It’s Sunday, and there’s that definite hint of back to school blues in the air. Time for a nostalgic look back over the summer, and the food and drink that defined Summer 2017 for us.
There was gin. Of course, there was gin. And because this was the Gin Festival at Merchants I can’t remember which gin.
Cinnamon or cardamon? I always love this choice at the Peter’s Yard cafes, now rebranded as Söderberg. Never mind, still fabulous.
Our mini trip to Edinburgh also led to a new drink favourite. I love Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger liqueur, with ginger ale and a lime wedge. Warming when the British summer delivers pouring rain and single figure temperatures. It’s also a best-seller on Amazon* apparently. No excuse for running out.
Talking of the British weather…this is an August day viewed from inside the Anchor Inn at Seatown. Best way to see it.
It might have been horizontal rain outside, but that didn’t stop us exploring the Anchor’s mocktail menu. Turns out the virgin Pineapple Daiquiri works very well alongside fish and chips.
Hard to believe that only 24 hours earlier Jay Rayner and I were on the beach together. I’m a bit late to reading A Greedy Man in a Hungry World* but the issues raised are still as relevant. With Brexit looming, possibly even more so.
It was sunny a few times over the summer. So there was gelato. Baboo on sunny days in Lyme Regis, and a trip to tiny but tasty Mary’s Milk Bar in Edinburgh.
I hoped that the trend for making your dish disappear under a pile of pea shoots might be a short-lived thing. Here’s hoping to not see this in Summer 18. Other than that, lunch at the Willam Cecil in Stamford was rather lovely.
If it was time for gin (and, let’s face it, when isn’t it?), then it’s Lilliput Dorset Gin now taking pride of place here. No pun intended. Truly delicious, and a fabulous business ethic too.
The end of August saw MFL and I run away for an amazing night at Hotel du Vin in Birmingham. Not to mention a great dinner at the newly revamped Purnell’s Bistro. This is my favourite Scotch egg of the year. So far.
And so summer draws to a close. So it seemed only reasonable to see it off in style with a few cocktails in the bar back at the hotel. This time not from the mocktail list. Love a French martini, and MFL carried on his search for a Singapore Sling as good as Raffles. This one was close apparently.
So, here’s to toasting what was a varied Summer (other than the gin part perhaps) and looking forward to all the bounty of Autumn. I can’t wait for apples, plums and figs. Or to get the slow cooker back out and some comforting stew action.
What was the taste or flavour of your summer? And what are you looking forward to for autumn eating?
Non-affiliate link here.
*Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.