All the inspiration necessary for a late-summer lunch

Late summer is definitely the best time for eating outdoors

The heat is less intense but the days and evenings are still warm enough to sit and dine comfortably for hours. This menu is inspired by the fresh produce around at this time of year. Fruit, basking day after day in the sun, is now super-sweet – and yet there’s also that slight shift in the air which makes us hanker for something a little earthier in taste.

The dishes here celebrate these transitional flavours as nature readies itself for a change: two savoury tarts, a subtly nutty fruit pie, and peaches in red wine, among them. Serve with fruit, honey and good cheese, and take time to enjoy the special tastes of this season.

Recipes and styling by: Fiona Hugues. Photography by: Jani Shepherd.