Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 22 March 2020, so make sure you spoil her rotten! The Resident picks out some of London’s top spots for a memorable Mother’s Day Sunday lunch, from a roast to a Michelin-star set menu
Lead image: Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel
Note: We’ll be adding more delicious Mother’s Day menus to this list as we discover them
1 Gymkhana, Mayfair
Is your mum Michelin star quality? Of course she is! Gymkhana, which reopened in February following last year’s fire, is now open for bookings on Sundays – including Mother’s Day – with swanky new interiors but the same unrivalled Michelin-starred cuisine. Signature dishes include Chettinad Duck Dosa with Coconut Chutney, Indo-Chinese Chilli Halibut and Wild Muntjac Biryani, Pomegranate & Mint Raita. Gymkhana offers quite the cocktail menu, too, as well as a pink gin & tonic menu, so there are plenty of ways to toast mum! For a more intimate family occasion, Gymkhana offers two private dining vaults, one with hues of peach and Kashmiri chili red, the second in deep ocean blues – one even houses an impressive wine cabinet! Reservations advised.
42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4JH; gymkhanalondon.com
2 Spring, Somerset House
Skye Gyngell’s restaurant, Spring, located in the New Wing of Somerset House, is usually closed on Sunday, but will be opening especially for Mothering Sunday on 22 March. The beautiful, elegant restaurant – perfect for mums who appreciate a feminine touch when it comes to decor – is serving its normal à la carte menu, which features dishes like beef fillet with red wine butter, creamed spinach and onion rings; monkfish and prawns with saffron, wild garlic, tomatoes and soft herbs; grilled lamb with charred aubergine, chickpeas, salsa rossa and crème fraîche; and ricotta dumplings with buttered leeks, farro, ricotta salata and crispy sage. Plus, each mother will be treated to a complimentary Rose Petal Bellini topped with a candied rose petal. Open for lunch from 12pm-4pm.
Lancaster Place WC2R 1LA; springrestaurant.co.uk
3 The English Grill at The Rubens at The Palace, Westminster
Dine like royalty in regal surroundings at The English Grill at The Rubens, with polished silver, beautiful chandeliers and tailcoat waiters offering traditional service at its best. Enjoy The English Grill’s Sunday Roast with live jazz for £58.50pp. Served throughout the day, you can enjoy a roast created using the finest English produce and suppliers that serve the Queen’s kitchen, alongside an extensive wine list including a fine selection from Bouchard Finlayson, The Rubens’ sister vineyard in South Africa, and a dessert and/or starter from the set menu. Roast options include Côte De Boeuf, Braised Shoulder of Lamb, Half Roast Corn-Fed Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Goat’s Cheese Nut Roast, and Fish of the Day. Live music from 1pm-5pm. Last sitting 9pm. View the full menu here and click here to book.
39 Buckingham Palace Road SW1W 0PS; rubenshotel.com
4 Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel
Cheneston’s Restaurant at The Milestone Hotel is offering a traditional three-course Sunday Roast with a complimentary glass of Lanson Champagne for £59pp this Mother’s Day. Executive Chef Daniel Putz is passionate about classic, British food that’s seasonal and works closely with local suppliers and producers to source the freshest ingredients. Enjoy your choice of roast, such as Roasted Sirloin of Dedham Vale Beef, Slow Roasted Dingley Dell Pork Belly, Pan Roasted Halibut Fillet, hand-carved at the table, or a vegetarian Wild Mushroom & Tarragon Wellington. The menu also features Bea Tollman’s signature baked vanilla cheesecake, with homemade petit fours to finish. An experienced sommelier is also on hand to ensure you find the perfect wine pairing, and why not enjoy a pre-lunch aperitif at The Stables Bar? Children and pets welcome and specific dietary requirements can be accommodated. Served on 22 March and every other Sunday thereafter. 12.30pm-2pm. View the full menu here and click here to book.
5 Social Eating House, Soho
Jason Atherton’s Michelin star Social Eating House in Soho is serving up a special Mother’s Day menu on 22 March. Enjoy a four-course menu featuring ‘SEH’ cured and smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, BBQ cream, dill & rye and caviar oil to start, a roasted Cumbrian 45-day aged sirloin with burnt aubergine and tamarind, braised shallot, crisp onion and a Yorkie, and for dessert, a sour yoghurt sorbet with lemon meringue and black pepper crumble, followed by and additional treat of 70% chocolate, cocoa nib, almond yoghurt, tarragon and smoked sea salt. Available for lunch only and priced £45pp.
58 Poland Street, Soho W1F 7NR; socialeatinghouse.com
6 L’Oscar, Holborn
L’Oscar in Holborn offers all the charm and sophistication of a Parisian café, with walls and ceilings lined with mirrors, gilded panels and original art, plus an illuminated onyx bar and decor inspired by the world’s oldest café in Venice. On Sunday 22 March, L’Oscar is serving an exclusive Mothering Sunday menu priced £55pp for three courses, plus canapes upon arrival and petit fours. To start, enjoy a hot smoked salmon and crab mayonnaise, followed by a roast sirloin of beef with hassleback potatoes and wilted greens. For dessert, enjoy a fromage blanc mousse with blueberry & lavender compote.
2-6 Southampton Row, Holborn WC1B 4AA; loscar.com
Mother's Day Ideas
Craft London, which doesn’t usually open on Sundays, is treating mums to a special Sunday lunch on Mothers Day. The one-off menu, created by chef Stevie Parle and his team, starts with sparkling wine on arrival for mum, followed by a choice of three starters (beef carpaccio with aged Parmesan and balsamic, crayfish with fennel, rocket and grapefruit, and grilled asparagus with peas, broad bean and mint) and four mains (hay-baked poussin with carrot, shallot and gravy, lemon sole with purple potato and caper brown butter, and roasted squash with shallot, garlic and baby carrots). For dessert, choose from sticky toffee pudding, lemon cheesecake and salted chocolate tart. £35pp.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsual SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk
8 Chucs Cafe, Serpentine
Chucs is celebrating Mother’s Day with a specially curated three-course lunch with live jazz at its beautiful Serpentine location, all for £55pp, including a glass of champagne for Mum. With spring on its way, it’s the perfect spot to combine a stroll through Hyde Park with lunch at an architectural landmark – Zaha Hadid’s The Magazine, now home to Chucs’ Serpentine outpost. Following complimentary champagne for Mum on arrival, a sophisticated three-course menu features dishes like fresh burrata with English asparagus, broad beans, peas and mint; and carpaccio of beef served with Chucs’ signature sauce. And that’s just the starters. Mains include sea bass served with clam guazzetto; and grilled Cotswold lamb chops with confit potatoes and wild garlic. Post-feast, enjoy teas, coffees and petit fours. Chucs is also offering guests the option to pre-order a luxury bouquet from renowned London florist McQueens for £35. Little ones can enjoy two courses for just £12 (think fish finger sandwiches and doughnuts with warm chocolate sauce. Sittings from 12pm-2pm & 2.30pm-4.30pm. Click here to book.
The Serpentine Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Hyde Park W2 2AR; chucsrestaurants.com
9 The Goring, Belgravia
The Goring just so happens to be the Queen’s favourite hotel, so what better way to treat mum than a Michelin-starred Mother’s Day at The Dining Room? The menus offer innovative and refined British dishes, made using seasonal ingredients from across the UK. Starters on the Sunday lunch menu include the likes of roast celeriac and truffle risotto with celery, green apple and lovage; foie gras with poached rhubarb, pistachios and yoghurt; and Norfolk quail with white onion, crisp potato, salsa verde and capers. Main courses include roast Salt Marsh lamb with pearl barley, fennel black pepper and kale; roast Cornish cod with broccoli, seaweed and crispy oyster; and glazed lobster omelette with triple cooked chips and lobster Caesar salad. Plus, the roast of the day comes served on a silver trolley and carved tableside with all the classic trimmings. Nice. Three courses £60.
15 Beeston Place, Westminster SW1W 0JW; thegoring.com
10 Pollen Street Social, Mayfair
Treat your mother to lunch at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social (which also has five AA Rosettes, FYI). The specially created four-course Mother’s Day menu features indulgent dishes such as Lake District beef fillet with salt baked carrots, aubergine and miso puree and braised snails, and Suckling pig, rack and belly, with smoked almond puree, red flesh plums and ham hock terrine. To start, choose from hot or cold scallop, and for dessert it’s salted pink grapefruit with cream cheese and mint or white chocolate and sesame mousse. Plus, you’ll be treated to a middle course of south coast turbot, cauliflower and cockle chowder with passion fruit reduction, and a couple of cheeky little Chef’s Canapes of ricotta and truffle tar, and salmon and egg sandwich. Available for lunch only on 22 March priced £75pp.
8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair W1S 1NQ; pollenstreetsocial.com
11 The Nitery, Covent Garden
The new Sunday roast at The Nitery is an ode to the homely and nostalgic, making it ideal for a family get together this Mother’s Day. The carvery station will be dishing out slow-reared cuts like salt-aged sirloin with Yorkshire puddings and horseradish, and roast middle pork loin with crackling and apple sauce, both with roast potatoes and gravy galore and sides like creamy cauliflower cheese topped with crispy onions. Two courses costs for £40pp, or go for three for £50pp.
45 St Martin’s Lane WC2N 4HX; morganshotelgroup.com
12 Orrery, Marylebone
Orrery, the French restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, is offering all mothers a special three-course set menu for just £45. Dishes include Orrery favourites like the Crab Wasabi Avocado and Mango, the Seafood Raviolo with Lobster Bisque, and Tournedos Rossini. Plus, all mothers dining at Orrery will be treated to a 10% discount at LK Bennett. Click here to book.
55 Marylebone High Street W1U 5RB; orrery-restaurant.co.uk
13 Fiume, Sartoria & Radici
(Battersea Power Station, Savile Row & Islington)
Francesco Mazzei, Chef Patron of Fiume at Battersea Power Station, Sartoria on Savile Row and Radici in Islington – three classic Italian restaurants is offering a special brunch menu to celebrate Mother’s Day on 22 March. All three sites will also be staying true to the Italian tradition of the mimosa flower for women’s month – the month that celebrates International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and, of course, Women’s History Month – serving Francesco’s mimosa cake throughout the month. For Fiume, check out the menu here and book here. For Sartoria, check out the menu here and book here. For Radici, check out the menu here and book here.
14 Petersham Nurseries, Covent Garden
For mums who love flowers, it’s got to be Petersham Nurseries. Both La Goccia and The Petersham at the Covent Garden site are laying on the celebrations, with special menus and floral workshops. La Goccia is offering a £45pp set menu featuring sharing platters like Portland crab crostini and chicken al mattone. The set menu at The Petersham (£75pp) begins with a rose petal bellini and includes dishes like roast leg of lamb with mint sauce and a pistachio and dill prosecco jelly with raspberry ripple ice cream. You can also order a hand-tied bouquet to the table from £45pp. Over at the original site in Richmond, there are no special menus but you can still treat mum to a roast chicken or chargrilled monkfish.
15 Bateaux London (departing from Victoria Embankment)
Push the boat out quite literally this Mother’s Day with Sunday lunch and live music on board the Glass Room, Bateaux London’s floating restaurant that sails along the Thames as you dine. Embark at 12.30pm for a two-and-a-half hour cruise complete with live jazz, all while enjoying a three-course Sunday lunch featuring a traditional roast. For £69pp, you’ll enjoy half a bottle of wine and mineral water, as well as a glass of award-winning English parkling wine, Bolney Bubbly, and tea or coffee.
Departs from Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment; bateauxlondon.com
16 Bōkan, Canary Wharf
Offer mum some of the best views in east London this Mother’s Day with a three-course brunch with bottomless bubbles at Bōkan, the fine-dining restaurant 37 floors above the city, Created by Executive Chef Guillaume Gillan, the limited-edition brunch menu, priced £37pp (including two hours of bottomless bubbles, house wine, beer or soft drinks), kicks off with fresh ginger glazed mackerel with white asparagus, tomato and olive oil sorbet, before a comforting bouillabaisse with line caught cod, rouille foam and ratte potatoes. Desserts include the millefeuille with diplomat cedro cream, rhubarb and grenadine sorbet, and an indulgent hot chocolate tart with cream cheese and Baileys ice cream. Available on 22 March from 12.30pm-2.30pm.
Floor 37-39, 40 Marsh Wall, Canary Wharf E14 9TP; bokanlondon.co.uk
17 Roast, Borough Market
Roast by name, roast by nature… this iconic restaurant, sitting atop the historic Borough Market, is a beautiful spot to celebrate Mother’s Day. The restaurant uses seasonal British ingredients to create classic dishes of uncomplicated excellence, and naturally, the eponymous ‘full and proper’ roast is a particular highlight. The 70-day aged roast Hereford beef comes with a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, rosemary roasties and creamed horseradish, and there’s also a roast Wicks Manor pork belly with Kent Bramley apple sauce, a seared sea bream fillet and grilled cauliflower steak with lemon jam, capers and parsley on the menu. You could also go all out for with the 550g Roasted East Anglian chateaubriand to share for £80.
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street SE1 1TL; roast-restaurant.com
18 London House, Battersea
As you might expect, the food at Gordon Ramsay’s London House is pretty good – sophisticated, flavourful and impeccably presented. The restaurant is serving a special three-course menu for Mother’s Day, priced £40pp with a glass of bubbles for mum. Your choice of starters will include salmon tartare with avocado purée and crackers, ham hock terrine with pickles, or slow roasted parsnip soup with crispy kale. Roast options include crispy pork belly, Herdwick lamb rump, roast chicken or a vegan nut roast – all served with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, carrots and seasonal vegetables. And for dessert, a sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin cheesecake with red berry coulis or a selection of ice creams and sorbets. If you prefer, you could opt for the London House Ramsay Brunch with free-flowing Prosecco for 1.5 hours (two courses for £40).
7-9 Battersea Square SW11 3RA; gordonramsay.com/londonhouse