It’s with July that Britain shows its best alfresco colours. The month kicks off with the Henley Regatta (picnics at the ready), followed by Wimbledon (dust off the Pimm’s jugs) and festivals that cater for any musical taste, with many taking their food offerings as seriously as their set lists.
This issue, we’re encouraging you to go outside and appreciate the good weather while we have it. We’re celebrating seafood with an ode to the prawn (p24), have a bunch of recipes for low-fuss alfresco entertaining (p44), take a look at dishes from Croatia’s Dalmatian coast (p50), explore top chef Selin Kiazim’s TurkishCypriot heritage (p58) and give you a foraged menu using produce you should be able to find close to home (p54).
For travel, we’re making the most of Europe’s climate. Olivia Palamountian’s look at her family’s hometown of Stockholm uncovers some hidden gems (p32) and we take a trip straight into the heart of Bordeaux to explore a city whose restaurants benefit from some of the best wine-producing conditions in the world (p64). We’re also giving some of Britain’s lesser-known islands their time in the sun (p76), as well as providing an itinerary for city breaks in Brighton, Porto and Lindau, on Germany’s Lake Constance (p99). Though for something completely different, check out our piece on floating hotels (p88) – they’re worth dipping in to. Mark Sansom Editor