Easter’s nearly here again so why not get into the spirit by taking a look at what Yorkshire has to offer?
Having a pint for Easter
First up, whatever you’re planning for this year’s Easter feast, Tetley’s points out there will always be a beer to go with it. Whether this is pairing it with your meal, or finding a creative way to utilise the flavours of your favourite beer in the recipe.
If you fancy eating something light or decide to go meat-free, a refreshing Golden Ale will be your best option. A goat’s cheese & beetroot salad would work wonders when paired with a lighter beer such as Tetley’s Golden Ale. The mild flavour of the goat’s cheese holds up well with the Golden ale, and both the salad and beer will have fruity & refreshing flavours. If you want to include the beer in the recipe, try making a Golden Ale Vinaigrette to top it off.
For a traditional dinner with roasted meat, then a good old-fashioned pint of bitter may be more suited. Whether you’re choosing a roasted leg of lamb or a roasted ham – the rich caramel flavours of Tetley’s Original Bitter will be a match made in heaven for the hearty flavours. To incorporate the beer into the recipe, try basting the Leg of Lamb in the beer as it roasts. If opting for roast ham, then try creating a beer infused raisin sauce to accompany it.
For something sweet – try drizzling hot cross buns with a salted caramel sauce made using Tetley’s Mild. Take the usual ingredients of brown sugar, butter, cream and salt, and simply blend in a small amount of the sweet, dark-brown beer to create an interesting and complex caramel sauce. If not, keep things simple and sip your Dark Mild whilst eating an Easter Egg!
Bringing Easter HOME in Leeds
If you’re heading out, then you could do much worse than the Sunday tasting menu available at HOME in Leeds.
HOME is a haven of warm hospitality, bold seasonal flavours and relaxed refinement all tucked behind an unassuming door in Leeds. HOME redefines outdated notions surrounding fine dining and reimagines familiar British flavours using amazing local produce. The Sunday tasting menu is inspired by the flavours and feelings of leisurely Sunday lunch and draws on hyper-local ingredients. While guests will be embraced by familiar flavours, they will be pleasantly surprised by a few unexpected touches along the way.
Examples from ‘The Sunday’ tasting menu include:
- Broccoli, Cheese and Almond -Purple sprouting broccoli, leeds blue cheese and smoked almonds;
- Yorkshire Puddings-Gravy, stuffing foam, red onion marmalade;
- Lamb- Roasted lamb loin, crispy sweetbreads, turnips and raisins;
- Custard Tart- Custard tart with rhubarb and honeycomb.
Co-owners Liz and Mark aim to nurture a warm, welcoming environment in both the restaurant and the kitchen, creating a wonderful dining experiences that their guests will remember fondly forever. The Sunday menu is priced at £55 per person with an optional wine flight at £45.
Head to Carluccio’s for an Easter with an Italian twist
As it’s time to start filling those Easter baskets with goodies, heading down to one of Yorkshire’s Carluccio’s restaurants (the chain has sites in Leeds, Sheffield, York and Beverley) would be a great starting point.
This year, Easter at Carluccio’s is all about the Colomba, Panettone’s springtime sister. A dove-shaped cake signifying peace and friendship, made with rich butter, eggs, sultanas and candied orange peel with a hazelnut glaze, it’s the ideal afternoon treat before heading out for your Easteregg hunt.
Of course, what would Easter be without chocolate eggs, bunnies and chicks? Choose from rainbow white chocolate eggs, Sofia the chocolate hen, or an adorable selection of milk chocolate eggs.
Spicing up Easter with Turtle Bay
If you’re looking for a more Caribbean-flavoured Easter then one of Turtle Bay‘s Yorkshire restaurants (Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield and York) will be the place to be. The restaurant and bar has free kite making kits for kids and has launched an exclusive new cocktail that will tickle your taste buds and blow any diet out of the water.
A popular tradition in the Caribbean over the Easter period is to gather as a family and fly kites together. To celebrate this and so everyone can get involved in this fun pastime, children* will receive a free kite making kit so they can put their creative skills to the test. A great surprise for the little turtles when they order from the kid’s menu and it’ll be a bonus for the mums and dads out there if it keeps them occupied too, even if it’s just for a little bit. But you’ll need to hurry – once the kite making kits have gone, they’re gone!
‘Rum Rabbit Rum’ is the latest alcoholic concoction that will be hopping its way onto the cocktail menu for the Easter period, from Monday 8th to Monday 22nd April. The scintillating selection of ingredients deliver a delicious combination of Caribbean flavours including Pussers (rum), white cacao and coconut milk.
If that’s not mouth-watering enough, the signature drink will also include a scoop of chocolate ice cream and will be topped off with a piece of brownie and a Caribbean dumpling dipped in rum caramel sauce. Even the rim of the glass is dipped in rum caramel making it the ultimate Eastertreat, with a Caribbean twist.
Of course, the incredible Turtle Bay menu will be available over the Easter period so you can sample the delicious delights it has to offer to round off your visit. From Caribbean curries such as the curry goat, to meats that are marinated for 24 hours in Turtle Bay’s signature jerk mix and finished over open flames, this is Caribbean food at its best.
With so much to enjoy at your local Turtle Bay this Easter, book your table now: www.turtlebay.co.uk
*The Easter kite making kit is suitable for children aged four and over and only provided when a meal is purchased from the Little Turtles menu.
Yorkshire racecourses deliver egg-cellent family fun this Easter
The Easter holidays are almost upon us and, with two weeks of time to fill with the children, there is no better time to try a day at the races – especially when under 18s (under 17s in some cases) go horse racing for free at almost every single racecourse, on almost every single day of the year!
There are 22 special family racedays being held up and down the country during the Easter holidays – two of which are in Yorkshire – where family-friendly activities take place alongside the horseracing, ranging from funfairs and Easter Egg giveaways, to face-painting and live music, delivering fun and fresh air for all ages. Across the Easter bank holiday weekend alone, there are 19 fixtures taking place offering free admission for under 18s!
Ripon Racecourse welcomes its Easter Family Day on Thursday 18 April, which brings with it a fantastic opportunity to introduce your children to the exciting world of horseracing. In addition to the racing, children can enjoy a range of free activities including a mini farm, face painting, balloon modelling and bouncy castles. Entry is free for accompanied under 18s, and adult tickets start from just £6.
Meanwhile, over at Wetherby Racecourse on Sunday 28 April, the Family Sunday Raceday sees fast and furious racing action and lots of additional entertainment for children, including the Guinness World Record Holding ‘Mascot Gold Cup’. Tickets start at just £8, and accompanied children aged 17 and under are admitted free of charge.
These fixtures form a part of Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign, which has been created to highlight the fact that young people can go racing for free throughout the year, resulting in an incredible day of impressive sporting action, fresh air and family entertainment that really doesn’t have to break the bank.
The campaign has been supported by multiple personalities to date, including Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and renowned DJ and TV personality Sara Cox, both of whom have encouraged families to try a family day out with a difference at one of the UK’s plentiful racecourses.
Rod Street, CEO for Great British Racing, said: “Racing is one of the few sports where children can attend and enjoy brilliant sporting action and a host of other entertainment for free when they are accompanied by an adult. As a Dad, I know that parents are always looking for ways to keep the family entertained during the school holidays and a day at the races really is a winner. Through our Under 18s Race Free campaign, we want families and children to be able to enjoy a great family day at the races that is genuinely entertaining and brilliant value for everyone.”
Go to under18sracefree.com to find your local family raceday this Easter.