With lockdown restrictions in place for a few more months, Mother’s Day celebrations will look a little different this year. There might be Zoom calls instead of pub lunches, or simply fewer people around your table, but there are still ways to make the day feel special. We’ve rounded up some of the best meal kits and food gifts you can get delivered, whether you’re able to see your Mum or you’re sending some long-distance love.
Best for brunch
The Wolseley – Start the day in style with The Wolseley’s breakfast in bed box (£95). It has all the ingredients for scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and caviar, plus loose leaf tea, orange juice, and half a bottle of Pommery Champagne. There’s also a copy of Breakfast at The Wolseley by AA Gill, plus homemade treats like marmalade, granola and raspberry truffles.
Caravan – What better way to spoil your Mum than with a DIY kit from one of London’s top brunch spots? While you follow the recipe for their baked eggs and cornbread muffins, Mum can enjoy their Special Bru coffee.
Where The Pancakes Are – With the big brunch box (£45), you can whip up a stack of fluffy American pancakes topped with bananas, blueberries, maple syrup, and streaky bacon. Pop some prosecco in the fridge, turn up the music, and you’ve got yourself a brunch party!
Cubitt House – With gastropubs like The Orange and The Thomas Cubitt in their collection, Cubitt House are experts when it comes to the Sunday roast. All the chopping, marinating and prepping is done by their chefs, so when your roast box arrives, all you have to do is warm it up. Choose from chicken, beef, root veg wellington, or their Mother’s Day special, rolled and stuffed Salt Marsh saddle of lamb. The ultimate celebration box also includes a bottle of English sparkling wine and apple pie with salted caramel sauce for dessert.
Roast boxes available for London and nationwide delivery via the website.
12:51 – While his restaurant is temporarily closed, Great British Menu winner James Cochran has teamed up with Slerp to deliver the ultimate Sunday roast. After prosecco and smoked salmon, you can tuck into sirloin and short rib of beef with all the trimmings and rich smoked bone marrow gravy. There’s a bottle of red to go with, plus bread and butter pudding with spiced custard for dessert.
Mother’s Day roasts from £120, available via Slerp.
Gaucho – If your cooking skills aren’t up to scratch, let Gaucho save the day with their roast beef, hearty pies, and beef Wellington. For something more casual, their meat-and-bun box has everything you need to create Argentine beef burgers, waffle fries, and slaw.
The Savoy – It won’t be long until you can spoil Mum at The Savoy again, but until then, their world-famous afternoon tea can come to you. They’ll deliver everything you need to recreate the glamour of the Thames Foyer, from Jing tea and finger sandwiches to beautifully-crafted cakes and pastries. Set the scene with music and flowers, warm up the scones, and enjoy!
Afternoon tea from £65, available for delivery and collection via Slerp.
Biscuiteers – If you can’t be with your Mum this Sunday, why not send her something delicious to enjoy with a cup of tea? Biscuiteers have a beautiful selection of hand-iced biscuits shaped to look like teacups, cats, flowers, and more. We’ve got our eye on this gin and tonic themed set, which comes with a rhubarb Cosmo cocktail, in case Mum fancies something stronger.
Brigit’s Bakery – While their afternoon tea bus tours are on hold, Brigit’s Bakery are delivering sweet treats to your door this Mother’s Day. After Champagne, finger sandwiches and savoury muffins, Mum can tuck into dainty cakes and freshly baked scones with jam and cream. Alternatively, sign her up to their Bake Club so she can create Bake Off-worthy treats at home and cook along with professional chefs in live classes.
Tea for two: £69 including a bouquet and half bottle of Champagne, £109 for a full bottle and large VIP bouquet.
Fortnum & Mason – Fortnums has everything you need to pamper the special lady in your life, whether that’s Mum, Grandma, or a Mum-to-be. Choose from beautifully packaged tea, biscuits and chocolates, or splash out on one of their famous hampers.
The Cinnamon Collection – Chef Vivek Singh has put together a four-course menu that features some of his favourite dishes and celebrates the influence his Mum’s cooking has had on him. Priced at £125 for two, it includes Bengali vegetable cakes, shrimp in coconut and cardamom curry, and slow-cooked spiced leg of lamb. For an extra treat, you can add a cookbook, Champagne, or pre-mixed cocktails.
Claude Bosi at Bibendum – After a year like no other, treat Mum to a fine dining feast created by award-winning chef Claude Bosi. Taking classic French flavours to the next level, the menu features Cornish crab quiche and black leg chicken with morels, asparagus, vin jaune and black truffle sauce. Canapés and petit fours are also included, so all you need to do is set the table and pour a glass of Mum’s favourite wine.
£115 per person, available 13-14th March. Order here for nationwide delivery.
Petersham Nurseries – In a few months time, we’ll be able to dine surrounded by flowers in their glorious greenhouse, but until then, Petersham Nurseries are delivering seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes made with ingredients from their Devon farm. Their Mother’s Day menu starts with rose Bellinis and nettle risotto, followed by braised and pan-fried lamb, crème caramel, and a cheese course.
Mother’s Day menus from £155, available via Restokit.
Hot Stone – If your Mum likes Japanese food, she’ll love Hot Stone’s decadent ‘Surf and Turf’ menu. Designed by chef Padam Raj Rai with his own mother in mind, it features lychee Martinis and tataki and sukiyaki rolls made with top quality Wagyu beef. Next, unwrap a beautiful chirashi box to discover a stunning seafood selection – scallops, rich fatty tuna, Hamachi and ikura topped with truffle and caviar.
£295 for two, available via Slerp. Sushi sets, omakase boxes, and set menus are also available.
COYA – Surprise your Mum with a sweet treat and cocktail delivery from one of London’s top Peruvian restaurants. COYA’s G&Tea package includes a cocktail made with Bombay Bramble gin, elderflower liqueur and hibiscus flower tea, plus an indulgent tarta de queso (vanilla cheesecake with cacao crumble base and blackberry sauce). It serves four, if Mum’s happy to share.
£40 plus £10 for delivery. Available for delivery or collection on 13th March. To order, call 020 7042 7118.
Bar Douro – Bring the flavours of Portugal home with a menu inspired by the cervejarias and tascas of Lisbon and Porto. Bar Douro’s feast includes pata negra ham, salt cod hash, smoked sausage croquetes, and a traditional lamb stew called chanfana. For dessert, there’s a rich almond cake with orange crème fraîche.
£60 for two, available via Restokit. Additional sides and drinks are available.
German Gymnasium – Fancy a change from chicken or beef? Give your roast a German twist with a whole roast duck served with braised red cabbage, potato dumplings, and duck jus. There’s a smoked salmon starter and apple strudel thrown in for good measure, plus a fillet steak alternative if you’re not into duck.
Mother’s Day kits from £85, available from D&D London.
If you’re planning to celebrate when restrictions are lifted, why not treat Mum to a gift voucher to spend at her favourite restaurant? You’ll be supporting the hospitality industry and giving Mum something to look forward to – win win!
Photo Credit: Thomas Alexander for Coya. David Loftus for The Wolseley.