11 luxe local ways to say ‘I love you’ this Mother’s Day
From a delicious biscuit delivery to afternoon tea or super spa sesh, treat the mums in your life to something special on 27 March.
1. Order handmade treats from Bury St Biscuits
Best biscuit baker in the biz, Bury St Edmunds-based Peta will whip up delicious, personalised bites for Mother’s Day, but what to choose? How about Prosecco, flowers and hearts? Prices vary.
2. Lunch at Hintlesham Hall
Celebrate in style with a Mother’s Day three-course lunch at Hintlesham near Ipswich. On the menu are tempura prawns, soy marinated salmon fillet, mixed fruit pavlova and chocolate truffles with coffee to end. Yum! From 12-3pm; £45 adults, £30 kids (including a gift for mum!).
3. Order a feast from Ely Hampers
Order an Afternoon Tea hamper and picnic in style – fingers crossed for good weather, if not scoff at home! Think fruity scones, strawberry jam, clotted cream, handmade Victoria sandwich, handmade brownies, sandwiches and handcooked crisps. You can customise the menu, prices start from £36.95 and home delivery and collection in the Ely area is free!
4. Book a hotel stay at The Three Blackbirds
Restaurant with rooms The Three Blackbirds in Wooditton has a Secret Sundays rate: dinner, bed and breakfast from £150. All nine bedrooms in its recently converted The Barn are really luxe, with super-king-size beds, rainfall showers and Bramley toiletries and the restaurant’s a joy too with Suffolk sirloin on the menu.
5. Send chocolates from Marimba
Did you know Suffolk is home to a world-class chocolatier? Award-winning Marimba has cocoa houses in Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds (the hot chocolate melts are insanely good), but you can also pick up some slabs of the sweet stuff online. Handmade mother’s day chocs from £6.75.
6. Enjoy afternoon tea at Madingley Hall
Raise those pinky fingers (and wear an elasticated waist) this Mothering Sunday with a posh afternoon tea in the Hickson Room at Madingley, a manor house in gorgeous gardens four miles outside Cambridge. What’s on the menu? Smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise and cheese and cucumber sandwiches, handmade cakes, macaroons, mini elcairs, scones, banana and chocolate cake and a duo of mousse. From £25pp, event kicks off at 2,30pm.
7. Have a spa sesh at Kesgrave Hall
We can definitely think of worse ways to celebrate Mother’s Day than an afternoon hanging out at Kesgrave, indulging in an Elemis facial, taking a dip in the pool and enjoying a healthy lunch. Half Day Spa package from £140, includes a £30 lunch voucher.
8. Say it with flowers from The Manor Florist
Buy some beautiful blooms from this fab florist based at Burwash Manor Barn near Cambridge, which incidentally makes a great place to celebrate Mother’s Day thanks to all the indie shops plus a day spa and tea room. We’re thinking Shades of Pinks (above) will be a hit with mum’s of all ages. From £40.
9. Gift jewellery from Emily Mortimer
We’re crushing on everything designed by Woodbridge-based jeweller Emily Mortimer and would love to receive one of her Echo gold initial bracelets or necklaces on M-Day (hint, major hint). From £75.
10 Go glam at Seckford Hall
Show you care with a mum’s the word package available in Seckford’s swish spa throughout March, including two hours in the spa, 25-minute facial and OPI nail file and polish. From £60 per person, Mon-Fri throughout March. FYI Seckford’s a great place for a Mother’s Day afternoon lunch or afternoon tea too.
11 Hire a dining pod at The Cock in Hemingford Grey
It’s VIP dining in style with these futuristic private pods at The Cock, an award-wining gastro pub close to Huntingdon and St Ives. Tuck into a superb Sunday roast and then walk it off with a family stroll beside the Great Ouse river. £50 to hire and there are still a couple of early slots on 27 March available.