Sauce loves… Mums

 Left it late to plan something this Mother’s Day? Don’t worry we have rounded up our best recommendations to celebrate this weekend. Remember, mums the word…

Mother’s Day in the heart of Mayfair at Sartoria


For a truly special Mother’s Day enjoy some family time at Sartoria in the heart of Mayfair. Chef Patron Francesco Mazzei will be serving bespoke set menu priced at £65 boasting some Italian classics including Ricotta and Amalfi lemon with stuffed courgette flowers; Tagliolini gratin with broad beans, peas and spring truffle as well as the truly special Mimosa Cake – a simply layered sponge cake, filled with crème patissiere, topped with sponge cake crumbs that resemble mimosa flowers. For more information call the restaurant on 020 7534 7000 or email sartoriareservations@danddlondon.com

Say merci to your mum at Blanchette

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Did you know that Blanchette named their restaurant after their lovely mum Blanchette?
Celebrate with Blanchette on Sunday 6th March, and say merci to your mum for all the great things she’s done for you. Their delicious a la carte and set menus will be available along with an extra special dessert prepared by Blanchettes very own, Tam Storrar.

Indulge your mother at Plateau

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Plateau, Canary Wharf’s original flagship restaurant is offering a four-course set menu specially put together by head chef Daniel McGarey.  Dishes include House cured Loch Duart salmon, Dorset crab, avocado and radish; Risotto Milanese, tomato fondue and onion jus; Grilled sea bream, mushroom, orange and braised baby gem and Valrhona dark chocolate fondant, raspberries and crème fraiche. Available on Sunday 6th March between 11:30am – 4pm, the menu is priced £55 per person and includes unlimited prosecco. www.plateau-restaurant.co.uk/

Old Bengal Bar releases Penhaligon’s inspired cocktail menu in time for Mother’s day
Penhaligon's_Cocktails_to use To celebrate the launch of Penhaligon’s new fragrance, Equinox Bloom, Old Bengal Bar in Old Street is teaming up with the luxury British perfume house to bring a sense-heightening cocktail menu set to start in time for Mother’s Day on 6th March. Taking inspiration from the luxury British perfumer’s range of beautiful scents, the bar will offer five cocktails, each based on a Penhaligon’s fragrance, including the new Equinox Bloom. Available for three months from 6th March, the five cocktails combine the expertise of Old Bengal Bar’s finest mixologists and Penhaligon’s splendid array of extraordinary fragrances, engaging the power of scent and unlocking an exciting world of flavour.

Enjoy Glynn Purnell’s dish inspired by his Mum this Mother’s Day


Glynn Purnell may now have his own Michelin-starred restaurant but his cooking is still inspired by his Mum. A classic dish on the Purnell’s menu, Glynn’s haddock, eggs, cornflakes and curry oil is directly inspired by his mum’s Friday night treat of haddock and eggs. Diners looking for a way to treat their own mothers on 6th March should look no further than this intriguing and complex dish, which includes an egg white created out of the emulsified haddock-infused milk that Glynn so adored as a child and even a flavoured cornflake powder.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with brunch at Avenue


To celebrate Mother’s Day on 6th March, Avenue restaurant in St James, will be offering a brunch menu with complimentary cupcakes to takeaway. Nothing says ‘thank you mum’ like a stack of buttermilk pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup or lobster egg benedict with hollandaise sauce. Priced at £23.50 for two courses or £26.00 for three courses, Avenue’s brunch is the ideal way to spoil that special mum.

The Mother’s Day Royal Escape at Cafe Royal


The Royal Escape package at Cafe Royal is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with an afternoon spent in complete luxury and indulgence at one of London’s most iconic hotels. The package includes a treatment at the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, a transformative and balancing experience enabling the alignment of body, mind and soul. Guests who book the Royal Escape can choose amongst several treatments, including a 60-minute Sodashi Pure Radiance, a 60-minute Sodashi Vanilla Body Bliss or a 70-minute Luxury Pedicure. This is followed by the much celebrated London Royal Tea, a take on the English afternoon tea tradition, featuring a London theme playfully presented in the gilded splendour of the Oscar Wilde Bar. The Royal Escape includes treatments for two people and Champagne London Royal Tea, with prices starting from £290 for two people. www.hotelcaferoyal.com

Sunday lunch at Coq d’Argent


Make your mum feel extra special this Mother’s Day, with a leisurely three-course lunch at Coq d’Argent, overlooking the skyline. Priced at £36 per person, the menu includes dishes such as Roasted quail, wild mushrooms, Armagnac soaked prunes and crispy Bayonne ham; Confit duck leg, Roulouse sausage, ventreche and coco beans; Slow cooked confit salmon, watercress sauce, peas, broad beans and courgette; and Warm apple tart tatin, crème fraiche, salted caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. http://www.coqdargent.co.uk/menus/restaurant/mothers-day/

Mother’s Day at Tom’s Kitchen


This Mothering Sunday, Tom’s Kitchen restaurants will be serving a wonderful selection of seasonal British dishes, all available from the restaurants in Chelsea, St Katharine Docks, Canary Wharf and Somerset House. Brunch classics will include Eggs Benedict; Brioche French Toast; and Tom’s Full English, perfect to fuel shopping trips and gallery hopping on the Kings Road. While for those looking to unwind after a morning sightseeing, perhaps visiting the sights of Tower Bridge and St Katharine Docks, Tom’s Kitchen will be serving the ultimate Sunday roast with all the trimmings – perfect for any family occasion. Tom’s Kitchen restaurants use the finest British ingredients to create menus that are served in a relaxed and informal environment, with all mums dining on 6th March receiving a voucher for 10% off food on a future visit, and Tom’s Kitchen Canary Wharf also hosting Children’s Arts & Crafts sessions. www.tomskitchen.co.uk

Mother’s day by the river at Le Pont de la Tour

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Iconic French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour will be serving a three course lunch this Mother’s Day (£50), with dishes such as Salad of golden beetroots with watercress and poached quince; Pork cassoulet with lentils; and a tropical dessert of soft meringue, coconut sorbet, and pineapple marmalade. And if that wasn’t enough, guests can also arrive in style by hopping aboard the Serenella, a Venetian-crafted chartered boat which will take diners along the Thames, Champagne in hand, before dropping off at the riverside restaurant. To view the full menu click here: http://www.lepontdelatour.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2016/01/Mothers-day-16-sample-menu.pdf

Bespoke cocktails for mums at Kensington Place

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The Kensington Place team will be creating a bespoke aperitif for all mums on arrival this Mother’s Day, whether it’s a glass of bubbles, one of the signature cocktails or something totally bespoke. When booking, diners should #telluswhatmumlikes and the expert mixologist will make sure it’s ready on arrival! From the menu guests can choose from the new ‘Mini KP Classics’, smaller versions of the iconic dishes like ‘Mini KP fish pie’ and ‘KP prawn cocktail’. Please email kensingtonplace@danddlondon.com to reserve your table.

BBC Good Food Shows

Cook Mum up a feast fit for a queen this Mother’s Day with the help of BBC Good Food Stars Michel Roux Jr., Tom Kerridge, and James Martin.

Souper green soup with pumpkin seed croutons – recipe from Jo Pratt

Jo Pratt -souper green soup with pumpkin seed croutons


The classic salade Lyonnaise should be made with dandelion leaves, but they can be a little bitter for some people. If you are lucky enough to have a garden with untreated area in it, you can pick your own leaves. Alternatively, use frisée salad, also called curly endive.

Michel Roux Jr. will be appearing live at BBC Good Food Shows Spring HIC Harrogate 8th – 10th April http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

Weekend Roast Chicken – recipe from Tom Kerridge

weekend roast chickenTom Kerridge

Everybody loves a roast chicken! The most important thing is to buy the best chicken you can afford: the better the chicken, the better the flavour. It’s as simple as that. This is a ‘weekend chicken’, because you need to start it the day before you want to eat it, but don’t let that put you off – the recipe is very easy. When you taste it, you’ll agree it’s worth a little advance planning.

Tom Kerridge will be appearing live at the BBC Good Food Show Spring HIC Harrogate 8th – 10th April http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

Summer berry fruit gratin – recipe from ‘Sweet’ by James Martin

James Martin Sweet

This dessert is very close to my heart. I originally made it at college, but reinvented the recipe many years later when I was invited to have lunch with the Queen. This was the dessert that followed a main course of duck from one of Her Majesty’s estates. As a boy from Yorkshire who first came to London with little more than a bundle of knives wrapped in a tea towel, this is a very special memory for me, and an experience I will never forget.

James Martin will be appearing live at the BBC Good Food Show Spring HIC Harrogate 8th – 10th April http://www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com/

Recipe extracted from ‘Sweet’ by James Martin (Quadrille £20)

Photography: Peter Cassidy

CRU Kafe

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For a special Mother’s Day gift this year, look no further than the new CRU Kafe mocha kit, perfect for a mum in need of a little indulgence. The organic coffee brand has partnered with Lavolio, a fantastic London Confectioner who specialise in creating handmade, boutique sweets to bring you the perfect comfort drink. Specially developed alongside CRU Kafe’s Intense blend, the cocoa powder helps to create a perfect grounding for the mocha, whilst the marshmallows, encased in Belgian milk chocolate, bring a sweetness that sets off the entire cup. The set includes enough ingredients for 12 indulgent mochas: 2 packs of CRU Intense Coffee, 1 Tin of Lavolio Chocolate Marshmallows, 1 Tin of Lavolio Cocoa Powder and 1 Mocha Recipe Card. https://www.crukafe.com/index.php/cru-mocha.html