Take your mum out for some top munchies this March…

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but panic not, as you still have plenty of time to make it really special and a little different. On Sunday 30th March, and Saturday 29th too, why not give a gift and spend some quality time with that important lady at the same time. Here are a few foodie ideas to get you thinking outside the box.

South East

If your mum is as much of a food-obsessed fanatic as you, in the South East there are some super duper festivals to mooch around. Brighton’s Chocolate Festival is to be held on Mother’s Day weekend in the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange. One of the biggest chocolate celebrations in the UK, the two-day chocoholic celebration will offer ample opportunities to try, buy, ogle and learn.

Brighton’s VegFest will also take place over Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March at the Hove Centre. There’ll be cooking demonstrations galore, lots of lovely raw ingredients, vegan products, global foods, events for kids and plenty of entertainment – there’s even a body-building competition!

For something completely different, but still with a foodie theme, take mum for a day at the races. Country Fair Race Day at Ascot offers special two-course menu offer in the Parade Ring Restaurant, as well as the excitement of the races and a host of country stalls.

The North

Up north there’s the Kendal Festival of Food, where artisan producers from all over the region will be coming together to show you a good time. There will be live demonstrations from top chefs and even pop-up restaurants, so make sure you treat mum to the works.

If your ma would prefer to spend the day in a slightly more traditional manner, then I suggest booking a table at the superb Devonshire Arms in the heart of the Bolton Abbey Estate. Indulge in a three-course meal and take in the beautiful surrounding countryside as you catch up over some of Yorkshire’s finest food.

London

For the refined mum, who loves a bit of people-watching too, afternoon tea at one of London’s finest hotels is a great shout. The Ritz, of course does it in style, as does Claridge’s.

If your mum loves a night out, and also a glass of Gordon’s finest, why not book a London gin tour through gin-obsessed Shake, Rattle and Stir. You will be taken to five different specialist bars and a gin distillery, so there will be a little learning along the way too. A night of gin-cocktail-quaffing and history – what better way to bond?

Green & Black’s chocolate and wine masterclass at Vinopolis offers the chance to sample and match two of life’s indisputable pleasures. Your chocolate education will be led by taste specialist, Brandt Maybury, who will fill you in on the process from bean to bar.

West Country

Who’s for afternoon tea? In Bath there are numerous places to partake of that very British tradition. Book the Bath Priory or the Pump Room Restaurant at the Roman Baths for some regency-style indulgence – and lots of cake, or course.

All aboard! Steam and Cuisine is a unique steam rail journey hosted by Avon Valley Railway. Take your place in a traditionally refurbished carriage and tuck into a two-course lunch.  The three-hour journey consists of a six-mile round trip from Bitton Station – a truly relaxing and original way to spend an afternoon.

If you’ve had any other bright ideas that you’d like to share, let us know by posting below.

Sally Webb

Sally Webb

Sally'’s favourite things include Sunday roasts after long country walks, BBC adaptations of Jane Austen novels, all things pasta and her dog Tiggy. Sally is currently sporting a rather large ‘preggalump’ and has not just eaten all the pies.

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