What’s On: Easter

From five-course feasts to adorable sweet treats, discover the tastiest ways to celebrate Easter this weekend.

Sink your teeth into PAUL’s Easter Carrot Cake

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Celebrate the fun and festivities of Easter, or Pâques as it’s known in France, with French artisan bakery and patisserie PAUL’s Mini Oeuf à la Carotte (Easter Carrot Cake). This treat takes a popular classic and shapes it into a seasonal special, this beautiful egg-shaped carrot cake is made using freshly grated carrots, soft cream cheese, pecan nuts and vanilla syrup – topped with an iced carrot and a sprinkle of pecans for added crunch!

Price: £4.50, see here for more.

Indulge with Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea 


Fortnum & Mason’s famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon is offering a unique afternoon tea menu with delicate patisserie to celebrate the Easter season.

Guests can indulge in sweet treats including red velvet macarons, elderflower panna cotta, a hazelnut chocolate sphere, rose éclairs and orange & chocolate mousse – all accompanied with traditional Fortnum’s fashion with finger sandwiches, buttery scones, exemplary tea and champagne.

For those who find themselves near Fortnum & Mason St Pancras, the Easter afternoon tea offering will also be on the menu.

Where: Fortnum & Mason, Fourth Floor, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER
Price: £44 per person. See here for more.

Create a stellar roast dinner with Todenham Manor Farm’s ‘Weekend’ meat box

Todenham Manor Weekend Box

With Easter just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to get together with your loved ones and enjoy a traditional roast dinner.

Situated in 800 acres of lush farm land in Moreton-in-Marsh, Todenham Manor Farm is home to Middle White, Saddleback and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, South Devon and Aberdeen Angus cattle. The Farm boasts an onsite butchery, complete with its very own team of master butchers – and they’ve created a weekend meat box packed full of meaty favourites.

The box includes:
1.5Kg Traditional Rare Breed Sausages
250g Home Cured Rare Breed Streaky Bacon
2Kg Rare Breed Gammon Joint (Boned & Rolled)
2Kg 28 Day Aged Topside Joint of Beef
12 Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls
12 Pigs in Blankets

Prices: Starting from £84.99 for a box which feeds 6 people. Click here to order.

Embark upon a THATMuse treasure hunt


Following its success in Paris, THATMuse (which stands for Treasure Hunt At The Museum) is hosting a ‘Fun & Games’ treasure hunt event at London’s British Museum on Friday 14th April. Founded by wife and husband team Daisy de Plume and Hernan Souto, this intelligently creative company provides a unique, entertaining and interactive way for the culturally curious to discover fascinating treasures in the collections of the world’s most interesting museums.

Participants are presented with a pack of different artefacts to find and then photograph their team with (often in an amusing pose). This element of silliness can be a much-needed icebreaker with unfamiliar teammates. The hunt is crucially not a race, nor can hunters be expected to find all the treasures in one go: in this game it pays to pause, to study the objects in close detail and since reading about them, is rewarded with bonus questions embedded in the treasure text. At the end of the time limit teams regroup, tally scores and then the winner is awarded a prize.

Bookings: Find tickets, private bookings and further information here.
Where: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
Date: Friday 14 April

Tuck into gin & gingerbread at The Varsity Hotel & Spa’s masterclass


On Sunday the 23rd April, The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge is bringing gin and gingerbread together for a unique Easter experience with a boozy twist.Having teamed up with a local gin specialist and artisan cake-maker, guests are invited to the hotel’s panoramic bar and brasserie, SIX to build gingerbread houses and learn about one of the nation’s favourite tipples before enjoying a two-course dinner with a view.

When: 23rd April at 6pm
Where: Thompsons Ln, Cambridge CB5 8AQ
Price: Starting from £18.50, call 01223 306030 or e-mail info@thevarsityhotel.co.uk to book.

Grab a fork and try The De Beauvoir Deli’s homemade Chocolate Scotch Eggs


For something truly special pick up one of the The De Beauvoir Deli’s homemade Chocolate Scotch Eggs – a decadent cream egg covered in a chilled brownie mix ganache and then rolled in crushed up mini eggs.

For the traditionalist hot cross buns are available from local bakery The Dusty Knuckle, alongside Pump Street chocolate hen nests.

Where:98, Southgate Road, London, N1 3JD
Price: £5 per egg. See here for more.

Enjoy an Easter Sunday lunch or afternoon tea at Down Hall Country House Hotel


Kick back and relax with the family over a three-course Sunday lunch or Easter Afternoon Tea before putting your sleuthing skills to the test at the annual Easter Egg Hunt in the beautiful grounds.

Head Chef Matthew Hill has created a stunning three-course menu to enjoy on Easter Sunday in the AA-Rosette Awarded Grill Room. Served between 12pm-2pm, dishes include goat’s cheese soufflé, poached pear and hazelnut salad for starters, roast sirloin of beef, loin of pork or breast of chicken with all the trimmings for mains followed by dark chocolate fondant, passion fruit curd and anise ice cream.

From 10th-17th April, Down Hall will be offering a special Easter Afternoon Tea. Sip on a glass of bubbly and enjoy a selection of traditional finger sandwiches, warm buttermilk scones and fresh-out-of-the-oven hot cross buns followed by sweet treats including carrot cake and bunny biscuits.

PLUS: Crack the location of some sweet chocolate eggs and treats with the kids at Down Hall’s Easter Egg hunt starting at 3pm.

Where: Down Hall Country House Hotel Matching Road, Hatfield Heath Essex CM22 7AS.
Price: Easter Sunday Lunch – £28.95 per person (£15 per child) for three courses. Easter Afternoon Tea – £30 per person (£15 per child).
Bookings: Click here to make a reservation.

Sample succulent tasting menus at South Lodge


Treat your family to a countryside this treat at Easter Sunday with a visit to South Lodge, the luxurious five star hotel for a memorable day. Visit to enjoy a six course tasting menu at The Pass for the ultimate foodie feast.

Price: £39.50 per person.
Where: Lower Beeding, Horsham  West Sussex  RH13 6PS
Bookings: Phone 01403 891 711 to book.

Try rabbit two ways at Shane’s On Canalside


Kentucky Fried Rabbit anyone? Chow down on a juicy leg of Rabbit this Easter, fried to perfection in Shane’s special seasoning and served with  homemade coleslaw and Hackney’s finest samphire – foraged by Shane himself. Plus, for an Easter treat, try Shane’s Hot Cross bun Cocktail, think blitzed hot cross buns, rum, lemon, egg white and caramel.

Prices: Starting from £7.50. See here for more.
Where: 26 E Bay Ln, London E15 2GW

Sample Crème Egg pancakes at the Breakfast Club


Get stuck in to The Breakfast Club’s naughty Crème Egg Pancakes this Easter. Take a trip to Hackney Wick for their famed stack of American pancakes have been revamped and smothered with a Creme Egg chocolate sauce, vanilla crème and topped with a whole Crème Egg.

When: Served at all Breakfast Club cafes including Hackney Wick from the 10th-23rd April.

Take on the BREGGFAST challenge at POLO BAR


Liverpool Street’s 24-hour favourite; POLO BAR, is hosting the ultimate breakfast challenge to celebrate Easter. Introducing the BREGGFAST SANDWICH, eat in 10 minutes or less, and you’ll get your sarnie for fee plus a free bottle of prosecco for the table (maximum of 4). If you lose you’ll have to pay full whack, with ALL dosh going to Centrepoint charity.

This ultimate start to the day incorporates stacks of fluffy eggy bread, filled with ALL the eggy goodness. Think scrambled egg and smoked salmon, poached egg & avocado, fried egg & grilled bacon, as well as boiled egg with Cumberland sausage.

When: Polo Bar’s competition is running for one whole week ( 10th – 16th April ), all day and all night. See here for more.

Marvellous mouth-watering celebrations at The Marylebone
Celebrate Easter within the stylish environment of The Marylebone, where great fun is guaranteed for the whole family. Guests are invited to bring their little ones to enjoy an eggstra special Easter Sunday Brunch on the 16th April, filled with delicious food and fun activities.

Carefully curated by Executive Chef Russell Ford, visit the brunch to enjoy an array of delicious food, such as smoked salmon bagels, avocado on toast, ham and cheese toasties and savoury muffins.

For those with a sweeter tooth, a selection of fresh doughnuts, pancakes and waffles will also be available. For a lighter bite, an assortment of cereals, granola, and freshly cut fruit will be amongst the buffet dishes. To wash down the brunch, guests can choose from fresh juices, smoothies and milkshakes.

Times: 8.30am until 12.30pm.
Tickets: £25 per person. Click here to book.

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