While we would all much rather be spending Mother’s Day gathering our families around a table heaving with Sunday lunch, as with all events over the past year, Mothering Sunday 2021 is going to look a little different. 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.
While you may not be able to treat your mum to lunch in Orrery’s elegant dining room on Marylebone High Street, you can still send her the restaurant’s classic French dishes to enjoy at home. Available for collection or delivery, the Orrery At Home meal kit includes starters of chicken parfait with apple chutney and smoked salmon with format blanc and orange, a main of Tournedos Rossini with celeriac purée and Périgourdine sauce, and a chocolate fondant dessert with orange crème fraîche. The kit is rounded off with freshly-baked bread and butter, a coconut and cauliflower velouté and chocolate petit fours. There’s a vegetarian option for non-meat eaters, too.
Butlers Wharf Chop House
Whether your mum’s a rare, medium or well-done kind of steak fan, this meal kit from Butlers Wharf Chop House will surely go down a treat. Created under the direction of head chef Behzad Gotla, who cut his teeth working at Gordon Ramsey’s Maze, the three-course dinner includes a Savern & Wye smoked salmon starter, a 350g aged sirloin with Chop House steak sauce, sides of triple-cooked chips, broccoli, peppercorn sauce and red wine and shallot gravy, and, for those who still have room, a dessert of Bourbon sticky toffee pudding. Not a meat-eater? Opt for the vegetarian “steak” and ale pudding instead.
One Fine Dine
Private catering firm One Fine Dine had been catering to the needs of those with a taste for Michelin-quality cooking in their own homes long before the pandemic hit so, if you're new to the finish-at-home delivery scene, this is a safe pair of hands to put yourself in. For Mother's Day 2021, the One Fine Dine team has created a beautiful set menu with plenty of choice to suit everyone's tastes. Available for up to six people, choose from duck and chicken liver parfait, smoked Balik salmon or Laverstoke Park mozzarella salad to start followed by roast sirloin of Herefordshire beef, salmon en-croute, rolled and stuffed saddle of lamb or vegetable and goats cheese Wellington for main – all served with braised hispi cabbage, steamed Jersey Royals and roasted spring vegetables. For dessert there's an orange and honey steamed sponge, chocolate fondant or roasted pineapple and coconut panna cotta while the decadent experience is completed with an amuse bouche, petit fours and a bottle of wine. Mum is guaranteed to be impressed.
When outdoor dining opens on 12 April, we’ll be making a beeline for Coq d’Argent’s verdant roof terrace, which has some of the best views of the City. Until then, we can enjoy its classic French dishes at home, the best of which are packed into this Mother’s Day meal kit. To start, enjoy no less than three dishes: a selection of prawns served with mayonnaise and lemon, duck liver ballotine with fig chutney and homemade brioche, and smoked salmon blinis with crème fraîche. Be sure to save room for the main course, a Pyrenees milk-fed leg of lamb served with gratin dauphinoise potatoes and a garlic and rosemary jus. End on a sweet note with desserts of Parisian Bourdalouse pear and almond tart, macaroons and dark chocolate truffles.
Dreaming of a summer holiday? Until international travel restrictions are lifted, let Sartoria’s head chef Francesco Mazzei transport you to the warmer climes of Italy with dishes inspired by his home region of Calabria, the toe of Italy’s boot and an area most-famous for producing ‘Nduja. This Mother’s Day, the Savile Row-based restaurant is serving a four-course meal kit. In a nod to his hometown, Mazzei has created an antipasti of ‘Nduja brioche bread, along with octopus “catalana” style. For the Primo course, enjoy Amalfi lemon tortellini with sun-blushed tomatoes and rocket pesto, before tucking into a Secondo of pot-roasted Welsh lamb with pickled artichokes and mashed and roasted carrots. Finish with a rhubarb frangipane tart doused in Amaretto sauce.
Simon Rogan’s Mother’s Day meal kits have already been such a hit that they sold out within days of launching. Now back in stock, the three-course meal is available for delivery on 13 and 14 March from Roganic London, where the chef’s sustainable-first approach to cooking is put into practice. Enjoy a starter of British cured meats with confit artichokes, a main of braised lamb shoulder with creamed polenta and sprouting broccoli, and a dessert of caramelised apple tart. For an extra treat for mum, add a bouquet of sustainably-grown flowers from The Real Flower Company to your order.
Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Benares has created a Mother’s Day offering that’s a little different to your usual roast with its Mum’s The Word home delivery menu. A generous feast for up to four people, start with samosa chaat before moving on to a tandoori murg roast (a whole organic roast chicken with Makhani gravy) served with wild seabass mappas stew, lamb gosht biryani, dal makhani and kale saag aur makai. Finish everything off with the restaurant’s signature gulab jamun cakes and, if you’re really looking to treat your mum, upgrade to include a gift set featuring a bottle of Benares' signature wine, pestle and mortar and scarf.
Meat and two veg not really your mum’s thing? Islington’s Hot Stone steak and sushi bar has devised a Mother’s Day delivery unlike any other Sunday lunch. Inspired by executive chef Padam Raj Rai's mother, the Surf & Turf menu comprises a range of tataki and sukiyaki rolls and a Chirashi box filled with plump scallops, tuna, Japanese hamachi fish and ikura (salmon caviar), all topped with aged soy sauce and truffle. A 24-piece box of jewel-like sashimi and sushi can also be added for larger parties. The focus here is on the finest, freshest ingredients. Think grade A5 Japanese Wagyu beef, premium Koshihikari rice and locally-sourced, sustainable fish. The menu is completed with homemade matcha and strawberry cheesecakes and a lychee martini for toasting the most important woman in your life.
Drake & Morgan
Drake & Morgan has teamed up with Laurent-Perrier to offer a celebratory twist on its classic Sunday lunch this Mother’s Day. Designed for four to share, its finish-at-home box includes everything you need to create a delicious three-course meal – including a traditional prawn cocktail, whole roast chicken with all the trimmings and a salted caramel and milk chocolate cheesecake – with a bottle of Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée to wash everything down. Add a bouquet of fresh flowers from Ricky Paul to your order to make her feel really special.
Normally spend Mother’s Day taking a long walk before holing up in a cosy pub? This year Cubitt House is bringing the pub experience home with its range of roast-at-home boxes. Vegetarian, sirloin of beef and Castlemead chicken options are all available, but we’d recommend upgrading to the Ultimate Mother’s Day Celebration roast box. The star of the show is a whole saddle of Salt Marsh lamb served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese, seasonal greens, roast vegetables, mint sauce and gravy. There’s also a Bramley apple pie with salted caramel sauce for dessert and a bottle of Coates & Seeley English Sparkling Rosé to pair.
Riding House Cafe
Fitzrovia’s Riding House Cafe has really gone all out this Mother’s Day with an all-day feast that will spoil you mum from dawn to dusk. The indulgence starts with a decadent breakfast in bed, featuring a sourdough loaf, St. Ewe Farm eggs, smoked streaky bacon, London Smoke & Cure smoked salmon and malted pancakes with berry compote, clotted cream and maple syrup. A pre-lunch tipple is provided courtesy of the restaurant’s Taittinger on Thyme champagne punch before you move on to a show-stopping Mediterranean-inspired roast. There’s also a red velvet cake and petit fours as well as a Mother’s Day card, so you can consider the day fully taken care of.
Transport your mum to the sunny climes of Lisbon and Porto with Bar Douro’s Portuguese feast inspired by the country’s traditional cervejarias and tascas. This small plates-style menu features treats including pata negra ham, smoked sausage croquettes, salt cod hash, braised lamb shank with garlic potatoes and a rich almond cake for dessert. Delivered via Restokit, there’s also a range of sides and drinks available to personalise your meal to your mum’s preferences.
Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Hakkasan has proved a hugely popular option for elevated lockdown dining and, accordingly, has recently expanded its offering with Occasions by Hakkasan, providing everything you need to recreate its most famous dishes at home. Designed by executive chef Andrew Yeo and housed in a chic gift box complete with chopsticks and a dim sum steamer, the Signature Collection includes all the ingredients needed to make the restaurant’s classic dim sum, grilled Chilean sea bass, smoked beef ribs, Hakka noodles, stir-fry broccoli and chocolate soufflé.
The River Cafe
The River Cafe’s finish-at-home boxes have become so popular during lockdown that its range now numbers six delicious meals, with the Cornish roast chicken and its signature simple supper making the perfect choice for Mother’s Day. Filled with fine, seasonal ingredients, the simple supper offers a quintessential taste of Italy, featuring prosciutto, grissini, Buffalo mozzarella, artichokes ‘alla Romana’, tagliolini with slow-cooked tomato sauce and cantucci. The roast chicken, meanwhile, puts an Italian twist on the classic with creamy potatoes, cime de rapa and cannellini beans alongside focaccia and pistachio cake. Buon appetito!
Hide at Home
Hide has been cooking up a storm throughout the pandemic, serving its Michelin-starred dishes to hungry diners within a seven-mile radius of the restaurant. For Mother’s Day, executive chef Ollie Dabbous has created two special-edition menus. Kick off the day with the Breakfast in Bed menu, which includes a seasonal fruit salad, a pastry of your choice and add-ons such as French toast with blueberry compote, avocado on toast or Croque Monsieur. For lunch or dinner, a three-course seafood menu is on the cards, including dishes such as barbecued lobster with wild garlic butter, roast Orkney scallops and a selection of eclairs for dessert.
£24 per person for the Breakfast in Bed menu, £75 per person for the Mother’s Day menu, hide.co.uk