From crisp apples to earthy wild mushrooms and full-flavoured game, autumn and winter offer up some sumptuous seasonal delights. We dig out a selection of comforting recipes from the Country Life Archive that are guaranteed to warm things up as the nights draw in.

Sam and Sam Clark’s chestnut and chorizo soup

Elizabeth David’s gnocchi Verdi

Guy Watson and Jane Baxter’s warm pheasant salad with pomegranate and walnuts


Julia Child’s casserole-roasted chicken

Nigel Slater’s peppers with pork and rosemary

Mark Hix’s scrambled Burford Browns with woodland mushrooms

Thomasina Miers’ chargrilled Jerusalem artichokes with Cashel Blue

Guy Grieve and Thomasina Miers’ mixed game spit-roast feast

Valentine Warner’s autumn macaroni

Mark Hix’s Sunday roast masterclass

Simon Hopkinson’s spinach and ricotta pancakes and chicken Savoyarde

Mary Berry’s apple dessert cake