Mother's Day: T Minus 20 Days and Counting

The classic form for Mother’s Day is lunch followed by a stately stroll around the nearest park, but whose mother fits the cookie-cutter mould?  Maybe yours would fancy dim sum followed by a blitz on the shops, or breakfast followed by a long country walk, or martinis followed by a Michelin-starred gastro-fest, or a film followed by afternoon tea because she has plans for dinner, thanks?  Whatever she’d like, toptable is here to offer great suggestions and special deals.  And one incontrovertible piece of advice: book now.
Le Café Anglais in Queensway in London certainly fits the bill for lunch + shopping as it’s in the same building as Whiteley’s of Bayswater and not far from Oxford Street if she exhausts the possibilities there.  Actually, it’s a short stroll to Kensington Gardens, so it fits into the classic lunch and garden stroll paradigm too.  This is a glamourous and affordable British restaurant with terrific grills, a great Sunday roast, soaring ceilings, sun-drenched dining room and Rowley Leigh at the helm.
Langtry’s restaurant in Knightsbridge — named for another superstar woman, Lily Langtry — offers another chance for lunch plus shopping.  It’s a gorgeous restaurant bursting with classic elegance and an inventive British menu.  The deal is top flight:  £35.00 for three courses with unlimited sparkling wine, her name written on the dessert plate and a gift of chocolates to take away.
Sophisticated Grafton House in Clapham Old Town has bags of style and is perfect for leisurely Sunday meals and schmoozy brunches.  Not only that, it has a pair of special offers to make your Mother’s Day celebration budget-friendly too: two-course lunch for £17 and 50% off supper.
The Chutney in Wandsworth has brilliant Indian food and is a great place to take your vegetarian mother or your vegetarian self for that matter.  It’s top diner-rated on toptable and may well have a special offer on for Sunday evening.
If brunch is what she fancies, Curve Restaurant and Bar at Canary Wharf’s London Marriott West India Quay (you still with us?) is putting on a feast of a buffet lunch with a welcoming glass of bubbly and strawberries for just £26 per person and children under twelve are free.
Kopapa Cafe and Restaurant in Seven Dials in London is the newest project from the chap who brought you Providores and it’s great for a relaxed Sunday stroll through the fusion menu with influences from, well, everywhere.  This is a groovy place that has a rather groovy little deal, too: two courses for £15.50 from a set menu on Sundays from the middle of the afternoon through supper.
The Place restaurant at The Place Apartment Hotels in Manchester has a superb Mother’s Day deal that not only gives her a terrific meal with her family, but sends her home with a gift.  For £19.99 for four courses from a set menu, your mum will also receive a ‘Treat Yourself’ hamper to take away.  Children under twelve eat for £9.99 and children under two eat for free.
In Cardiff, the Tempus at Tides Bar and Restaurant has not only sweeping views over Cardiff Bay but a sleek and 1920’s-inspired interior and it is offering you and your mother a classic Afternoon Tea for £20 (£27 with pop).  Teas are served in antique bone china with a selection of a dozen of the finest loose leaf teas on offer.
Of course, if you do want to do the classic hotel-lunch-plus-garden-perambulation, The Grill at The Dorchester has a Mother’s Day special menu at three courses for £60 followed by Hyde Park for free.  This is high-end dining in a fabulous dining room with a grill-based menu and superb service.  They’ll make your mother feel like a queen and quite right too.