Even if you haven't been depriving yourself of chocolate, sweets, or some other delicious foodstuff for Lent, everyone knows that Easter is an excuse to spend four days eating all of the food. Sure, no one's going to turn their nose up at a bag of Mini Eggs or a chocolate bunny, but if you fancy something slightly more exciting, there are plenty of places in London cooking up something a bit different this Easter. From deep-fried Creme Egg burgers to hot cross scones, we've rounded up the best of the bunch.
Easter egg doughnuts
Combine your favourite chocolatey Easter treats with doughnuts and what do you get? A taste sensation, that's what. Fried chicken maestro Bird is turning its attention to the sweet stuff this Easter, by topping its homemade doughnuts with glazes inspired by Creme Eggs and Mini Eggs–- and you totally need to try both. Available at Bird's branches in Shoreditch, Camden and Islington. £3.
Deep-fried Creme Egg burgers
A deep-fried Creme Egg burger? Sure, why not. But don't worry, this isn't a misguided attempt at some kind of sweet and savoury burger. Studio Kitchen in K West Hotel & Spa is serving up mini slider burgers made from sweet brioche buns dipped in white chocolate and dusted in raspberry sprinkles. The 'burger' is a melted creme egg, which has been dipped in batter, deep fried and topped with mascarpone cream and strawberry jam. Your arteries might not thank you, but your taste buds definitely will. K West Hotel & Spa, Richmond Way, W14 0AX. £5.50 for two sliders.
Hot cross bun burger
Don't fancy a Creme Egg burger? How about a nice rabbit burger sandwiched between a hot cross bun? Yes, really. ETM Group's pubs and restaurants will be dishing up a rabbit patty topped with smoked bacon, mushrooms and Lincolnshire rarebit (basically a slab of melted cheese) and serving the whole thing between a hot cross bun. We're not entirely convinced by the concept, but each burger will be served with a complimentary bottle of Long Arm Brewing Co. craft beer, which is something we can get on board with. At participating ETM Group venues. £12.50.
Hot cross scones and lamb scotch eggs
Lancaster London has given its afternoon tea an Easter-themed makeover, with lamb scotch eggs (controversial, we know) and hot cross scones, for when you're all hot cross bunned out. And they've got plenty more Easter treats where those came from, including chocolate nest cakes, lemon cream cones and simnel cake. Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, W2 2TY. March 24-29. £30.
Creme Egg crodoughs
Sick of Creme Eggs yet? We reckon you can manage one of these. Rinkoff Bakery is jumping on the Creme Egg bandwagon with these outrageously good Creme Egg crodoughs (a cross between a croissant and a doughnut). And these sweet treats come with the added bonus that you don't even need to move to get your hands on one, because they're available on Deliveroo, too. Praise the Lord! Rinkoff Bakery, 222-226 Jubilee Street, E1 3BS.
Bacon hot cross buns
Everything's better with bacon – that's just a fact. But if you still need convincing, head over to the Modern Pantry where they're putting hot cross buns to good use by stuffing them with bacon to make hot cross bun bacon butties. But if that ain't doing it for you, they're also serving up hot cross bun ice-cream sandwiches, if you'd prefer to keep things sweet.
Chocolate brownie scotch eggs
And speaking of sweet, get a load of these guys. Yes, those are brownie scotch eggs and they come in three drool-worthy flavours – Creme Egg, salted pretzel with caramel, and Ferrero Rocher. Available to order from brownieheaven.co.uk.
Why not wash all that food down with a hot cross bun martini?