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FLANNELS Five: British BBQ Survival Essentials

FLANNELS Five: British BBQ Survival Essentials

The British weather. It’s a predictably fickle thing, and one that makes forward-planning for any sort of al fresco dining a dangerous game. Despite the threat of the heavens opening on our Instagram-worthy spread of tabbouleh and chicken skewers, we continue to arrange elaborate barbecue sessions in good faith. Tablecloths and all. And in true British style, even when the clouds are iron-grey and the rain is actually falling, we soldier on, waving our tongs about and merrily commenting on the likelihood of it “passing soon.” Whilst chugging extra beers to numb ourselves from the sogginess. Here are five British BBQ essentials to make sure you’re prepared, whatever the weather. You can see that patch of blue sky over there, right?

WEATHER PERMITTING

Ah, the joy of walking through the garden, a gentle breeze tickling your bare toes. Unleash your feet in a pair of Givenchy’s star sliders, and hit the perfect mark between summertime nonchalance and sartorial BBQ king.

WEATHER NOT PERMITTING

Whilst we say ‘weather not permitting’, we know that in true stiff-upper-lip spirit you’re going to go ahead and barbeque anyway. A hooded nylon jacket, like Gucci’s sleek jacquard version, will keep the drizzle off without compromising your style. Grill on.

WEATHER PERMITTING

Suns out, guns out. Well, we wouldn’t go so far as to recommend you wear a vest (we find they’re best left to festivals and the poolside), but a slick white polo works perfectly. Only real professionals can wear one and grill without making a mess. Might we suggest an apron?

WEATHER NOT PERMITTING

You’re in a garden. There is grass and, by necessity, earth (unless you’ve got astro in which case: get back in touch with nature, mate.) If it rains, there will be mud. You don’t want to get your nice white kicks dirty, so a pair of sleek black leather trainers are a stylish stand-in. Easy to wipe clean, too.

WEATHER PERMITTING

Of course, a cap and sunglasses are a barbequing pro’s essential. Yes, they look good, but they also help keep the sunny glare and the smoke out of your eyes (at least a bit), so you can concentrate on flipping those steaks just right.

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