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The top 10 Easter meal kits and hampers for your delectation –

It's that time of the year again when the only things that seem to be on our minds are cute fluffy bunnies and an endless supply of chocolate Easter [...]

It’s that time of the year again when the only things that seem to be on our minds are cute fluffy bunnies and an endless supply of chocolate Easter eggs. With lockdown still very much in place, you might be looking for some impressive meal kits or delightful hampers to cheer up yourself or your nearest and dearest. We’ve done all the hard research work so you don’t have to, below are our top recommendations to make sure you bring some sunshine into your at-home Easter experience.

PAUL Bakery

For those with a sweet tooth, they are an ever-reliable option having established themselves in 1889. They have an eggsceptional Easter range with the likes of a family-sized celebration carrot cake to their Easter bunny bundle box with adorable bunny-shaped individual Fraisier cakes. They offer a noon cut-off time for next-day orders, so it’s ideal for those looking for last-minute Easter gifts.

Proof

If you want even more sweet options, then do check out the fabulous offerings at this bakery. The variety of Easter-themed treats are unrivalled from the likes of hot cross buns to mini egg profiterole kits to their multicoloured Easter shag cake (which does resemble my hair currently).

Benares

For a show-stopping Easter roast with a difference, look no further than this iconic Michelin-starred restaurant. This tandoori gosht is a ginger and fennel spiced roasted crown of lamb which is stuffed with quail egg pulao. It is served with delectable rogan josh gravy, saag aloo, garlic naan, cumin raita, Punjabi onion salad, and chilli and mint chutney. It serves a minimum of 4 people and requires 48 hrs notice. They also have a very innovative eggs of India menu for Easter with the likes of organic duck egg masala bake.

London Stock

Talking of luxury dining experiences, you should check out Head Chef, Nico Fitzgerald’s luxurious three-course Easter meal box. It’s about championing British produce and bringing fine-dining to an at-home environment. Duck liver or mushroom parfait served with cherry jelly? Wellington of beef or hay-baked celeriac? If the sound of these dishes is making you salivate, make sure you check out their website as soon as possible.

Galvin Bistrot & Bar

Easter is all about BBQ and it does look like we are heading into a period of BBQ-friendly weather conditions. Galvin has the perfect meat box with the likes of Côte de Boeuf, half-rack BBQ pork ribs, beef burgers, and hot dogs as well as a wide selection of sides like tomato & basil salad and couscous salad. One thing to remember, this is top-notch restaurant quality produce you can’t find at your local supermarket.

Smokestak

If you love your BBQ meats in a rich, smoky style, then Smokestak is the website you should be hitting up to order your festive meat feast. Smokestak owner David Carter’s Ole Hickory wood-fired smoker is used to smoke everything right in the heart of Shoreditch for up to 15 hours over kiln-dried English oak. The items are then vacuum-packed and sent overnight to ensure the food doesn’t stay in the restaurant for a day more than is necessary. Their Easter menu includes the likes of native breed pulled pork and beef brisket with pickled red chilli.

Bocca di Lupo

They have an inspired feast based on spring animals. There are four courses with the likes of babe, Easter bunny, spring lamb, and speckled Jim. The main event (spring lamb) consists of honey marinated boneless leg of lamb, roast potatoes & onions, lettuce & lemon dressing. The kit also comes with a bottle of Lambrusco to ensure celebrations start in style.

Photo courtesy of Steven Joyce

Aquavit

This Nordic powerhouse has just launched a brand new DIY kit for Easter weekend. Most of the dishes you’ll struggle to find supplied anywhere else include the likes of Gubbora, a traditional egg and anchovy salad with rye bread, and the pictured signature Semla, which is filled with almond and Chantilly cream. You need to order by the 30th of March to get this kit delivered before Easter weekend.

Gelupo

If you don’t have time for a lengthy 3-course meal but still want to celebrate Easter with a high-quality dessert treat, then check out the Italian Easter offering from the finest gelato parlour in London. The Colomba offering is the springtime equivalent of a Christmas panettone. This gelato is inspired by the indulgent, fluffy classic Italian cake that is made with made top-quality flour, farm-fresh eggs, sugar, and butter sprinkled with nuts.

Photo courtesy of Steven Joyce

The Last Piece Bakery

Finally, we can not end without recommending an independent, small business that we know and love. There are no boundaries to their baking influences from gooey American-style ombre cookies to delicate, Arabic-influenced milk cakes. Their beautiful creations in particular their hampers to celebrate special occasions like Valentine’s day and Easter are much-loved by Londoners and beyond. Do check out their Instagram for some hunger-inducing photos.

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