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 spots that we’re certain every mum will love. Better still – why not get her a SquareMeal Gift voucher, redeemable at over 40 top restaurants and bars – and then she can choose somewhere herself.
Benares – SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: This popular fine-dining Indian restaurant in Mayfair is sure to be a hit with mothers who like a bit of spice. A carefully curated Mother’s Day menu is an enticing and good value way to experience the top quality food on offer at Benares. Choose from the likes of a baked Scottish scallop korma to start, slow-cooked duck leg and lentil stew with plum murabba to follow and finish with an Earl Grey chai cheesecake topped with salted caramel. Mums will also be treated to a complimentary glass of Champagne and box of chocolates.
Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, W1J 6BS
How much: Four-course Mother’s Day menu, £45
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: Brook Street, W1K 4HR
How much: Seven-course tasting menu, £145; Three courses, £72
Helix at The Gherkin
What: Treat your mum to a four-course feast and a glass of Champagne at The Gherkin this Mother’s Day. Classic brunch dishes include Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royal, and roast sirloin of Lake District beef, carrots, parsnips and roast potatoes available for those looking for a more traditional Sunday lunch. Sweeter options comprise freshly-made waffle, seasonal fruit compote and sweet cream, Eton mess and chocolate tart, malt ice cream and Guiness gel.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
How much: Four courses and a glass of Champagne, £69
Galvin La Chapelle – SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: If Mum has a taste for the finer things in life then she’ll undoubtedly be impressed by Galvin la Chapelle. On Mothering Sunday, Michelin-starred chef Jeff Galvin has devised a menu that includes a stunning selection of modern French dishes as well as a traditional Sunday roast.
Where: 35 Spital Square, E1 6DY
How much: Three-course menu £42.50, or £52.00 with a carafe of wine
Cinnamon Kitchen City – SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: A great option for getting all the family together, the Mother’s Day special menu at Cinnamon Kitchen comprises six dishes to share with the table, and includes a seasonal cocktail on arrival and a cake for Mum to take away. Dishes include Tanjore style king prawns with coconut coriander sauce; Lucknow style chicken biryani; and the signature ginger toffee pudding with cinnamon ice cream.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YL
How much: £35 per person (minimum two people on sharing basis)
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 two Michelin-starred menus which comprise lightened-up versions of classic haute cuisine are sure to appeal to mothers unanimous.
Where: Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
How much: Five-course tasting menu £120; seven 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, 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: Two-course lunch £33; Three-course lunch £43
M Victoria Street – SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: If Mum likes steak then few do it better than M. With specially selected cuts from all over the world she will be able to choose from the likes of rump steak from Argentina, rib-eye from Botswana, or aged sirloin from Normandy accompanied by a choice of over 120 wines. From the desserts list don’t miss the signature Snickers – an innovative take on the classic chocolate bar served with dulce ice cream.
Where: Zig Zag Building, Victoria Street, SW1E 6SQ
How much: Steaks from £19.50
The Jones Family project - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: The Jones family Project might be best known for its eclectic menu of crowd-pleasers but when the weekend comes around it takes Sunday Roasts very seriously. Treat Mum to an exquisite rib of beef, dry-aged for 28 days or lamb shoulder, slow roasted overnight and served with all the trimmings. For carb lovers there’s even a special potato menu offering the likes of truffled Dauphinoise, creamy mash and triple-cooked chips.
Where: 78 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3JL
How much: Rib of beef for two or more people, £49
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 its ‘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 the 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
Oldroyd - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: For a low-key but delicious selection of sharing plates served in a cosy convivial setting, Oldroyd is a great choice to take mum for dinner. The menu changes daily but could include the likes of salt cod and chili croquetas with squid ink aioli; pan fried chicken livers with creamed leaks and vegetable crisps; or rare breed porchetta with buttered cavolo nero and salsa verde.
Where: 344 Upper Street, N1 0PD
How much: Large plates from £15
Kahani - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: In a modern but luxurious setting, Kahani is serving up a set menu on Mother’s Day that will have your tastebuds watering. For your main course, choose between chicken simmered with garlic, roasted spices and spinach purée or venison keema with shallots, fenugreek leaves and truffle nan, both served with seasonal vegetables, yellow lentils, and pulao rice.
Where: 1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE
How much: Three courses, £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 and 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
Mere - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
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: Six-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: Six-course tasting menu £65 and £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 mum 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
What: Known for its stunning roof gardens and luxury French-accented menu, Coq d’Argent is the perfect venue for a spoiling meal with your mum at any time of year. On 22 March the restaurant is boosting its appeal further with a special 3-course Mother's Day menu. Highlights include roasted Shetland cod with pomme purée, mussels, samphire, smoked sun-dried tomatoes and fish velouté and for dessert a decadent warm dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream.
Where No.1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
How much Three courses for £47
Bustronome - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: If Mum’s not a London local then a voyage on Bustronome if is the perfect way of showing her the sights while enjoying a delicious meal of British classics with a French twist and the option to add wine pairing. Whatever the weather, the panoramic views from the upper deck of this unique bus are sure to impress her and make it a mother’s day like no other.
Where: Departure from Embankment tube station, WC2N 6PB
How much: Four-course lunch and bus tour, £65
Ginza Onodera – SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: For something a bit different why not treat Mum to a Japanese afternoon tea at Ginza Onodera? Choose between a choice of teas, Champagne or cocktails to accompany a tiered selection of small savoury and sweet dishes. Highlights include premium Wagyu beef sliders; deep fried crab croquettes with homemade béchamel sauce; and chocolate gateau with mocha ice cream and matcha sauce.
Where: 15 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL
How much: Afternoon tea £29 / Afternoon tea with Champagne £40
Amuse Bouche - SquareMeal voucher redeemable here
What: West Londoners love this neighbourhood Champagne bar in Parson’s Green with its stripped back walls and low hanging lights. Upstairs at Amuse Bouche, the restaurant serves a concise menu of British fare. From the mains we think Mum will love the red mullet with braised pink fur potatoes, capers, monks beard and black garlic; or hay smoked Texel lamb with parsley root, sprout tops, watercress, chocolate and sweet jelly.
Where: 51 Parsons Green Lane, SW6 4JA
How much: Three courses, £45
Wild by Tart
What: The beautiful interiors at this restaurant in Belgravia make it a great spot to take Mum whatever the occasion. However this year exclusively for Mother’s Day, Wild by Tart are hosting a flower making workshop in collaboration with florists Wild at Heart that will enable guests to create and tie their own posies whilst enjoying a glass of fizz and a selection of wholesome nibbles.
Where: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, SW1W 9AZ
How much: Tickets £85
What: This Taiwanese Teahouse & Restaurant located on Soho’s Rupert Street, is offering a one-off set menu which features a selection of Xu’s greatest dishes, as well as a selection of limited-edition additions exclusively for Mother’s Day. Highlights include the char siu Iberico pork neck with cucumber and sesame; and the sweet potato and miso taro dumplings in Kow Choi oil; not to mention the Malai madeleines with butterscotch sauce for dessert.
Where: 30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL
How much: £39 per person including a glass of bubbles for every mum.
What: If Mum’s a bit of a style queen then Cora Pearl could be the spot to take her this Mother’s Day. The Covent Garden hotspot is offering guests a flight of fashion forward cocktails, created in collaboration with Parisian it girl favourite, agnes b. The Iconic French designer has worked alongside the team to create three chic takes on recognisable classics, perfect for spoiling maman on her special day!
Where: 30 Henrietta Street, WC2F 8NA
How much: Cocktails from £10
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