Food: Put on a spread to entertain this Easter

Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg, available from John Lewis

Hotel Chocolat Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Easter Egg, available from John Lewis

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Keen to impress your guests this Bank Holiday? Get your gourmet on with this tasty treats

But pleasing the crowd isn’t always as simple as plying them with hot cross buns and chocolate goodies (although this is highly encouraged, as well).

Goat's Cheese Mousse with Warm Apple and Beetroot Salad.

Goat's Cheese Mousse with Warm Apple and Beetroot Salad.

If you really want to be the Bank Holiday hostess with the mostess, up the ante by putting on a fancy sit-down spread that will put you at the top of the pecking order. We’re talking fine-dining-standard starter, a striking lamb main with heaped sides of seasonal veggies, and a decadent dessert that will have your guests gasping with delight (and possibly disbelief, if you manage to pull off the presentation too).

Don’t forget the little details... Ensure guests are welcomed and kept topped up with an array of fab drinks, and why not make a little effort with the table decor too? Just a few simple touches - some spring flowers or painted eggs as a centrepiece, can really add to the sense of occasion.

Feeling inspired? Now all you need are some recipes. Here are two that Mike Bates, executive head chef of The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales, whipped up earlier...