Now the end of summer is nearing, a hearty meal in a cosy restaurant seems like just the place to see friends and relax.
And one of Hanwell 's firm favourites, The Royal Harvester, has just been re-vamped with enough time to enjoy the last of the warm nights.
The restaurant was made famous in 2014 after Simon Cowell visited in order to fulfil a promise he made to an X-Factor contestant. Now, the eatery has been refurbished and transformed, giving more space and food options.
The Royal Harvester re-opened in July following a three-week closure; the new restaurant has capacity for over 330 guests, a refurbished garden seating area and an updated menu, as well as a cask ale range.
I, along with my sister as a plus-one, decided to head to The Royal Harvester in Hanwell to check out the new menu and see what all the fuss was about.
As the weather has been so lovely recently, we decided to sit in the shade of an umbrella in the garden area; the outside was lit with fairy lights and had a spacious, airy feel.
Although you order yourself from the bar, the staff were very friendly and attentive, happy to give their recommendations for the different starters.
I decided to go for one of my all-time favourites, Halloumi Skewers (£4.50) that came with grilled watermelon and a mint dressing. I didn't know what to expect from the watermelon as I've never tried that combination before, but it was refreshing and delicious, matching the cheese well.
My plus-one Olivia had the Chicken Wings (£4.50) in barbecue sauce. She commented that the chicken tasted great, but that there was too much sweet sauce, and they could have benefited from some other flavour or spices.
I often judge restaurants by the quality of their vegetarian options, and there were loads on this menu. From pasta to salads, and they all looked great; you can always tell when the veggie options aren't just an afterthought, and I felt the choices were really varied.
Finally, I chose the Butternut Squash and Chickpea Burger (£8.99) for my main course. The chips were tasty, but the burger itself was a little dry. I liked the butternut squash taste, but some sauce was definitely needed.
My sister went for the UK and Irish Beef Burger with Cheese and Bacon (£10.99) for her main course, which she devoured, saying the bacon was definitely a good choice.
For desserts, we decided to choose two and share them both, as there were so many options on the menu it was hard to narrow it down to one each.
Firstly, we had the Chocolate Fudge Cake (£4.99) with Belgian chocolate sauce, real dairy ice cream, honeycomb and fudge pieces, which was very reasonably priced considering the colossal portion size!
Even with both of us, we couldn't finish the incredibly rich cake, but it was delicious - dark, molten chocolate complementing the sticky, crunchy honeycomb and chewy fudge well.
We also had the new Apple, Raspberry and Watermelon Granola Crumble (£3.99) with custard. The sweet, refreshing compote made a pleasant change from the rich chocolate; I thought the watermelon would taste strange in a crumble but it was a very subtle flavour, which just gave the dessert a nice lift.
Overall, the restaurant had a very cosy pub-grub feel, but the new menu and garden area made the venue stand out as something a little more special than the typical foodie hang-out.
Although the meat and fish looked - and tasted, according to my plus one - delicious, there were also plenty of vegetarian options and a wide variety of decadent desserts and sundaes, as well as the popular salad bar.
Our experience here was friendly and filling with a very reasonable price tag; this pub restaurant is definitely one for a relaxed Sunday meal with friends or family.
getwestlondon gives The Royal Harvester in Hanwell four stars out of five.
Address and contact details: The Royal Harvester, Boston Road, Hanwell , W7 2AX - 020 8567 3711
Opening hours: 9am to 11pm daily
Total price of a meal for two: £37.96