BEST FOR A BIT OF EVERYTHING: Crosstown Doughnuts
Crosstown has launched a limited-edition doughnut flavour ready for Easter. Its ‘Spiced Hot Cross Bun’ doughnut has been made with Easter-spiced dough, filled with creamy cinnamon custard, topped with Seville orange glaze and finished with a spiced cross and candied orange peel – we hear it pairs excellently with a cup of coffee or glass of sparkling wine. Crosstown has created two Easter selection boxes featuring mix-and-match selections of ground coffee, chai, wine and flowers, alongside a six-pack of the all-important doughnuts.
BEST FOR PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS: One Fine Dine
One Fine Dine has everything you need to take Easter festivities to the next level – minus the hard work. Items arrive pre-cooked and chilled, ready to be reheated. The box comes with a bottle of wine, printed menus and free delivery, as well as a one-off children's menu including a make-your-own chocolate egg kit. Dishes on the five-course menu include a choice of roast loin of Herdwick lamb with potato terrine, baby vegetables, wild garlic and carrot purée; thyme-roasted corn-fed chicken supreme with baby leeks, crispy potato, chard leaf and morel mushroom velouté; tonka bean crème brûlée with poached yorkshire rhubarb and blood orange jelly; and Easter mess with chocolate ganache mousse, apricot gel, milk purée, chocolate soil and cacao nib meringue – hidden inside a chocolate Easter egg.
BEST FOR EASTER MORNING: Rococo x The Gentlemen Baristas
The Gentlemen Baristas has teamed up with luxury chocolate-maker Rococo to create an Easter box. For £55, the hamper includes baked goods from the coffee company (think brownies and caramel slices) plus its Gatsby single-origin coffee. You’ll also find Rococo salted caramel seagull eggs, 65% dark hot chocolate and milk chocolate-covered coffee beans. The box is available to pre-order now for nationwide delivery.
BEST FOR BAKED GOODS: Bao
Bao’s much-loved buns are getting a tongue-in-cheek Easter makeover this year. The ‘Easter chick’ baos are part of kits that can be ordered from Bao’s Convni store – the group’s 7-Eleven-inspired digital supermarket. The kits feature two yellow chick and two white chick baos, and are available nationwide. Filled with molten chocolate and salted egg, the buns will be delivered ready to be unboxed and steamed at home.
BEST FOR A TRADITIONAL ROAST: Worstead Estate
Over Easter, outdoor gatherings of up to six are back on the table, so Worstead Estate is hoping customers will push the boat out with a wagyu roast from its Norfolk farm. Priced at £85, the box contains a wagyu roasting joint, along with six wagyu burgers and wagyu mince. It also includes some extras from some of the county’s top food producers, including herb salt from the Fresh Herb Salt Co, horseradish and truffle oil from Yare Valley Oils, and two hand-painted Easter eggs from Booja-Booja. The Easter box, along with other wagyu boxes, can be delivered nationwide.
BEST FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS: Cocktail Porter
Looking for something fun? Cocktail Porter is taking Easter eggs one step further with its themed creation: a Lindt chocolate bunny espresso martini. Simply bite the head off the bunny then shake and pour Ketel One vodka, Cocktail Porter sugar syrup, Kuka cold brew coffee and Conker liqueur into the rest of the rabbit and drink with a straw. All ingredients and instructions will be provided in the kit. Delivery is available nationwide.
BEST FOR AFTERNOON TEA: Gail’s
Gail’s has launched its annual Easter range. An assortment of baked treats, from hot cross buns and seasonal shortbreads, are available in store and online. For those wanting to go all out, the Easter Afternoon Tea Hamper (£46) comes with 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, plus Jing English breakfast tea.
BEST FOR PICNICS: London Shell Co
London Shell Co is bringing back its popular seafood picnic boxes just in time for Easter. The hamper contains all the components for a meal for two, including fresh seafood and a bottle of The Grand Duchess English sparkling wine. Each box is filled with high-quality seafood, brought in daily from day boats in Cornwall – think cold-smoked salmon and crevettes with mayonnaise. With no cooking required, it’s an easy meal to enjoy al fresco. The picnic boxes are available for click and collect from The Grand Duchess every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2nd to 11th April.
BEST FOR PASTA LOVERS: La Tua Pasta
If a full-on roast isn’t your thing, look to La Tua Pasta’s Easter kits. Following classic antipasti, the classic British dish of lamb and mint will be served up Italian style as lamb and mint tortelloni in sage butter sauce. No Italian Easter would be complete without a colomba, a dove-shaped, panettone-style cake that is slow baked. As part of La Tua Pasta’s box, customers will receive one direct from an Italian baker who makes them by hand in the old-fashioned way using ingredients sourced in Sicily.
BEST FOR A LAST-MINUTE ROAST: Blacklock
Top London chophouse Blacklock has created the ultimate lamb roast this Easter. Named ‘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, you’ll receive the restaurant’s signature white chocolate cheesecake with forced rhubarb. We’ve tried it, and trust us – it’s worth it for the bottle of Blacklock gravy alone.
BEST FOR GETTING HANDS-ON: Mon Dessert
Mon Dessert has launched a selection of Easter-themed dessert kits. Each set comes with simple instructions, pre-weighed ingredients and an Instagram-perfect aesthetic. Customers can choose from an ‘Easter Bunny Cream Tart’ (£30), hot cross bun kit (£24) and the ‘Easter Chick Macaron’ (£22) – ideal if you’re looking keep children entertained over the school holidays.
BEST FOR A FULL-ON ROAST: Smokestak
For Easter Sunday, David Carter and the team at Smokestak will be sending DIY kits to doorsteps across the country, putting a BBQ spin on a classic Easter lunch. Arriving on Friday 2nd April, ‘Easter Menu 1’ (£75) will serve two, kicking things off with a rhubarb sour. Diners can look forward to grilled flat breads with cod’s roe and wild garlic and chive soured cream, followed by native-breed pulled pork with pickled cucumber, beef brisket with pickled red chilli, new potatoes with garlic, and spring greens. To finish, there’s white chocolate cheesecake with seasonal blood orange. For those looking to go one step further, ‘Easter Menu 2’ (£115) features the same menu, with the additions of spring lamb and herb sausage with a mint dressing; new-season asparagus with pecorino; purple sprouting broccoli with salsa verde; and a bottle of rioja.
BEST FOR INSTAGRAM SNAPS: Bun House
From 26th March to 4th April, Londoners will be able to buy Bun House’s Easter chick-themed buns, each filled with coconut Kaya butter – a sweet Malaysian jam made with coconut, eggs and caramel. To complete the look, the dough will be carefully coloured and finished with an orange beak and red comb. The set of three can be bought both in store or on Deliveroo from £4.88.
BEST FOR SPRING DINING: Lyle’s
Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Shoreditch founded by James Lowe, is delivering meal kits across the country, each filled with seasonal dishes for a celebratory Easter Sunday lunch. Available to pre-order now and arriving on Friday 2nd 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 white asparagus, whey butter and bottarga. The main is a nod to traditional Easter lamb: Welsh mountain mutton, Yukon Gold potatoes and wild garlic. For dessert, chocolate tart will be accompanied by rhubarb and there’ll be brown butter cakes to share.