Easter 2021 food guide: meal kits, hampers, chocolate, cakes and eggs
Foodie inspiration for the four-day bank holiday weekend
Weather permitting, we could be spending the Easter weekend outdoors having picnics, BBQs and meals in the garden.
Pubs and restaurants still won’t be open for business in England, but from 29 March outdoor gatherings of either six people (the rule of six) or two households will be allowed.
With the long weekend falling on 2-5 April, it’s time to choose which food items will be on your menu. To give you some inspiration, we pick out some of the best meal kits, food deliveries and of course, chocolate and eggs, to eat this Easter.
BRIK make-your-own Easter egg kit
Chocolate brand BRIK has launched a new collection for Easter that uses 100% natural and sustainably-sourced ingredients. The collection includes Easter egg domes, Easter tiles and a make-your-own Easter egg kit. The kit contains two moulds, enough chocolate (150g) to make two eggs, three selected colour powders, a flavour vial of your choice and a paintbrush. Nationwide orders must be placed via the BRIK online store by Sunday 28 March for guaranteed delivery.
Postbox Bakery hot cross brownies
Combining two of the nation’s favourite treats, Postbox Bakery’s limited edition hot cross brownies will make a tasty addition to your Easter menu. To make these incredible cakes, raisins are macerated in bourbon and sherry then cinnamon, clove and nutmeg is added to a top secret gluten-free brownie recipe. A pack of four costs £9.95 with free delivery across the UK.
Hotel Chocolat ostrich eggs
With more than 50 options available on the Easter section of its website, Hotel Chocolat has something for everyone. Tasty items include eggs and soldiers truffles, a chocolate spread Easter sandwich, the ultimate Easter hamper and the classic bunnies. However, the real challenge for any chocoholic will be tackling one of Hotel Chocolat’s gargantuan ostrich eggs - plus the tray of 20 chocolates which come with it.
Lyle’s and Flor hot cross bun kits
This Easter Lyle’s and Flor Bakery will be selling DIY hot cross bun kits. Each kit comes complete with ingredients to make 12 buns, including stone ground flour from heritage wheat, homemade cultured butter, dried fruit, bakery spice mix and spiced syrup, ready to be assembled and baked in the oven. Available to order now priced at £25 with nationwide delivery dates on Friday 26 March and Thursday 1 April only.
Easter Äggs by Gåva
Swedish design-led gift company Gåva has launched its range of Easter Äggs - new and reusable eggs which you fill with what you like. Available in various sizes and designs (including a DIY Ägg that you decorate yourself), Swedish Easter Äggs are designed to hold any number of surprises, from homemade treats and experience vouchers to jewellery and toys. The Easter Äggs cost from £7.50 and customers can choose fillings such as Swedish pick and mix, vegan pick and mix, chocolate pralines and cocktail gummies.
BAO ‘Easter chick’ kits
BAO’s bakery goods will receive a tongue-in-cheek Easter makeover this year. The “Easter chick” steamed buns will be available to purchase from 22 March and each kit features two yellow chick and two white chick baos. Filled with molten chocolate and salted egg, the steamed buns will be delivered ready to be unboxed and steamed at home. Available nationwide.
Gelatorino’s gelato filled Easter egg
An Easter egg filled with gelato? Yes please! Gelatorino’s half milk chocolate egg shell can be filled with gelato flavours such as pistachio, stracciatella, dark chocolate, hazelnut, gianduja, zabajone and vanilla. Costing £16 they are available for delivery to selected postcodes in London. Other items in the Gelatorino Easter collection include a Dolce & Gabbana Colomba with Sicilian chocolate and wild strawberry jam (£58) and an Easter egg bunny (£22)
Pied à Terre luxe picnic hamper
London Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre has put together the ultimate foodie hamper to be enjoyed this Easter. Packed in a jute bag and ready to take on a bank holiday picnic, the hamper goodies include sliced smoked salmon, duck meat pressé, rabbit and olive terrine, boquerones, sweet pickled chillies and burrata. Chocolate treats include Valrhona Mini Chocolate Eggs with homemade chocolate and Cointreau truffles. Salted caramel spread, lemon and mint pâte de fruits, a scented candle and a bottle of Gillimard Blanc de Noir Champagne is also included. Orders must be placed by close of play on Wednesday 24 March for delivery on Thursday 1 April.
Easter Dover sole by Rick Stein
With fish traditionally served on Good Friday, the Stein’s at Home Easter menu centres around the bounties of British waters. Feeding two people, the feast includes classic salmon gravadlax from Forest of Dean-based smokery Severn & Wye alongside horseradish cream and sourdough, then whole Dover sole (one per person) with buerre noisette and minted baby potatoes. To finish the feast it’s chocolate pavé with crystallised peanuts and Cornish clotted cream. There’s even a bar of single-origin Rick Stein chocolate from Kernow Chocolatiers and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne to enjoy. Delivered nationwide on Thursday 1, Friday 2 and Saturday 3 April.
The Game Bird at The Stafford’s roast box
Enjoy a classic British roast served up by the chefs from The Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel in London. The roast box contains soda bread and butter; H. Forman & Son’s smoked salmon alongside all the traditional trimmings; British grass-fed roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables for main; then its Lyle’s golden syrup sponge pudding with custard for dessert. All paired perfectly with a bottle of The Stafford Claret.
Blacklock’s lamb roast box for two
London chophouse Blacklock has cooked up an ultimate lamb roast which is “almost as good as mum’s”. The roast box for two contains a 28-day aged lamb rump from Cornish butchers Philip Warren alongside duck fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese, seasonal veggies, giant Yorkshire puddings, mint sauce and plenty of rich gravy. To finish, it’s Blacklock’s light and fluffy white chocolate cheesecake with forced rhubarb. The oven ready Blacklock roasts can be prepared in half an hour.
Lyle’s Easter meal kits
Michelin-starred British restaurant Lyle’s will be delivering meal kits (£140) across the country, each filled with seasonal dishes for a celebratory Easter Sunday lunch. Available for pre-order now and arriving on Friday 2 April, each parcel will contain a feast for two, beginning with the restaurant’s sourdough bread and cultured butter, and a dish of mussels, cider and leeks. Next, there will be prized spears of delicate white asparagus, whey butter and bottarga, and for the main, a nod to traditional Easter lamb: Welsh mountain mutton, Yukon Gold potatoes, and wild garlic. For dessert, chocolate tart will be accompanied by rhubarb pastels, and brown butter cakes to share.
Sabor en Casa box with Estrella Galicia
Enjoy a taste of Spain with a food and beer pairing over the Easter weekend. This eight-course Spanish feast includes some of Sabor’s best-selling dishes including ham croquetas; tortilla; gambas al ajillo (prawns in a garlic oil); Pulpo a la Gallega (paprika-dusted octopus); Arroz Negro (traditional Spanish dish created using rice and squid ink); Iberian pig’s cheeks; beetroot salad; and a basque cheesecake to finish. Diners will also get to enjoy two 330ml bottles of Estrella Galicia alongside their tapas.
One Fine Dine Easter feast menu
The Easter feast menu from at-home dinner experience One Fine Dine will be available throughout the whole of April. Offering a choice of starter, main and dessert, the special Easter-inspired three-course menu also comes with amuse-bouche, petit fours, printed menus and a bottle of wine to share. Starters include mirin-glazed salmon; roulade of Ayrshire ham hough and foie gras; or Wye Valley asparagus. Mains are roast loin and faggot of Herdwick lamb; thyme-roasted corn fed chicken supreme; or baharat-roasted cauliflower. Dessert options are tonka bean crème brulee; Easter mess with manjari chocolate ganache mousse inside a chocolate Easter egg; or an individual Braeburn apple tarte tatin.
Mindful Chef Easter specials
Mindful Chef is switching things up with an Easter lunch full of bold new flavours. The one- or two-person Easter specials include duck with Asian spiced plum sauce and fried rice, or a Keralan coconut monkfish curry and black rice. Family menu Easter specials are baked salmon with sundried tomato potato salad, or cod with Italian-style tomato risotto. Easter specials will be available for delivery for two weeks: Sunday 28 March to Saturday 3 April and then Sunday 4 April to Saturday 10 April. To enjoy over the Easter weekend, schedule delivery for Friday 2 April.
London Shell Co. Easter picnic box
The Easter picnic box from London Shell Co. contains all the components needed for a tasty meal for two, including fresh seafood and a bottle of The Grand Duchess English Sparkling Wine. Each box guarantees high quality seafood, brought in daily from Cornwall, and seasonal produce as typically served aboard London Shell Co’s two floating restaurants. With no cooking required, it’s an easy and luxurious meal to enjoy alfresco. The full picnic box for two contains whole smoked trout; cold smoked salmon; pepper cured char; crevettes and mayonnaise; house pickles; soda bread and butter; and a bottle of The Grand Duchess. Available for click and collect from The Grand Duchess every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-11 April.
Easter menu from HIDE at Home
HIDE at Home executive chef Ollie Dabbous has put a new take on the traditional Easter roast lamb. The four-course menu features a starter of Wye Valley asparagus, ricotta and nut praline tart followed by elderflower-cured salmon with kohlrabi and broad beans. For the main event, roast rump of Herdwick lamb will come beautifully cooked and served with a fresh salsa verde, grilled calçot onions and white bean salad. For pudding, customers will enjoy a special HIDE Easter Egg filled with meadowsweet cream and apple compote.
Tom Aikens and Finish & Feast’s Easter box
Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens has teamed up with fine dining at home company Finish & Feast to create a special meal box for Easter. Available for two or four people, the menu centres around a seven-hour slow cooked shoulder of lamb and comes complete with sides, a homemade ricotta to start, chocolate mousse to finish as well as a selection of traditional Easter simnel cake petit fours and a bottle of Nyetimber Rosé. Everything is 90% prepped, so all you need do is put the sparkling on ice and finesse your plating. Delivered nationwide on Thursday 1 April ahead of Easter Sunday.
Juici Jerk Easter weekend meal kits
Boasting restaurant-quality ingredients, Juici Jerk’s Easter meal kits contain enough food to celebrate the entire weekend and feature Jamaican Escovitch-style red snapper fish filet for Good Friday and jerk BBQ lamb chops for Easter Sunday. Starters include an assortment of Jamaican patties and garlic butter lobster tails while desserts include chocolate and Guinness cake. Each box comes with a menu, step-by-step instructions and a full set of ingredients. Last orders on Tuesday 30 March for nationwide delivery on Friday 2 April. The box for two costs £95 and the box for four costs £180 (plus £5 for delivery).
‘Local legends’ recipe box from Colman’s and The Black Farmer
Championing the best of Britain’s locally sourced food produce, Colman’s has joined forces with The Black Farmer to deliver all the ingredients needed for an alternative Easter feast. The limited-edition box features the finest diced British lamb shoulder, fresh veg and potatoes - all set to create a lamb shoulder and rosemary pie. Only 100 boxes are available.
Gail’s Easter Afternoon Tea Hamper
This hamper from Gail’s Bakery is generously filled with loads of goodies for Easter and is perfect for a spring afternoon. Treats include freshly baked hot cross buns; apricot and lavender jam; Quicke’s whey butter; four honey cakes; butterfly shortbread; four mini salami, two mini salmon and two mini avocado homemade rolls; and JING English Breakfast tea.
Not-Another-Bill bespoke Easter hamper
Build-your-own Easter picnic hamper with this bespoke gift from Not-Another-Bill. Starting with a beautiful bunch of tulips, customers can fill their hamper by choosing from a range of delicious food and drink items and homeware products. The hampers are packaged in a basket or a personalised Tote bag.
67 Pall Mall provisions box
67 Pall Mall’s provisions box will deliver a selection of luxury cupboard essentials for an indulgent spread over the Easter weekend. The box will feature “clubmade” condiments, a selection of cheese and cured meats, as well as some sweet additions and chocolates. The jam-packed box will provide a real tasty treat, will allow members to dine on their most-loved foods from the club and give non-members the opportunity to try the produce, chutneys and sauces from home. The box is available for £100 including UK delivery. 67 Pall Mall will be taking orders up to 26 March for delivery ahead of the Easter weekend.
Haya Easter bread baking kit
Haya’s baking kit features traditional Easter bread with chocolate Easter eggs to decorate. Similar to challah bread, Easter bread is a slightly sweet yeast-leavened baked treat that yields soft and tender slices, with colourful sprinkles on top. Easy to make, the dough will come prepared, so it just needs proofing, shaping and glazing with sugar syrup. In between the bread making steps, there will be the chance to decorate the Easter eggs, which can then be used on the sweet bread.
Primrose Bakery’s Easter feasting
Primrose Bakery in London is preparing for Easter with a line up of sweet treats, cakes, and biscuits. Items include cakes stuffed with mini eggs, which are only revealed when the cake is sliced, and cupcakes topped with Easter classics like Malteser bunnies and creme eggs. Order online for delivery across London or pickup in the Primrose Hill store.