hile big Sunday lunches with all the family are finally back on the cards for Mothering Sunday 2022, some mums may still prefer a more low-key celebration at home this year. That, however, is no excuse for not treating your mum to the day of pampering she deserves. Once you’ve found the perfect Mother’s Day gift, it’s time to turn your attention to dinner, and many of the capital’s top restaurants are once again stepping up with fine dining deliveries and finish-at-home kits perfect for making her feel special.
Home by Simon Rogan
Simon Rogan’s Mother’s Day meal kits were such a hit that they sold out within days of launching last year. For 2022, Rogan has created a lavish new three-course meal in his Cartmel kitchens. Enjoy a starter of caramelised potatoes, broth of roasted Roscoff onions, lemon thyme and comté, a main of stuffed breast of Guinea hen and confit leg with softened leeks and toasted yeast, and a dessert of white chocolate cream with preserved blackberries and almond. For an extra treat for mum, add a cheese course, discovery wine flight or classic G&T aperitivo to your order.
From £45, homebysimonrogan.co.uk
The River Cafe
The River Cafe’s finish-at-home boxes have become so popular over the last two years that its range now numbers four delicious meals, with the Cornish roast chicken and its signature Tuscan lunch box making the perfect choice for Mother’s Day. Filled with fine, seasonal ingredients, the Tuscan lunch box offers a quintessential taste of Italy, featuring grissini, pecorino riserva, salame al Barolo and ribollita. The roast chicken, meanwhile, puts an Italian twist on the classic, stuffed with rosemary, sage, bay and tangy Amalfi lemon. The feast is complete with a decadent chocolate hazelnut espresso cake and bottle of Chianti Classico Fontodi, paired with the menu by expert sommeliers. Buon appetito!
From £135 for two, shoptherivercafe.co.uk
Bocca di Lupo
Impress mum with an indulgent banquet of unique Italian treats from Bocca di Lupo. It’s offering a decadent array of feasts in partnership with nationwide delivery service Restokit, but our top pick is the At Home Classic Lobster and Truffle meal kit. Kick off proceedings with handmade orecchiette with nduja, baked scallops and roasted pumpkin with sage, followed by a heaping serving of sweet lobster and rich truffle. Finishing touches come in the form of a sinfully sweet tiramisu for dessert and a classic negroni garnished with fresh blood orange.
£160 for two, restokit.co.uk
Has mum got a sweet tooth? The decadent Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea hamper from Gail’s Bakery is sure to garner major brownie points. Tuck into Gail’s rustic homemade rolls, filled with smoked salmon and avocado yoghurt, and an avocado and chickpea salad, then follow up with a sumptuous lemon drizzle cake, brownie fingers and honey cakes to satiate sweet cravings. Top your afternoon tea off with classic scones accompanied by clotted cream, strawberry jam and lemon curd, washed down with Jing Assam breakfast tea for good measure. The hamper even includes a handy Gail’s tote bag, so she can brag about her Mother’s Day treats when she’s next out and about.
For Mother’s Day, Cinnamon Club Executive Chef Vivek Singh has taken inspiration from his own mum’s cooking with a flavourful four-course menu featuring dishes she taught him to make. From Bengali-spiced vegetable cutlets with beetroot, raisin and Kasundi ketchup and shrimp, coconut and cardamom Chingri Malai curry, to cured salmon carpaccio jhal muri with mustard potatoes, green pea chutney and caramel, and slow cooked Kentish lamb leg in a nutmeg and pepper sauce, each dish represents a personal favourite of the chef and celebrates the influence of his mother’s food on his contemporary Indian fare. The easy to prepare finish-at-home kit comes complete with everything you need to whip up a delicious feast, including rice, sides, chutneys and a dessert of carrot Halwa samosas. Add a bottle of Francoise Monay Brut Champagne and a signed copy of Singh’s cookbook to your delivery to really make mum’s day.
£140 for two, thecinnamoncollection.com
Burger and Lobster
Experience the best that surf and turf specialist Burger & Lobster has to offer this Mother’s Day with the Ultimate B&L Box. The sumptuous three-course feast includes a starter of whole Nova Scotia Lobster with garlic butter sauce, followed by the signature Burger & Lobster combo of succulent 8oz Nebraska beef burger and lobster roll for mains. Round things off with a decadent Pots & Co salted caramel chocolate ganache dessert and espresso martini tipples from Moth Drinks to raise a toast to the most important lady in your life.
£85 for two, burgerandlobster.com
Sunday roast not her thing? Treat mum to a taste of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with Delamina’s finish-at-home kits. Each menu represents either earth, land or sea, so you can rest assured that all bases are covered when catering for particular tastes. We’d recommend the all-encompassing Earth kit to celebrate Mother’s Day. Comprising crispy rosemary potatoes, charred cauliflower with lemon-zest crème fraiche and pomegranate molasses, and roasted aubergine and courgette, this flavourful vegetarian feast for two is finished with a sweet Kadayif nest of vanilla cheesecake cream, caramelised pecans and orange syrup, and a bottle of Montresor Rose Royal Pinot Noir Spumante for good measure.
£80 for two, restokit.co.uk
Having grown up in Spain’s Asturias mountains, learning to cook with his mother and abuela, Ibérica’s Michelin-starred Executive Chef Nacho Manzano has been bringing the flavours and culture of his beloved homeland to London’s diners for over a decade. This Mother’s Day, Ibérica’s Delicatessen Picnic Bag is the perfect way to show mum how much she means. Featuring a selection of five artisan cheeses, Juan Pedro Domecq Jamón Ibérico, a trio of chorizos, organic olive oil crisps and toasted bread with tomato, this charcuterie kit also boasts a bottle of Vilarnau DO Cava, because what is Mother’s Day without a few bubbles?
£65 for two, restokit.co.uk