Summer in the UK means one thing – getting outside and making the most of every ray of sunshine. It’s the time for inviting guests over for relaxed, leisurely barbecues in the garden and fully enjoying the warmer weather. Before you start creating that guest list though, it’s worth ensuring that your outdoor cooking space meets every criteria, as you want to be able to cook, eat and entertain with ease. An outdoor kitchen area can be simple, with a barbecue, table and chairs or a more extensive built-in setup with both cooking and prep sections, it completely depends on how much you intend to use it and what your requirements are. The advantage of having a freestanding barbecue is that it’s flexible, so it can be tailored to the occasion. Decide whether you prefer gas or charcoal and go from there. If you’re serious about barbecuing and often cook for larger numbers then choosing a gas model like the Napoleon model (below right) could be ideal, as it features plenty of burners and room for prep. Or, if you only get the barbecue out every now and then, maybe opt for a more compact model that can be easily stored away when not in use.

 

As outdoor kitchens grow in popularity, people are now creating whole personalised areas that can become an extension of your home and be the ultimate place for alfresco cooking and dining. Emma Bullivant, director of marketing for Bradshaw, says: ‘There is a move towards built-in grills and accessories to include sinks and taps which are all plumbed in, refrigerators for drinks, and lots of storage and preparation areas. This enables the chef or host to have all they need on hand without the mad dash back to the kitchen indoors.’ 

 

 

 

Shown from top to bottom and left to right:

Roshults BBQ Grill 300, from £2,780, Naken Interiors

Saint Vincent modular system, price on request, Palazzetti

Five burner barbecue, £599, John Lewis

Forno outdoor oven, £1,099, Morso

Article by: Lucy Macdonald