I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who loves hot cross buns more than The Handbook’s very own Megan O’Reilly. Every single day in the office, I see her head into the kitchenette, a new pack swinging in her arms, soon followed by the sweet spiced toasting smell wafting through the office. If you couldn’t already tell, The Handbook is team hot cross bun but it’s spearheaded by Megan and her constant hot cross bun themed deliveries and trips to the next door Sainsburys.

If, like Megan, you also can’t get enough of the Easter treats, we’ve compiled a list of the best bakeries and restaurants serving them up this April.  

 

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Anya Cafe

Launching a cafe when you’re a luxury lifestyle retailer perhaps isn’t the first thing on your agenda, but that didn’t stop Anya Hindmarch from launching the Anya Cafe. Inspired by the British cafe, it’s become renowned for its picture-perfect cakes and adorable packaging. 

This Easter, its offering has been stepped up a notch with the launch of a branded hot cross bun. The shiny glazed bun comes finished with Anya’s initials tucked inside a cute bow. Enjoy in the cafe or take it home in one of their goggly eyed boxes to devour later.

9 Pont Street, SW1X 9EH

www.anyahindmarch.com

Eggbreak

For those looking for a less conventional way to enjoy hot cross buns this Easter, look to Notting Hill’s Eggbreak. The brunch spot has teamed up with independent ice cream specialist, Hackney Gelato to create an ice cream bun sandwich to remember. 

Available until 30th April, the toasted hot cross bun will be stuffed with caramelised apple and a giant dollop of Hackney Gelato’s limited edition hot cross bun gelato. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, it’s then drizzled with a generous helping of homemade caramel sauce.

30 Uxbridge Street, Notting Hill, W8 7TA 

www.eggbreak.com

St. John Bakery

Located in Seven Dials, you’ll find the St. John Bakery serving up some of London’s best breakfast pastries and teatime treats. Come Easter time and its menu transforms into a spring haven that even the Easter Bunny would approve of. 

Its hot cross bun season is back and you won’t find the bakery serving up sweetened chocolate alternatives or swaying from tradition. It prides itself on giving Londoners an authentic taste of Easter, candied fruits, zest and ginger included.

3 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DP

www.stjohnrestaurant.com

Gail’s

It couldn’t be a hot cross bun roundup without mentioning everyone’s favourite neighbourhood bakery, Gail’s. Head to your local one – no doubt located on your nearest high street – and pick up a bundle of their glazed buns. 

Freshly baked throughout the day, the sweet and spiced buns are loaded with dried fruits before being glazed with a spiced syrup. Toast it and spread with some butter, and it’s the perfect afternoon treat.

Various Locations 

www.gailsbread.co.uk

 

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Crosstown Doughnuts

Thought hot cross buns couldn’t get any better? Think again. Doughnut mastreos, Crosstown has released an indulgent take on the Easter classic, and you guessed it, it’s in the form of a doughnut. 

The Easter special is crafted with vegan spiced dough that’s filled generously with creamy cinnamon custard and topped with Seville orange glaze. To finish off the look, it has a spiced cross and candied orange peel.

Various Locations 

www.crosstown.co.uk

Where The Pancakes Are

On the menu until 30th April, Where The Pancakes Are has turned its hand away from pancakes for the month (although you can definitely still tuck into their delicious pancake options) and moved towards the Easter favourite. 

Offering a special take on the classic hot cross bun is the ‘hot cross baby’. It’s filled with golden raisins, citrus fruits and dried apricots, and is baked before being finished in the brunch spot’s signature ‘Dutch baby’ cast iron pan. Served up with apricot jam and butter – yum.

7 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RG 

www.wherethepancakesare.com 

 

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Flor

Nothing compares to a hot cross bun fresh out of the oven. Head to Flor Bakery on Spa Road to sample the bakery’s popular baps. 

They are made using 100% British-grown wheat and packed full of homemade candied fruits, from currants and raisins to orange, and their special house spice blend that you won’t be able to fault.

Unit 6, Spa Road, SE16 4RP

www.flor-bakery.com

Bread Ahead

Renowned for its sourdough, cinnamon buns and sugar-coated doughnuts, Bread Ahead has become London’s favourite bakery, and firmly has a place in our heart. 

Come Easter time, it serves up hot cross buns every day from the end of February through to Good Friday. Tuck into one of their glistening candied crusted baps yourself to see if it’s worth the hype when you’re next at Borough Market or near one of their shops.

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www.breadahead.com 


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