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Woodleys_Easter_bunny_193-257.JPGArtisan chocolate treats

For an indulgent treat this Easter, look no further than artisan chocolatiers Woodley’s Finest in Horsham, West Sussex. Specialising in delicious handmade chocolates, using only the finest natural ingredients and traditional methods, they have produced a special range of mouth-watering treats for the Easter season.

Among our favourites are their giant hand-crafted Easter eggs (£10.95), accompanied by five of their tantalisingly-tasty honey ganache eggs. They are also producing Jessica, Roger and Peter Rabbit eggs, plus honey ganache filled egg halves. 

Keep up to date on all their latest creations, as well as the latest news, by following them on Facebook and Twitter.

Roast_lamb_small.jpgCook up some Easter classics with a twist

If you're planning a feast with friends or family this Easter, why not try something a little different for Sunday lunch?

We love Vanessa Kimbell's Morroccan-spiced leg of lamb for a fresh take on the Easter favourite. Or why not try flavoursome locally-reared mutton instead? Check out mutton expert Bob Kennard's stuffed loin of mutton recipe or, for a really indulgent dish, try our recipe for truffled mutton cutlets.

It wouldn't be Easter without hot cross buns and these are worth the effort - or bake up a batch of these wickedly rich chocolate brownies by Emma at Velvet Fig for a gift (if you can bear to give them away).

Look through our recipe section for more inspiration.

Gorgeous_Granola_Energy__Bar_cropped_resized.jpgGorgeously good for you

Who says Easter should be all about chocolate eggs and hot cross buns? Not us! We'll be using the Gorgeous Granola energy bar mix from Cookie Crumbles to make some healthy snacks for a walk or a picnic if we get a sunny day. But if we end up with a typical Bank Holiday downpour, we think they'll be just as good for family movie munchies!

Cook up a classic on Good Friday

Recipe - Pan Fried Dover Sole

Allow one Dover sole per person for a main course. Ask the fishmonger prepare the fish and remove the head. Heat a tablespoon of English rapeseed oil in a frying pan, lightly dust the sole with a little flour then fry the fish on one side for two to three minutes, until golden-brown. Turn the fish over. Pop 100g butter into the pan. When it foams, spoon the melted butter over the fish. Repeat occasionally for around four minutes, until the top of the fish is a lovely golden brown, and the flesh is cooked through. Add a squeeze of lemon and stir in some freshly chopped parsley. Spoon the juices over the fish. Serve immediately with local, seasonal vegetables and some new potatoes boiled with mint.

Moveable feasts

Easter presents a lovely opportunity to meet up with family and friends for a meal out. Use our local food finder tool to locate your nearest recommended Surrey or Sussex pub, restaurant or cafe.

Where to eat out in Surrey or Sussex


Amberley_Church_St_resize_credit_Amberley__House_Cottages_dot_co_dot_uk.jpgAn Easter amble

Head into deepest Sussex this spring and discover historic Amberley. With its ancient castle, museum, pretty thatched cottages and working Amberley Village Pottery, the village seems remarkably untouched by time. No visit to Amberley would be complete without a visit to Amberley Village Tea Room. Owner Sue Wood is a staunch supporter of local food, and her cakes (made with local eggs of course) are well worth the calories. There's a private upstairs room that holds up to 12 people, so if you're looking for a country venue for an Easter celebration, give Sue a call as it's possible to reserve it for private use.  

Photo courtesy of Amberley House Cottages, which offers a superb selection of holiday homes to rent across Sussex and the South Downs.

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No-one should have to miss out on sweet treats at Easter, which is why we love The Raw Chocolate Company! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and absolutely divine, their bars and bags of gorgeously chocolatey goodness are made in Sussex to exacting standards. Don't just take our word for it - they've got fans in high places!

Fish for compliments

Fresh fish is perfect for entertaining as it's quick and easy to prepare. A good fishmonger will supply you with the freshest fish, prepared just the way you need it. Veasey and Sons fishmongers sell fish from their own catch, brought in by the boat which fishes between Eastbourne Harbour and Poole Bay.

Celebrate with a roast

Here at Local Food HQ, we're quite outspoken about meat. We're of the view that cows should have been fed on grass, pigs allowed to root and roll, chickens to perch and lambs to have more than a super-short, chilly life before being served up as over-rated spring lamb. Here are links to some of our favourite meat producers, who will very much welcome your support by choosing them over the supermarkets this Easter. Thank you.

Brightleigh Farm, Outwood (grass-fed beef)
Glebe House, Godstone (rare-breed pork and beef)
Rookswood Farm, Outwood
 (pork and chicken)
Rother Valley Organics, Rogate (range of organic meat)
Stone's Throw Farm, Arundel (pork and lamb)
Three Harbours Beef (Sussex marsh-grazed beef)
Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead (lamb, mutton, pork, sausages and turkeys - please ring first to check availability)
Coopers Farm, Stonegate (beef, lamb and pork)

Find your nearest butcher/meat producer using our food finder