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14 of the best Mother’s Day Treats

Show your mum some love with our last-minute guide...whether it's a cheeky tipple, a Michelin star, laid back pub or afternoon tea.

Scrambling for a last-minute Mothering Sunday option for your mum, mother-in-law or your fam on Sun Mar 31? From two Michelin star restaurants to laid back pubs, top foodie hotspots and 4-star hotels with free fizz, free gifts or a spa day, check out our top 14 Mother’s Day lunch choices and Afternoon teas. Many have limited availability for Mothering Sunday (note to self: book early next year) but why not book in for later in the spring?


Mother’s Day Lunch & Spa, Mallory Court Country House Hotel, near Leamington Spa, Sun Mar 31

Treat your Mother to a delicious three-course dinner and coffee in the award-winning Main House restaurant, £45 per person, or Brasserie, £32.50, at this 4-star hotel, just outside Leamington Spa town centre. Alternatively, arrange for her to be pampered at a Mother’s Day ESPA Half-Day Spa, which includes a 55-minute ESPA treatment, a two-course lunch or afternoon tea with a glass of champagne and morning or afternoon use of the spa facilities! A robe, towel and slippers will be provided from £99 (midweek) – £115, (weekend). Valid from Mar 31 – Sept 30 and can be bought as a voucher. Tel: 01926 330214 to book or order a voucher here.


The Royal Oak, Whatcote, near Shipston-on-Stour

Set in one of oldest pubs in the country, this stylish rural local independent offering high quality local, organic and wild ingredients, is run by Henry Jervis, Richard and Solanche Craven formerly of The Chef’s Dozen in Chipping Camden. The Good Food Guide 2019 says “the deal is sealed by Richard Craven’s ambitious and ingenious cooking in which foraged ingredients and game feature heavily.”


Salt, Stratford-upon-Avon

Spoil your mum by taking her to Warwickshire’s second Michelin-starred restaurant, a relaxed fine dining establishment run by Mallory Court’s former Head Chef Paul Foster who crowdfunded his new place. A la carte and tasting menu available. It’s going to be a popular choice!


Mother’s Day Lunch, The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour, Sun Mar 31

Three brand new desserts on the spring 2019 menu: Choux buns, Baileys honeycombe cheesecake and Vegan Mango Baked Alaska.

Take your Mum out for a two or three course slap-up meal at this excellent award-winning Warwickshire pub. The special Mother’s Day menu has so much choice. There’s plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options, three different types of hearty roasts, sharing boards, mains, sides and delicious desserts, including Vegan Mango Baked Alaska. Aperitifs include a ‘Buzzecco’ -Warner Edward’s Honeybee gin, honey and Prosecco. And if you book a table after 6pm you’ll receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco! Chin-chin.

Two-course – £23.95; Three course – £27.95. Email or Tel: 01608 661453.


Tailors, Market Place, Warwick

NEW DESSERT: Baked cheesecake, salted blood orange, pistachio and Caramac

Run by two talented chefs, Dan Cavell and Mark Fry, this Michelin recommended foodie hotspot was runner-up for the second year running in the Observer Food Monthly Awards 2018 for Best Restaurant in the UK. It’s not actually open on Sundays but you could treat your mum for lunch, Wed – Sat (12noon-1.30pm), or dinner 6.30pm – 8.45pm; and Tues 6.30pm-8.45pm. Tel: 01926410590 for reservations.


The Cross, Kenilworth

A Vanilla Mai Tai is one of the cocktails featured on the new spring bar list.

Throughout March The Cross, one of two Michelin-starred restaurants in Warwickshire, is offering a three-course set lunch menu for £29, (Tues – Sun). The menu includes Celeriac Soup, Fillet of Cornish Gurnard, Beef Cheek & Pickled Walnut Pie, Sticky Toffee Pudding and Passion Fruit Pavlova. This ‘Restropub’ specialises in expertly cooked local produce. Also check out the new spring bar list.


The Ivy, Temple Row, Birmingham

Fancy a weekend brunch, afternoon tea, A La Carte dining or a cocktail or two in Brum while taking a break from shopping or something cultural? Afternoon tea between 3 – 5pm daily is £18.95, or £26.50, with champagne, rude not to!


Mothering Sunday, The Tame Hare, Leamington Spa, Sun Mar 31

Chef Johnny Mills is good mates with the guys at Tailors so do look out for their collaboration dinners. The menu is always interesting with super tasty seasonal British dishes, freshly baked breads and excellent value Sunday Lunches – two courses £20; three courses £26. The Little Hares Menu is £6 or £8 for a beef roast dinner. Tel: 01926316191.


Mothering Sunday, Hallmark Hotel The Welcombe, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun Mar 31

For something slightly more traditional how about treating your mum or grandma to Sunday lunch in the stylish brasserie of the 4-star Welcombe Hotel, set within a private estate of 157 acres. Enjoy a drink in the magnificent oak-panelled lounge then sit down to a delicious three-course lunch in the restaurant overlooking the Italian landscaped gardens. Mum’s can enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a gift. Sittings are available from 12noon to 4pm. Cost: £29.95 per person, £14.95 per child (aged 12 and under) and free for children aged 4 and under.

Book here.


Leave it to Esmie’s, Mother’s Day Caribbean Carvery, Fargo Village, Coventry, Sun Mar 31

If your mum prefers a bit of spice, how about a Caribbean Carvery where you can enjoy lamb, beef or turkey before helping yourself to sides? And all for £9.99 per person. The first 50 mums dining will receive handcrafted chocolates by Fargo Village’s Choc n Roll. This cheerful beach hut-style independent Caribbean restaurant first established its reputation at Birmingham’s award-winning street food event, Digbeth Dining Club. Lots of tasty vegetarian, fish and vegan dishes are available on the menu too.

 Book here


The Tuning Fork, Houlton, Rugby

An independent pub/cafe/restaurant in a modern barn conversion on the site of a brand-new housing developing sound like it shouldn’t work, but weirdly it does!  Every time I’ve popped it for lunch or breakfast it’s buzzing. Breakfasts and lunches are served every day and it’s open for dinner two nights a week, Fri and Sat, 6.30 – 8.30pm. The Sunday Lunch menu is posted weekly on Facebook and is very popular. 


Mother’s Day Lunch, The Arden, Stratford-upon-Avon, Sun Mar 31

A three-course lunch in the relaunched Waterside Brasserie, which reveals a stylish new look, is £34.95 per person and includes a gift for every mother in the party. Children’s menu available or alternatively ½ price for children under 12. Tel: 01789 298682 to book, thearden


NEW for 2019! Afternoon Tea, Wellingtonia Room, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

If your mum’s an art lover book up tickets for her to see the new Painting Childhood and Childhood Now exhibition here. Every Wednesday and Friday starting from Wednesday Apr 3 – Sept 20 she can also enjoy a traditional, Vegan or Gluten Free Afternoon Tea, £21.50 per person, (Up to 48-hour advance booking is needed), plus admission. Book here. Tel:01926 645 500.



The Ivy Marlow Garden, Marlow, Bucks

Our ed-in-chief’s had afternoon tea here with girlfriends a couple of times and says it’s the perfect atmosphere for the occasion – grown-up, glam and indulgent. And even more so if you opt for the new Butterfly Kisses afternoon tea, in partnership with Perrier-Jouët. Fizz, chocolate pots, truffled chicken and 600 origami butterflies suspended from the conservatory ceiling (don’t eat those though) all for £26.50, until Mon 29 Apr. Top tip: ramp up the alcohol levels with an English Spritz cocktail on the side. It involves Earl Grey gin so that’s technically tea, right?

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