Mother's Day: Places to celebrate
From a traditional pub lunch to a pampering day at a spa, there are any number of ways to treat your mum to a memorable Mother’s Day in Staffordshire.
Many restaurants have created special menus to mark the day, while some of the county’s top visitor attractions are pulling out all the stops with an array of offers and events.
One of these is the Trentham Estate, which is offering free entry for mums on March 18. The neighbouring high wire ropes course, Aerial Adventure is also letting mothers in for free with another paying guest.
As well as its beautiful gardens and the high ropes course the 725 acre estate also boasts a cafe, shops and the amazing Monkey Forest, where 140 primates roam freely.
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Amanda Dawson, marketing manager at the estate said everything was in place for a fantastic day out on March 18.
She said: “The estate is looking lovely and the daffodils have just started coming out so we hope that a lot more will be by this weekend.
“It’s a great day out for the family, there is so much to do and generally people seem to come along and have lunch in the cafe, or bring a picnic and stay for the day.”
Special events on Mothering Sunday include miniature train rides, boat trips on the lake and an unlikely but very entertaining comedy double act.
Amanda said: “The lake is a real feature and the boat and train are both running so people can go and take a boat ride on the lake or a train alongside it. We’ve also got Laurel and Hardy impersonators down at the shops and they are a lot of fun and are really interactive.”
And if all that wasn’t enough the Monkey Forest is also getting into the Mother’s Day spirit with special talks about monkey mums.
For more details on a day out at Trentham an and array of other attractions in Staffordshire this March 18 check out our list of 10 of the county’s best Mother’s Day destinations.
Style: Modern British.
Food Served: Monday to Saturday 12pm to 2.15pm and 7pm to 9.30pm, and Sunday 12pm to 2.30pm.
Mother’s Day: Three course menu, coffee and chocolates £32 per person.
Try: Roast sirloin of Staffordshire beef, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and roast potatoes cooked in duck fat.
If you want to make your mum feel really special on Mother’s Day then book a table at The Moat House’s award-winning Conservatory restaurant.
Housed inside a Grade II Listed manor house with views out over the moat a visit here feels like a celebration as soon as you step through the door.
The Mother’s Day menu showcases the restaurant’s combination of British classics and inventive modern cooking. From roast beef and Yorkshire pudding to salmon and prawn Wellington with creamed spinach and a white wine and dill veloute, there is something for everyone.
The restaurant is also offering a number of different desserts including the playful strawberry and jelly trifle and a cherry and almond frangipane tart.
Food Served: Monday to Saturday: Lunch 12pm to 2.30pm, dinner 6pm to 9pm. Sunday: Lunch 12pm to 4.30pm and dinner 5.30pm to 8pm.
Mother’s Day: Three course meal £24.95 per person.
Try: Slow braised lamb shank with creamed potato, roasted shallots and rosemary jus.
For home-cooked food that will warm the heart, head to the Dog and Doublet.
Staffordshire’s reigning, ‘Traditional Pub of the Year’ specialises in delicious wholesome food created from the very best local produce.
Its Mother’s Day menu features a range of delicious, hearty classics including roast beef and Yorkshire pudding and slow braised lamb shank.
And with puddings like sticky toffee pudding, and apple and rhubarb crumble, this is food designed to bring a smile to your face.
3. The Church Bar and Restaurant, 61-63 Old Town Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 2JS, 01782 269440.
Food Served: Daily.
Mother’s Day: Three course menu £17.95 per person. Three course children’s menu £7.95 per person or £6.95 for two courses.
Try: Roast turkey breast with kilted sausage served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes.
If you want somewhere with the ‘wow factor’ this March 18 then look no further than The Church.
Housed inside a magnificent former Methodist Church, with stained glass windows and a vaulted, beamed ceiling, the building lives and breathes history.
And with an open kitchen located in the former pulpit it is also a place of drama and unrivalled atmosphere.
The Mother’s Day menu offers a delicious slice of traditional British cooking with a choice of roast dinners as well as classics like braised beef, fillet steak and salmon en croute.
Worth a visit for the building alone, a trip to The Church will make this a Mother’s Day to remember.
Food Served: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-10pm. Sundays 12pm-9pm.
Mother’s Day: Three course menu £18.50 per person (children £11.50).
Try: Slow roasted pork belly with cider sauce, served with potatoes and vegetables.
For a unique Mother’s Day dining destination you can’t beat the Spot Gate Inn.
The restaurant area is made up of two original Pullman railway carriages kitted out with comfortable arm chairs for a relaxed and luxurious eating out experience.
The Mothering Sunday menu offers traditional favourites like roast lamb, turkey and pork belly alongside seafood lasagne and veggie options.
And if your mum has a sweet tooth she is guaranteed to go home happy after choosing from indulgent desserts like hot chocolate fudge cake, Bailey’s and butterscotch cheesecake and apple and blackberry pie.
5. Netherstowe House, Netherstowe Lane, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6AY 01543 254270.
Style: Modern British.
Food Served: Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm Monday to Friday, 1pm to 2.30pm weekends. Dinner: 7pm-9pm, Monday to Saturday.
Mother’s Day: Sunday lunch set menu £35 per person.
Try: Roast breast of Gressingham duck with mushroom fricassee and shallot purée.
A visit to this beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian country house is guaranteed to make your mum feel like a lady of the manor.
From its elegant dining rooms to its perfectly presented modern British food, this is a place designed for a special occasion.
For Mother’s Day the restaurant is offering a traditional three course Sunday lunch featuring a choice of roasts with all the trimmings.
Event/activity: Gardens, shops, monkey forest, aerial adventure.
Open: Gardens 10am-4pm (3.30pm South Entrance). Monkey Forest 10am-4.30pm, weekends. Aerial Extreme 10.30am-1.30pm ( weekends only during March).
Tickets/price: Aerial Extreme: adults £25, children £20. Monkey Forest: adults £7.50 children £5.50 Trentham Estate: adults £6.10, children £4.75.
Mother’s Day Special: Mum’s get in for free at Trentham Gardens and free with another paying guest at Aerial Extreme.
From getting up close and personal with cute primates to monkeying around on a high wire adventure course, there is something for everyone at the Trentham Estate.
The gardens are offering free entry to mums on Mother’s Day and have number of special events happening.
These include boat trips and miniature train rides as well as Laurel and Hardy impersonators in the shopping village.
The Monkey Forest is giving you the chance to learn all about monkey mums while the Aerial Adventure course is letting mums have a go for free with another paying member.
So whether you want an adrenalin rush, a sedate stroll or an animal encounter you will find it at Trentham.
Event/activity: Spa days, treatment packages and dining.
Open: Daily 10am-8.30pm.
Mother’s Day Specials: A range of packages including spa days, nail treatments and lunch.
Prices: From £13.95 for a two course lunch to £169 for a mother and daughter spa day.
For the ultimate day of de-stressing and pampering book your mum or partner in for a day at Moddershall Spa.
Set in peaceful countryside it offers a luxurious retreat from the pressures of everyday life.
For a Mothering Sunday treat the spa has a range of relaxing options including a special mother and daughter spa day.
This includes full use of the facilities, a two course lunch and a facial, nail file and polish.
There is also a nail and bubbles package, combining manicures and champagne, or you can buy gift vouchers that come with a free box of chocolates.
8. Burleigh Factory Shop, Middleport Pottery, Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 3PE, 01782 577866.
Event/activity: Ceramics shop and visitor attraction.
Open: Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Mother’s Day Special: Demonstrations of Burleigh’s unique tissue transfer process.
When: March 17 12pm-4pm and March 18 11am-3pm.
Doubling up as a visitor attraction and the perfect place to buy a special present, the Burleigh Factory Shop is an ideal Mother’s Day destination.
On March 17 and 18 the pottery – famed for its blue and white floral designs - is lifting the lid on its unique tissue transfer process.
The technique isn’t used anywhere else in the world and the demonstrations offer a great chance to see master craftsmen at work.
The shop is also selling its new Spring line and had discounts of at least 40% on 12 and 18 piece dinner sets up to March 29.
Event/activity: Spa days/treatment packages.
Open: Daily 10am-8.30pm.
Mother’s Day Specials: A range of packages combining treatments, lunch and use of the facilities.
Prices: Mother’s Day package £45, Mother and Daughter duo package £69 or £99 for two.
Treat your mum to a day of total relaxation at the award-winning Alton Towers Spa.
There are a number of special pampering packages to choose from, all guaranteed to leave her feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
For £45 the Mother’s Day package includes three hours in the exquisite aqua relaxation rooms, lunch in the Secret Garden restaurant and either a back massage or taster facial.
And because the package is available until June 20, dad can always brave the theme park next door with the kids to allow mum some well deserved time off.
There is also a choice of mother and daughter packages available.
Event/activity: Historic working estate.
Open: Daily from March 16, last entry to mansion house servatnt’s quarters and farm 4.30pm.
Tickets/price: Tickets for the whole estate, adults £15 (£12.50 in advance), child £9 (£7.50 in advance).
Mother’s Day Special: Guided walk and afternoon tea £16 per adult, £11.25 per child under 12.
Set in 900 acres of stunning parkland and riverside gardens the Shugborough Estate offers fun for all the family.
With its elegant mansion house, working Victorian servants’ quarters, Georgian farm and restored walled garden there is a wide range of things to see - all brought to life by costumed historical characters and their stories.
On Mothering Sunday you can treat your mum to afternoon tea and a guided walk around the gardens.
There is also a land train ride, play park, craft workshop and gift shop.