The best restaurants in London for Easter Sunday feasting

Ellie Goodman

4 April 2022

Gather the family together for seasonal set menus and fine dining feasts to celebrate Easter Sunday

4 April 2022 | Ellie Goodman

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pring has sprung and Easter swiftly approaches, bringing with it the first four day weekend of the year and a great excuse to gather together the whole family for a decadent feast. Once you have your gifting list dutifully crossed off and your chocolate eggs ready to go, it’s time to plan the main event.

For those not jetting off to sunnier climes, there is plenty to keep you occupied right here in the capital, from star-studded stage shows and blockbuster exhibitions, to seasonal set menus from London’s fine dining institutions. Whether you’re craving cake and tea, or have a hankering for a heaping of crispy roast potatoes, the city’s restaurants are providing a line-up of egg-cellent Easter menus to keep you well fed. Read on for the best restaurants to book for a brilliant Easter banquet.

Aquavit, St James's

Looking for something a little different this year? Opt for a Nordic twist on Easter at St James’s Aquavit, where chef Jonas Karlsson has looked to his native Sweden for inspiration for his contemporary menu. Tuck into poached salmon for two, served with a green herb sauce, North Sea coldwater prawns, new potatoes and traditional kavring bread, or opt for slow-roasted leg of lamb (would it even be Easter without it?), with sauteed wild garlic, baby carrots, mange tout and crispy hasselback potatoes. Seasonal sweetness comes in the form of the Arctic bird’s nest: a delectably creamy goat's cheese parfait in a nest of honey tuile, finished with fresh berries, edible flowers and brownie bites.

1 St. James’s Market, SW1Y 4QQ, aquavitrestaurants.com

 
 

The Cinnamon Club, Westminster

Settle in among the book-lined shelves of the Old Westminster Library for a decadent five-course feast inspired by the vibrant Easter celebrations of Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala and Mangalore. Expect flavourful regional favourites, including fried aubergine with pumpkin and peanut crumble, tandoori salmon with dill and mustard, green pea relish, wild salmon roe, Vesavara spiced chicken with a Malabar-style chicken leg stew and Easter egg chaat, and roast rack of lamb with raan sauce, spinach keema and masala roast Hasselback potatoes. For dessert, dig in to a dark chocolate Easter bomb with mango and passion fruit shrikhand and hot chocolate sauce, or a Malabar-style Simnel cake with cinnamon ice cream, all washed down with a seasonal cocktail. We recommend the Red Lady with Duppy Share white rum, watermelon cordial, curacao orange and lime.

The Old Westminster Library, SW1P 3BU, cinnamonclub.com

Duck and Waffle, City of London

As if the panoramic views of London weren’t enough, Duck and Waffle is upping the ante for Easter 2022 with a limited-edition golden duck egg dessert. Available from Good Friday to Easter Monday, the indulgent chocolate egg features a runny orange puree yolk suspended in Valrhona white chocolate mousse, and is served with a maple caramel syrup. And for those whose tastes err more towards the traditional, the restaurant will also be serving a whole roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings on Easter Sunday and Monday.

Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY, duckandwaffle.com

 
 

Ganymede, Belgravia

A stone’s throw from Eaton Square, on the former site of the Ebury Wine Bar – a much loved London institution – sits the Ganymede, serving up fine dining cuisine in a relaxed pub atmosphere. This Easter Sunday, alongside its extensive selection of roasts (think: crisp suckling pork belly, corn-fed chicken and beef sirloin with all the trimmings), the restaurant will be serving up a special of roasted leg of Welsh lamb with confit sandy carrots, Lyonnaise onions, creamy potatoes dauphinoise and Yorkshire puddings. Finish off with a classic apple and blackberry crumble, or a sumptuous white chocolate crème brulee with blueberry compote.

Alternatively, head to sister pub The Hunter’s Moon in South Kensington for a portion of pink roasted lamb rump with olive oil crushed new potatoes, chopped green beans, roasted peppers and sauce à la niçoise, finished with a basil emulsion and feta, served throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.

139 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QU, ganymedelondon.co.uk

The Ivy, St Johns Wood

The St. Johns Wood outpost of The Ivy is celebrating Easter with a menu that pays tribute to the fresh flavours of springtime. Alongside old favourites and Ivy classics, new dishes include the delicate garden pea and nettle soup, grilled asparagus with Szechuan mayonnaise, quail’s egg, flaked almonds and capers, and a Black Bee honey and white chocolate cheesecake accompanied by mango sorbet and honeycomb. Over Easter weekend, the restaurant will be offering a special of grilled lamb cutlets, crushed pea and herb purée with slow cooked lamb shoulder, asparagus, baby courgette, sun-blushed tomatoes and a red wine and olive sauce, as well as a limited-edition Easter Nest dessert: a decadent dark and white chocolate mousse, accompanied by Kataifi pastry, chocolate sponge and lemon balm. Those looking for a seasonal tipple will be kept well lubricated with the new French Garden 75 (gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, sugar, lime, cucumber and champagne) and Sparkling Peartini (Grey Goose Le Poire, Italicus Bergamot Liqueur, Lillet Blanc, lemon and The Ivy Collection champagne).

120 St. Johns Wood High Street, NW8 7SG, theivystjohnswood.com

 
 

The Ritz Restaurant, St James's

In the mood for an extra-opulent Easter meal? Head to the Michelin-starred Ritz restaurant, which, in partnership with Fabergé, is dishing up a four-course fine dining feast fit for a Tsar. Served for the duration of Easter week, the limited-edition menu, highlights of which include ballotine of duck liver with cherry and pistachio, and fallow deer with beetroot, pear and juniper, will finish with a spectacular hand-crafted chocolate Fabergé egg dessert. Inspired by Fabergé’s Essence rose gold ruby heart surprise locket, the dessert features an intricate chocolate dome which opens to reveal a gold, dark chocolate egg, filled with hazelnut and chocolate mousse and decorated with glistening edible rubies. Elsewhere, the hotel will be playing host to a Fabergé pop-up and a towering chocolate egg sculpture, inspired by Fabergé’s 1901 Imperial Basket of Flowers egg, which will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Red Cross’s humanitarian effort in Ukraine.

150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BR, theritzlondon.com

Yauatcha, across London

In celebration of the holiday, the capital’s favourite all-day dim sum spot, Yauatcha is offering guests a specially crafted mango and grapefruit Easter egg dessert. Available via the restaurant’s pastry counter and on the à la carte menu throughout Easter week, the dessert makes an excellent follow-up to any one of Yauatcha’s set menus, as well as its à la carte offering, which includes favourites such as the seafood black truffle dumpling, char siu bun, venison puff and signature sweet and sour pork. Perched upon a delicate chocolate nest, the Easter egg dessert features a grapefruit mousse egg white, with mango compote yolk, coconut crunch and a white and dark chocolate shell.

Soho and City of London, yauatcha.com

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