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11 Luscious Easter food ideas: The Easter foodie guide

11 Luscious Easter food ideas: The Easter foodie guide

One of the best things about Easter is the delicious food. From roast lamb lunches to chocolate treats, we've rounded up the best Easter food ideas in 2023

Easter is a time for get-togethers and plenty of indulgence, whether that’s in the form of chocolate eggs, a wedge of Simnel fruitcake, a tower of toasted hot cross buns, or long lunches with lamb, ham and all the trimmings.

To celebrate spring, here are our top foodie picks for Easter feasting.

Fortnum & Mason The Easter Feaster, £130

Fortnum and Masum Easter Feaster hamper with tulips, cake, wine and latticed baked goods

Fortum’s is the go-to destination for hampers, and right in time for Easter, here’s their take on a springtime gourmet feast.

Containing everything you could want for a delicious lunch for four, the centrepiece is the lamb Wellington that’s encased in a chicken mousse and a buttery, crisp pastry.

Conveniently, just fully-defrost the Wellington and place in the oven.

This is accompanied by a bottle of Fortnum’s full-bodied Claret, a Simnel cake for dessert, and to finish, crackers and cream cheese.

Plus, the food is delivered in the classic F&M Eau de Nil reusable cool bag that is ideal for picnics as we head into summer.

Pipers Farm Hot Cross Buns, £4.95

Pipers Farm hot cross buns on plate next to mug of tea

There's nothing quite like a freshly toasted hot cross bun with a thick layer of butter, and these ones from Pipers Farm are spiced, studded with juicy fruit, and feature the classic hand-piped cross and sweet glaze on top.

They are available in a pack of six, and while you’re at it, add their Raw Milk Cultured Butter to your basket.

Ginger Pig Boned and Rolled Lamb Shoulder, £46.35

Ginger Pig lamb shoulder being prepared with root vegetables and herbs

It wouldn’t be Easter without a lamb dish, and beloved butchers, Ginger Pig offers a variety of joints and cuts, including this easy to handle boned and rolled lamb shoulder.

It’s a flavourful cut thanks to the fat marbling, and because it's deboned, it's ready to go straight in the oven. Just roast it slow for meat that melts in the mouth.

Accompany the lamb with side dishes such as mustard glazed carrots, and buttery new potatoes.

Cartwright & Butler The Happy ‘Chee-Aster’ Hamper, £32

Cartwright Butler The Happy ‘Chee-Aster’ Hamper

Counteract all the chocolate with a cheese board, and this one from Yorkshire company, Cartwright & Butler offers two savoury flatbread flavours (cheese, plus tomato and basil), caramelised onion chutney for a sweet, tangy hit, and cheddar cheese that’s aptly half egg shaped.

COOK Honey Roast Ham, £35.00

Honey Roast ham or gammon by COOK butchers

As soon as spring hits and the sun comes out, it’s time for cold meats and salads, and so cue this honey roast ham from COOK. It comes in at 2.2kg and serves 10, making it ideal for Easter feasting with loved ones.

From the family run Dingley Dell in Suffolk, the higher-welfare gammon is Wiltshire-cured, then coated in honey, studded with cloves, and roasted.

To note, it will be delivered frozen. Keep in the fridge for 24-48 hours to safely defrost.

Selfridges Selection Italian Classic Colomba, £27.99

Selfridges Selection Italian Classic Colomba

A traditional Italian cake that's typically eaten at Easter, if you love panettone, you'll love this Columba. Shaped like a dove, the rich, light dough is full of candied fruit.

To enjoy it in true Italian fashion, slice, slather with a sweet spread and wash it down with a coffee for breakfast or mid-afternoon.

The Wright Brothers Luxury Seafood Box, £115

Wright Brothers seafood selection with lobster, oysters clam shells and wine

Make your Easter special with this deluxe seafood sharing platter.

A customer favourite, this fish box contains a cooked lobster (regular size, cooked weight about 350g), 12 fresh oysters, 900g of frozen, cooked crevettes (ie, larger prawns in their shells), six scallops and shells, and 20g of luxurious Baeri caviar.

Add Champagne separately to ramp up the experience, and have it delivered straight to your door.

Biscuiteers Easter Basket Gift Box, £105

Biscuiteers Easter biscuit box

London-based purveyors of fine biscuits, the Biscuiteers have brought out an Easter-inspired range, including this sweet gift box.

Inside the hand-illustrated tin, expect lemon and raspberry shortbread and macarons in a variety of flavours from chocolate to cherry, coconut, and pistachio that’ll suit all tastebuds.

Cutter & Squidge Easter Simnel Cake, £25.99

Cutter & Squidge Easter Simnel Cake

Associated with Lent and Easter, Simnel cake is a classic fruitcake that’s packed with dried fruit such as apricots, cherries, and cranberries, and is topped with a layer of marzipan.

You’ll notice some feature 11 balls of the almond confection to represent the 11 of Jesus's disciples, but this one from Cutter & Squidge has colourful, pastel mini eggs. This cake is suitable for vegetarians.

Bettys A Taste of Easter Hamper, £58.50

Betty's A Taste of Easter hamper with Easter eggs, Simnel cake and shortbread biscuits

Yorkshire's famous bakery and tea house, Bettys has a whole host of Easter treats from hand decorated chocolate eggs to this hamper that's filled with delicious delights, including a slab of Simnel cake, cute milk and white chocolate rabbits, chocolate eggs, and moreish spiced biscuits that are ideal for tea dunking.

Plus, the classic wicker hamper can be used throughout the spring and summer for picnics.

Cadbury Hoppy Easter Egg Hunt Box, £12.50

Cadbury's Hoppy Easter Egg box with mini eggs, creme egg, dairy milk Easter egg and jelly babies chicks

If you’re hosting an Easter egg hunt, Cadbury has a whole host of chocolate gift sets, selections, and bundles, including this Hoppy Easter Egg Hunt Box.

The box is made up of all the favourites from Creme Eggs and Daim Egg Minis to a Dairy Milk Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Bar, Jelly Babies Chicks and of course, a Mini Eggs Tube.

Explore Easter dining tableware options with M&S.

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