Those periodic anniversaries and celebrations don’t always have to be last-minute scrabble through the dresser in search of a hand-made card you didn’t get around to sending last year. Oh, sure there’s always flowers and chocs, but Liverpool has so much more to offer.
There’s the fabulous homegrown gifts of Made-Here for one; the tasty delights of Laura’s Little Bakery if you’re looking for something the whole family can scoff or even some luxury tea from the like of Leaf or The Teabox Company. Alternatively why not try one of Devin Stewart’s wines from R+H Fine Wines – he’ll be happy to recommend the perfect plonk or fizz for a special occasion (see below).
However, we thought we’d bring to your attention a few Mother’s Day specials that the city’s restaurants are offering – so you can treat your dear old Mum to a slap-up meal in one of the city’s top spots for a similar cost to a foreign bunch of flowers delivered by an uncaring grunt in a Transit.
And don’t worry – she’ll never know you read it here. It’s our little secret, right?
We’re as guilty as anyone of occasionally overlooking just how lucky we are to have the Bluecoat in our midst: an art gallery, an eaterie, a genuinely beautiful building and one of the most serene spots in the city centre. This could be the one for you.
Upstairs at The Bluecoat has a Mother’s Day menu crafted for the occasion by head chef Dave Edwards, using locally-sourced ingredients at very reasonable prices – three courses for £19.95 or two courses for £16.50.
Merseyside singer/songwriter John Witherspoon will be lulling from 1-3pm and every Mother in the place gets a complimentary glass of Prosecco.
Upstairs at The Bluecoat
Tel 0151 702 5324
You can’t really put a foot wrong with a spot of fine dining at 60 Hope Street – read our review if you want to know what we make of it.
The Mother’s Day menu has some real British treats: Cumbrian Ham Fritters and Rump of Cumbrian Beef showing the local-sourcing ethos of the restaurant. It’s £25 per person and you’re advised to book.
60 Hope Street
Tel 0151 707 6060
A South Liverpool dweller? Aigburth Road’s perfectly-formed Onion deli have been thinking about Mothering Sunday – a lot. As a result – and despite spurning the opportunity to do similar themed days in the past – there will be a Mother’s Day Lunch in the little cafe.
Don’t just expect the same old menu costing a few quid more though – there’s some classic deli-style dishes such as smoked salmon pate or pea, pesto and feta soup for starters that are enough to get even a meat-eater’s juices flowing.
It’s two courses for a tenner or three for £12.50, which is ridiculous when you think about it, and BYO for £2.50, so you can enjoy a truly amazing bottle of wine in a restaurant for very little, all things considered (see our guide to which wine to buy your Mum below).
Tel 07933 661580
Another Hope Street eaterie has a special Mother’s Day menu – The Side Door has a wider-ranging menu that most alternatives and boasts a British-themed offering with some fusion thrown in for good measure.
The restaurant sources locally, with Wirral butchers Edge and Sons and fishmongers Neve’s of Fleetwood delivering food. There’s a three-course menu for £26.50 and kids eat for a tenner.
The Side Door
Tel 0151 707 7888
All that food a bit rich for your blood? Imagining your Mum tutting at the frivolity and expense of it all?
Go simple with some Afternoon Tea at Leaf on Bold Street and enjoy some finger sandwiches, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, cakes and fancies on one of those lovely three-tier stands, all accompanied by some live piano sounds.
Naturally, Leaf being all about tea there’s loads of that to wash it down with too – unless you fancy something a bit stronger with your finger food. It’s £11.95 or £14.95 with bubbles.
Booking is essential so do give them a tinkle if you’re keen.
Tel 0151 707 7747
The stock pots and Bernard Matthews endorsements may not be doing Marco’s credibility much good, but his eponymous Steakhouse Bar and Grill is going strong at Hotel Indigo.
There’s a three-course menu for £25 and it’s not just steak. Those preferring their meat less vivid and veggies are both catered for across a menu of classic English dishes.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Tel 0151 559 0555
Looking for something a little bit different? OK, try this for size. A whodunnit at country house – Croxteth Hill as it goes. We bet your Mum watches Midsomer Murders. Well why not buy her a day in the next best thing?
We can’t guarantee John Nettles being there, but there is a hot roast carvery and glass of wine – and if your dear old Ma guesses the murderer she wins a bottle of bubbly – tickets are thirty quid.
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If you can’t make it out on the day and your Ma loves a glass of good wine we’ve got some recommendations for you from Devin Stewart, our friendly wine expert:
“The beautifully packaged The Flower and the Bee Treixadura is £11.99 from Ribeiro, North West Spain. It’s a very clean and mineral wine with a lovely honeyed apricot core – a true individual.
“Alternatively the succulent Urlar Sauvignon Blanc – £13.99 from Wairarapa, New Zealand – has all the unctuous gooseberry and fresh cut grass hallmarks but with added refinement and a touch of oak. It’s rather like Cloudy Bay, but much cheaper.
“If it’s bubbles, the Defra Frizzante is a beautiful, light Prosecco at £8.49 or the Malibran, organic, hand-picked Prosecco at £14.99 is in a class of its own. Both very good looking, to boot.”