How To Celebrate Easter Weekend 2021
With many lockdown rules still in place across the UK, Easter will be spent at home again this year. But fear not: there are plenty of ways to celebrate, from egg painting to DIY recipe kits. And, of course, you can eat chocolate wherever you are.
How To Celebrate Easter 2021
Enjoy an Easter-themed afternoon tea
Recreate the afternoon tea experience at home by ordering one of Conrad London St. James’ new boxes. Inside you’ll find a whole host of Easter-inspired treats such as Simnel cake, bunny macaroons and a Jivara chocolate and passion fruit tartlet topped with a cute bird’s nest and mini-eggs. There’s also a selection of finger sandwiches, and the option to add a bottle of Pommery Champagne. £55.00 for two or £99 with champagne. Order from [email protected] or call 0203 301 8080.
Have al fresco pizzas
Across Easter weekend, neighbourhood restaurant Wild by Tart will be serving takeaway wood-fired pizzas to enjoy in Eccleston Yards. Menu highlights include a Tamworth pork, nduja, roast garlic mascarpone, fennel and basil number, plus a goat’s curd, nettle and heather honey combination. Top it off with a chocolate crémeux Easter nest. 2 – 5 April, wildbytart.com
Take part in an outdoor treasure hunt
Looking for fun family-friendly activities? London City Island has partnered with its on-site chocolate shop Cartografie – an eco-friendly, top-quality chocolate shop created during lockdown– to create a treasure hunt, available for household bubbles. The aim of the game is to find eggs around the island, with each one containing a letter to complete a secret word. Mention the full secret word to a member of staff post-hunt to claim your edible prize. 2, 3 and 4 April, cartografie.com
Bake Easter treats
Whip up some Easter goodies for the family, such as these chocolate fondant eggs from master chocolatier Paul A Young. Hot cross buns are another way to get in the Easter mood – we love this recipe from renowned chef Tom Aikens. And for the seasoned bakers among you, try your hand at one of these advanced chocolate recipes from Pierre Hermé, taken from his book, Chocolate.
Throw your own Easter egg hunt
While big Easter gatherings are clearly out of the question this year, you can still set up an egg hunt in your own home and garden. To make things easier, order this kit from Talking Tables, which contains eight treat bags, six egg hunt clues, six signs and four sets of bunny footprints – perfect for little ones. Top tip: the hunt doesn’t end until the last egg is found, so count the eggs before you hide them and keep track as each one is found. Alternatively, try Crêpeaffaire’s Easter Egg Hunt Pancake Kit, which contains all the clues for the hunt plus a cracking prize of chocolate filled crêpes.
Join a chocolate tasting class
This April, Greek spirit METAXA is teaming up with Oliveology to host an Easter special virtual tasting workshop with a chocolate twist. Ahead of the class all guests will be sent a bespoke box for two complete with four miniature bottles of METAXA 12 Stars alongside Oliveology’s paired Greek deli delights. Think dried figs, dried figs, lightly salted almonds, orange blossom honey, kalamata olives – and of course that all important chocolate. 2 and 23 April, oliveology.co.uk
Order a meal kit
The DIY recipe kit world has seriously upped its game recently. This Easter, why not give Flor’s signature hot cross buns a go? Each kit comes with the ingredients for 12 buns, including stone ground flour from heritage wheat, homemade cultured butter, dried fruit, Flor bakery spice mix and spiced syrup, ready to be assembled and baked in the oven. £25, flor-bakery.com
Cooking up a big Easter lunch? Enlist the help of SMOKESTAK, which is putting its barbecue spin on the classic roast. All meats will be smoked over kiln-dried English oak for up to 15 hours – think beef brisket with pickled red chilli and native breed pulled pork, plus a white chocolate cheesecake dessert. From £75, smokestakshop.co.uk
For those after a bit of luxury, try the Easter box from Worstead Estate in North Norfolk, which includes a wagyu roasting joint, six wagyu burger and truffle oil, plus two hand painted easter eggs from Booja Booja. £85, worsteadestate.com
Eat lots of treats
If there’s one time of year to feast on chocolate until your heart’s content, it’s Easter. Most chocolate shops now offer delivery – check out this round up for our favourites – and don’t miss our guide to the best luxury eggs on the market. Our highlights are Ladurée’s collaboration with artisan chocolatier Patric Chapon and a prosecco-infused number from The Emissary.
And if you fancy moving away from the traditional egg, try this lovely little hamper from North London grocer Melrose and Morgan. Inside each basket you’ll find a traditional Sinmel loaf, spiced Easter Bunny gingerbreads and some Good Morning marmalade. Elsewhere, Crosstown Doughnuts has launched limited edition spiced hot cross bun doughnuts for the season, topped with Seville orange glaze, and finished with a spiced cross and candied orange peel.
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