Falling within the first few weeks of spring this year, Mother’s Day is just two weeks away which means you have just two weeks to ensure that come March 31st, your mum feels well and truly spoilt. From picking the perfect thing to do on a day out to selecting one of the finest restaurants or cafes in the region, Mother’s Day in Hampshire doesn’t have to be a hassle with our handy list of the best places to eat and drink.

Make the most of the changing of the seasons at an eatery that has it all. Whether you’re looking for a delicious Sunday roast in a beautiful countryside location, a memorable day out at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard exploring the many historical vessels, or you want to treat your mum to dinner and a show at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, Hampshire won’t disappoint.

Read through our Mother’s Day picks below or read a digital copy of our Hampshire Food & Drink Guide here for a comprehensive guide to the very best restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and hotels in the region.

Boathouse No.4

This Mother’s Day weekend, why not treat your mother and grandmother to a fascinating trip to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard!? Home to The Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and HMS Victory, after a delightful morning spent exploring the wonderful historical vessels, museums, and many exhibitions Portsmouth Historic Dockyard has to offer, sit back and relax in a spacious, light and airy setting and breathe in the beautiful and picturesque views across Portsmouth harbour and the working boat yard at Boathouse No.4.

Serving delicious contemporary English food made from the finest produce from local suppliers, your mum will love the many delicious choices available on the menu. Whether you’re visiting for lunch, afternoon snacks, or artisan coffee and high tea, there are few finer eateries in the area to catch your breath and savour some tempting treats such as squid ink grissini with parma ham and herb pesto, cod and chorizo fishcake with golden beetroot, tomato and crispy kale, and local beer-battered cod with chips, crushed peas and homemade tartare sauce. Their sensational Sunday lunches also shouldn’t be missed, using locally sourced meat to create hearty dishes that won’t leave you hungry.

Open from 10am until 4pm every day, this Mother’s Day, all mothers and grandmothers will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly when ordering from the locally sourced menu. Bookings are advised.

Also, be sure to enter their Mother’s Day competition to win any annual pass you want, including family and individual tickets to explore Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and £50 to spend at Boathouse No.4.

Watermark Restaurant & Bar

Offering a regularly changing menu that makes the most of the region’s most scrumptious seasonal ingredients, if you’re looking for the perfect venue in Portsmouth to enjoy outstanding food and drink with your mother, Watermark Restaurant & Bar, with its stylish and comfortable interiors and uninterrupted views across the Port Solent waterways, is that place.

Step inside Watermark Restaurant & Bar and you’ll be welcomed by the venue’s pale pine woodwork, smart furnishings, and neutral palette, providing diners with a cool and calm place to relax, unwind and catch up with your loved ones. The restaurant also comes alive with a unique and exciting energy every weekend with their renowned dine and dance evenings every Friday and Saturday and Sunday Sessions.

Offering an all-day menu that caters to all tastes and includes a fantastic range of well-loved classics, vegetarian and vegan options, and breakfast and afternoon tea, no matter how fussy your mother is, she’ll love the choice available here.

Dishes on the a la carte menu include the likes of mussels cooked in white wine, cream and garlic and pork belly with black pudding and caramelised apples to start, 8oz sirloin steak with chips and slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with spring onion mash for mains, and delectable homemade desserts like the warm chocolate brownie with clotted cream ice cream and apple crumble with vanilla ice cream to finish.

This Mother’s Day, enjoy a meal off their brilliant a la carte menu or a satisfying and scrumptious Sunday roast with your mother and she’ll receive a free gift.


If you’re in Southampton this Mother’s Day weekend, why not treat your mother and grandmother to a night out at the Mayflower Theatre after enjoying a delicious pre-theatre dinner at one of the city’s most historic and unique venues!? Whether you purchase tickets to see the internationally acclaimed and highly popular Jersey Boys on March 30th or That’ll Be The Day on March 31st, the UK’s premier rock and roll variety show that combines classic hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s with tons of hilarious comedy, a pre-show dinner at The Vestry is always a memorable experience.

Built in 1846 in classic Normandy style, if you’re looking for the perfect place for a delightful lunch or evening meal, there are few more charming venues than this characterful restaurant and bar housed in a renovated church complete with gorgeous stained glass windows, intricately painted feature walls, and vaulted wooden beamed ceilings.

Offering a diverse selection of sandwiches and burgers for those seeking something quick along with a varied set menu showcasing the best fresh, locally sourced food on offer, enjoy dishes such as homemade herb potato gnocchi with beetroot, rocket, and crispy Parmesan to start, chargrilled pork chop with wild mushroom arancini, wilted spinach, and cider sage sauce for main, and warm apple and almond slice with Bramley apple sauce, roasted oat and almond crumb, and vanilla bean ice cream to finish.

The Jack Russell

This Mother’s Day, why not treat your mum to a memorable Sunday lunch at the outstanding countryside retreat that is The Jack Russell in Andover!? Nestled within stunning countryside surroundings, we can think of few more idyllic spots in the region to soak up the spring and feast on delicious British dishes made using exclusively seasonal produce often caught in Faccombe Estate in which this restaurant proudly sits.

Begin your Sunday lunch with the likes of celeriac and Faccombe apple soup or Faccombe partridge with celeriac puree, wild mushrooms, and beetroot crisps before moving onto one of The Jack Russell’s famous roasts. Choose from either sirloin of beef with horseradish cream, Faccombe pheasant with thyme butter, or chicken with thyme and lemon butter, all served with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and gravy. If you fancy something a little different, you can even choose from dishes such as their Jack Russell beef burger served in a homemade brioche bun with gherkin, tomato, onion, beetroot coleslaw and fries or vegetarian options like starters of chicory, blackberry, pear and Blue Vinny salad with candied walnuts and mains like autumn root vegetable and goat’s cheese tart with watercress salad (menu subject to change with the seasons).

Dog-friendly and boasting four bespoke bedrooms in the main pub and 11 bedrooms in the shooting lodge, Jack Russell’s is the perfect place for a countryside getaway this March 31st.


Situated close to the breathtaking New Forest and boasting stunning views over the historic Lymington Harbour, The Mayflower, named after the original radio beacon ship responsible for sending the very first radio signal to the Isle of Wight, makes a great spot to celebrate the day with your mum this year.

With a menu focused on showcasing the finest and freshest fish caught locally, start with the likes of mussels with a white wine, garlic, and herb sauce, before moving onto mains like the seafood tagliatelle with crayfish, mussels, squid, prawn, and a chilli and chorizo sauce. If seafood isn’t really to your tastes, there’s also a fantastic selection of meat and vegetarian options available like beef bourguignon, slow roast pork belly or roast root vegetable stew with toasted seeds, vegetable crisps and focaccia.

Finish your perfect Mother’s Day meal at The Mayflower with a delicious dessert like the blackberry and lime swirl cheesecake with raspberry ripple ice cream, hot chocolate fondant with orange sorbet, and the apricot frangipane tart with clotted cream ice cream.

Anchor Inn

The 2-AA-Rosette awarded Anchor Inn situated in Alton is one of Hampshire’s best kept secrets. Surrounded by sweeping fields, this idyllic county inn boasts beautiful, literary-themed country-chic bedrooms along with a quirky bar and restaurant just bursting with character, making it one of the region’s best venues to visit come March 31st.

Surrounded by handsome Hampshire countryside, celebrate the start of spring by enjoying a delicious Sunday dinner championing traditional and seasonal British fare within the cosy restaurant and bar. Start with the likes of chorizo and pork Scotch egg with bacon crisp and mustard aioli before moving onto mains such as cod in Parma ham with squid ink linguine, scampi, caper salsa and hazelnut or roasts including lemon and thyme roasted chicken or rolled belly of Hampshire pork.

The menu changes constantly throughout the year to make the most of the very best seasonal produce available so these dishes are subject to change, but you can always be certain your meal will be one to remember.

Well placed for exploring the magnificent South Downs National Park and historic sites like the home of Jane Austen and the medieval city of Winchester, make the most of Mothering Sunday this year and treat your mother to a brilliant day out within the region.

The Yew Tree

Situated in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, the 2-AA-rosette-awarded Yew Tree in Newbury is an authentic 17th-century inn with a fantastic reputation for serving top-quality, unmistakably British cuisine. Taking full advantage of its stunning countryside surroundings, come to The Yew Tree this Mother’s Day and enjoy dishes featuring the region’s freshest game and seafood along with seasonal, locally grown vegetables.

If the weather is good, sit outside with a drink in one of The Yew Tree’s spacious outdoor areas and enjoy their exceptional Sunday roasts featuring the likes of sirloin of beef, free-range chicken, and succulent pork belly with apple compote.

Ideally located in the North Wessex Downs, bring your four-legged friend and explore the stunning surrounding areas, like Highclere Castle, the setting for the TV drama Downtown Abbey, which is right on the inn’s doorstep.

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