This Mother’s Day (22nd March) why not forgo the traditional bunch of blooms and go all out with a gastronomic gift! From picture-perfect afternoon teas to brunches unlike no other, Mothering Sunday is all about spoiling our most important women in our lives. We’ve compiled ten of the tastiest treats set to bring a smile to any mama’s face and they’re also family-friendly to boot…
Dominique Ansel’s Fruit & Vegetable Patch Afternoon Tea
If your mama is fanatical about flora and fauna, she will love the brand new afternoon tea blossoming at Dominique Ansel. Inspired by a fruit and vegetable garden, imagine savoury and sweet bites that celebrate the freshest produce and seasonal harvest. Think: sweet English peas, just-picked strawberries, and tiny honeybees transformed into a playful menu that’s full of charm, finished with warm fresh-baked scones, homemade fresh berry jam, and clotted cream. Plus: just like a fresh fruit and veggie market, our full menu will be completely vegetarian too! Fingers crossed for sunshine as tea is best served on the picturesque garden terrace.
Where: 17-21 Elizabeth St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9RP
Nearest Tube: Victoria
Feasting and Facials for Mama at OXO Tower
If you’re looking for stellar way to spend Mother’s Day this year, why not soar up to the OXO Tower for a feast fit for a queen! Treat your mum to a tastebud-tingling Mother’s Day set menu complete with fizz in either Restaurant, a taste of fine dining or experience lunch amidst the buzz of the Brasserie whilst tucking into dishes such as burata, grape and endive salad; pan-fried sea bass with split yellow pea puree and sticky toffee pudding doused in a rum sauce. With children’s menu also available for tiny diners, kids can choose from a selection of comfort food dishes to go along with their complimentary activity pack. Better yet, every person that dines on one of the set Mother’s Day menus will receive a voucher for a complimentary 30-minute Pro-Collagen Facial voucher that can be redeemed at participating Harvey Nichols stores from the 22nd of March to the 31st of May
Where: Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St, South Bank, London SE1 9PH
Nearest Tube: Blackfriars
Masterclasses and Mother’s Day Menus at The Petersham
For foodie loving mums, what better treat this Mother’s Day than a day dedicated to the delicious stuff – from learning the art of fermentation to feasting on special Mother’s Day menu at The Petersham Covent Garden. Between 9am and midday on 21st March, mamas can join a fermentation masterclass with Rachel de Thample. This hands-on workshop will teach attendees how to make their own sourdough starter that they can use over and over again, as well as how to ferment using honey, and they will take home their own pots of fermented honey products. Following all that learning with a little lunch – The Petersham’s Mother’s Day menu starts with a rose petal bellini and appetisers to share. Followed by dishes including Portland crab salad with blood oranges and castelfrancoand fillet of Cornish hake with white polenta and saffron mussels. For dessert enjoy prosecco jelly with raspberry ripple ice cream, Rhubarb and vanilla mascarpone tart or Original Beans chocolate with Zisola olive oil ice cream and honeycomb. Join the masterclass and book Mother’s Day lunch here
Where: 31 King St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Peggy Porschen Afternoon Tea at The Lansborough
You may have frequented her bijoux pink bakeries in Cheese and Belgravia, now life-long baker Peggy is returning to The Lanesborough, where she held her first prestigious pastry chef position in 1999 after graduating from Le Cordon Bleu’s ‘The Grand Diploma of Cuisine & Patisserie’. Under the illuminated domed glass roof of The Lansborough’s Michelin-starred Céleste, spoil your mum with a selection of spring time sweet treats including Peggy’s pink pavlova, Lemon & elderflower tartlet and her signature Lemon, raspberry & rose layer cake. Alongside the pretty as a picture Peggy Porschen afternoon tea, little ones upto the age of 10 can enjoy The Lansborough’s children’s afternoon tea. A specially crafted menu with cheddar cheese and honey roast ham finger sandwiches, American pancakes smattered with Smarties and marshmallows and if they can fit anything else in there’s classic scones, jam and clotted cream for the taking!
Where: Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Nearest Tube: Hyde Park
Brunch at Bubala’s
If you and your mum share a joint love of brunching – why not make Mothering Sunday one to remember with Bubala’s brand new feasting brunch. Celebrating their fully-vegetarian, sharing ethos, Sunday brunch will be centred around the bold flavours, herbs and spices of the Middle East. Head Chef Helen Graham, previously of The Palomar, Barbary and Good Egg, has crafted a menu fit for sharing – from crisp fried aubergine with zoug and a sweet date syrup, Halloumi with black seed honey to Labneh with za’atar. Think vibrant, sunshine flavours spread across a myriad of small, large and sweet plates. With ES Magazine’s Jimi Famurewa naming Bubala a ‘rare gift, we couldn’t think of a more delicious treat to tuck into on Mother’s Day.
Where: 65 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BD
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Fine Art and Free Fizz at The National Cafe
If a slice of culture is on the cards with ma this Mother’s Day, The National Gallery combines art lined walls with carefully curated food offerings at The National Café within The National Gallery. Taking inspiration from the upcoming exhibition, ‘Titian: Love, Desire, Death,’ the whole family can dine on a 3-course menu full of fresh, northern Italian flavours inspired by the artists’ time in Venice. For mums feasting from the set menu on Mothering Sunday, they can toast the day with a complimentary glass of Prosecco. Be sure to book your Mother’s Day lunch by calling 02077472525 or email here.
Where: East Wing, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London , WC25 5DN
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square
Guilt-Free Afternoon Tea at Maitre Choux
If you’ve got a bun in the oven and the overflow of fizz laden afternoon tea’s is getting you down, why not celebrate Mother’s Day with the rest of your brood and bump at Maitre Choux in Soho. Their alcohol-free tasting menu will let you try eclairs and choux of your choice, as well as their fine loose-leaf teas and award-winning hot chocolate. From the Spanish Raspberry Pink to the all gold hazelnut and milk chocolate treasure eclair, not only are Maitre Choux’s pastries stunning on the eye but also scrumptious from start to finish. Pastel chouquettes serve up a small, sweet bite and a firm favourite with both kids and adults.
Where: 60 Dean St, Soho, London, W1D 6AW
Nearest Tubes: Tottenham Court Road
Roast With The Most At The Grove
Searching for a roast with the most this Mothering Sunday? Why not skip out of central London and head to The Grove for a slice of chic countryside indulgence on 22nd March. Saddle up and take to The Stables for a family-freindly three course lunch and of course, a complimentary glass of Champagne for Mum. Whether chicken or beef, there’s a succulent roasted striploin of British beef with Yorkshire puds, roasted potatoes and mixed seasonal vegetables or rotisserie-roasted marinated chicken laden with new potatoes, cherry vine tomatoes, fennel ‘al forno’ and sauce verte. Tiny diners won’t go hungry with a plate-packed children’s menu – grilled chicken and veggies, stone-baked pizza, gluten-free pasta with a sauce of choice, fresh fruit salad and a classic banana split is just a taste of what’s to come. There’s even mini mocktails – a Hide & Seek anyone? A refreshing cucumber and mint with agave and apple juice.
Where:Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, WD3 4TG
Nearest Station: Watford Junction
Lucky Mum, Lucky Cat
If you’re looking to go all out this Mother’s Day and have older kids, Gordon Ramsay’s Asian Eating House – ‘Lucky Cat’ is serving up one special Mother’s Day menu. At £75 per person, this is most definitely a treat for families but the food and ambience is second to none. With seven courses designed to share kickstart the meal with bitesized octopus and chorizo takoyaki, Spring kumamoto vegetables, don buri with smoked caviar and crispy duck leg bao all follow. A soft as butter spiced spring lamb with tofu cream is a luxurious fifth dish and paired with crisp new season asparagus you can’t go wrong. The chef’s selection of desserts are sure to wow and a sure-fire snap for the good old ‘gram.
Where: 10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 6JP
Nearest Tubes: Marble Arch/Bond Street
The Betterment by Jason Atherton
If you’re bound for lunch at The Betterment this Mother’s Day not only will you have the chance to enjoy dishes such as pork cheek and root vegetable terrine and Buccleuch beef fillet with Montgomery cheddar, bonemarrow and truffle. But mini diners will have the chance to check out Jason Atherton and Paul Walsh’s brilliant children’s menu, Rafe’s Trip to London – a storybook filled with adventure across the capital and plenty of foodie fun. From sandwiches filled with cheese and ham to pizzas to spin with toppings galore. Burgers, fish, schnitzel with oodles of veg promise a hearty main munch. Cake, crumble and fruit to sundaes stacked high are pud perfection. Oh and whilst we’re talking all things The Betterment – there’s also Jason Atherton’s Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea which will alongside tiers of teatime tastiness, mamas will be gifted with The Betterment’s chocolate bar filled with velvety caramel to savour at home.
Where: 44 Grosvenor Square London, W1K 2HP
Nearest Tubes: Marble Arch/Bond Street