With Mother’s Day just around the corner, our thoughts have been turning to afternoon teas, leisurely brunches, locally sourced Sunday lunches, and not forgetting a glass or two of something fizzy.
Whatever it is you have in mind as a special treat for all those wonderful mums and grandmas out there, our little corner of Yorkshire has you covered. Here in no particular order, are some of our favourite spots:
Pipe and Glass, South Dalton, Beverley
This little gem really needs no introduction – it has a host of accolades to its name, not least a coveted Michelin star, which it achieved in less than four years. The Pipe and Glass is a real family affair, and it shows in the warm welcome you’ll receive, whether you’ve popped in for a quick sandwich or you’re dressed up for a special dinner. Even if the restaurant is fully booked, all is not lost; the restaurant menu is also served in the cosy bar (no booking required), where you can warm up next to a roaring fire and enjoy a great selection of wines and hand-pulled ales.
The Ivy, York
Unsurprisingly, The Ivy immediately became York’s ‘must visit’ eatery when it opened in December in St Helen’s Square. Famous for decades as the West End’s leading celebrity haunt, it has expanded to several carefully selected locations outside London, and the smart 120-cover restaurant in York prides itself on quality locally sourced food and first-class service. You certainly won’t be disappointed by the choice on offer – the menus range from morning until night and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, light bites, dinner and brunch. The Ivy is a dining experience which isn’t just about the food – it’s also the atmosphere, the opulent surroundings, and the attention to detail. You won’t be disappointed.
Kitchen, Howden and Snaith
Kitchen die-hards need no convincing of its many merits, such is the following it has earned over the last couple of years. Essentially a bakery, deli and gourmet tea room combined, Kitchen serves fantastically simple but hugely tasty food, and the portions are always generous. From hearty salad bowls to ‘super’ sandwiches, flatbreads and sharing boards to gourmet burgers, filling brunch choices to afternoon tea, there really is something for everyone. The perfect informal choice for Mother’s Day.
Ye Old Sun Inn, Colton, nr Tadcaster
Ashley and Kelly McCarthy have truly made Ye Old Sun Inn their own. Like many of the best pubs, it’s a true family affair, featuring intimate tables, low ceilings and a warm atmosphere guaranteed. Recognised with a slew of prestigious awards, the pub prides itself on innovative food using only the best local produce, and the menu regularly changes to harness the flavours of the seasonal calendar. For Mother’s Day, £25 will buy mum a lovely three-course lunch, which comes with tea or coffee and a special gift. Served from 12pm-7pm.
Refectory Kitchen and Terrace, York
The Refectory at the Principal Hotel might just be the perfect Mother’s Day venue. You can enjoy a special Sunday lunch, featuring Roast rump of Waterford farm beef, with an array of tempting desserts to finish. The pastry team will also prepare a sweet treat for mum to take home. Or if afternoon tea is more to her taste, then book a table in the Garden Room to enjoy a selection of sandwiches and savouries, followed by a mini trio of scones and some delicious cakes and pastries. Add a glass of bubbly for the perfect Mother’s Day indulgence. Sunday lunch menu – two courses £21, three courses £25. Traditional afternoon tea £22.95, with champagne £29.50.