With family gatherings currently banned and restaurants remaining closed , it’s time to get inventive with ideas for how to create a culinary treat this Mother’s Day. Fortunately, many of London’s top restaurants are offering a rich assortment of tempting options, ranging from at-home food kits to pre-made meals delivered to doorsteps, ensuring you can surprise with a decadent meal even if you can’t be together. Whether you’re looking to upgrade the traditional breakfast in bed or create a Michelin quality lunch, these at home meal kits and restaurant delivery services will ensure that this Mother’s Day is a special one.
The River Cafe’s finish-at-home kits have become a popular lockdown option, with Londoners recreating the seasonal dishes from the beloved Hammersmith restaurant. The three course menu for the Mother’s Day box set boasts impressive dishes that are sure to be well-received, with lemon, crème fraîche and rocket tagliolini to start, lemon, almond and polenta cake to finish, and a choice of roast spatchcock chicken or roast monkfish for the main course. Both main course options are accompanied by a delectable selection of sides, including artichokes ‘alla Romana’, potatoes ‘al forno’, broad beans ‘sott’olio’ and River Cafe Focaccia, too.
Available for nationwide delivery on 12 and 13 March for orders placed by 11 March.
£140 for two people.
An outing to a glamorous hotel for a traditional afternoon tea may not be possible this Mother’s Day, but luckily Claridge’s is bringing its iconic offering to doorsteps across London. All the usual staples are included — scones accompanied by Cornish clotted cream and Marco Polo gelée, finger sandwiches of smoked salmon with capers and chicken with truffle parmesan and Claridge’s own tea blend. It’s the cakes that are always the biggest hit, and for Mother’s Day Claridge’s is offering an assortment of pistachio choux, golden fruitcake, pineapple and coconut tart and hazelnut and chocolate brownie. Presented in an elegant ribboned box, it’s a wonderful treat to have arrive as a surprise at your mother’s door.
Available for London delivery within an 8 mile radius of Claridge’s and for collection between March 12 and 14. Place your order by 2pm for next morning delivery or collection.
£50 for one serving.
Bring a taste of the popular restaurant’s Italian-inspired, seasonal dishes to your mother’s home with Petersham Nurseries’ four-course meal kits. Available as a package for groups of two or four, there are two menu options available. The first includes a tempting assortment of burrata risotto, braised lamb with rosemary and sage, crème caramel and cheese board, while the vegetarian version replaces the first two dishes with an asparagus and feta tart and braised artichoke with butter beans. With detailed instructions and exceptional ingredients, this DIY kit is the perfect way to achieve home cooking with guaranteed restaurant-quality results that is sure to impress. All kits also include the makings of a Petersham rose bellini for you to kick off the meal, and beautiful Florentines to enjoy with post-dinner drinks.
Available for nationwide delivery on 12 and 13 March. Orders must be placed by the end of the day on 9 March.
Starts at £155 for two people.
The Connaught is famed for the wickedly indulgent and creative concoctions whipped up by its patisserie team. For Mother’s Day, their experts have created a special selection of sweet treats that look as good as they taste. The Patisserie’s signature Connaughty hound is recreated in pink, with a rhubarb and vanilla mousse and flower detail on its collar. Then there’s the Mother’s Day cake — a pink rose crafted from vanilla sponge, pear, lemon curd, shortbread and Chantilly cream and sprinkled with rose petals and gold detailing. Available in a range of sizes, suitable for families or for your mother to enjoy solo, it’s a beautiful and delicious treat.
Available for collection between March 5 – 14.
The Mother’s Day Connaughty hound is £12; The Connaught Patisserie Mother’s Day cake is £9 or £26 depending on size and can be preordered by calling 020 7314 3535.
Designed to bring a fine dining experience to your home, private catering company One Fine Dine’s Mother’s Day menu is a lavish three course meal with traditional main course options ranging from roasted beef sirloin to Scottish salmon en croute. For dessert, options are wonderfully indulgent, including orange and honey steamed sponge and dark chocolate fondant. But it’s the details that set One Fine Dine apart — the meal also comes with handmade truffles and macarons to enjoy with post-dinner cocktails or coffee, a complimentary bottle of wine and printed menus to truly replicate the restaurant experience. For the ultimate ready meal, everything arrives pre-cooked and chilled — just heat, serve and enjoy.
Available for nationwide delivery until 31 March.
Starts at £195 for two people including wine and free delivery.
The French brasserie has made it as easy as possible to recreate its classic dishes in your own kitchen with this at-home Mother’s Day kit. The menu is appropriately special, with an assortment of starters including prawns with homemade mayonnaise, duck liver ballotine with fig chutney and smoked salmon blinis. This is followed by a seasonal leg of lamb with gratin dauphinoise, and a sumptuous dessert of pear and almond tart. Instructions are detailed, but most of the work is already done, meaning you just need to heat up and plate the dishes to impress the mother in your life with a high quality dinner.
Available for nationwide delivery on 11, 12 and 13 March and for collection from the German Gymnasium Restaurant. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance for delivery and by 3pm the day before for collection.
£140 for two people.
If breakfast in bed is your go-to Mother’s Day tradition, The Berkeley has you covered. The Knightsbridge hotel’s famed breakfast is bundled in brown paper bags with handwritten tags, including fresh-from-the-oven croissants, freshly squeezed orange juice, smoked salmon bagels and more. The pastry chefs will also add a special chocolate heart plaques with ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ piped on and, as is The Berkeley’s tradition, they’ll include the day’s newspaper, too. To make it extra special, opt to include bright yellow tulips from top London florist McQueens Flowers, and add on a bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne to give things a little extra sparkle.
Available for London delivery within an 8 mile radius of The Berkeley and for collection on March 13 and 14. Place your order by 7pm for next morning delivery.
Starts from £30.