Top 10 Mother’s Day lunches
Olive Tree, Bath
The finest of fine dining at Bath’s only Michelin star restaurant in the basement of the elegant Georgian Queensberry Hotel. Their Mothering Sunday three-courser cooked up by Chris Cleghorn looks (almost) too good to eat.
The Queens Arms, Corton Denham
Sharing Sunday roasts with all the family, with a small sweet treat at the end of the meal for your ma at this Georgian pub in the rolling hills on the Somerset/Dorset border. Lovely walks round about, including Cadbury Castle.
The White Hart, Somerton
A Mother’s Day Sunday roast with a gift of Bramley toiletries on the side at this 17th century coaching inn turned country pub in the ancient capital of Wessex. Suitably sweet desserts to follow, including sticky toffee apple pud. Yum yum yum.
The Candlelight Inn, Blackdown Hills
Sticky toffee is on the menu in this cosy pub but it’s jazz not the pud. Sandy Ince from Sticky Toffee Jazz takes to the mike while you tuck into a special Mother’s Day menu.
No 15 Great Pulteney, Bath
Brunch not lunch at the quirky Georgian townhouse hotel on one of the city’s most elegant streets. Three courses, with or without free-flowing prosecco, Buck’s Fizz, Virgin/Bloody Mary and house wines (take your pick). All sorts of brunch dishes. Shakshuka – eggs baked in spicy tomatoes – anyone?
Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, nr Ilminster
Fancy a cafe vibe rather than a pub or restaurant ? How about a Sunday roast at this laid back place, just off the A303 near Ilminster. Nosh on their sun-trap terrace if it’s warm or in the rustic/industrial chic interior if not. Free fizz if you’ve had sprogs.
The Old Crown Inn, Kelston
More free fizz for your mum at this atmospheric old pub on the outskirts of Bath in the village of Kelston. Eat in the gorgeous mirrored dining room perhaps, or if the weather’s fine (fingers crossed), there’s a splendid garden and outdoor bar out back.
The Swan, Wedmore
Good for meat and vegan combo families at this bustling village pub on the edge of The Levels, with a large dining room overlooking gardens. Orchard Farm Pork belly with fennel for the carnivores and squash, pistachio and quinoa nut roast with balsamic onion gravy for the vegans. You’re a mum? You’ll get a Bramley skincare/bath gift.
The Red Lion, Babcary
New head chef Ricky Ford’s cooking up some interesting starters (pickled and marinated beetroot and soft ewe’s cheese), then roast sirloin, lamb and slow-roast belly pork with fennel crackling (nice) plus veggie options and indulgent desserts, at this relaxed village pub.
The Griffin, Bath
Recently renovated and under new ownership, the 300-year old The Griffin slap bang in the centre of Bath, has more than 300 spirits and liqueurs to try (hic) and a free glass of bubbly for your mum with Sunday lunch on Mother’s Day.