This year, many of us are looking forward to celebrating Easter in the garden with our nearest and dearest – despite the uncertain weather forecast. Partner and food editor Alison Oakervee shares her tips for an outside Easter celebration to remember, come rain or shine (or even snow). All you need is warming food, loved ones and a dash of good old British spirit


You’ll want to choose wines that are happy chilled – whites are the obvious choice, but some red wines taste better cooler, too, such as this pinot noir. A zesty pale ale or craft beer will also benefit from the crisp air – with no need for a drinks cooler. And to finish, what about a cosy Irish coffee to leave your guests with a warm glow? Simply add a dash of Irish whiskey to black coffee, stir in a teaspoonful of brown sugar and top with a spoonful of whipped cream.