Our Mother’s Day ideas make great alternative Mother’s Day gifts that are far more thoughtful than the usual bunch of flowers. Treat your mum to breakfast in bed or a batch of pancakes, or whip up a Sunday lunch. Don’t fancy cooking? Our Mother’s Day ideas for eating out in London and across the UK are all very special, from afternoon tea at Betty’s tearoom in Yorkshire to Sunday roast in the countryside, or even a lavish brunch and film idea.
If you aren’t going to see your mum on Mother’s Day, send her one of our Mother’s Day gift ideas, from tea and chocolates to cheese and gin. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mums out there!
Mother’s Day breakfast in bed ideas
Try poaching rhubarb in honey and orange, then top with yogurt for a healthy and delicious breakfast idea for your mum. Plus, it’s a really pretty colour!
A really inventive Mother’s Day idea. Use croissant dough to make these cute breakfast cups filled with ham and eggs – perfect to serve as an indulgent Mother’s Day brunch in bed.
Brunch out in London
Snaps + Rye, Golborne Road
Husband-and-wife team Kell and Jacqueline Skött run this effortlessly cool Danish restaurant (the only one of its kind in London, apparently) on Golborne Road, with Tania Steytler as head chef – she may be from Cornwall, but she’s considered an honorary Dane round these parts.
Read our full review of brunch at Snaps + Rye here
You can also read a review of dinner at Snaps + Rye here
Granger & Co, King’s Cross
Breakfast is big at Granger & Co, so treat your mum to fluffy ricotta hotcakes, banana and honeycomb butter and sweetcorn fritters with toasted tomato, spinach and bacon. Perch on a leather and brass fixed stool at the huge bar, or lounge on an olive leather sofa for breakfast with Australian-style seamless service.
You can go healthy with various juices and grains (try the buckwheat bowl, poached egg, kefir goat’s milk, rose harissa, avocado and alfalfa sprouts), or less so, with Bill’s spiced Bloody Mary made with clamato, wasabi, lime and coriander.
There’s also a bakery section to the menu with everything from toasted coconut bread and toasted brioche topped with labneh, raspberry and vanilla jam and pistachios, to chilli fried egg and brioche roll with spiced mango chutney and rocket.
Read our full review of Granger & Co in King’s Cross here
Treat your mum like royalty with our baked-in-the-shell ‘queenie’ scallops. A pretty and luxurious starter dish that will make your mother feel oh-so-special.
This recipe uses the luxury fish pie pack from Skipper’s Choice, a fish-box delivery business. You can also buy fillets of haddock, smoked haddock and salmon, cut them up yourself and mix in some prawns.
Treat your mum to a classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that’s really easy to make.
Restaurants for lunch
Hot pot in The Ribble Valley, Lancashire
Treat your mum to a Lancashire hotpot with pickled red cabbage and crusty bread from The Inn at Whitewell. Beneath a wafer-thin lid of crispy potato the lamb is soft and doused in a buttery gravy, the shredded cabbage adds a sweet acidity that cuts through the richness.
Read our full guide to eating and drinking in The Ribble Valley here
Le Cochon Aveugle York
Joshua Overington’s six-course seasonal tasting menu at intimate French neighbourhood bistro, Le Cochon Aveugle, is one of York’s higgledy-piggledy back streets’ best-kept secrets. The six-course tasting menu rotates with the seasons to make the most out of fresh produce when it’s at its prime.
Think refreshing carpaccio of octopus, 12 hour short-rib and homemade black pudding, and charcoaled crème brûlée with made-to-order ice cream and crunchy rosemary sugar. For pudding, on-trend mini canelés with a burnt-sugar crust are served with a rum-spiked banana milkshake: a grown-up alternative to milk and cookies! The bread course was delicious: freshly baked pain de campagne with beurre noisette, as light as angel delight.
Read our full review of Le Cochon Aveugle restaurant here
Curator Kitchen Totnes
Treat your mum to Ancona-born Matteo Lamaro’s seasonal Italian dishes at the Curator Kitchen. Amid decor that’s part rustic Italian and part pared-down Scandi (large windows, painted floorboards and menus handwritten on brown paper) Matteo serves fortnightly-rotating menus that are heavy on produce from the Totnes area, as well as Matteo’s home in Le Marche, where he has built up a network of artisan producers – his ‘Italian Food Heroes’.
Typical dishes include slow-cooked lamb ragu with orange zest served on freshly-rolled fettucini; red mullet and agrodolce lentils jewelled with soaked raisins, toasted spelt and oven-roasted tomatoes; and warming Italian panettone bread and butter pudding with orange caramel sauce and vanilla gelato. The wine list is pretty special too: Matteo is the only business in the UK to serve Col di Corte wines from Le Marche, including refreshing Verdicchio Superiore and Verdicchio Clasico.
Afternoon tea in the beautiful city of Bath
The Royal Crescent Hotel
Give your mum the gift of traditional Georgian grandeur at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. To the south and west is the refined leafiness of Royal Victoria Park (a green expanse known as the Common Fields in Georgian Times). To the north and east are elegant sweeps of 18th century honey-stone townhouses that include the Grade I-listed Circus and Assembly Rooms.
The epicentre of all this architectural brilliance is the Grade I-listed Royal Crescent, an arc of 30 houses designed by John Wood the Younger, built in the 1770s and, today, one of the greatest Georgian legacies in England (besides a serious craze for gin
, of course). To explore it in depth most visitors start at No. 1, now open to the public as a museum
. But there is another way: taking afternoon tea
at Nos. 15 & 16, the Royal Crescent Hotel
Comins Teahouse Bath
If your mum prefers her tea in a more subtle, modern setting, the pared-down décor at Comins teahouse is light and airy with white walls, clean lines and simple blonde wood. Maps of tea estates, beautifully illustrated with tea-based inks, hang on one wall and a long banquette beneath them is peppered with tables inset with little gutters (to tip your dregs into before you start a second cup), the bench below carved with circular dimples designed to hold flasks of hot water and save space on the tables.
Sustenance-wise the focus at Comins Tea House is equally contemporary, and carefully curated. The menu of teas, and accompanying food, have all been chosen for their quality and suitability (you won’t find catering company carrot cake here, or industrial packs of teabags). All the food is either made from scratch on site, or by a network of local makers, and tea appears prominently as a cooking ingredient (matcha ice cream, Assam tea bread, Darjeeling-laced caramel shortbread). In the future there are plans to offer tea-based cocktails, too.
Read our full review of afternoon tea at Comins Teahouse in Bath here
Afternoon tea at Betty’s in Yorkshire
The ideal foodie gift for your mum, Betty’s in Yorkshire is a classic Mother’s Day occassion. Coffee and cake at Betty’s in Harrogate is always a treat; but the Lady Betty afternoon tea is even more so. Taken in the elegant Imperial Room upstairs, it begins with a glass of Hébrart Premier Cru champagne, Moutard Rosé champagne or a kir royale cocktail and, unusually for an afternoon tea, a savoury appetiser – prawn cocktail, served in a little shot glass and sprinkled with paprika.
Next, more miniature savouries including a Yorkshire pork and Bramely apple pie with golden pastry and an accomplished smoked salmon and dill roulade. Sandwiches are soft and pretty, with succulent roast Yorkshire ham and tomato pâté being the best, and are refreshed if needs be; try them with a pot of Betty’s own afternoon tea blend (Assam and Darjeeling with a delicate floral finish), served in bone china cups.
Read our full review of afternoon tea at Betty’s in Harrogate here
Make Mother’s Day special with pretty afternoon tea cakes, bakes and sandwiches for a homemade and personal touch. She will love how thoughtful you are.
Easy pinwheel biscuits: made with cocoa and pistachio, these nutty treats are quick to bake and will add a pretty touch to your Mother’s Day afternoon tea spread. Make plenty they won’t last for long when the rest of the family spots them.
American shortcakes are more like scones than biscuits. Usually filled with strawberries and cream these pink rhubarb ones are a great British twist.
This double lemon, gin and tonic cake combines two of our favourite things. It’s easy to make and sure to please a crowd – a new way for you and your mum to enjoy your G&T.
Classic coffee cake is one of our all-time favourite afternoon treats, and mums love it. In this recipe, we’ve given it a modern twist to include deliciously crunchy pecan brittle!
Have a night away
The Pig at Combe, Devon
Take your mum through the thatched cottages, green fields and beech woods of East Devon en route to the tiny village of Gittisham for a night away at The Pig at Combe, an Elizabethan manor deep within a 3,500 acre-estate laced with cedar trees and meadows grazed by Arabian horses.
Sit in the drawing room and enjoy a refreshing lavender cocktail with lemon verbena from the garden then pad through to an exquisite dining room with stripped-back paneled walls, bare wood floors and huge windows. Pots brim with homegrown plants, frames display butterflies and insects and furniture is elegantly mismatched.
Food at most of the Pig hotels is centred around each property’s kitchen gardens and this one is no exception. Head chef Dan Gavrilidis works with Combe’s gardener and forager to infuse olive oil with homegrown herbs and smoke salt in a little on-site smokehouse.In addition to seasonal starters and mains there’s a section of the menu dedicated to produce literally picked that morning. Find out our menu suggestions here, then retire to your room.
The hotel’s 27 bedrooms combine elegance with practicality: gold mirrors turn into flat-screen TVs at the touch of a button, and antique chests and cabinets picked up by Robin’s wife, Judy, on her travels house larders packed with British produce – including olive favourites Chase popcorn, Burt’s crisps and Cracking Nuts – as well as KitchenAid coffee machines and kettles to brew Prince and Sons teas. Other luxuries include Roberts radios on bedside tables, fluffy white towels, his ‘n’ hers sinks, Bramley bath oils and toiletries and – in our room – a roll-top bath sitting below a pretty lace-curtained window.
Read our full review of the hotel and restaurant at The Pig at Combe here
The Artist Residence, Brighton
Take your mum to Brighton for a foodie Mother’s Day weekend. Secure a sea-facing room at The Artist Residence and you’ll have one of the best views in town, looking out over the old pier that rises from the sea like a sculpture. Look out for the pink neon sign on Regency Square to find this quirky boutique hotel. There are 23 bedrooms, each individually decorated with bespoke artwork and decked out with Robert’s radios, mini Smeg fridges and Tunnock’s caramel bars for nostalgic snacking. Larger rooms have free-standing baths to relax in while you enjoy that view.
The breakfast menu is a concise list of the usual favourites done well but save space for lunch or dinner at The Set. The hotel’s intimate (20-seater) restaurant has a simple concept: three set, four-course menus with matching wines. In this small, somewhat rustic space, the best seats are at the pass, where you can watch the chefs work their magic.
Hidden in the basement of The Artist Residence (next to the table tennis room if you’re feeling competitive), The Curious Mr Hanbury is the latest opening on Brighton’s cocktail scene. The room is small and moodily lit, with original artworks on the walls and a beautiful zinc bar counter. There’s no fixed menu – instead the team will chat to you about your spirit and flavour preferences, then create a bespoke drink.
Read our full review of The Artist Residence in Brighton here
Montagu Arms, Hampshire
A small country house hotel in the charming village Beaulieu the Montagu Arms is a just a short cycle ride or drive from Brockenhurst, an ideal jumping off point for a tour of the New Forest. With open fires and wood paneling inside and a terrace bar and pretty kitchen gardens outside, the surroundings promise plenty of character no matter which month you visit. Add in the promise of a stunning supper and charming bedrooms and you’ve got the perfect recipe for post-walking or cycling pampering.
The hotel’s Terrace restaurant has retained its Michelin star since 2009 and, under chef Matthew Tomkinson, the kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes that are prettily presented and cooked with precision: fragrant spiced scallops, roast Cornish lamb with wild garlic puree, and classic fondant, filled with buttery salted caramel and a little crème fraiche.
Read our full hotel and restaurant review of The Montagu Arms in Hampshire here
Running Horses, Mickleham
Take your mum to the country for a Sunday roast this Mother’s Day. 45 minutes by train from London and you’re surrounded by verdant countryside and chocolate-box villages. Dating back to the 16th century, The Running Horses sits in the centre of Mickleham, on the Old London Road, and was once a popular stables for horses running at Epsom.
Although it’s owned by a large brewery and has recently undergone a renovation, the pub has retained much of its cosy, period charm, with a roaring fireplace in the main bar, lots of exposed beams and character features. It’s clearly loved by the local community – both the bar and restaurant were packed on the dreary Saturday night in winter when we visited.
The kitchen here is focused on traditional, rustic dishes, with seasonality and local produce at the forefront. The lunch menu changes daily and offers all the pub classics you’d expect (pie of the day, burgers, sausage and mash) with some more unexpected dishes (caramelised onion tart tatin with mild, crumbly Dirty Vicar cheese from Norbury Park Farm, Surrey’s only cheese-maker).
Read our full review of The Running Horses pub in Mickleham here
Boot Inn, Derbyshire
The Boot is steeped in history. There has been an inn on this site, in the Derbyshire village of Repton, for several centuries, but this pub has a lot more going for it than timeworn character. New owner Heidi Taylor has transformed The Boot into an ambitious bar and restaurant, where respect for tradition is confidently reconciled with contemporary design flair. There is much to see and do locally – the Peak District, Calke Abbey, sailing on Foremark reservoir – if you can tear yourself away from the inn.
What to eat 21-year-old chef Robert Taylor has spent time as an intern with Michelin-star luminaries Simon Rogan and Sat Bains – and you can tell. Dishes such as roast Mallard, duck liver mousse, dark chocolate, celeriac and braised salsify, or red mullet with ‘scratching’ crumb, Savoy cabbage crisps, parsnips and romesco sauce, are imaginative and beautifully plated. This is still a pub, though. Service is friendly, the tables are left undressed, and comfort (check those balloon-backed Victorian dining chairs) is key.
Read our full review of The Boot Inn in Derbyshire here
Make mum a Sunday Roast
Make your mum a Sunday roast with our Sunday roast recipes. The Sunday roast is a British institution, along with great pub food, so why not treat your mum to a Sunday roast in the comfort of your own home?
We’ve created an expert guide to the Sunday roast, from roast chicken and classic roast beef with Yorkshire puddings to vegetarian roast ideas and inspiring roast pork with crisp crackling. Go all out for your mum and make Sunday dinner a really indulgent affair with the best ever roast potatoes and some epic sides.
Everyone loves a Sunday roast, and this roast chicken with garlic and thyme croutons will make your mum feel extra special. Big chunky pieces of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken and soak up all the delicious juices while it cooks.
’Ndjua is a spicy spreadable salami from Calabria and it adds a special twist to Tom Adams’ pork belly recipe. This indulgent recipe is really worth it to treat your mum on Mother’s Day.
Roast potatoes are key to a Sunday roast – we have easy recipes for goose-fat roasties, crisp schnitzel roasties, plus indulgent recipes for dauphinoise, potato gratins and mash.
Saturday brunch film club at Covent Garden Hotel
Treat your mum to a special afternoon at this smart hotel that has the perfect balance between elegant and whacky. On Saturdays, Covent Garden Hotel puts on a lavish brunch in the breakfast room. Peruse the breakfast table groaning with Kitt Kemp’s hand-designed bowls full of fruits, cereals, compotes and yogurts.
Laden your plate with pastries and homemade breakfast bars and fill your glass with the juice of the day (think freshly squeezed orange juice with a hint of fresh mint) before taking a glass of champagne or a Bloody Mary and a bucket of homemade popcorn (you can make your own gourmet popcorn here) down to the tiny cinema in the basement for the film of the day.
Richmond and Petersham Nurseries
If Mother’s Day is a nice, sunny day, head to Richmond for a day out. From Richmond station, pass the green (detour down tiny Brewers Lane for a gelato from Gelateria Danieli) and walk along the river to Petersham Nurseries. Wander through the enchanted greenhouses full to bursting with potted plants, fruit and olive trees and up-cycled garden furniture.
Get in line at the garden shed and slide a tray past homemade cakes and bakes, salads and daily specials such as creamy chicken pie with a golden puff pastry topping. Take your treats and perch on garden furniture in the pretty greenhouses.
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