As soon as the weather turns summery, we all feel obliged to eat in the heart of our gardens, but a garden room, a conservatory or even a greenhouse transformed into an outdoor room can be just as appealing. For me, it’s about being connected to your garden, looking out onto it, walking through it and bringing as much of it into the room as you can. So for instance, you could keep potting benches filled to the brim with plants, but move them along the edges to create a clear spot in the middle for a long table and benches. Don’t worry about sweeping up so the place is spotless either. Instead, embrace the setting to make this sheltered spot feel as in touch with the garden around it as you can.
Alternatively, if you don’t have a garden room or are set on eating outdoors, choose a more tucked away location. It’ll feel all the more special for being a little unusual, is potentially less overlooked than the area immediately next to your house, and you have the opportunity to create a sense of anticipation by lining the route there with candles.