Best food to order this Easter 2021

M&S

Here at the Good Housekeeping Institute, we conduct hundreds of taste tests every year to ensure you always buy with confidence. This year, to make things a little easier, we’ve collated all of our top-scoring Easter products from Marks and Spencer onto one page, so you can select your slot, add to basket, and wait for your GHI-approved Easter feast to arrive!

Does Marks and Spencer do online food shopping?

The delicious M&S range is now available online through Ocado.com. Delivery slots open 21 days in advance, and you’ll need to spend a minimum of £40 in order to check out. Your reserved slot will be held for 60 minutes, which should give you plenty of time to complete your order. Unfortunately though, you’re unable to use M&S gift cards through ocado.com

Delivery charges vary depending on the day and time of your chosen slot, and the value of your order. For orders under £75, you’ll be charged between £2.99 – £6.99. For standard orders over £75, you may be offered free delivery. Alternatively, you could sign up to Smart Pass. This costs between £6.99 – £10.99 per month but you’ll wave goodbye to individual delivery charges.

Marks & Spencer opening hours 2021

If you’d rather head to an M&S shop, opening hours vary between 6am and 9am, and closing times vary from 8pm to 10pm on weekdays.To find your nearest store and its opening hours, simply use Marks and Spencer’s store finder tool.

How we test

Our consumer panel tried over 100 Easter products across categories such as lamb, hot cross buns and Easter eggs. We’ve collated all of the GHI-approved M&S products in one place, so you can add the lot to your basket for a faff-free day.

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BEST ORGANIC SUPERMARKET RACK OF LAMB

M&S Organic Rack of Lamb 300g

Score: 80/100

Sourced from British farms, and produced without resorting to unnecessary pesticides, Marks and Spencer’s organic rack of lamb has a mild, earthy flavour. Some of our testers found the meat nearer the bone was extra sweet, however they’d have liked to see more fat remaining for a richer quality. Although a little chewy at times, most found it juicy and tender.

BEST IN CATEGORY: SWEET POTATO MASH

M&S Sweet Potato Mash 450g

Score: 85/100

Our panel could immediately smell that these spuds had been well-seasoned, which was confirmed on closer inspection, where they reported a gently spiced sweet taste with cracked black pepper. Thick, creamy and oh so smooth, this would make a fitting accompaniment to an Easter spread. 

RUNNER-UP: FROZEN PEAS

M&S British Garden Peas Frozen 750g

Score: 83/100

As sweet and fresh as the day they were picked, these earthy garden peas were a mixture of sizes and had a faint mint taste, which will pair perfectly with your Easter lamb. Overall, our panel found these peas pleasingly chewy with a smooth centre. 

BEST LUXURY HOT CROSS BUN

M&S Luxury Hot Cross Buns 4pk

Score: 85/100

For a rich, buttery bake, look no further. This four pack of spicy buns contains Vostizza currants (sourced from Greece, they are widely thought to be some of the finest in the world). Each bake is a perfect little shape, with a deep shiny glaze and nicely contrasting crosses. Our panel appreciated the visible orange peel and fresh doughy flavour.

BEST IN CATEGORY: GLUTEN-FREE HOT CROSS BUN

M&S Made Without Hot Cross Buns 4pk

Score: 88/100

Although notoriously difficult to get right, our panel tried eight gluten-free hot cross buns to ensure Easter is indulgent for all. This one might be a little flatter compared to the brand’s classic version, but the glazed top more than makes up for that. Spiked with nutmeg and packed with raisins, some found it a little heavy, but ultimately it was a high-scorer, picking up 88/100 in line with our winning traditional bake. 

EASTER EGG

M&S Single Origin 42% Milk Chocolate Egg with Truffles 300g

Score: 73/100

For the traditionalists who love smooth milk chocolate, this decadent egg is the one to buy. Our panel loved the deep-roasted nutty flavour, picking up delicate butterscotch notes too. The accompanying buttery truffles are a great addition, with a ganache-like soft centre.

BEST PINOT NOIR FROM BURGUNDY

M&S Bourgogne Hautes-Cotes De Beaune 75cl

Score: 81/100

This complex Burgundy (the home of pinot noir) has had 10 months in oak, where it’s developed creamy vanilla and spicy notes. Red plum, redcurrant and rich black cherry jostle for attention, alongside cinnamon and clove. Although it proved popular with our testers, it would also benefit from a little ageing if you can bear to hold on to it.

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