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Rosie_and_Bertie_by_Rowdy_and_Fancys_Chocolate.jpgHop along for artisan chocolate treats...

Among the seasonal offerings at Rowdy & Fancy's in East Sussex this year, you'll find the delectable Rosie Rabbit and Bertie Bunny chocolate treats – they almost look too good to eat, don't they?

These purveyors of fine artisanal chocolates have also conjured up an Easter ‘Eggstacy’ dark hot chocolate meltdown - deliciously dark chocolate with a white chocolate ‘fried egg’ on top, which is ready to be melted into a mug of hot milk.

Rowdy and Fancy's chocolates are available in local farm shops and independent retailers, and you can also buy them online.

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 your Sunday lunch?

We love Vanessa Kimbell's Moroccan-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 from Bake with Jack are well worth the effort. Prefer a healthier treat? Try Food Envy's gluten- and refined sugar-free take on the Easter classic, 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.


Explore the flavours of the rainbow

Brighten up your tastebuds this spring with a tasty tipple from Folkington's Juices. Their delicious drinks are 100% natural and made from wonderful pure juices (not from concentrated juice) and natural botanicals. They are also free from artificial additives, so they are perfect for people searching for a refreshing health kick.


Bring out the bubbly?

We always try to ensure that the Local Food Britain drinks cabinet is well stocked full of desirable English sparkling wines.

Found on the southern slopes of the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey Hills, Albury Organic Vineyard's Albury Estate Sparkling is produced using the same method as Champagne. As well as their regular weekend tasting events, they are hosting an open day on Easter Saturday.

Just down the road, on the southern face of the Hog’s Back between Farnham and Guildford, Greyfriars Vineyard has been extended to over 40 acres in the past eight years. Their first open day of the year takes place on Saturday June 2 as part of English Wine Week.

Over in Kent, the award-winning Biddenden Vineyards is renowned for its delicious taste of the Kentish countryside. They also host charity tours every Saturday morning of the year. 


Renowned for its vast variety of fresh fruit and veg, Ripley Nurseries and Farm Shop is situated in the heart of the beautiful village of Ripley, Surrey. They say that now is the time to sow hardy veg (such as lettuces, parsnips, turnips, beetroot, early peas and chard) direct into well-prepared soil.  


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. Their original product, Vanoffee (a white `chocolate’ made from cacao butter, coconut blossom sugar and lucuma, a Peruvian fruit) is still his best seller, but there are now around 30 products in the range from bars to raw chocolate coated berries. Don't just take our word for it - they've got fans in high places!

Fish for compliments

Fresh fish is perfect for entertaining at dinner parties, 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. For a wide variety of ethically sourced fresh fish and shellfish, the award-winning Williams and Bunkell Fishmongers, which is based in the Surrey village of Claygate, is a fantastic place to visit.


Be confident about their provenance 

Organic meat farmers Shon and Simon Sprackling are passionate about Rother Valley Organics' produce and the welfare of their animals.

Their cattle are grazed in Hampshire on organic grasses, including hillside clover in the winter and lush riverside pasture and marshland in warmer months.

The meat is prepared by their traditional master butchers, ensuring it looks good, cooks well, and tastes delicious.

You can often find them at Farmers' Markets, including Petersfield, Southsea, Winchester, Petworth, Chichester and Shoreham.