Mother’s Day falls on Sunday 31 March 2019, so make sure you spoil her rotten! The Resident picks out some of London’s top spots for a memorable Mother’s Day Sunday roast
Lead image: Plate restaurant
1 Gymkhana, Mayfair
Gymkhana will be opening for the first time on Sunday to celebrate Mother’s Day with dishes from their iconic à la carte menu of signature nashta, kebabs, tikkas, chops, curries and biryanis, as well as a special roast offering of Phagwara Tandoori Kuddad (£38 for two). Guests will also be offered a cocktail from the restaurant’s new menu, inspired by the majestic scents of luxury British perfume house, Penahligons. All mothers dining at Gymkhana on Mother’s Day will receive a small gift of either a Penhaligon’s Vaara fragrance or candle.
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 31 March. The restaurant is also treating mums to a complimentary Rose Petal Bellini, topped with a candied rose petal, alongside their normal à la carte menu. The beautiful, elegant restaurant – perfect for mums who appreciate a feminine touch when it comes to decor – serves produce-driven food that is celebrated for its conviviality. While enjoying the critically-acclaimed a la carte menu – which features dishes like wild halibut with roasted endive and blood orange butter (£35) and fillet of beef with harissa, onion rings and wild garlic labneh (£36). Open for lunch from 12pm-2.30pm.
Lancaster Place WC2R 1LA; springrestaurant.co.uk
3 Plate Restaurant Shoreditch
Plate Restaurant in Shoreditch is introducing the Host & Roast for Mother’s Day, a sharing feast for 2-4 people created by award-winning ex-Pierre Koffmann and Gordon Ramsay Head Chef Arnaud Stevens. The feast costs £40pp, but mums dine for free! The Host & Roast centrepiece is a whole Cumbrian chicken, surrounded by crisp roasted vegetables and juicy chicken leg stuffing, alongside charred leeks, succulent roast potatoes, spiced cauliflower, and chicken jus – all for sharing. Alongside the roast, 12 other dishes have been created just for the day, including a caramelised apple puree and toasted brioche to start, roast Atlantic cod with buttered Jersey royals for the main and desserts of bread and butter pudding and a chocolate hazelnut praline fondant. Mums eat free when accompanied by another paying adult and the Host & Roast must be pre-ordered. Priced £40pp.
151-157 City Road, Shoreditch EC1V 1JH; platelondon.com
4 Kids Takeover Chef’s Counter at Social Eating House, Soho
Michelin-starred dining and kids don’t normally mix well, but at Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House in Soho, kids get to takeover the Chef’s Counter with a very special cookie decorating activity this Mother’s Day. Guests can enjoy a four-course menu featuring dishes such as roasted Cumbrian 45-day aged sirloin with morel and shallot cream, Wye valley asparagus and crispy oxtail. For dessert, save a little room for the lavender crème caramel with London honey granita. Available for lunch only and priced £45pp.
58 Poland Street, Soho W1F 7NR; socialeatinghouse.com
5 Mother’s Day Roast at Craft London, North Greenwich
Craft London, which doesn’t usually open on Sundays, is treating mums to a very special Sunday roast 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 (Chicken & Tarragon Terrine, Cured Bream with Beetroot & Smoked yoghurt, and Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Candied Hazelnuts), four mains (Roast Peppered Beef, Berkshire Pork Belly, Roast Leeks with Smoked Jersey Royals & Rainbow Chard, and Cornish Hake), and a choice of three desserts (Celeriac Ice Cream with Pears & Rye Biscuit, Rhubarb and Lemon Verbena Ice Cream, or Chocolate Aero and Jerusalem Artichoke Ice Cream. £35pp.
Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsual SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk
Mother's Day Ideas
To end their Women’s Month on a high, Plum + Spilt Milk will be serving a Mother’s Day Sunday Roast Menu complete with an artist on hand to discreetly take in the day’s events and sketch guests enjoying their meal, available to take home as a special memento from the day. The menu commences with a light dish such as the London burrata and continues with a butter-poached breast of Springfield Farm chicken with truffled brioche crumb and Bourguignon sauce, served with duck fat roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. To finish, indulgent desserts include treacle tart with Yorkshire rhubarb sorbet and crème fraiche. The menu, priced £40pp, will be available from 11.30am-5pm on Sunday 31 March.
Pancras Road, Kings Cross N1C 4TB; plumandspiltmilk.com
7 Pollen Street Social, Mayfair
Treat your mother to lunch at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred flagship restaurant, Pollen Street Social. The specially created four-course Mother’s Day menu features indulgent dishes such as Creedy carver chicken breast, with onion and mustard puree, wild garlic and chicken fat mash and, for dessert, a 70% chocolate tart with coffee ice cream and kumquat. The beautiful decor of the Mayfair restaurant makes for the perfect Mother’s Day treat. Available for lunch only on 31 March priced £85pp.
8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair W1S 1NQ; pollenstreetsocial.com
8 The Baptist Grill, Holborn
The Baptist Grill at L’Oscar Hotel, Holborn, is serving an exclusive Mothering Sunday menu on 31 March. Priced at £60 for three courses, starters include a seasonal asparagus soup with truffle and comte toasts, while main courses feature a traditional roast Cumbrian beef sirloin with glazed short rib, Anna potatoes and purple broccoli served from the carving trolley, as well as Executive Chef Tony Fleming’s seasonally changing butternut pithivier with sage, parmesan and mustard fruits. Desserts include cardamom custard tart with rhubarb and white chocolate.
2-6 Southampton Row, Holborn WC1B 4AA; loscar.com
9 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 48-day dry-aged beef comes served with a fluffy Yorkshire pudding, rosemary roasties and horseradish cream. Other delicious options available on 31 March include slow roasted lamb shoulder studded with rosemary and garlic and pork belly with Bramley apple sauce.
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street SE1 1TL; roast-restaurant.com
10 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 Seared Orkney scallop with celeriac, truffle sauce and pickled celery, followed by main dishes of Saddle of roe deer with salsify, creamed spelt, venison sausage and Delica pumpkin, or Roast cod with buttered sea kale, cauliflower, seared squid, caviar and Champagne sauce. Alternatively, for a more traditional Sunday lunch, roast rib of beef comes served on a silver trolley and carved tableside with all the classic trimmings.
15 Beeston Place, Westminster SW1W 0JW; thegoring.com
11 Tom’s Kitchen, Chelsea
Treat mum to one of Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea’s recently launched sharing roasts. The Sunday Sharers are available for £45 and come served with Yorkshire puddings and all the traditional trimmings. Plus, on 31 March, all mothers will also be offered a complimentary glass of prosecco to toast their brilliance on Mother’s Day. Tom’s Kitchen prides itself on offering British comfort food classics, served in a relaxed informal environment with an emphasis on where the food comes from and how it is grown.
27 Cale Street, Chelsea SW3 3QP; tomskitchen.co.uk
12 Lido, Shoreditch
LIDO, the members-only rooftop brasserie boasting stunning views of the London skyline, in Shoreditch, is serving up a traditional Sunday roast on Mother’s Day. Exclusively for members of The Curtain, LIDO is a day-to-night brasserie serving up fresh, seasonal fare, and when the sun shines, the retractable glass roof comes off and there’s even a Moroccan-inspired pool. Dishes include roast Cumbrian beef sirloin, half roasted chicken with sage & pork stuffing, and roasted cauliflower with cheese, all served with traditional trimmings. Plus, mums can toast to occasion with a complimentary gin-based cocktail.
The Curtain, 45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3PT; thecurtain.com
13 Barbecoa, St Paul’s
If mum likes a tipple, head for Barbecoa in St Paul’s, which is offering all mums complimentary free-flowing prosecco on Mother’s Day. Barbecoa, Jamie Oliver’s re-imagining of a classic steak house, serves an epic Sunday roast with a great choice of meats, from dry-aged beef to Creedy Carver chicken and Dingley Dell pork belly – all served with unlimited trimmings. The Sunday menu is available from 12–5pm priced £27 for two courses or £32 for free. Free-flowing prosecco (for those who are not mums) is an additional £22pp, or opt for free-flowing white or red wine for £15.
20 New Change Passage EC4M 9AG; barbecoa.com
14 Glass Room, the Thames
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 sets sail along the Thames as you dine. Enjoy a classic Sunday roast of beef with duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables with lashings of gravy, followed by a vanilla crème brûlée and shortbread. The menu, priced £49pp, also includes a half bottle of prosecco per person and live jazz. Glass Room is also offering special Superior Sails on 29 and 30 March with three-courses for £39pp, or a five-course dinner under the stars for £79pp. Signature dishes include Severn & Wye smoked salmon with celeriac remoulade and roast chicken breast with butternut mousse and braised leeks.
Departs from Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment; bateauxlondon.com
15 Rotunda, King’s Cross
Rotunda Bar and Restaurant is offering up quite the Mother’s Day Sunday roast on 31 March. You’ll be greeted at the bar in style with the chef’s choice of canapés and a glass of Brocard Pierre ‘Tradition’ (or a bloody Mary), before moving through to the restaurant, where you’ll indulge in a three-course menu with a bottle of wine, followed by a digestif drink. The menu, priced £65pp, includes a seafood platter to share, Roast Corneyside Farm sirloin to share (served with unlimited roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and gravy), and a choice of dessert.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross N1 9AG; rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
16 London House, Battersea
As you migth expect, the food at Gordon Ramsay’s London House is amazing – sophisticated, flavourful and impeccably presented. The restaurant is serving a special three-course menu for Mother’s Day, priced £40pp for three courses. Starters will include asparagus with crispy hen’s egg and rocket, and smoked Scottish salmon with capers, radishes and buttermilk dressing, while the mains include a choice of roast Hereford beef, breaded plaice with brown shrimp butter, or Pappardelle with watercress pesto. For dessert, its a chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream, Yorkshire rhubarb cheesecake, or crème brulee.
7-9 Battersea Square SW11 3RA; gordonramsay.com/londonhouse
17 The Palmerston, East Dulwich
The Palmerston in East Dulwich is under threat. Its lease is up on 3 June and may not be renewed, so this might be one of you last chances to treat mum to one of their glorious Sunday lunches. Enjoy the likes of Gin Cured Salmon, House Pickles, Crème Fraiche and Watercress, and faultless roasts such as the rump of 35-day aged Galloway beef, served pink, with a Yorkshire pudding the side of your head. Or go for the maple-roasted turnips with freekah, baby onions and tenderstem broccoli, or Cornish mussels with leeks, garlic, cider and parsley with fries. Even the veg are delicious – garlicky green beans, carrots with crunch, parsnips and spuds that are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Served 12pm-3.30pm.
91 Lordship Lane East Dulwich SE22 8EP; thepalmerston.co.uk
18 Copper & Ink, Blackheath
Mother’s Day is the perfect excuse to try the new Copper & Ink in Blackheath by Chef Patron Tony Rodd (MasterChef 2015 finalist) and Head Chef Rob Parks. The modern British restaurant. with influences from classic French and Scandinavian cuisine, serves a monthly changing five-course taster menu priced £40pp, as well as an a la carte menu featuring dishes like tofu kofta with tarka dhal, kale pakora, raita and pomegranate, roasted pollock fillet with warm tartare sauce, spring greens, scraps and vinegar, and aged rump of beef with parsnip puree, fondant potato and pickled shallot. Copper & Ink bridges the gap between a traditional high-end restaurant and a casual dining spot, making it a ticker of all boxes for picky mums!
5 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9RQ; copperandink.com
19 Joanna’s, Crystal Palace
This family-run restaurant has been a firm favourite in Crystal Palace since opening in 1978. The Mother’s Day menu offers a three-course roast for £33.50pp. Starters include smoked haddock chowder and ricotta gnudi with spicy tomato, pecorino and almonds, while roast options include roast sirloin of beef, roast leg of lamb and veggie Wellington, all served with Yorkshire pudding, roasties, greens and gravy. Alternative options include fish and chips, crispy pork belly with mash, and cod with clams, giant capers, spinach and butter sauce. For dessert, choose from the likes of raspberry mille feuille, sticky toffee pudding and cinnamon doughnuts.
56 Westow Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 1RX; joannas.uk.com
20 Pedler, Peckham
Pedler is all about seasonal food and daily changing menus – whatever’s freshest, whatever’s the best, that’s what you’ll be eating. Treat mum to breakfast or brunch pre-noon – green shakshouka with kale, rose harissa, eggs, chickpeas, tomatoes and green peppers, or avo smash with lemon pumpkin seeds, chilli, St Johns toast and poached egg, or the massive Pedler take on the Full English – or go for the Sunday roast post-noon. Embrace the likes of Surrey Farm’s bangin’ beef rump with whipped horseradish, Yorkshire organic lamb saddle with balsamic mint or charred hispi cabbage with stilton, sour onions and nut praline, served with roasties, roots, braised cabbage, greens, gravy and yorkies.
58 Peckham Rye SE15 4JR; pedlerpeckhamrye.com