Stay close to home this Mother’s Day (Sunday 31 March) and treat mum to a champagne afternoon tea, sharing feat of fish dishes or a top-notch Sunday lunch in and around Dulwich
Lead image: Pedler, Peckham
1 Sunday Lunch at 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
3 Fish Feast at Next Door by Moxon’s, East Dulwich
Robin Moxon’s critically acclaimed MOXON’S, the neighbourhood fishmongers with locations in Clapham (where it started), East Dulwich, South Kensington and Islington, launched Next Door in East Dulwich last spring. If you haven’t got around to trying it out yet, now’s the time… A great spot for a relaxed catch up with mum, the menu features a number of small plates such as Whitstable Rock Oysters, Tuna Tataki with Bok Choy, Grilled Rye King Scallops, Cornish Crab Risotto and Cod Chop Cassarole. Large plates include the daily special roasted fish to share with beurre blanc sauce. It’s a fish lover’s dream.
151 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; moxonsnextdoor.com
4 Three-course lunch at 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
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
6 Spinach, East Dulwich
Spinach, the relaxed, contemporary veg-centric eatery on Lordship Lane, is offering up a sharing feast this Mother’s Day for £20pp. Pre-order your sharing proteins – choose from whole salmon in orange and cardamon, veggie Wellington, slow-roasted lamb in rosemary and coriander seeds, or slow-roast pork belly – and enjoy it with garlic and rosemary potatoes, roasted veg, cauliflower cheese, carrot and suede mash and gravy. There’s dessert, too. Choose from winter crumble, a chocolate lava pot and sticky toffee pudding.
161 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8HX; spinach.london
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Mother’s Day Portrait Competition
While out about in Dulwich Village, East Duwlich or West Duwlich this Mother’s Day, take mum to check out the adorable pictures by winners and runners up of the dulwich trader, ed and tomlinsons Mother’s Day Portrait Competition. The annual competition welcomed entries from children at participating local schools, who were invited to submit bold, bright portraits of their mothers or important people in their lives. See the winners and 100’s of runners up on display at the three Dulwich stores until Mother’s Day.
ed, 41 Northcross Road, East Dulwich SE22 9ET
the dulwich trader, 9-11 Croxted Road, West Dulwich SE21 8SZ
tomlinsons, 89 Dulwich Village SE21 7BJ; rigbyandmac.com
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Mother’s Day portrait judging. Wow what a response – we had over 500 entries from local schools to this year’s competition. Poor @julie_bennett had to pick the winners – no easy job. Come and see the winners and 100’s of runners up which are brightening up our stores ed, the Dulwich Trader and Tomlinsons until Mothers Day.