Blueprint Cafe, London
This year, Blueprint Café is offering something a little different to celebrate Mother’s Day. On Saturday 9th March, the restaurant is teaming up with bespoke florist McQueen’s to offer a unique mother and daughter/son celebratory package. Guests will start their day with freshly baked pastries and coffee on arrival, followed by an in-depth demonstration and interactive 90-minute masterclass with McQueen’s Senior Tutor Duncan McCabe, a highly talented specialist florist. This exclusive treat also includes a three course set lunch at the elegant and airy Blueprint Café, where diners can enjoy panoramic views of the River Thames.
Launceston Place, Kensington, London
On Sunday 10th March Kensington’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant, Launceston Place, will offer the option of two three-course menus for families to spoil their mothers. Head chef Tim Allen has included some of Launceston Place’s most popular British dishes on the menus, such as slow-cooked duck egg with braised white beans; roast longhorn beef with Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetables and red wine sauce; and English custard tart scented with vanilla, spiced fruit strudel and orange ice cream.
Lords of the Manor restaurant, The Cotswolds
Tucked away in Upper Slaughter, a timeless corner of the Cotswolds, this 17th Century former Rectory features honey-coloured stone, walled gardens, parkland and a lake – great for a post-lunch stroll. The hotel is a member of “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” and “Pride of Britain Hotels” and is offering guests three courses at its Michelin star restaurant on the 10 March 2013 from 12 noon until 1.45pm, with a free gift, courtesy of the hotel, for the ‘Ladies of the Manor’.
The Talbot Hotel, Malton, North Yorkshire
Celebrate Mother’s day at celebrity chef James Martin’s restaurant at the Talbot Hotel in North Yorkshire. Enjoy three courses plus coffee or tea with homemade fudge in a drawing room that boasts elegant furnishings and a warming log fire.
The Varsity Hotel, Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel is an independently run, boutique hotel in the heart of picturesque Cambridge, sitting amongst the historic university spires and backing on to the river Cam, where adventurous guests can even dine whilst taking a guided punt tour of the city!
For those who prefer to eat on solid ground, The hotel’s restaurant, The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill is located on the Quayside. Previous guests include A-list celebrities including Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, as well as the families of Royal households –guaranteed to make your number one feel like an A-lister. The Penthouse (pictured) boasts views of the city and would be a beautiful extra for an over-night stay.
The Bingham, Richmond, Surrey
Instead of a traditional Mother’s Day lunch, the Bingham restaurant with rooms, a Grade II listed Georgian townhouse that sits on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of bustling Richmond, Surrey, is offering a special Mother’s Day package which includes one night’s stay in one of their luxury Queen Single Bedrooms, room service or dinner at their river view Lounge Bar restaurant and a continental breakfast the following morning – all for one.
Roman Camp Country House Hotel, Callander, Scotland
The Roman Camp Country House Hotel is a traditional Highland retreat, set in 20 acres of secluded gardens on the banks of the River Teith in the heart of the Trossachs National Park. The restaurant has been recommended by the AA as one of the top twelve eateries in Scotland and has been awarded the three AA rosette award for their restaurant dining for fourteen years running. Afternoon tea, an a la carte menu and a five course tasting or vegetarian menus are on offer.
Afternoon Tea at Linthwaite House Hotel, Lake District
The afternoon tea ritual is a thing of royalty: Anna Maria, the Duchess of Bedford, first had the idea in the 18th century by asking her maid to bring all the tea making equipment to her private room at 5 o'clock so that she could enjoy a cup of tea with a slice or two of bread and butter. With this is mind, perhaps you can make your mum feel like a duchess for the day at The Linthwaite House Hotel in Windmere, Lake District. The luxury hotel and restaurant serves an afternoon tea menu featuring savoury finger sandwiches, homemade scones, made from a secret recipe and served with glistening damson jam and clotted cream, dainty cakes, a full selection of teas and a champagne list with favourites like Moet and Chandon and Dom Perignon.
Lunch and Spa at Fishmore Hall, Ludlow, Shropshire
Treat the most important lady of the day at this boutique country house hotel, with dinner at its 3 Rosettes Forelles Restaurant and a manicure at the recently launched spa. Located just outside the foodie destination of Ludlow, Fishmore Hall is a Regency-style hotel with modern décor and add-ons including pillow menus, Hypnos beds and Frette linen sheets. The spa, headed by Natalie Lane, has an enviable portfolio that includes Keira Knightly and head chef David Jaram serves up the best local and seasonal produce the area has to offer.