The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is upon us – four days off in the sunshine (or potentially the snow if you believe the forecast).
With Covid restrictions having eased at the beginning of this week, there’s now potential to get together in groups of six or two households for meet ups in the garden or in a park.
Whether you’re staying in or heading round to a friends garden, we’ve rounded up some delicious Easter treats to enjoy from a range of independent restaurants, cafes, bars and retailers in Manchester.
Cocoa and Bloom are crafting some of the prettiest Easter Eggs we’ve seen. Available in dark, milk and white chocolate, the eggs are filled with 12 of their chocolates. There is a vegan option available too.
They are also doing limited edition boxes of hot cross bun chocolates made with caramelised white chocolate and hot cross bun ganache. Everything is available for collection from their unit in Pollard Yard. Order at cocoa-bloom.co.uk.
Hot Cross Buns
The classic Easter treat, warm and spicy, soft and sweet; perfect fresh out of the oven or toasted with butter.
Longbois Bakes in Levenshulme will have fresh hot cross buns on the counter at the weekend, as well as Creme Egg pop tarts, chocolate caramel Easter nest tarts and mini egg cookies, alongside their our usual menu. They are open as usual on Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Mini Egg Doughnuts
Now for a sweet treat that’s a little less traditional but one that still screams Easter – Siop Shop‘s mini egg doughnut – topped with a chocolate nest and a cluster of Mini Eggs.
They’ve also got a sticky hot cross bun doughnut. Both Easter specials will be available Wednesday to Sunday this week. For more information visit their Instagram page.
Hot Cross Bun Cookies
Gooey has revealed their Easter special cookie which is – you guessed it – a hot cross bun cookie.
Available for one week only, it’s got milk and dark chocolate chips, raisins sultanas, mixed peel and hot cross buns spices and it’s finished with a buttercream cross.
Order for delivery and collection at thegooey.co.
Easter Egg Cruffins
For the bank holiday weekend, Pollen Bakery will have lots of Easter Egg cruffins on the counter. Croissant dough, swirled into the shape of a muffin, filled with a silky chocolate cremeux and topped with Easter Egg chocolate.
Pop into the bakery this weekend to try one.
Wine and Chocolates
The box includes a luscious Spanish white to pair with Good Friday fish, an elegant red to go perfectly with a juicy leg of lamb and a rosè to enjoy in the sunshine!
You can order their box here.
Italian Easter Cakes
Similar to a Pannetone, the Colomba di Pasqua is a dove-shaped sweet bread traditionally eaten on Easter in Italy. Salvi’s has different varieties at their deli in the Corn Exchange.
They did even have some limited edition Dolce and Gabbanna cakes in stock but these are always pretty popular so you’ll have to pop down to see if there’s any left in store.
Easter French Toast
Federal is serving up a special Easter French Toast this weekend for takeaway from their Northern Quarter and Deansgate cafes.
The brioche French toast is served with chocolate orange sauce, vanilla mascarpone and Mini Eggs. Available from Saturday to Monday this week, pop in to order.
Vegan Creme Eggs
Vibrant vegan baker, Drizzle City Bakes has a range of Easter treats available to order for this weekend including vegan Creme Eggs, cakes and cookies.
Bank holiday BBQ
Baratxuri are offering BBQ kits for the Bank Holiday weekend with a selection of tapas dishes designed to feed two to four people. Dishes include Basque chorizo, Iberico pork, Galician octopus and Argentinian red prawns.
The dishes can be cooked on the BBQ or in your kitchen. They also have Basque burnt cheesecake available to order for this weekend. All kits and dishes available to order via their website.