Mother’s Day Treats

Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, began in North America in 1908 – although it wasn’t officially recognised as a celebration until 1910. It was Anna Jarvis, an intelligent and fascinating college-educated businesswoman and activist who decided that her own mother, whom she had loved dearly, and whom was responsible for encouraging Jarvis to attend college, should have some kind of memorial (she had died three years previously). Anna Jarvis declared that mothers should be honoured, since they are “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world”.

The idea caught on quickly, and within two years of Anna Jarvis’ highly publicised memorial to Ann Jarvis, mothers were enjoying gifts and a rare day off to be pampered and looked after by their children, rather than the other way around.

Now, over one 100 years later, Mother’s Day (spelt as a singular possessive, rather than a plural in keeping with Jarvis’ wishes) is still celebrated, and our mothers are still treated to something just that little bit special. Kent is a county full of beautiful places to take the most important woman in our lives, as the list below will show you.

In 2015, Mother’s Day will be celebrated on 15th March.

Chilston Park Hotel // Lenham



Treat your mum to a heartfelt family meal at Chilston Park Hotel this Mother’s Day, and show her how much she means to you.

Price: £30 pp; £15 per child.

www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/chilston-park / 0845 072 7426


Rowhill Grange // Wilmington


There’s no better way of saying ‘she is worth it!’ than with a Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Rowhill Grange Hotel. Enjoy quality time together while indulging in a delicious display of dainty desserts, fresh sandwiches and homemade pastries prepared by the in-house pastry chefs. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in one of the hotel’s cosy lounges or in its gorgeous Clockhouse Suite. All of the family are invited, and the kitchen team has even created a special children’s version Tea from £10.95 pp.

Price: Afternoon Tea £18.95 pp; Champagne Afternoon Tea £24.95 pp; Chocolate Afternoon Tea £20.95 pp.

www.alexanderhotels.co.uk/rowhill-grange-luxury-hotel-kent / 01322 615136


Leeds Castle // Maidstone


A converted barn boasting an oak-beamed 17th-century décor, The Great British Kitchen at Leeds Castle is a stunning place to take your mother this Mother’s Day. Offering evening diners a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular views of the 900-year-old Leeds Castle beautifully lit at night, this is one date she will never forget.

Price: Three courses & a drink £24.95 pp; Two courses & a drink £18.95 pp.

www.leeds-castle.co.uk / 01622 767777


Turner Contemporary // Margate


Enjoy a sumptuous Mother’s Day lunch or afternoon tea in spectacular surroundings. Turner Contemporary offers you everything you need for an unforgettable day out with the family.

Price: Lunch (with a glass of wine) £11.95 pp; Afternoon Tea £9.95 pp.

www.turnercontemporary.org / 01843 233000


Hever Castle // Hever


Enjoy a delicious celebration meal in Hever Castle’s own superb restaurant on either 14th or 15th March; the menu includes pea and asparagus soup, an antipasti platter, a choice of carvery, white chocolate cheesecake, and Eton mess (note, the menu is subject to change). There is even a craft workshop for the younger visitors so they can give Mum a special handmade gift.

Price: £26 pp; £10 per child under 12.

www.hevercastle.co.uk / 01732 865224


Chartwell // Westerham


Enjoy a special Mother’s Day afternoon tea at Churchill’s Chartwell, in this, the 50th anniversary of his death. Take tea in the Mulberry Room at Chartwell, and choose from either traditional or sparkling treats. Booking is essential.

Price: Afternoon Tea £12.95 pp; Sparkling Afternoon Tea £19.95 pp.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell / 01732 868381


The Hop Farm Country Park // Paddock Wood


Treat Mum this year to a fantastic two-course carvery lunch featuring a choice of turkey, gammon, or beef with a selection of vegetables, followed by some spectacular desserts. The Family Park and Hoppers Animal World is open for a great day out on Mothering Sunday. Must be booked in advance.

Price: £11.95 pp; £6 per child under 12.

www.thehopfarm.co.uk / 01622 872068


Salomons Estate // Tunbridge Wells


If you’re going to treat your mum to lunch out this Mother’s Day, few settings can match that of the elegant Salomons Estate. The stunning Victorian mansion, originally designed by Decimus Burton, is set in over 36 rolling acres of gardens, woods and parkland. On this special day, you can have your family portrait taken by Salomons’ in-house photographer, before sitting down in the acclaimed Bistro to enjoy your three-course carvery. Choose from a tempting selection of menu options, as your photographer brings your family portrait to your table. While waiting for their food, children can let their imagination run wild in the craft corner, creating the perfect Mother’s Day card. Booking essential.

Price: £24.95 pp; £12.50 per child under 12.

www.salomons-estate.com / 01892 515152


Oakwood House // Maidstone


Join your family in the beautiful surroundings of Oakwood House and treat mum to a three-course carvery, whilst listening to romantic classics by singer, Sue Barnes.

Price: £19.95 pp; £9.95 per child.
www.oakwoodhousehotel.co.uk / 01622 620720


Sissinghurst Castle // Cranbrook


Treat mum to a tasty roast in the granary restaurant and, as a special treat, there’ll be free truffles for all the mums as well. Afterwards, take a wander in the garden and see the start of the spring bloom.

Price: £20 pp (normal admission charges apply).

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden / 01580 710700


Dale Hill Hotel Golf Club // Wadhurst


Nestled on the Kent/Sussex border sits the stunning Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club, perfect for a Mother’s Day treat. Taking place on 15th March, this fantastic lunch offers a three-course meal and an inclusive gift for every mother who attends. Alternatively, why not try the hotel’s sumptuous and classic afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly?

Price: Lunch £22 pp; £8 per child under 12. Afternoon Tea £14 pp.

www.dalehill.co.uk / 01580 200112


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