The current coronavirus restrictions may dictate that eating out and hosting dinner parties are off the table… but that doesn’t mean that fine dining has to take a back seat.
In fact, social media platforms have been besieged by posts from enterprising cooks who have been turning their homes into restaurants during the coronavirus lockdown, serving up everything from French gastronomic cuisine to fast food that satiates the craving for a Big Mac & fries.
With more time on their hands and more meals to prepare at home, many families up and down the country have also been sharing the cooking, giving everyone a chance to get creative in the kitchen. Online, there are hundreds of resources to inspire us and ways to use store cupboard ingredients when it’s difficult to get out and shop.
This wave of culinary creativity has led to a resurgence in sit-down meals at home. We’re not so much grabbing a bite to eat on the run, we’re relishing our food and using it as a welcome distraction from the deadly pandemic that’s keeping most of us inside.
Here at LRI, helping our customers to dine in style has always been part of our mission. Our stunning weathered oak dining tables – round and rectangular, grand and more intimate – are the staples of our home furniture collection, together with our luxuriously upholstered and super-comfortable dining chairs.
And to make that dining experience even more special, we also stock an exclusive selection of complementary tableware and accessories.
|Celebrating a birthday or anniversary at home? That definitely calls for a bottle of champagne... keep it chilled in our nickel-plated urn (£115), which has a practical stainless steel interior.|
So whoever’s cooking in the kitchen this weekend, why not make it a real occasion? We’ve included a few suggestions as to how to dress up your table but for more inspiration, take a look at our tableware collection.
|To recreate the restaurant dining experience at home, why not invest in some beautiful crockery (set of four large vegetable dinner plates, £36; small white cutwork side plate, £4), neatly rolled navy trimmed grey linen napkins (£11) and some echeveria napkin rings (£7 each).|
|Add some rustic charm to the dinner table with our silver-grey rattan placemats (£10 each). They're practical as well as stylish. The vegetable dinner plate comes in a set of four (£36).|
|Candles, of course, add atmosphere to the whole dining experience. What better way to display them than in a couple of our silver-plated candle holders (£18 each).|
|As a final flourish, if you can't get out to buy fresh flowers, why not add a touch of greenery to the centre of the table with one or two of our little topiary trees (£9.95).|