For their great quality food, value for money and pretty gardens, here are my top five recommendations for summer lunches – The Bluebell in Henley in Arden, Anderson’s at The Bulls Head, Brum Yum Yum, Warwick Street Kitchen and The Cross in Kenilworth.
1 – For value for money, The Bluebell in Henley in Arden tops the list for offering two courses of two rosette rated food for £10 in their Feast Lunch Club. From Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 2.30pm, the daily changing menu has so far included treats such as sweetcorn and basil velouté, salt beef hash and banana pavlova.
2 – Just a bit further down the road, Anderson’s at The Bulls Head in Wootton Wawen has unveiled their new dining garden. If you’re going to eat al fresco you want to enjoy your surroundings, so check out the extension to the main restaurant, where diners can order off the a la carte menu featuring their popular steaks and grills.
3 – You’ve got until 1 August to try Brum Yum Yum Lunchmarket. Running through the summer into August, the city centre square bursts into life with the delicious aromas of street food, there’s also a beer market and live music if you don’t have to go back to the office!
4 – Finding a good readymade picnic hamper is as rare as hen’s teeth. I find that either you are overcharged for the amount of food contained, or you have a range of items that you wouldn’t have chosen yourself. So hats off to Warwick Street Kitchen in Leamington Spa. Their £20 picnic for two is packed with charcuterie, hummus, salad, anti pasti, bread and flapjack bites. You can even borrow a basket and blanket to take with you to nearby Jephson Gardens.
5 – The Cross in Kenilworth has launched a new garden menu, featuring classics such as burgers and fish and chips which are cooked and eaten in (you guessed it) their garden! If you ‘re not so lucky with the weather, heading indoors to sample Adam Bennett’s cooking isn’t a hardship with dishes such as corn fed poussin and strawberry sundae on the fixed price lunch menu.