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I don't know of any other nation that relishes the sunshine quite as much as the British. As soon as the temperature reaches 20ºC we're out in force, flocking like birds to parks, pub gardens, beaches, basically anywhere we can lay a blanket! But I've had too many plans thwarted by a summer washout to pin my hopes on a heatwave – my pleasure this month will come purely from the huge amount of seasonal produce available. And if the weather is amazing too, well that's even better. In our summer issue, Lisa Faulkner's easy entertaining guide is packed with some of our favourite crowd-pleasers, from proper pork pies to a big icy jug of Bloody Mary, while Rachel Allen's light and bright summer bakes make the most of our fantastic British fruits.

We're also celebrating the ultimate seaside treat – fish and chips! Angela Kennedy has tracked down the best chippies in the business to uncover the key to perfectly crisp batter and flavour-packed chips, while Alice Whitehead visits the Cornish coast in search of the region's most prized catch.

And don't forget to vote for your favourite British food and drink brand in our Farm Produce Awards. Vote online at greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/awards for the chance to win £500 worth of KitchenAid goodies!

Great British Food Magazine

With top chefs clamouring to cook with local, seasonal and British produce and increasing numbers of small producers creating delicious regional food for everyone to enjoy, there has never been a better time to celebrate the revival of British food.

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