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We've come a long way with our barbecuing in this country. When we were little it didn't get more exciting than a slightly charred burger in a seeded bun with liberal amounts of ketchup and plastic cheese. We absolutely loved those family barbecues but the huge amount of enticing eating options we now have at our fingertips can only be a good thing. This month we've dedicated 16 pages to alfresco eating, with everything from how to find the best barbecue for your budget and making the perfect burger to lots of inspiring recipes to wow your guests. Just like with a good roast, it's often the sides that steal the show, and we can't get enough of the ultimate mac-n- cheese in this month's issue (clue: it involves lots of bacon!). And if you find yourself pushed for time, we've also laid out a spread of our favourite shop -bought barbecue bites, fresh from the butcher's counter. An outdoor feast wouldn't be right without lots of fruity cocktails – our recipes couldn't be easier and take just minutes to concoct. And don't miss Tom Shingler's light-hearted guide to hosting a fuss (and wasp!) free picnic. He's got everything covered, from keeping your drinks icy cold to finding the perfect spot to lay your blanket. Enjoy the summer!

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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