Treat mum this Mother’s Day
Treating your mum? Hope to be treated yourself? Either way we have ideas aplenty to spoil the most important lady in your life.
Everywhere gets so darn busy on Mother’s Day – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the day before desperately trying to book a table at a pub or restaurant. So this year I’ve decided to get in early with our guide to what to do with your mum – or your kids – on Sunday 31 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
A FAMILY SUNDAY LUNCH
There’s nothing quite like that feeling of knowing you don’t have to cook a roast dinner – or do the tidying up. So a slap-up lunch is high on the agenda for most knackered mums. We’re lucky in Surrey to have loads of fabulous pubs and restaurants to eat, washed down of course with a glass (oh alright a bottle!) of vino (hic). Some of my favourite country pubs for a family lunch include (*drum roll please*) … The Bull Inn, in Limpsfield; The White Horse in Hascombe; The Plough Inn, at Coldharbour; The Mulberry Inn, in Chiddingfold; The Running Horses, in Mickleham (take a stroll around Box Hill first); and The Barley Mow and The Fox and Hounds, both in Englefield Green.
For foodie fans who might want to combine lunch with a spot of shopping, head to The March Hare in Guildford or if you’re pushing the boat out book a table at The Ivy Castle View, in Guildford. La Barbe in Reigate is quite possibly the best French food in the whole of the Surrey, and Meejana in Weybridge is fabulous for Middle Eastern fare. If you fancy a cocktail with your lunch it’s got to be the trendy Number 97 in Surbiton or the cool and urbane One One Four in Teddington.
You can check out all my latest pub and restaurant reviews here – there are maps and everything!
LET’S TAKE A WALK
If the weather is looking good (we can but hope), tell your kids to stop the moaning about their legs being tired and bribe the teenagers to get off their devices then 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 vast and beautiful estate at Polesden Lacey near Dorking. As well as the beautiful gardens, there are four way-marked walks across the 1,400 acres estate ranging in length from 1.5 miles to 4 miles. Box Hill and Leith Hill are two other great National Trust walks – and both have the benefit of being close to fabulous pubs (The Running Horses for the first and the Plough Inn for the latter).
If you’ve got bikes, load em up and head to the 2,500 acre Richmond Park for a bit of deer spotting – you could follow it up with lunch at One One Four in Teddington. And as one who loves a landscaped garden, I’m always happy for a wander around the rather lovely 18th century gardens and grounds at Painshill in Cobham.
Also just across the Kent border is Hever Castle, with its 125 acres of glorious grounds. If you want a real treat, book a table at the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant situated in the Italian Garden overlooking the lake.
TIME FOR TEA?
Say ‘I love you mum’ through the medium of cake, cucumber sandwiches and scones with lashings of clotted cream. And for one of the best afternoon tea in Surrey, head to the out-of-the-way Warren House in Kingston where as well as afternoon tea (or lunch if you’d rather), mum will be treated to a pretty floral bouquet.
If your mum is partial to a drop of wine (or is that just me?), head to Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking where you can book a winery tour and follow it up with cream tea in the Conservatory Restaurant. If you’re feeling decadent, book the Champagne afternoon tea at The Ivy Brasserie in Cobham.
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER JAUNTS
Looking for something grown-up and child-free to do with your mum? BSpa at Brooklands Hotel offers a range of spa packages for a pampering day out including two ‘Miss and Mum’ packages for mums with teenagers. If you really want to push the boat out you could book the Sunday Spa Stopover and spend the night. The Runnymede on Thames at Egham also has a range of spa packages, including the ‘Mum’s the Word Package’ which offers four hours of spa experiences for mum.
For something a bit different, book a bespoke cookery class with Breech Lane Curry House in Tadworth where the two of you will learn to recreate traditional Indian recipes. Or, if a day wandering around an art gallery sounds like perfect Mother’s Day fodder then head to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in the village of Compton. The studios of GF and Mary Watts at their home Limnerslease, are also open and well worth a visit.