Whilst we are probably more used to Mother’s Day in March, it actually falls quite late this year in the UK, being on Sunday 3rd April, so there is still plenty of time to plan a nice surprise for your Mum.
Although it’s often thought to be a very modern celebration, folklore shows that a day known as ‘Mothering Sunday’ was celebrated in England as far back as the mid 17th Century. It was always celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was typically a time when those who lived and worked away from their parents would go back to visit their family, usually taking some sort of gift or cake with them.
By the 20th Century, a new tradition had emerged that saw children giving flowers and cake to their mothers on Mothering Sunday and the modern day celebration was firmly established on the calendar when the USA introduced ‘Mother’s Day’ after the Second World War (although in America, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May).
If you are looking for somewhere to take your Mum out for a nice meal, here are some of our hot picks for Mother’s Day restaurant offers around the UK.
Mother’s Day with elegance and style in Surrey
The distinguished and historic Oakley Hall in Basingstoke, Surrey will be a perfect choice for anyone looking to treat their Mum to a day of elegance and sophistication, with a meal to match.
For £39.50 per adult, and £14.95 for children under 12, Oakley Hall have a special Mother’s Day offer with menu choices including delectable options such as Seared Fillet of Brill served with Saffron Crushed Potato’s, Buttered Spinach and White Wine Dill Cream, or Roast Loin of Pork with Sage and Onion Stuffing, Crackling and Apple Sauce, served with Fondant Potato and Garden Vegetables Thyme Jus.
The deal is for three courses with four choices for each course, followed by truffles and coffee.
Mother’s Day where Mums eat free in Edinburgh
Diners will be hard pressed to beat the Mother’s Day offer at Metro West End restaurant in Edinburgh, because Mums get to eat free when accompanied by at least one paying adult.
The Mother’s Day offer, is for the three course Sunday Roast Menu at £19.95 per person and there are four main course choices including favourites such as beer battered coley fillet with chips & salad and traditional roast beef all the trimmings.
Quintessentially English in Gloucestershire
Simply oozing Cotswold charm and character, The Swan at Southrop scooped the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year award in 2010, so their excellent food draws diners from far and near.
Their Mothering Sunday menu offer is for three courses for £29.50 per person, but they are keeping their usual children’s menu available too, to ensure that the whole family will be catered for.
And if you’d like to browse the latest Mother’s Day restaurant offers in cities around the UK, here are some quick links.
Restaurants with offers for Mother’s Day Birmingham | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Liverpool | London | Manchester
Looking for somewhere you can take the kids for a meal in London where they’ll be fussed over rather than frowned at, or simply want to eat out with the family but avoid the fast food joints?
We’ve pinpointed five places that aim to offer a dining experience that can be shared and enjoyed by the whole family.
Babylon Restaurant – Kensington High Street
The ultimate in smart sophisticated dining, Babylon’s roof terrace restaurant is 100 feet above Kensington High Street, offering panoramic views of the city beyond. It probably wouldn’t be the first restaurant that parents would think of when heading out with their children, but Babylon caters especially for its young visitors by offering an inviting ‘Young Diner’s Menu’, which is geared towards the palates of children, without resorting to pizza and chips. With two courses for £6 or three courses for £8, youngsters who prefer this menu can choose from dishes such as salmon fish fingers with new potatoes or chips, or linguini pasta, whilst the main menu overflows with mouthwatering dishes such as roast Gressingham duck with creamed savoy cabbage and baked fillet of Loch Duart salmon with buttered curly kale.
Bumpkin Restaurants – South Kensington and Notting Hill
With restaurants in both South Kensingon and Notting Hill Bumpkin restaurants focus on good home from home style British cooking, served in a relaxed environment with a touch of rustic charm. Their special children’s menu has a good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, designed to tempt children to eat and enjoy, whilst using wholesome ingredients. Examples include organic chicken breast with a tarragon potato cake, macaroni cheese with summer beans and bangers and mash with onion gravy. Adults fare well too, with an inspired choice of great British classics such as roast Cornish monkfish with baby grilled vegetables & lemon dressing, roast rack of Elwy Valley lamb with stovies, broad beans & mint and a salad of heritage tomato, roast beetroot & soft goat’s cheese.
Fire & Stone
With four locations in London and others outside the capital, Fire & Stone is a snazzy and stylish pizza specialist, with all pizzas made fresh on site in their huge wood fired ovens. It’s just the place to take the kids for pizza, whilst satisfying adult culinary cravings at the same time. For £4.95 the kids can build their own pizza, tuck into a bowl of pasta or nibble at a platter of anti pasti and their soft drink and ice cream pudding is part of the deal too. The grown ups meanwhile, are enticed with all manner of pizzas from the Koh Samui with coconut curry sauce and roast sweet potato to the Sydney with crisp oven roast smoked bacon.
This is the place to head to for a burger treat without restorting to the fast food chains. Sticky Fingers is co-owned by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and is awash with a showcase of rock and roll memorabilia and renowned for its award-winning burgers. As well as burgers, they also have a good range of other North American and Mexican favourites, from steak to spare ribs, which will cause the inevitable sticky fingers …