Edition takes a look at what to do, where to go and gift ideas for Mother’s Day… so you don’t have to
Stepping into Fitzbillies, with its comforting aroma of syrupy buns and fresh coffee, is like receiving a hug from a friend – and especially welcome when you’ve been battling the city centre on a busy afternoon). Yep, cafes don’t get any cosier and more ‘Cambridge’ than this – and what’s more they’ve got one of the best afternoon teas in town. Enjoy a lavish tea which features homemade scones with jam and cream, finger sandwiches, mini cakes fresh from the bakery and a pot of tea (or you can really indulge and add a glass of champagne!).
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Luton hoo hotel
There’s a range of treats on offer for Mothering Sunday at Luton Hoo, a beautiful five star hotel on the border of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Choose between a delicious three-course lunch, dinner or afternoon tea in the Mansion House, or enjoy the jazz Sunday lunch with live music in Adam’s Brasserie.
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A special lunch
Hotel du Vin
Surely one of Cambridge’s most handsome dining spots, Hotel du Vin on Trumpington Street is a go-to for a special lunch or dinner, and this Mother’s Day they’ll be pulling out all the stops to give you and your mum a real treat. As well as giving all mums a gift on the day, they’ll be laying on an indulgent menu – check out the website for all the details.
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King William IV
Nestled in the Cambridgeshire countryside, the gorgeous King William IV is bursting with character and charm. The perfect spot for a Mother’s Day feast, the food is a cut above your average gastro pub, featuring inventive and delicious dishes which range from hearty fare to fine dining delights. If your mum’s a vegetarian, she’ll be extra chuffed with the variety on offer in the Vegetarian Verve section of the menu.
The stunning Squires restaurant at the Bedford Lodge Hotel boasts two AA Rosettes and is famed for its exquisite, eclectic menu. On 26 March, head down for a special Mothering Sunday menu which features starters of oak-smoked salmon with crème fraiche on toasted sourdough, and mains including saddle of new-season Suffolk lamb, with apricot and thyme stuffed saddle, dauphinoise potato, wilted spring greens, chantenay carrots and rosemary and redcurrant jus. It’s priced at £35 per person, which includes three courses plus coffee, tea and petit fours.
The Mini Poppy Bag, £100, Cambridge Satchel Company
An elegant beauty from our very own Cambridge Satchel Co, this classy little number is sure to impress.
Compact by Disaster
Designs, £6.50, Lilac Rose
This Bridge Street boutique is a treasure trove of Gorgeous trinkets and this cute little ‘Love you Mum’ compact is no exception.
Breakfast & Afternoon Tea
Collection, £8.20, Kandula Tea
If you’re mum’s a tea lover, she’ll adore this gift set of top-quality blends from local company Kandula.
Triple Chocolate Brownie, £24.99 (for 3 stacks of 4) Gourmet Brownie Company
For extra, erm, brownie points, this local company is a great choice – order online or pop into retailers including The Larder at Burwash and Urban Larder on Mill Road to pick some up.
Cambridge Blue bouquet, £45, Cambridge Flower Company
A gorgeous, Cambridge-inspired floral gift is sure to make you pick of the bunch!
Chocolate and Love bars, £3, Sainsbury’s
Highly recommended from team Edition, these luxury fairtrade chocolate bars (available at Sainsbury’s) come in flavours including sea salt and caramel, panama and orange. Perfect for the chocoholic mum in your life.
A great day out
Ask most mums and they’ll tell you that spending time with their beloved offspring means more than any gift – so why not organise a lovely day out for you to share? If your ma is partial to pretty gardens and grand old country piles, pop along to Anglesey Abbey, which rewards visitors to the gardens with a carpet of snowdrops at this time of year, making it an especially lovely time for a stroll around.
Then, explore Lord Fairhaven’s House and admire the impressive assortment of antiques, paintings, silverware and clocks, or venture over to the historic Lode Mill, which can be traced back to the Domesday Book of 1806.
The Botanical Gardens are another perfect spot for a wander, serving up flashes of pale pink Magnolias and waterfalls of Wisteria during the spring months, as well as all the treasures of the Glasshouse, from dainty alpines to exotic tropical climbers.