The great British summer is all about variety – as in rain, wind, cold and then suddenly a sunny day comes along and everyone rushes outside (with a coat just in case). The cover comes off the BBQ, an impromptu dinner is arranged and boom! we are eating al fresco. Debra Barnes has selected some bits and pieces for that special day.

John Lewis mosaic bistro dining set, iron table and chairs

£299

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Cooking outside is the ultimate summer dining experience. If BBQ’s are not your thing then what about this fabulous cast iron grill by Mørso which cooks the meat in its own juices rather than roasting it.

£895 www.morso.co.uk

Morso Grill - £895

BBQ’s can be messy so protect your table with a designer oilcloth from BoConcept, available in a range of funky designs.

£19 per square metre and cut to size www.boconcept.com

BoConcept oiled table cloths

BoConcept oiled table cloths

Ice-cream is easy but looks more impressive served in retro sundae glasses Available in gold, lemon or turquoise.

£14  The Royal Academy of Arts https://shop.royalacademy.org.uk

Gold Ice Cream Glass, £14, shop.royalacademy.org.uk

Gold Ice Cream Glass, £14, shop.royalacademy.org.uk

Strahl Vivaldi Plus Pitcher

John Lewis £29

Strahl Vivaldi Plus Pitcher £29

Strahl Vivaldi Plus Pitcher £29

Salad is a no-brainer for summer dining. Whether it is a trendy kale, strawberry & avocado salad or crunchy coleslaw you will need something to serve it. These Monsoon Home butterfly and hummingbird serving spoons are bang on trend.

£8 from the Royal Academy of Arts shop.

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Salad is a no brainer..

Nordic Deck Chair

John Lewis £15

Nordic deckchair..

Nordic deckchair..

Washing up takes up valuable sun worshipping time (assuming there is any) so use disposable plates and cupss.

This strawberry range won’t break the bank at £1 for a pack of eight at Tiger.

Paper Plates, from Tiger Tiger Paper Cups

Colourful bowl as seen on the cover available from the Pols Porcelain range starting from £7

John Lewis Spring summer 2015 fusion

John Lewis Spring summer 2015 fusion

Fish Plate

John Lewis £10

Fish plate

Fish Plate

Summer palm stacking glassses from

John Lewis £8

Summer palm stacking glassses £8.00

 

Quintessentially British summer drinks like Pimms or homemade lemonade will taste even better sipped through a rambling rose windmill paper straw.

£3/95 for 12 from www.dotcomgiftshop.com

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Dining tables need to be durable as well as stylish. Teak is ideal for outdoor use as it naturally has a very high oil content and dense grain which is highlighted by the characteristic black wash of this York range. The accompanying chairs are made from Ecolene outdoor rattan and both items can be left outside all year round with little risk of rotting, splitting or cracking.

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