Mother’s Day is a mere week away! Snap up a table at one of these lovely inns and use our tips to make the most of the area. Whether Mum’s a city slicker or happiest in a hamlet, we’ve got it covered.
Think country cottage cum café cum
pub and you are on the right track; upbeat wallpaper jostles with floral and
patchwork fabrics and cosy nooks abound. All is bright, uplifting and immensely
While in the area… take a Mothering Sunday stroll with dogs in tow
– there are lovely fields opposite and this is firmly a pup-friendly pub.
Booking: Visit their website Black Swan Cheshire
or call 01477 571770 to reserve a table.
The handsome Victorian building wrapped round a corner on the high street in Ilkley has been restored to its former glory. Smooth walls are a vibrant blue, reflected in upholstered settles and checked wool curtains at tall windows; floors are old oak and a glorious fire at the end of the bar.
While in the area… Potter around the independent shops in the
pretty town of Ilkley and pick up a knick knack or two.
Booking: Call 01943 811250 to reserve a table.
This country pub looks splendidly traditional, but as the second of Ben McKeller’s Sussex Gingerman pubs, it has
a contemporary zing. Both its aim and its look are close to the Hove original – a cool uncluttered style that blends with the old. A favourite with well-heeled locals, so make sure you book, it gets busy!
While in the area… Only 7 miles outside of Brighton, Hassocks is an
ideal place to escape city life, make the most of the countryside by working up
an appetite on the South Downs way.
Booking: Visit their website
The Ginger Fox or call 01273 620990 to reserve a table.
In idyllic Woodstock, down the road from Blenheim Palace, is the listed, mellow old Crown; a large, light, bright, sleek, smiling place. Palest walls, orange lights, Nordic chairs, background music and a dog called Rory. There are two open fires, a sitting area with sofas and a stunning decorative sweep of Portuguese floor.
While in the area… A stone’s throw from
Blenheim Palace, don’t miss this fascinating World Heritage Site whilst in the area.
Booking: Call 01865 510282 to reserve a
table or book on their website The Crown, Woodstock.
The previous landlord turned a
scuffed ale house into this modern inn of character; a lofty, airy, dog- and
child-friendly space buoyed by sunny-natured service. The restaurant is
charming, bohemian, with comfy armchairs and Georgian fireplaces and a variety
of recycled, re-upholstered chairs.
While in the area… Head to florist bonica and pick Mum up a well-deserved bouquet before a spot of retail therapy at some
of the other independent traders in this lovely market town.
Booking: Call 01730 300208 or visit The Old Drum Reservations to
reserve a table.
In a peaceful conservation area on the outskirts of Poole, within strolling distance of sands and sea, this Edwardian building with its gothicky turret has become a smart new dining venue with a conservatory at the front, a colonial décor and a delightful young team.
While in the area… Amble along the coastal path to Bournemouth, or
hop on a ferry to Brownsea Island.
Booking: Call 01202 701531 to reserve a table, book a table on their website The Plantation Reservations.
Simple, classic, and in the heart of Belgravia. Find high ceilings in the ground-floor bar, oak-block floors, fragrant lillies, tall windows that open to tables in the street and a bit of panelling thrown in for good measure.
While in the area… The options in the Big Smoke are seemingly endless! Culture vultures can make a weekend of it with a trip to the West End (only a short walk away) or stroll around the iconic streets of Sloane Square and Chelsea.
Booking: Call 020 7730 6060 to reserve a table or visit their website The Thomas Cubbitt Reservations.
Right on Padstow’s quay, the big square Custom House is sturdy, delightful and no doubt has weathered many a storm. The place buzzes with trippers, locals, children, dogs, and if you fancy pushing the boat out book into the restaurant, modern and stylish with muted colours and views down over the harbour.
While in the area… Catch the ferry to Rock, and visit St Enodoc Church where John Betjeman is buried.
Booking: Call 01841 532359 to reserve a table.
The bar is sleek and stylishly laid out, with rustic nooks to settle into, the music plays discreetly and the food is absolutely beautiful. Platefuls of flavoursome food, modern British with touches of rusticity, are delivered to inviting tables in dining areas cosy, lofty, private, airy or al fresco; take your pick.
While in the area… Minutes away from the start of the Pennines, explore the area with walks or cycle rides that look over the picturesque Weaver Hills.
Booking: Visit their website The Duncombe Arms Reservations or call 01335 324275 to reserve a table.
The crisply Georgian frontage of Y Talbot makes a big impression. Inside: everything is light and bright, there’s an enormous inglenook with bread oven, slate floors and thick walls gleaming with hanging brass and copper. Head chef Dafydd Watkin (who worked under Marco Pierre White) works wonders with the day’s fresh fish catch.
While in the area… Officially a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town, Tregaron sits in the ideal location at the foot of the Cambrian Mountains for a Sunday morning ramble. A number of recommended routes are here: Discover Ceredigion Tregaron Trails.
Booking: Call 01974 298208 to reserve a table.
For more lovely places to take Mum this March, visit our Eat & Drink site, chock full of special places serving scrumptious fare with top notch service.