What’s new plus… Six of the best Mother’s Day treats

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Ginger Pig online

The Ginger Pig, high class butchers based in Yorkshire with a chain of shops in London, goes nationwide on 5th March with the launch of its new online store. First orders will be delivered on 7 March

For further details visit thegingerpig.co.uk

Konditor and Cook: cakes and cafes

You might still be in thrall to the Beast from the East, but at Konditor & Cook, the award-winning bakery and cake makers, it’s full-on spring. Their new Easter range of cakes includes Gin & Tonic and Gooseberry and Elderflower cakes and a Lime and Blueberry cheesecake. They’ve also just opened The Cake Hole café at their Waterloo headquarters.

Cake Hole, 22 Cornwall Road, London SE1 or visit konditorandcook.com

ACE Best product shortlist

The ACE 2018 best product list includes a terrific collection of Museum and Gallery inspired merchandise from both the UK and abroad. Food related products include Kew Garden’s Organic Gin, The National Trust’s Book of Scones, The Tate’s A Bigger Splash tote bag and perhaps most timely of all, the William Morris Gallery’s  E Coffee Cup, a chic and colourful alternative to the environmentally hurtful takeaway coffee cup. The winner will be revealed on 1 March

For details of the ACE Shortlist visit acenterprises.org.uk/ace-best-product-awards-2018-finalists

Six of the Best… Mother’s Day treats

Rosebud Preserves Mother’s Day Gift Box

Three products of your choosing (chutney, jam or Seville orange marmalade packed into a box and sent to Mother

Rosebud Preserves Mother’s Day Gift Box, £13.10, visit rosebudpreserves.co.uk

Gin & tonic tea towel

If your mum likes tea towels, she’ll like this one – an organic cotton tea towel, made in the UK decorated with recipes for classic gin-based cocktails, alongside tips on making the perfect G&T

G&T Tea Towel, £10 from stuartgardiner.com/collections/tea-towels/products/the-g-t-towel

Best Mum Chocs

Little packs of Yummy Mummy and Best Mum chocolates, containing 5 heart-shaped chocolates

Hotel Chocolat Yummy Mummy and Best Mum chocs, £2.50 from hotelchocolat.com

Black Bee honey

Raw honey from the Black Bee, the original native British honey bee, now slowly making a comeback after nearly dying out, in three flavours: Exmoor Ling Honey, London Honey or Summer Honey made from wild flowers

Black Bee Honey, from £6.95/250g available Amazon, WholeFoods and some independent delis or from blackbeehoney.co

Rose and Violet Creams

Years of testing has resulted in a list of top producers of these deliciously fragrant, spring-invoking chocolates: Rococo Large Rose and Violet selection box, £26.95/240g, rococochocolates.com/products/large-rose-violet-selection-box; Prestat rose and violet crèmes, £19.50/245g, prestat.co.uk/shop/rose-violet-cremes-245g.html; Fortnums handmade rose and violet creams, £24.50/250g, fortnumandmason.com

And… three top bottles of Prosecco

Vigneto della Riva di San Floriano, 2014 DOCG, Nino Franco, £21.50 from Sommeliers Choice, sommelierschoice.co.uk/bubbles.html?vintage=103

Trevisiol L. e Figli Italy Prosecco di Valdobbiadene, £15.50, Berry Bros & Rudd, bbr.com/products-924607-prosecco-di-valdobbiadene-trevisiol-l-e-figli-italy

Tesco Finest prosecco, £8, Tesco, tesco.com/groceries

Mother’s Day is on 11 March. Photo credit: Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ on Visual Hunt / CC BY