Looking for Mother's Day menu ideas? Want the best Mother's Day recipes? Check out our easy ways to treat your mum to make her Sunday super special, then choose a foodie gift from our Mother's Day gift ideas.


Start Mother's Day off in a thoughtful way with our Mother's Day breakfast ideas. Treat her to breakfast in bed – you can serve something simple and make it look extra special by serving on a tray with a vase of flowers and a card.

How about a homemade afternoon tea to treat your mum? You can create your own selection of finger sandwiches, scones, dainty cakes and patisserie using our afternoon tea recipes.

If you really want to earn some extra brownie points, go the whole hog and treat your mum to a slap-up three course Sunday lunch with our simple but impressive recipes. Choose a theme and follow the recipes, or mix and match to create your own bespoke menu.

Mother's Day menu ideas

Mother's Day Sunday roast menu

French onion soup

This deep beefy onion soup is topped with bubbling cheese melts, perfect for a comforting winter warmer to kick off your Mother's Day roast.

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Two bowls of French onion soup, topped with cheese toastie

Roast chicken on crunchy rosemary sourdough

Chunky slices of sourdough make a trivet for roast chicken in this cosy recipe, and soak up all the delicious cooking juices. Perfect for Mother's Day Sunday lunch.

A golden roast chicken in a white baking dish

Sticky toffee self-saucing pudding

A glorious mash-up of two favourite puds, this rich recipe is the perfect treat to end your Mother's Day lunch.

Sticky Toffee Self- Saucing Pudding Recipe

Bloody Mary

Our recipe for this classic cocktail combines vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, port and sherry with a few dashes of Tabasco to turn up the heat. Garnish with a celery stick and some tomatoes and olives to serve.

Bloody Mary Recipe

Mother's Day seafood menu

Baked-in-the-shell queenie scallops

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.

Queenie Scallops Recipe

Cod, cherry tomato and green olive traybake

This recipe for cod, cherry tomato and green olive tray roast is so quick and easy to prepare but looks impressive when you pull it out of the oven. Serve with a big bowl of buttered orzo.

Baked Cod Loin Recipe with Olives

Limoncello tart

Finish your seafood lunch with this smooth and zingy limoncello tart, encased in buttery homemade pastry. This impressive pudding is light yet seriously moreish.

Limoncello Tart Recipe

Dirty martini

This briny cocktail goes perfectly with fresh seafood. You can make it ahead as a Mother's Day gift (pre-bottled cocktails are very on-trend), and pour out at the table. Just make sure you keep chilled before serving.


Italian Mother's Day menu

Tomato salad with burrata and warm 'nduja dressing

With the spice of the 'nduja, the crunch and freshness of the vibrant tomatoes and creamy, indulgent burrata, this fresh tomato salad is a great starter to impress mum.

Tomato Salad Recipe with Burrata

Perfect seafood risotto

A hug in a dish! With a little bit of know-how, this creamy, umami-rich risotto with perfectly cooked rice is guaranteed. Here’s how to master this Italian comfort food classic.

Seafood risotto in a bowl with spoon

Classic tiramisu

Whip up our smart, authentic version of this classic Italian dessert for your mum, made with mascarpone, marsala and savoiardi biscuits soaked in coffee and Tia Maria.

Classic Tiramisu Recipe

Rosé negroni sbagliato

We've taken a classic Italian cocktail and given it a pretty pink twist, perfect for an easy aperitivo to serve with your Italian Mother's Day menu.

Negroni Sbagliato Cocktail Recipe with Rosé Wine

Vegetarian Mother's Day menu

Cauliflower fritters

These Ukrainian-style fritters with a dill and garlic mayo dip are super easy and quick to make, ready in just 25 minutes. Serve them as a meat-free starter this Mother's Day.

Ukrainian cauliflower Fritters

Hasselback halloumi traybake

If your mum's got an Instagram account, she will love sharing snaps of this trendy dish with her friends. Hasselbacking the halloumi opens up more surface area for maximum crispness. Serve this easy but impressive-looking traybake with flatbreads and a green salad, and let everyone dig in (mum gets first dibs!).

Hasselback halloumi traybake

Rhubarb and ginger upside down cake

This is a modern twist on a British favourite made using rhubarb. Rhubarb is in season from February until May, so make the most of any you have in your fruit and veg boxes.

Rhubarb and ginger upside-down cake

Pineapple whisky sour cocktail

Like a whisky sour, but with the added wonder of pineapple juice. Adding a little fruit makes this whisky cocktail light and refreshing.

Pineapple Whisky Sour Recipe

Vegan Mother's Day menu

Warm hummus with pine nuts, raisins and olives

Jazz up hummus with pine nuts, juicy raisins and olives for a sharing-style starter. You can make the hummus ahead of time and top with the extras before serving.

Easy Hummus Recipe Topped with Pine Nuts, Raisins and Olives

Aubergine stuffed with pisto

These easy-to-make stuffed aubergines are packed with tomatoes and fragrant spices, then topped with a crunchy sourdough mixture for a moreish main.

Stuffed Aubergine Recipe With Pisto

Vegan chocolate cheesecake

Make a smooth and creamy vegan cheesecake using a simple, shop-bought ingredient – silken tofu. Choose a good quality dark chocolate for the filling and use Oreos (yes, they're vegan!) for the base.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Manhattan cocktail

Live like a trendy New Yorker with our classic Manhattan recipe. It's best served in a coupe glass, with an illuminous cocktail cherry to garnish.

A Manhattan cocktail served in a coupe glass

There's always room for...

A couple more treats that we've picked out with mum in mind. After dinner treats are the icing on the cake of a perfect Mother's Day meal!

Peanut butter pretzel truffles

So much nutty, crunchy, chocolatey goodness rolled into one bite-sized truffle – the perfect ending to any Mother's Day meal.

Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe Peanut Butter Truffles Recipe boxed up and ready to be gifted

Biscoff fudge

Make this luscious fudge in just 20 minutes (plus a little cooling time). It's flavoured with Lotus Biscoff smooth spread, and a pinch of sea salt flakes.

Quick Biscoff Fudge

Black and white tahini cookies

These cookies are made with black tahini, which is slightly more rich and bitter in flavour than regular tahini. It pairs a treat with white chocolate too – as these cookies prove.

Easy Tahini Cookies Recipe

Rose ripple and lemon nougat

Inspired by Italian torrone, this citrussy nougat recipe is dotted with roasted almonds and pistachios, and drizzled with sweet rose syrup.

Squares of rose ripple and lemon nougat on a board with a pink background

Don't forget the present!

Check out our up-to-date gift guide for the perfect Mother's Day present.


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