Mother’s Day sorted!
Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? (some chance). We have ideas aplenty to spoil the superwoman in your life.
Ahhhhhh! Mothering Sunday is fast approaching, get organised before everywhere gets books up and your scrabbling around last minute in a blind panic. Restaurants reservations can be a bit of challenge, but there’s always something you can do to make your mother feel a bit spesh on Sunday 11 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
Casual Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast or tidy up. So a slap up lunch is high on the agenda for most knackered mums. We’re incredibly lucky in Berkshire to have loads of blinkin’ fabulous pubs and restaurants to eat, washed down with a few glasses, you’re right bottles, of vino (hic). Some of my favourites for a family lunch include (*drum roll please*)… The Pheasant in Lambourn, The Royal Oak in Yattendon, and Oak & Saw in Taplow (the Sunday roast is legendary) and the Bel & The Dragon Cookham. If you’re really pushing the boat out, L’Ortolan is a bit spesh, and they’re doing a special 6-course Mother’s Day lunch; Heston’s posh pub Hind’s Head in Bray is a Muddy fave, the Oxford Blue in Old Windsor is always memorable and Caldesi in Campagna is bellissimo. Italian food at its very best.
A family walk (that’s not the school run)
If the weather is looking good (we can but hope), tell your kids to can the moaning about their legs being tired and head off for a nice family stroll. We’re spoilt for choice for scenic surroundings in our region but your starter for 10 includes the stonking grounds of Basildon Park and in the house you can take a peek at its current art exhibition in the South Pavilion; Cliveden House with 375 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland to waft about in, enjoy riverside rambles, den building and climbing trees; Swinley Forest in Bracknell is brilliant for all ages – walks, cycle routes, an adventure playground, horse riding and tree top adventures and if you’re in Hungerford, the canal towpath by the River Kennet is stunning (although it can get a bit muddy, just saying) –take stroll, check out the antiques and grab a coffee.
Let them eat cake
I, for one, will never turn down the opportunity to scoff a scone (I’m a Devon gal – it’s in our DNA) and I’m guessing that you’re partial to an afternoon tea too. Allow me to suggest luxury country house hotel The Vineyard for an elegant (grown up) tea and Cliveden (they cater to kids really well). If you think you might need something stonger than tea, Hind’s Head in Bray is doing a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with finger sarnies, cakes and scones, served with a gin cocktail and tea. For something a bit quirky book on to the Whittingtons Tea Barge in Reading for a tasty high tea that includes a bob about on the River Thames. Fancy a jaunt to London? The Berkeley Hotel‘s long-running fashion-themed afternoon tea, Prêt-à-Portea, is an oldie but a goodie (all biscuits should come in the shape of a stiletto I think).
Mother/ daughter jaunts (no anklebiters allowed)
Looking for something grown-up and child-free to do with your mum? Go the extra mile and book a bespoke perfume workshop. Run by Janette Hammond of Uncommon Scents you can channel your inner Coco Chanel to create a signature scent. Quality time, fun and unique pressie from £85. If you’re looking for maximum rest and relaxation, head to Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa, their spa days start at £82 and they do a brilliant teen pamper package too. Cliveden House Spa is perfect for luxury loafing, packages start at £140. Alternatively, escape for a mum-pleasing day to Hungerford, lots of antique emporiums and boutiques. Or, how does a shopping trip aver mama, grab you? Bicester Village isn’t too far, shop ’til your drop and refuel at the Soho Farmhouse Kitchen (warning: bring your credit card and a back up).
Say it with flowers or even superpowers. We all know that we’re wonder women without the high-waisted hot pants and corset. But it’s always worth reminding everyone without resorting to wearing nana’s knickers with your knee-high boots in public. Tinkers Gifts has fun range of framed mini figures that are perfect for Mother’s Day with prices starting at £10. My other go-to places for pressies are: Gift Pop for lush bags, fun tassels earrings and cute necklaces; Claire McNestry’s Personal Styling gift vouchers are brilliant for anyone needing a fashion reboot and no one is ever disappointed with flowers (last minute garage bouquet don’t count).