The season of stone fruit and sweaty tube commutes is finally upon us! From savoury salads to homemade sorbets and bellinis, our chefs and bartenders are doing some pretty magical things with peaches this summer…
Forget the sickly peach crumbles of your childhood – Freddy from Le Pont de la Tour is putting his signature spin on things with a white peach, caramel crumble and hazelnut ice cream pudding. The perfect way to finish off an al fresco summer meal overlooking the Thames.
If you don’t wait to eat your peaches, we are absolutely all for drinking them – and we aren’t talking in heathy smoothie form... South Place Hotel offers unlimited bellinis with their famous weekend brunch for just £15 extra, alongside live jazz every Sunday.
This hot weather absolutely calls for iced desserts: sorbet, gelato, ice cream… When the mercury is this high, we ain’t fussy. Skylon has the perfect option for cooling off after a day sweating it out on the Southbank with their raspberry, lychee and rose, white peach and coconut sorbet trio.
Definitely not your bog-standard crudités and hummus, Sartoria’s Insalata D’Estate summer salad is possibly the ultimate al fresco bar snack. Think fresh, juicy tomatoes, crisp baby carrots, the sweetest slices of peaches and creamy quail’s eggs on a bed of the most delicious pulse puree you’ve ever had. And did we mention it comes topped with shaved truffles?
The Royal Exchange is the ultimate long working lunch destination when you want to sneak out of the office. This Sicilian tomato and peach salad with chilli, basil, toasted almonds and mango vinegar dressing is our dish of choice, and better yet you can get two courses for just £15 or three for £19.50. Beats your soggy Pret sandwich hands down.
Gary from Angler is continuing to bang out winners with his Chef’s View tasting menu. Peaches make an appearance twice, firstly in a savoury course with Loch Duart salmon, white peach, fresh almonds and elderflower, then later on to cleanse the palate there's a pleasantly Provençal combo of peaches and lavender.