Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 27th March this year. Make your Mum’s Day by treating her to a gorgeous meal out (and absolutely no washing up!). Here are some of the most delicious sounding menus and dine in options I’ve seen so far this year. I’ll try to keep this updated as more places announce what they’re offering. No faceless chains – just lovely, local, independents!
Mother’s Day Derby area
Newly opened Binary Bar and Restaurant in Mickleover is in the same small local chain as The Boot at Repton, Harpurs in Melbourne and The Dragon Willington. All are offering a champagne breakfast for £29.95 per person. As well as a special three course menu for Mother’s Day. Details and prices vary by venue – so check at your local.
The Palfrey, Milford
The Palfrey are doing afternoon tea on Saturday 26th and then a special Sunday lunch. The afternoon tea is priced at £22 per person with prosecco or champagne upgrades available.
The Mother’s Day menu is priced at £29 for two course or £35 for three. Read my previous review of The Palfrey.
Best Places for Mother’s Day in Chesterfield
Cocina at Casa, Chesterfield
Three delectable courses for £45 per person. I’d be having the halloumi and watermelon stack, Walton Lodge sirloin of beef and then either pink grapefruit meringue pie or rhubarb crumble cheesecake! See the full menu on their website.
Dunston Hall Bistro, near Chesterfield
Three course Sunday lunch including a glass of prosecco for Mum. Priced at £29.95 per person. Starters include smoked salmon and prawn salad. Mains include Highfield House Farm leg of lamb or rare roast sirloin.
Mother’s Day Menus in the Peak District
Special afternoon tea at the Thornbridge Estate
This is an amazing opportunity to see some parts of the lovely Thornbridge Hall that are not normally open to the public. Included is drinks in the Orangery, a private tour of Thornbridge Hall with owner, Emma, afternoon tea in the Music Room with prosecco, a gift to take home and entry to the gardens. Afternoon tea consists of a selection of finger sandwiches on granary and white bread, Thornbridge smallholding sausage rolls, award winning pork pies, freshly baked sweet and savoury scones, homemade cakes and treats; pots of specially selected teas or coffee and a glass of prosecco. Advance booking essential as numbers are limited. More info here.
The George, Hathersage
[AD] This newly renovated historic coaching inn is a wonderful choice. Not least because as well as a gorgeous dinner you can enjoy a trip out into the glorious Peak District. The George are running a special menu for Mothering Sunday priced at £35 per person for three courses plus a selection of breads and coffee and handmade chocolates. Or half price for under 12s.
I recently enjoyed a gifted invite to The George (which is why this is marked as an ‘AD’ – although I was under no obligation to include them here. This is the set menu that appeals to me most personally out of any I’ve seen so far.) I’d struggle to pick a starter – both the chicken liver parfait and the gin cured salmon gravlax with rhubarb and cream cheese mousse sound exquisite (the duck doesn’t sound too shabby either!). Then there’s a choice of roasts with all the trimmings. Or pan fried salmon served with minty pea purée, roasted fennel, dauphinoise and orange beurre blanc (a gluten free option), or homemade venison ravioli or a wild mushroom risotto.
Desserts sound equally tempting. Highlights include a flourless chocolate brownie, a pina colada pavlova and an incredible sounding local cheese board with artisan biscuits, honeyed walnuts, grapes and red onion and blueberry chutney (for a very reasonable £2 supplement).
This is bound to be popular so book early. £10 per person non-refundable deposit required.
The Scotsman’s Pack, Hathersage
[AD – previous invite] This cosy traditional pub is running its usual Sunday lunch menu with the addition of roast lamb, but Mum gets a free dessert with every table booked.
A similar offer is on at the Robin Hood in Baslow, except Mum gets a free glass of fizz for tables booked now.
To my knowledge, the pubs and restaurants haven’t yet announced any special Mother’s Day menus – but afternoon tea at the Cavendish Hotel would be a delightful Mother’s Day treat (as would a gift voucher).
The Horseshoes Long Lane near Ashbourne
The Horseshoes is running a three course set menu. Highlights include a starter of confit duck leg with poached rhubarb and mâche salad and Doveridge roast leg of lamb with duck fat roast potatoes and mint jus (both of these just happen to be gluten free options. I also love the sound of the vegetarian main – goat’s cheese and red onion open tart with braised puy lentils and tomato sauce. For dessert I’d be having rhubarb crème brûlée with vanilla shortbread, rose water, coconut and honey panna cotta and mango sorbet.
The Star at Cotton
Just outside of Derbyshire, into Staffordshire is the lovely pub, The Star at Cotton. They are running their popular afternoon tea from Monday 21st to Saturday 26th March. For £30 per person you can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, mini quiches, pork pies, scones, a range of delicious sounding cakes, chocolate dipped strawberries and a ‘pink lemonade’ cocktail
Basilia, Langley Mill
Popular deli/tea room Basilia in Langley Mill is doing afternoon teas for Mother’s Day at £20 per person. Expect good portion sizes of delicious, freshly made sweet and savoury treats. Two sittings, midday and 2.30pm. £10 deposit per person required.
Dine In Options for Mother’s Day in Derbyshire
For anyone who is home bound, or simply just prefers to stay at home, there are also a number of fabulous options for making dining in incredibly special for Mother’s Day.
Fresh Al Fresco
Midlands grazing company (who I have tried and really rate), Fresh Alfresco have teamed up with two other fabulous small businesses I know and love, Perfect Peaks Patisserie and J Austin Designs to offer a Mother’s Day afternoon tea bundle. This consists of decadent, beautifully dressed open sandwiches, a freshly baked scone from The Loaf, a box of delicious macarons and a mini mousse cake. Accompanying the food goodies is a cute floral tea cup arrangement featuring gorgeous seasonal blooms in a lovely tea cup and saucer Mum can keep forever as a lovely keepsake. Order online and to see delivery areas.
Chesterfield Grazing Co., Tipple Adventures are running their full grazing menu in addition to some specials for Mother’s Day. There are a range of options but I would be opting for the Cheese Heart. Made up of eight different cheeses and topped with cured meats and garnishes and served with crackers and chutney, this is a cheese lover’s dream. See the full Mother’s Day range here.