Our chefs know the value of using ingredients at their seasonal best and there's no better example of this than our seasonal specials. We develop our specials in harmony with the changing seasons to reflect the best flavours. Whether it's the first asparagus of May or the best British game in November, we source simply the tastiest ingredients.
Spring is arguably our favourite season, as it offers up a multitude of tender, sweet produce that can make some truly fantastic dishes. Vegetables such as broccoli, leeks and spring onions are at their absolute best and should be the first ingredients to go into a true spring recipe.
It's also a great time for herbs, with coriander, basil and chives all in season in spring.
Summer is a brilliant season for vegetables and the perfect time to enjoy some delicious salads in the sunshine. Avocados, fennel, peppers and radishes are very much 'in-season' and perfect for adding to a salad recipe.
Summer is also great if you're a fruit lover, with fruits like peaches, strawberries and watermelons at their best. They're obviously fantastic in their own right on their own, but can also make some lovely puddings.
When autumn arrives, soups, stews and fruit crumbles are in hot demand, and with good reason. Aubergine, beetroot, pumpkin and butternut squash are all perfect examples of autumnal produce and you can't go wrong with these ingredients in a soup or stew.
There are also some really iconic autumnal fruits and nothing excites us more than seeing the most iconic of them all, the plum, which is suddenly plentifully available in all shades; blue-black, purple, red, green and yellow. Blackberries, apples and pears are also brilliant at this time of year.
In winter, it's time for the root vegetable to really shine, with carrots, parsnips and turnips being particular highlights of the season. It's also a great time for potatoes and the sweet potato offers great variety and flavour at this time of year.
One of the most underrated vegetables – turnips – are also fantastic during winter and can complement many dishes.
There's no better way to find the ingredients that reflect the season than to keep in constant contact with suppliers, as this relationship is vital in ensuring we deliver the best seasonal produce.