrong.Pay a visit to Sam and Georgie Pearman's 17th century country retreat The Double Red Duke, situated in the picture-perfect village of Clanfield, is well worth a visit, boasting a private feating room for larger parties and a spacious garden, while chef Richard Sandiford's open fire cooking is bound to win you over. Over in Oxford, Kent Barker's wine bar will delight any connaisseur with its 400-strong collection, while chef Dominique Goltinger cooks up a storm in the kitchen with the best locally-sourced ingredients. 

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Eat, drink and be merry! Your unmissable guide to the most delicious summer foodie festivals

From seafood and spritzes to cheese and beers, make sure your summer is jam-packed with fabulous food and tantalising tipples. Wherever you are in the country, we have the perfect menu of food and drink festivals to bring sparkle to your summer

The 100 best places to eat and drink outside in England: London and the South East

Get set for Alfresco April with food critic Tom Parker Bowles and wine guru Olly Smith and their fantastic picks of the best places to eat, drink and be merry

The 100 best places to eat and drink outside in England: Midlands & East Anglia

Perfect pubs and big skies - the places to eat and drink when Alfresco April is here

The 100 best places to eat and drink outside in England: North East/North West

63. Crazy Pedros, Manchester and Liverpool Good pizza, endless nachos, pizza nachos (pizza of your choice, chopped up and added to a dustbin lid full of super nachos!) and litres of frozen margaritas, as well as an impressive selection of tequila and mescal. Subtle these places ain’t, but who cares when you’re having this much fun? crazypedros.co.uk 

The 100 best places to eat and drink outside in England: West Country

82. The Fox’s Revenge, Newquay An old-fashioned pub with some very decent food. Nduja Scotch eggs, Duchy charcuterie and pickled anchovies for bar snacks. Local fish and steak, as well as beer and cider, all eaten in a beautiful beer garden. Simple,  but what we’ve been dreaming of for months. thefoxsrevenge.com

Cheers: The wild shore of St David’s Head in Wales Cheers: The wild shore of St David’s Head in Wales

The Glorious Twelfth! Work up a thirst with these enchanting rambles and then reward yourself with a proper pint

RESTORATION day — in England at least — of the ‘ancient, inalienable right of free-born people of the United Kingdom to go to the pub’ . Remember that Boris-ism?

Copperas Bay, near Wrabness, Essex Copperas Bay, near Wrabness, Essex

Tuck into your sarnies and drink in the glorious views: Britain's 100 best picnic spots

Where: In Bedfordshire’s Flit Valley, find Clophill’s leafy main street and take a ten-minute walk up Old Church Path.

Tartan-talising! In the first episode of this tasty series, Josephine Forster takes the high road across Scotland in search of the nation's finest fare - starting with a luxury Edinburgh hotel

From the highlands to the lowlands, and everywhere in between, our roving reporter tears across the brilliantly bonnie country to find the best regional cuisine - and strikes gold!

Ship happens! In the second installment of her Scottish food tour, Josephine Forster steps aboard a FABULOUS floating restaurant in Ports Leith

Our investigative reporter visits Edinburgh's no.1 eatery on TripAdvisor - the Fingal, a luxury hotel permanently berthed on the city’s vibrant waterfront