Easter is back! And with a year of lockdowns under our belt, we are so prepped and ready for this at-home edition. Restaurants and individual chefs have got everything sorted for us – with the market being flooded with special Easter DIY meal kits. There are so many options. But these are our very favourites on offer in central London. They are made for those of us who really want something special to eat but are so over cooking.
This April Lyle’s, the Michelin-starred British restaurant in Shoreditch founded by James Lowe, will be delivering Easter Meal Kits (£140) across the country, each filled with seasonal dishes for a celebratory Easter Sunday lunch. Available to pre-order from Monday 15 March 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. This high end kit is meant for those wanting to really treat themselves.
One of our favourite bacon butty slingers Le Swine have teamed up with pastry chef maestro Nicola Lamb to bring us the ultimate Hot-Cross-Bacon-Bun meal kit! Merging together both of their secret recipes, the kit will include Nicola’s dreamy hot cross buns, ol’ fashioned middle bacon, bacon butter, fresh sage and a limited-edition date, roast fennel and Aleppo chilli ketchup! This is so extra. And we love it. We’ve secretly done this with leftovers the day after Easter before, but now these guys are bringing it out of the shadows. No shame eating this one in the morning alone.
Galvin La Chapelle
The Galvin At Home delivery box is the perfect way to celebrate the Easter weekend with a restaurant quality meal at home, that won’t take hours to put together in the kitchen. Nibbles of Nocellara olives come with home baked rosemary focaccia followed by Velouté of broad beans, poached duck egg, crispy shallots & pea shoots. The main course is a choice of roast rump of Spring lamb, crushed Jersey royals & wild garlic pesto or a vegetarian option of Spring white truffle gnocchi, white asparagus & wild mushroom purée. Finally, pudding is a Sicillian lemon tart & raspberry meringue.
Conrad St James
Spring is coming, and the Easter Afternoon Tea At Home from Conrad London St. James is full of all the best bits you just can’t get out anymore. It’s packed full of cakes, crustless sandwiches, pastries, scones and bubbles! They even have a kids afternoon tea where little guests get to enjoy a curated box with their own sandwiches and sweet treats, served just like the adults. The Afternoon Tea box can be delivered within a 6-mile radius of the Westminster-located hotel and can also be pre-ordered and collected. St James’ Park is just a five-minute walk away and would make a delightful location for the tea to be enjoyed.
Townsend’s Easter Feast begins with starters to share including their Soda bread with Paddock Farm pork rillette, goats curd and spiced walnuts along with Townsend seasonal pickles and ferments. The main dish is a butterflied and marinated leg of lamb with Jersey Royals potatoes with caramelised onion capers, olives and rosemary served with steamed asparagus with fresh curd and smoked almonds. Those looking for vegetarian option can swap out the lamb for a warming lentil and roast root vegetable cottage pie. To finish there is rhubarb and almond tart with creme fraiche. Also available is a selection of British cheeses from Neal’s Yard with oatcakes and chutney. Founder Nick Gilkinson has selected a short list of seasonal wines to accompany the feast.
This Easter Flor Bakery, in London’s Borough Market, will be creating DIY kits of their signature hot cross buns, available for nationwide delivery. Each kit comes complete with all the instructions and ingredients to make 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. We never miss a visit to Flor when at Borough Market – they make some of the very best pastries in London. We know this be spectacular.
This Easter, head chef Elia Sebregondi and the team at Officina 00 have created a special cook at home feast combining typical Easter dishes to celebrate the Italian way. The menu will start with a Castatiello (a ring-shaped stuffed bread, traditionally made on Good Friday) with burrata and broad beans, followed by lasagna Emilia and a ragu bolognese. The main event is Lamb cutlets with rosemary and confit garlic butter served alongside roasted potatoes, artichokes and a green salad. To finish is a Pastiera, made with ricotta & candied orange peel. Originally from Naples, the sweet treat has become a firm favourite throughout Italy during the Easter period, perfectly evoking the flavours and scents of Spring in the bay of Naples.
Fine dining at home experts – Finish & Feast – have launched a quintessentially Easter special with Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens. Ideal for families or couples alike, servings are available for 2 or 4, including a bottle of Nyetimber Rosé to toast to the long weekend! Everything is 90% prepped, so all you need do is pop the sparkling wine in the fridge, and finesse your plating! No need to slave over the stove this year: the menu centres around a 7-hour slow cooked shoulder of lamb, aside spring onion mash, slow sticky balsamic onions, and French beans with confit garlic. To start there’s a homemade ricotta with pickled wild mushrooms, and to finish a chocolate mousse – made with Islands sustainable chocolate – alongside Chantilly cream and caramelised pistachio. To round things off, a selection of traditional Easter simnel cake petit fours.
For Easter Sunday, David Carter and the team at SMOKESTAK will be sending DIY Kits to doorsteps across the country, putting their barbecue spin on a classic Easter lunch with two different boxes to choose from. Arriving on Friday 2 April, Easter Menu 1 (£75) will serve two, kicking things off with a cocktail: a rhubarb sour with lime zest. 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. All meats will be smoked over kiln-dried English oak for up to 15 hours in David’s Ole Hickory wood-fired smoker, imported directly from Missouri’s barbecue heartland. To finish on a sweet note, there’s white chocolate cheesecake, balanced with seasonal blood orange. For those looking to really indulge, 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 Gran Cerdo Rioja.