Staycation | Blackfriars

A couple in a old fashioned car enjoying a movie
15th July 2020

We here at Blackfriars are super psyched for the retro drive-in cinema experiences happening around the country. And just as classic films never go out of style, neither does our original flapjack. We have our vegetarian and vegan sweet treats at the ready to munch on… Get ready for some Summer Lovin’! 

The Luna Drive-In Cinema:

At the Drive In:

The Drive-In Club:

Drive-In Events:

Cinestock UK:

We really enjoyed watching the highlights from previous years at Glastonbury on the Beeb and some of us couldn’t resist dancing around our living room to Faithless. You might not be able to invite all of your friends over, but you can certainly get yourself a fire pit (B&Q, e-bay, a local hardware/gardening centre…support and #shoplocal where you can), marshmallows on sticks, muffins and beers and have your nearest and dearest round for your own mini festival vibe.

When our supermarket shelves were looking rather forlorn in March, we quickly came to have a whole other level of appreciation for the food on our tables. Some of our team have been really bitten by the gardening bug, growing their own fruit and veg and getting closer to nature. If you’re not able to grow-your-own at home, why not spend the day strawberry picking at a local farm and reward yourself with strawberries and cream at the end of the day? It’s a wonderful way to spend the day with the family and to educate the kids about where our food comes from (as well as one of the greatest British bands that has ever existed…”Strawberry Fields Forever”).    

If you’re missing the sun, sea and sangria, why not have a go at making your own? 

This perfect fruity summer beverage is very adaptable and this recipe, we have included strawberries for a British twist…! Olé!

  • 2 apples (with skin, chopped into small segments)
  • 2 oranges (rind on, sliced into small segments)
  • 2 lemons (1 chopped into small segments, 1 juiced)
  • 200g red berries (we used strawberries)
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 750ml Bold, fruity, dry Spanish red wine (like Tempranillo, Garnacha, or other Rioja wine)
  • 100ml brandy
  • 300ml sparkling water

Method (makes a large pitcher)

  • Place the chopped fruit in a bowl and sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon. Stir to coat. Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • Fill a large jug with ice. Tip the fruit mixture into the jug with the wine and brandy. Top up with the sparkling water and serve.

If you prefer your Sangria to be slightly sweeter, then add some Orange Juice to taste…