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A Very British Summer: Foodie Edition Vol. III

  • 3rd Aug 2014

A Very British Summer: Foodie Edition Vol. III

Summer is edging ever closer and some temperatures are already hinting at what we can expect to see in the coming months. Of course, with the summer comes a long stint of hot days, balmy nights and outdoors living. Now, whilst many people opt to go abroad and visit hot exotic lands instead of staying in the UK's own particular brand of sunshine, more and more people are enjoying staycations in Blighty. 

These staycationers are usually pleasantly surprised by how pleasant a quintessentially British summer can be, especially when it means they get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Creatures of habit can benefit from familiar home comforts like real tea and proper British grub whilst sun worshippers can make the most of the nice weather, al fresco dining and a more relaxing pace of life.

Of course, with a classic British holiday comes the need for a classic British menu. If you are planning on a luxury caravan holiday with Allen's Caravans in the balmy British countryside then you will need an arsenal of refreshing dishes like garden salads and drinks like Pimm's, not to mention sweet treats like good old fashioned Eton Mess. To help you with your quest for classic British dishes, we have compiled the below menu of British summer favourites you can enjoy for lunch, dinner or even on a picnic out and about. View Britain's finest caravan holiday park here today!

Menu III: Classic British Dishes

Garden Salad - Eton Mess - Pimms and Lemonade - Kendall Mint Cake

Garden Salad:

A bowl full of fresh, crisp and crunchy vegetables is a great dish to enjoy on a hot summer's day. Not only is it an incredibly healthy combination of greens and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals, but there are plenty of variations on the dish so you can mix it up according to your personal tastes. If you fancy a salad with a dressing, with chicken, with fish or even with potato salad and pasta side dishes, you can. Flexible, tasty, nutritious and flexible, the classing English garden salad is a summer food staple. For variations on the garden salad, click here.

Eton Mess:

This traditional English dessert is usually served at the annual cricket game between Harrow School and Eton College. The meringue, cream and strawberry mixture got its current name in the 19th century; the "mess" being the appearance of the dish's mixed up ingredients. Eton Mess can be made with a number of summer fruits, including banana according to some recipes, but the strawberry version is considered the most traditional and indeed, the most iconic. To make your own classic British summer dessert, try this Eton Mess recipe.

Pimm's and Lemonade:

The British drink of choice during the summer months is Pimm's and lemonade with plenty of ice and a whole medley of different fruits for garnish and flavour. Pimm's was first produced by James Pimm in 1823. Since then it has become an iconic British tipple, not to mention the signature drink of huge events like Wimbledon, the Henley Regatta and Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Usually mixed with fresh chopped ingredients like cucumber, apples, oranges, lemons, strawberries and mint, the drink is finished off with ice and lemonade to make it a more refreshing cocktail. Pimm's is perfect for summer, see more Pimm's here.

Kendal Mint Cake:

Originally from Cumbria, the Kendal Mint Cake is a popular source of energy for climbers and mountaineers. Peppermint-flavoured and entirely made of sugar, the mint cake is refreshing but very much a rare treat. Of course, holidays are made for rare treats which is why this traditional British confection is perfect for holidaymakers, especially those on caravan holidays in Worcestershire where walking and hiking are popular activities with the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds so close by. 

These are just some of the iconic British dishes you can enjoy this summer, either by making them from scratch or by stocking up at the supermarket when you get to your holiday home courtesy of Either way, this menu of classic British dishes will keep you refreshed and satisfied all summer long.

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