It’s practically the same date every year and yet every year it sneaks up on us before we know it. If you forgot to put a card in the post last year or ordered a bunch of flowers just a couple of days too late then you have got some serious making up to do. Even if you don’t fall into that category and you’re sitting there rubbing your halo, just think of all the stress you put her through in your teenage years; all the times she’s picked up the pieces when no one else could, given you advice that hadn’t even crossed your mind and done your laundry for you even when you’re a fully-fledged domesticated adult. Mums are pretty great, there’s no denying that, but when faced with the lines of fluffy pink teddies, heart shaped candles and rose-scented bath sets that line London’s shop shelves year after year, the idea of Mother’s Day can be quite a nauseating one.
In our (perhaps biased) eyes the best way to celebrate just about any occasion and show someone how much you love them is undoubtedly through their stomach. No we’re not talking about pink dusted Champagne truffles in a ghastly gift box or a monogrammed bottle of cherry liqueur – we’re talking about a delicious meal at a fancy restaurant or laid-back eatery where she can enjoy all her favourite foods without having to lift a finger. The best part is you can enjoy it too! Tuck into some delicious nosh and enjoy some quality bonding time with her and we promise you’ll be the favourite child before you know it. Choosing where to go can be quite a daunting task so to help you out we’ve pulled together a selection of Mother's Day restaurants that we’re certain every mum will love…. you’re welcome!
Davies & Brook at Claridge’s
What For a full experience of chef Daniel Humm’s culinary prowess, the carefully curated seven-course tasting menu at Davies & Brook is an absolute must. Highlights include a sea bass ceviche with avocado, cucumber, and shrimp oil and the signature dry-aged duck, glazed in honey and lavender and accompanied by beetroot and sauce civet.
Where Claridge's, Brook Street, W1K 4HR
How much 7 course tasting menu £145; 3 courses £ 72
Hélène Darroze at The Connaught
What Arriving at The Connaught in 2008 culinary sensation Hélène Darroze was unashamed of adding a feminine touch to the restaurant with a soft pink colour scheme. Her 2-Michelin Starred menus which comprise lightened-up versions of classic haute cuisine are sure to appeal to mothers unanimous.
Where The Connaught, Carlos Plac, W1K 2AL
How much 5 course tasting menu £120; 7 courses £160
What Light, bright contemporary interiors combined with a menu of modern European classics makes Wild Honey a delightful spot to while away an afternoon enjoying some fine wines and food that evokes the sunnier climes of the continent.
Where 8 Pall Mall, St. James's, SW1Y 5NG
How much Lunch menu: Two courses £23; Three courses £27
Pied à Terre
What This timeless Michelin-starred restaurant on buzzy Charlotte Street elevates French classics and gives them a modern twist. Prices at Pied à Terre are top-end but there’s a bargain set lunch offer that showcases what this esteemed eatery is all about for less. The fabulous little bar upstairs is also a great spot to toast to the occasion with a glass of fizz.
Where 34 Charlotte Street,, W1T 2NH
How much 2 course lunch £33 per person; 3 course lunch £43 per person
Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill
What For Mums that love seafood, few do it better than Bentley’s. From celebratory seashore platters and Champagne to their ‘royal’ fish pie and even a cracking fish and chips; this Mayfair institution really has it all. If you’re not afraid of shellfish don’t miss their signature oysters which are known for being some of the best in the capital.
Where 11-15 Swallow Street, W1B 4DG
How much Four course Mothering Sunday menu £45
What This Shoreditch site is typically a City boy hangout but come the weekend and its a calm oasis perfect for sampling some of the glamorous restaurant’s renowned Japanese hits; miso black cod, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and rock shrimp tempura to name but a few. Nobu is perfect for stylish mums.
Where 10-50 Willow Street,, EC2A 4BH
How much Main dish and unlimited access to Brunch and Dessert Bar, £53
What Nopi might as well have been made for mums. Cream, pristine interiors with polished marble and brass fittings, a gorgeous open kitchen, colourful and creative cocktails and a menu of dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious. If Mum’s already an Ottolenghi fan then we guarantee Nopi won’t fail to impress.
Where 21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE
How much Mains from £21
What Pretty little Minnow is a relaxed neighbourhood joint in Clapham decorated with pistachio walls and festooned with indoor greenery. There’s a light conservatory feel to the ground floor, while the basement has a darker, cosier vibe. The modern European menu is crowd-pleasing with a few eclectic twists, and the charming service will have your mum swooning from the get-go.
Where 21 The Pavement, SW4 OHY
How much Sunday Roast & Dessert £24
What If you can’t afford to take your mum to Sicily then Ben Tish’s Norma is undoubtedly the next best thing. His menu of sharing plates combines the bright, bold flavours of the Mediterranean with a Moorish twist. Stunning interiors and a fantastic selection of drinks (including homemade limocello) are the icing on the cake!.
Where 8 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LS
How much large plates start at £17.50
The Petersham Covent Garden
What An entire afternoon can easily be spent perusing The Petersham in Covent Garden complete with its wine merchant, florist, delicatessen and sun-dappled courtyard. In keeping with the restaurant's interiors the food is as pretty as a picture with a focus on seasonal local produce that will transport you to Italy via an English country garden.
Where Floral Court, WC2E 8JD
How much Tasting menu £60
What Mere is an elegant restaurant in the heart of Fitzrovia, offering a relaxed yet refined dining experience. The dishes celebrate the passion and heritage of husband and wife team, Monica and David Galetti, blending classical French with South Pacific influences. Most aptly the name Mere derives from the French word for mother, and incidentally is also Monica’s mother’s name, pronounced as ‘Mary’ in Samoan.
Where 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH
How much 6 course tasting menu, £79
Les 110 de Taillevent
What If Mum loves her wine as much as she does her food then she’ll be spoilt for choice at Les 110 de Taillevent with 110 wines available by the glass, 30 of which have been ingeniously matched to every single dish on the a la carte menu. This totally unique wine pairing experience originates from the restaurant’s flagship site Le Taillevent in Paris – if that doesn’t impress her we’re not sure what will!
Where 16 Cavendish Square, W1G 9DD
How much 6 course tasting menu £65 + £45 for wine pairing
What A golden oldie, there’s a reason this world-renowned restaurant has held onto its reputation for so long. The Ivy’s glamorous interiors and crowd-pleasing menu that offers something for everyone make it the perfect spot to go to with all the family. If mu has a sweet tooth then leave room for the retro desserts with everything from a classic Knickerbocker glory, to an old-school baked Alaska and lemon meringue pie to choose from.
Where 1-5 West Street, WC2H 9NQ
How much Mains start at £16.75
The River Café
What Dining on the riverside terrace surrounded by pots of herbs and plots of veg is gorgeous in summer but whatever the time of year, the platefuls of ingredient-driven Italian cooking make a meal at The River Café one of London’s ultimate feel-good foodie experiences. If the eye-watering prices don’t make your mum feel valued, nothing will.
Where Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, W6 9HA
How much Mains start at £36
Oblix at The Shard
What If Mum’s not a London local – and she’s not afraid of heights – then why not combine some sightseeing of the capital with a memorable meal? Oblix at The Shard offers just that with sweeping views over the city skyline and an international menu of sizeable dishes from the in-house Josper grill, rotisserie and wood-fired oven. It promises to be an unforgettable occasion.
Where Level 32, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much 10 course classic tasting menu to be shared with the table, £55 per head
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