In the past couple of years, we’ve seen a real explosion in options for the outdoor dining experience. No longer is it enough to have a lovely metal garden table and chairs, with cushions and a parasol to match. These days however the aspirational outdoor experience includes an entire outdoor kitchen and it isn’t just a thing for millionaires. Of course gas barbecues, breeze houses and outdoor bars have been around for a while and there are options of all these to suit most budgets. Entertaining outdoors can be anything from a simple fire pit to a fully functioning outdoor kitchen.
The Kensington Fire Pit
This clever little multi-tasker is an outdoor aluminium dining table with an integral fire pit. So that you can grill before you very eyes. Or, if you’re not in the mood to cook, you can use the grill pit as a massive ice bucket to store the drinks.
These are more appropriately called patio kitchens, since they include everything including the kitchen sink! Certainly put the gas Barbie option in the shade, regardless of how big your brute might be.
Manufacturers of these claim they are set to revolutionise your outdoor living and it certainly seems that things are heading in a high tech direction. The past decade has seen a change in our living habits so that the kitchen is now the main focus for family life. Kitchens have become bigger with more entertainment options built in. The concept behind barbecue island units is that they take that modern lifestyle outdoors. Most companies offer a modular range and you can select the grills, fridges, sinks and storage units that suit your patio and your requirements. Everything you might possibly need for the ultimate in al fresco dining – everything except the aluminium patio table and chairs. And we’ve got that bit covered!