We all know the English are partial to a bit of a drink. With over 50 000 pubs in England that's no surprise.
Despite the fact that I had my first English pub pint only a few years ago, I’ve been going to countryside pubs since I was a child.
I was fortunate in that I was only ever really in England during the summer. This meant that for the month that I was there half of those days were relatively warm and sunny.
During these summers my grandparents would drag me all over the country, visiting friends, museums and steam engine expositions. It was a gay old time.
As a child I was unsurprisingly less than enthusiastic about steam engines. I wasn’t overly impressed with 4 hour long museum visits either. Lunch was always my silver lining and sometimes when I was really lucky, that lunch would be a good olde pub lunch.
Being underage I was never going to order a pint, let alone a cocktail. I was all about a minty lemonade but I was always beyond jealous of those big beautiful glasses of Pimms.
When I saw those big tall glasses, glistening with condensation I was in awe. Each one was filled to the brim with lovely fresh brightly coloured fruits. The fruits danced around the glass by fine little bubbles were intoxicating.
Thinking back now, I realise it’s the perfect drink for pub food. You know?? It’s bright and fresh and it cuts through the rich greasiness of my favourite pub meal (scampi and chips yo!).
With ‘The Picnic’ I’m trying to kind of pay homage to those lovely full glasses of Pimm’s while using my favourite British alcohol. GIN! (This is mainly because I can’t for the life of me seem to find Pimm’s in Paris. )
I ‘designed’ this little ol’ thing with the intent of serving it with the rest of my British menu so think about pairing it with similar yummy foods.