March 15th sees your not-to-be-missed chance to show your mum what she means to you. Yes, of course, that could translate to a bunch of flowers from Fishlocks, but, this year, why not treat her to something a little bit more special. We’ve selected seven that would make any mother’s day…
Does your mum like chocolate? But does she like it more than us? Unlikely. Hotel Chocolat, in Liverpool ONE, has brilliant gourmet chocolate tasting adventures. Over two delicious hours you’ll take your appreciation of chocolate to a whole new level – gaining fascinating insider knowledge and tasting tips. As you progress through the experience you will also discover how to pick out the nuances of flavour and texture, depending on the type of cocoa, the terroir and the manufacturing process. And you’ll enjoy a glass or two of bubbly too! The event costs £50 – but we’ve got two tickets up for grabs. Just retweet our twitter notification to stand a chance of winning.
Spring Break in Jersey
Just less than an hour away – it takes longer to get to the Trafford Centre – Jersey offers a reviving blast of warm spring sunshine. You can book return flights from Liverpool John Lennon Airport with Easyjet (departing Thursday 12, returning Monday 16 March) for just £64. Stay at the boutique Beachcombers’ Hotel, next to the magnificent Bay of Grouville, only a few minutes walk from the harbour at Gorey (main pic), with its award-winning restaurants. Four nights bed and breakfast from £134.
Dinner at Da Piero
Is there a nation on Earth that doesn’t adore their mothers more than Italy? Da Piero’s immaculate, passionate Sicilian cooking never falters: and there are some inspired new additions to its Good Food Guide-approved menu. We love the Tagliatelle al vino rosso (home made with red wine, the pasta is served with slow cooked pork, tomatoes and herbs. Wonderful). But, as it’s Mother’s Day, perhaps Cotolette della Nonna Emma – a recipe handed down by Nonna Emma (Piero’s Mum) is the one to go for? Slices of Scotch Beef coated in egg and bread crumbs with garlic and parsley and lightly fried. Mamma Mia.
Want to spice up her life? The Dreamboys’ Spring Tour comes with added X Factor, courtesy of Jake Qickenden. Expect abs, oil and excitable ladies aplenty. But, for our money, the only dirty dancing worth getting excited about is, er, Dirty Dancing. The musical comes to the Empire in April (7-25th) so, sorry Jake, we’re putting you in the corner.
Spa day at Carnatic Spa
Mosley Hill’s Carnatic Spa is a little slice of South Liverpool heaven. With its hot stone massages, its rasul mud wraps and Crystal Clear facials the spa offers head-to-toe transformations from just £50. And it would be rude if you didn’t go along for the ride, too…
Buy something one of a kind, for a one-off mum, at Hobo Bazaar’s Spring Pop-up at Unit 51, on March 14. Expect the usual, judiciously selected array of locally crafted/handmade treasures, Art/Print, Vinyl, and all manner of reto-vintage gorgeousness. The fair’s open on Sunday too, with gifts from a fiver, if you’re the type to really leave things til the last minute.
Head out of the city for the afternoon, and treat mum to a slap up lunch with a glass or two of something fizzy (assuming they’ve got Tizer on draft). We love the smart Montgomery Pub and Kitchen, in leafy Eastham. Great service, dependable plates of hearty gastropub fare. The Mother’s Day Menu features halibut loin, or roast British beef with all the do-dah. Or the waterside Saracen’s Head in Halsall does a rather splendid braised shank of Cumbrian lamb and its Pork & Garstang blue cheese sausages and mash is worth the trip alone.
Stroll in Ness Gardens
If it’s a nice day, what could be better than a stroll around the spring bulb-splashed lawns of Ness Gardens (and, shhh, don’t tell her, but mums get free entry on the big day). Wander around the botanic garden’s showpiece water gardens, its laburnum arch (probably a bit too early for peak yellow, though) and enjoy a spot of lunch in the centre’s excellent cafeteria. Maybe push the boat out and buy mum a rose bush in the nursery while you’re there?