Welcome to September
It’s always dangerous for editors to mention the weather in our intro, as inevitably if we mention the sun there’ll be the biggest downpours on record. But, seeing as we’re striding (sandals, shorts, sundresses and all) into the final few weeks of summer, we wanted to bring you an issue that really made the most of it. We’ve barbecue ideas (don’t worry, there are wet weather/oven instructions, too) inspired by cookery writer Adam’s travels in Vietnam, and naturally warming recipes via peppercorns – one of our most underrated but most versatile spices – including a brilliant chocolate and black pepper gelato. There’s a lesson on preserving – surely one of the most satisfying things to do on a rainy day – and a guide to the new restaurants just about to open across the UK (get the dates in your diary and tables booked, now). Plus, we’ve tips on brushing up your wine knowledge and our usual great travel ideas. Ever heard of a micro b&b? They are the latest travel trend and an ideal way to squeeze in a special getaway. And, if you’re planning any trips in these few remaining weeks before the small people go back to school, can I thoroughly recommend you do one thing. If you’re down in Devon, do check out Salcombe Distilling Co’s new gin school, where you can have fun drinking goblets of citrussy gin and tonic, creating your own blend of botanicals and distilling your own booze before bottling it up with a bespoke label. Read more about it in The Measure.