Mother’s day – sorted
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 11 March. Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…
Family Sunday lunch (that you don’t have to cook)
As regular Muddy readers are aware, I have an hard-earned knowledge of our region’s many, excellent local eateries (and a bulging waistline to prove it). Some of my favourites for a family lunch include (*drum roll please*)… The Sun Inn in Chobham; The Talbot Inn, Ripley; The Running Horses, in Mickleham (take a stroll around Box Hill first); The Black Horse in Reigate. For foodie fans who might want to combine lunch with a spot of shopping, head to The March Hare in Guildford. And for something a bit different and with a bit of Hoxton cool, try Boxpark in Croydon. You can check out all my latest pub and restaurant reviews here – there are maps and everything (*preen*).
A family walk (that’s not the school run)
If the weather is looking good (we can but hope), tell your kids to stop 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 18th century gardens and grounds of Painshill in Cobham where mums get free entry when they’ve got the kids in tow. Box Hill and Leith Hill are great National Trust walks, as is pretty Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s former home, near Westerham in Kent, which is offering a Mother’s Day garden tour and cream tea. 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. If you’ve got bikes, load em up and head to the 2,500 acre Richmond Park for a spot of deer spotting. While you’re there, the 40 acre woodland garden Isabella Plantation is nice for a stroll, and Pembroke Lodge, the elegant Georgian tea rooms, has a great selection of cakes.
Have your cake – and eat it too
I, for one, will never turn down the opportunity to scoff a scone and I’m guessing that you’re partial to an afternoon tea too. Allow me to suggest Foxhills, the swanky country club and resort in Ottershaw, for afternoon tea. Or, combine a trip to The Lightbox in Woking with coffee and cake (or indeed brunch or lunch – it all looks amazing) at the Seasons Cafe and Kitchen. If your mum is partial to a drop of wine (or is that just me?), head to Denbie’s Wine Estate near Dorking where you can book a winery tour and follow it up with cream tea in the Conservatory Restaurant. Or head to Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth for the Afternoon Tea with fizz.
Mother/ adult daughter jaunts (no kids allowed)
Looking for something grown-up and child-free to do with your mum? The Hog’s Back Spa and Hotel has a range of spa packages for a spot of pampering, including the You, Me and Tea package which includes afternoon tea. Or just go the whole hog (geddit!!) and book into the restaurant for a special mother’s day lunch. 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.