Sauce Loves… Easter
With Easter just around the corner, here’s a round-up of some of the treats our clients have got in store for the long weekend!
To celebrate the extended weekend over the Easter period, Fiume will be offering their Italian brunch from Friday 30th March through to Monday 2nd April. Furthermore, throughout the four days, a set Easter menu will be available for £45pp starting with Homemade pasta with Grana Padano Riserva, peas, broad beans & spring truffle, followed by Roasted and braised lamb with mash potato & seasonal vegetable and finished with Colomba Pasquale, a traditional Italian Easter cake. If this isn’t incentive enough, children can also eat for free from 27thMarch until 2nd April when they choose from the Bambini menu.
Easter Egg Hunt
One of the highlights of spending Easter weekend at The Goring is the annual Easter Egg Hunt which takes place on Easter Sunday in the hotel’s beautiful gardens. Having hidden the eggs, The Goring’s very own Easter bunny will be hopping around the garden greeting the children as they search for chocolate treasure. The whole family is encouraged to join the fun and games, including the chance to win a Michelin-starred dinner for two in The Dining Room. The hunt starts at 11 o’clock with Buck’s Fizz served for the adults and hot chocolate for the children, not to mention hot cross buns for all! Tickets are priced at £25 each, or complimentary for guests staying in the hotel.
Easter Sunday Lunch
Under the direction of Executive Chef Shay Cooper, The Dining Room will be also be serving a special lunch menu on Easter Sunday with starters including Violet artichoke salad, confit egg yolk, Katherine goat’s cheese, smoked mayonnaise and the restaurant’s signature Eggs Drumkilbo. Mains comprise dishes such as Marsh lamb, smoked aubergine, yoghurt, lamb sweetbreads, spiced pine nut and carrot and Scottish halibut, sautéed shellfish, fennel potatoes, Cornish seafood bisque. Finally, to finish the celebratory meal, a selection of puddings and British cheeses will be served from The Goring’s silver trolley.
Francesco Mazzei’s much loved Islington trattoria has recently launched an exciting new brunch menu complete with a unique brunch pizza which will be available on Friday and Monday as well as the weekend. From 12-4pm on Easter Sunday, Francesco’s favourite master butcher Sal Dorado will be giving live butchery and carving demonstrations as guests are invited to enjoy a feast of lamb and seasonal vegetables. Furthermore, children can eat for free when they choose from the carefully curated Bambini menu.
The Easter festivities don’t stop there, on 4 April between 10am and 12pm the kitchen doors will be opening for a children’s pizza masterclass led by Radici’s expert Italian chefs. Tickets for the event cost £15 to include a pizza for each child with accompanying condiments and decorations!
Francesco Mazzei’s renowned Mayfair restaurant, Sartoria, has recently launched a delicious selection of brunch dishes inspired by southern Italy, alongside some exciting new additions to the à la carte menu. Especially for the Easter period, Francesco has created an Eggs and truffle dish combining baked chicken, duck and quails eggs topped with truffle shavings. This seasonal special joins his revered Eggs Purgatorio with spicy tomato and ’nduja sauce and Patata e caviale, a double-baked potato with soft boiled egg and Keta caviar. From the accompanying special Saturday à la carte menu, starters include Balsamic glazed smoked eel with polenta; Fettucine with venison ragù and pistachio and Smoked mackerel, poached egg & avocado. Main courses comprise Sartoria’s signature Home cured black cod with liquorice, alongside Black Angus beef tagliata and cured marrow bones and Brown polenta with wild mushrooms. With its prestigious location on Saville Row, glamorous interiors, and a menu that showcases the very best of classic Italian cooking, Sartoria is set to become a Saturday brunch hotspot in the heart of Mayfair.
Brunch will be served from 11am on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March.
For a rather more grown-up chocolate offering this Easter, Conrad London St James will be serving this indulgent cocktail in the Blue Boar Bar from 26 March- 1 April. Combining chocolate liqueur with vodka and Frangelico (a hazelnut liqueur) this dangerously delicious tipple is sure to set the mood for a long weekend of fun and festivity. Blue Boar Bar is a sophisticated take on the traditional British pub and is locally recognised as the hub of Westminster Village. With locally brewed craft beers and ales, a fine selection of wines and classic British pub food, the bar offers an exceptional setting where guests can take in the rich heritage of the Westminster scene
Celebrate Greek Easter at Meraki
This spring, Meraki is celebrating a traditional Greek Easter with a contemporary twist. Chef Patron Athinagoras Kostakos will be bringing his heritage to the table and serving a selection of festive specials from Good Friday on the 30th March through to Sunday 8th April – the weekend Easter is celebrated in Greece. Specials will include a traditional Easter Salad of eggs, spring onions, green herbs and a zesty lemon dressing, followed by a grilled Easter rack of lamb. Guests can finish with Galaktompoureko, a dessert of crispy filo pastry and silky set custard. As an extra special offering for Greek Easter, on 7th April a traditional Magiritsa soup will be served.
The celebratory occasion will also see the tables decorated with red eggs, a symbol of health and prosperity, which are used for traditional Greek Easter games. Dinner guests will also go home with a complimentary Easter brioche bread to enjoy for breakfast the next morning.
A quirky Easter at Sanderson hotel
This Easter, the infamous Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea is having a spring makeover. Sanderson hotel’s iconic tea, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and her adventures down the whimsical rabbit hole, will be joined for Easter by a special cake styled as an Easter bunny and made up of chocolate mousse and cocoa sponge. This can be enjoyed alongside the usual delights of Alice-inspired teas and a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne. The menu will be available over Easter weekend and priced at £58 per person.
Stylish dining this Easter Weekend at Angler
Enjoy a Michelin-starred experience this Easter at Angler, perched atop the South Place Hotel. Executive chef Gary Foulkes will be serving a special menu priced at 3 courses for £55. Starters will include his signature Tartare of yellowfin tuna, hass avocado, wasabi, shiso, followed by main courses such as Red Mullet, Jersey Royal cream, smoked bacon, red wine. To finish, guests can enjoy desserts such as Chocolate palette, banana, caramel, cocoa husk. The dishes will have the usual picture-perfect presentation with sensational seafood, specially designed to celebrate the Easter weekend.
Celebrate Easter in The Den
This Easter, celebrate in comfort at The Den, St Martins Lane hotel, with their much-loved afternoon tea. Delights include savoury dishes such as chilli bread, whilst sweet treats offer guests an exotic note with the likes of Roasted banana and yuzu tart. The tea is priced at £29.50 per person, at a cosy and comfortable destination filled with leather sofas and quirky artwork.
Easter brunching at Dirty Bones
For those not escaping to the countryside this Easter Weekend, Dirty Bones is delighted to announce it will be extending its bottomless brunch hours for the bank holidays. Dirty Bones Denman Street and Shoreditch will be serving up their brunch favourites as usual on the Saturday and Sunday, but also from 12pm – 4pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday. For Oxford dwellers, Dirty Bones will be open for brunch on Good Friday from 11am – 4pm. The recently rebooted Dirty Bones brunch menu includes a new bottomless cocktail option for £22 per person, not to mention all-new dishes such as Brunch tacos with housemade jalepeño green chorizo, sunny-side up eggs and roasted tomatoes and pasilla chilli salsa, and a Double Dutch Pancake – that’s a deep dish pancake topped with fresh clotted cream, blueberries, and a shot of maple syrup.
Cracking eggs at Plum + Spilt Milk
For those looking for some savoury eggs to balance out the chocolate this Easter, Plum + Spilt Milk will be serving an exclusive menu of brunch sharing dishes. Perfect for families and friends to celebrate over, the dishes are designed to feed two people each and include classics such as Smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or an Eggs Benedict sharing platter with Florentine, Royale, Classic Benedict and Crab. Cosmopolitan options will also be available, with a Chorizo and potato hash, and a rich, tomatoed Shakshuka.
The menu will be available from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April, with a champagne brunch for two including one sharing dish and a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Champagne for £70.
Tom’s Kitchen Deli, Canary Wharf
Arguably the best hot cross buns in London, the team at Tom’s Kitchen have got this British classic down to a T. These soft, spiced buns rich in fruit and finished with a shiny glaze, are the perfect teatime treat or mid-morning snack. Find them in the deli at Canary Wharf.
Recipe available on request.
Boozy weekend brunch at Big Easy
Celebrate the Easter weekend at Big Easy with their infamous weekend boozy brunch. Big Easy will be extending their weekend boozy brunch service to be available Friday through Monday for you to enjoy more of that Southern style home-cooked food. The boozy brunch menu is priced at £29.50 and includes, a bottle of prosecco, house wine or a pitcher of Big Easy Brew or frozen Bacardi Mojito per person. In true Big Easy style, the brunch offers a choice between a Limitless Bar.B.Q or fresh lobster fest option. To make it an Easter to remember, kids eat free when accompanied by an adult ordering the boozy brunch or a starter and main from the à la carte menu.
Theo Randall at the InterContinental
This Easter Sunday, enjoy a delectable Italian brunch at Theo Randall at the InterContinental. For £67, guests can experience a specially curated menu, designed by Theo Randall. To start, a buffet selection of Italian salads, cured meats, cheese and Italian breads will be available. Guests will have a choice of Theo’s Recommendations, including Carne Salata (thinly sliced black Angus beef with zucchini, rocket pine nuts and parmesan). The third course will offer a selection of pasta dishes, including Cappelletti di vitello prior to the penultimate course which will offer dishes such as Branzino al forno (roasted sea bass with tomatoes, olives, capers, roasted Sicilian red peppers and rainbow chard). To finish, a selection of desserts to share will be served to the table and for those still craving something sweet, freshly made crepes and a range of condiments are available at ‘Theo’s Dessert Shop’. Unlimited Prosecco and Bloody Mary’s will be available for two hours from the time of arrival.
Frenchie Covent Garden
Head over to Frenchie Covent Garden by Gregory Marchand (nicknamed ‘Frenchie’ by Jamie Oliver) this Easter to experience his beautiful, internationally inspired dishes. From Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April, Frenchie Covent Garden will be offering a special Easter dessert. Named the Flaming Chocolate Mint, this unique dessert contains a marshmallow, mint ice cream, oatmeal and cocoa nib centre topped with a hard chocolate. To serve, flaming chartreuse will be poured on top to create a spectacular display!
With spells working at Georges Vongerichten’s Vong in Hong Kong, as well as NYC’s Gramercy Tavern, Gregory’s global influences are apparent in his critically acclaimed food, all underpinned by his French training.
Easter weekend at The Vurger Co
What better way to celebrate the Easter weekend than heading to the newly launched restaurant, The Vurger Co. Opened on the 24th March in Shoreditch, The Vurger Co uses the very best of vegetables, seeds, nuts and legumes all combined to create the ultimate plant-based burger. Their mouth-watering menu contains vegan delights such as their MLT, The Auburger and The Mexican. Don’t forget to pair your burger with one of their 100% plant-based sides! For more information head to: http://www.thevurgerco.com/
Get your visa sorted and experience Easter holiday in Moscow. As Russian Easter falls later than European Easter, TWINS GARDEN by identical twin brothers Ivan and Sergey Berezutskiy, will be open daily starting at noon and are offering a special Lenten menu through 7th April. The restaurant is a re-launch and relocation of their previous site, TWINS. In 2017, TWINS was ranked 92nd in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 51-100 list. Opened later that year, TWINS GARDEN is comprised of a farm, two hours outside of Moscow, the restaurant itself and a laboratory which can be found in the same building as the restaurant. The brothers’ aim is for TWINS GARDEN to be 80-90% self-sufficient year-round – a completely unique project for Russia. In 2017, the twins were awarded ‘Chefs of the Year’ from Where to Eat.
A beloved holiday in Scandinavia, Easter is widely celebrated. Stockholm’s Michelin starred restaurant Ekstedt will be open on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. With a primal yet radical return to ancient cooking, chef-patron Niklas Ekstedt has harnessed the power of fire and uses no electricity or gas to heat his ingredients. So, grab yourself a table at the home of the gorgeous Swedish “caveman,” and head to beautiful Scandinavia. Only a few short steps from Ekstedt, you can find Niklas and his sommelier Maximilian Mellfors’ wine café, Tyge & Sessil.
Experience Easter unlike any other with a trip to warm and bustling Mumbai. Snag a table at restaurant Masque and be amazed with a wilderness-to-table fine dining experience. Opened in September 2016, Head Chef Prateek Sadhu and co-owner Aditi Dugar have travelled the length and breadth of the country exploring a different rural India to bring to focus the lost ingredients of the Himalayan belt. Their commitment to sustainability saw Masque ranked among the top 10 on Food Tank’s 2016 list of restaurant innovators in the world. That same year, Prateek was awarded most innovative chef of the year by the Western Culinary Association of India. Condé Nast Traveller India ranked Masque seventh on the Top Restaurant Awards 2017 list and named Prateek chef of the year. This April, Prateek will be the guest chef at Carousel restaurant in London for a five-night residency, so be sure to bring your friends for a taste of the experience when you return.
While you won’t be able to book a table for Easter, enjoy your stay-cation in the UK and start planning your next holiday in Italy. Set your alarm for 9am on Monday, 2nd April and bag yourself a table at the three Michelin starred Osteria Francescana in July, when you can try out the new summer menu. Osteria Francescana by chef-patron Massimo Bottura is currently ranked number 2 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Bottura’s equally stunning second restaurant, Franceschetta58, is a contemporary osteria in his home town. He has also just opened Gucci Osteria inside the freshly opened Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence. Book at all three and enjoy a stunning and delicious summer experience.
The Bertinet Bakery
With a hint of spring in the air, it seems best to think ahead to warmer days full of daffodils, lambs skipping through green fields and of course, hot cross buns. The Bertinet Bakery’s moreish buns are full of succulent dried fruit, delicious both cold or toasted and smothered in butter.
Easter is about traditions, and what better way to treat visitors than with an individual slice of Simnel Cake, a spiced fruit cake with marzipan, simply decorated with a marzipan ball and a blanched almond.
Hot cross buns will be dispatched from Monday to Thursday the day after ordering if ordered before 2pm. Click here to order http://www.thebertinetkitchen.com/shop/bakery A dozen Buns & Next Day Delivery is £21.00 or a dozen Buns & First-Class Post is £14.00
Buy buns at Bertinet shops for £2.40 for a pack of four or Simnel Cake for £3.25
This Easter Sunday, Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor in Devon will be offering a special three-course set lunch menu followed by an Easter egg hunt around the beautiful 28-acres of garden – perfect for those with little ones. The menu, designed especially by Chef Patron, Michael Caines is priced at £60 per person and will include seasonal delights such as; Quails egg tartlet, button onion confit and spring vegetables; Darts Farm chicken terrine, truffle baby leeks served with a hazelnut mayonnaise; Fillet of Brixham sea bream with stir-fried shitake mushrooms, mangetout with a lemongrass foam and to finish, a Caramelised lemon tart accompanied with confit lemon sorbet. The ‘Signature’ tasting menu will be available at £145 per person. Michael has also invited the charity ‘Families for Children’ to join the egg hunt, a specialist adoption trust based in the South West, which Michael is a patron of. Book online at Lympstone Manor or call on 01395200920.
Easter Sunday lunch, Afternoon Tea and Egg Hunt 1-2 April
The re-imagined Grade II listed Palé Hall is one of the finest country house hotels in Wales, and has been loving restored to create a luxurious, peaceful retreat on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Welsh valleys. With the beautiful gardens and surrounding scenery beginning to bloom, including traditional daffodils and primroses, Easter is the perfect time to visit the hotel.
Easter Sunday Lunch, 1st April: Make the Easter weekend extra special with a traditional Sunday lunch at Palé Hall. This will include a delicious, seasonal three course lunch, with guests seated in the grounds of Palé Hall so they can experience the Spring blooms – weather permitting! Each guest will also receive a special hand-made Easter egg, specially created by the hotel pastry chef to round off the lunch in decadent style. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens or sit by the fire and relax with family and friends.
Easter Sunday Lunch at Palé Hall (www.palehall.co.uk / 01678 530285) starts from £40pp, and nightly rates begin at £190 per night, based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.
Easter Afternoon Tea and Egg Hunt, 2nd April: Palé Hall continues the foodie fun, rounding off the long weekend in style with a decadent Easter themed afternoon tea. Complete with cocoa themed sweet treats that chocoholics will love, enjoy a delicious afternoon tea available from 2:30-5pm. Afterwards, families won’t want to miss the hotel Easter egg hunt, which will see a total of 200 eggs hidden across the estate for guests to discover. Keep an eye out for the golden eggs, filled with special prizes, perfect for an extra special Easter treat.
The Easter Afternoon Tea and Egg Hunt at Palé Hall (www.palehall.co.uk / 01678 530285) starts from £15 per child (aged 3-12) and £27.50 per adult. Nightly rates begin at £190 per night, based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis.