MAIN IMAGE: Afternoon Tea at Lumley Castle. Photo: GASP Photo Co
Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day with everything from lavish lunches to amazing afternoon teas. Go one, she deserves it …
FEVERSHAM ARMS HOTEL & VERBENA SPA, HELMSLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE
At the Feversham Arms, the Food Lovers Break is ideal for mums who like their grub. Enjoy cream tea on arrival, then relax in the Verbena Spa and enjoy complimentary access to the Heat Experience facilities: an outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool. Once your stresses have melted away, head to the lounge for a pre-dinner Champagne cocktail, before feasting upon a gourmet six-course tasting menu in the restaurant.
Rates start from £117.50 per person per night.
RAMSIDE HALL HOTEL, DURHAM
Take your pick from a range of luxurious treats for mum at Ramside Hall Hotel.
The four-star hotel and spa is offering diners the choice of a four-course lunch in either the sumptuous Rib Room (£29.95) or luxurious Ballroom (£26.95), where mums will receive a special gift.
There is also the option of indulging in a traditional roast lunch in the Pembertons Carvery (served from noon; no bookings taken), or traditional afternoon tea as a special treat (£14.95 per person). www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk
BLACK SWAN HOTEL, HELMSLEY, NORTH YORKSHIRE
It’s one of Britain’s quintessential traditions: afternoon tea – so why not do it in historic surroundings?
The Black Swan Hotel is set in the picturesque town of Helmsley, North Yorkshire, and dates back more than 500 years.
In the award-winning tearoom you can soak up the surroundings over delicious dainty finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones and cakes oozing with flavour – all served on the finest bone china and accompanied by a fragrant cup of tea, daaahling.
£21.95 per person, or add a glass of fizz to the celebrations for £9.95.
Fancy staying over? Enjoy the ‘cheeky little getaway’ package for £179 per room. It includes: a half bottle of Champagne and locally-made chocolates in your room on arrival; two course dinner from the Market Menu; overnight stay in a Classic bedroom and a full English the next morning. Available until April 6. www.blackswan-helmsley.co.uk
LUMLEY CASTLE, CHESTER-LE-STREET
Treat your mum like royalty at Lumley Castle this Mother’s Day.
The medieval retreat is laying on a banquet for mums and their families with the option
of either a special three-course lunch in the majestic Black Knight Restaurant, or Mother’s Day afternoon tea in the Baron’s Hall.
A three-course lunch costs £29.50 per person (£15.50 per child for those aged 12 and under) and all mums receive a special gift.
Afternoon tea in the Barons Hall includes
a selection of tasty finger sandwiches and scrumptious cakes, served with freshly- brewed tea and coffee. A glass of fizz
can be added for something extra special. Entertainment is provided by the Ladies of the Court.
Afternoon tea costs £20 per person, £26.50 with Prosecco. www.lumleycastle.com
ROCKLIFFE HALL, DARLINGTON
A spa day, afternoon tea or lunch in The Clubhouse – whichever experience you choose at the five-star Rockilffe Hall – mum will leave with a smile on her face.
The Spa Day includes a two-course brunch; use of the spa and wellness facilities; a 45-minute Mud Rasul Ritual; a 55-minute luxury manicure and a gift – for £125 per person.
Afternoon Tea is served in the newly refurbished Orangery and is £29.50 per person, while lunch in The Clubhouse includes a three-course meal and entertainment for £30. www.rockliffehall.com
BANNATYNE HOTEL, DARLINGTON
Let mum relax and enjoy some indulgent comfort food at Maxine’s restaurant, Bannatyne Hotel Darlington.
For only £22.95 (children £11.95) you can enjoy a three-course meal in beautiful surroundings. Bannatyne Hotel is a converted Grade II listed town house, set in lovely gardens.
Tuck into starters such as ham hock and parsley terrine, plum chutney and toasted brioche or goat’s cheese ravioli, fennel broth and tomato beignets. Main dishes include roast saddle of lamb with fondant potatoes or gateaux of butternut squash with brie and wild mushrooms. Dessert options include chocolate tart with crème anglais and lemon parfait. www.bannatyne.co.uk/hotel/darlington
MAMBO WINE & DINE, SOUTH SHIELDS
A French Martini, White Sangria or Aperol Spritz? Take your pick as all can be enjoyed with the Cocktail Afternoon Tea at Mambo Wine and Dine – and all for just £24.95 for two people.
If fizz is your thing, then indulge in the Champagne afternoon tea – which includes a bottle of bubbles – for £34.95 for two people. (OK, you can have the traditional type too – with a cup of cha – for just £17.95 for two people, but where’s the fun in that?)
All cakes are freshly made each day and there’s a selection of sandwiches – such as tomato and buffalo mozzarella – too. www.mambowinedine.co.uk