Want to treat your mum to more than chocolates and flowers? JLife has scoured the web for the top Mother’s Day activities across Leeds and Manchester.
Below are three ideas for making Mother’s Day extra special this year…
Tea for Two
What could make a more apt Mother’s Day activity than afternoon tea? Sharing plates piled high with scones and sandwiches and chatting over fine china and a teapot is the ultimate indulgence. And, luckily for JLife readers, both Leeds and Manchester have fully embraced afternoon tea culture, meaning there are options to suit any budget.
Situated on Park Row in Leeds, French tea rooms and bakery Le Chalet offer a choice of two sandwiches in their afternoon tea package, with customers able to pick from options including smoked salmon with cream cheese and carvery ham, a scone, selection of savoury canapés and mini cakes for £15.95 per person. Add a glass of Champagne for £5.50 to give the day extra fizz.
Richmond Tea Rooms
Stroll down Richmond Street, Manchester, and you’ll find the English-style Richmond Tea Rooms. The Tim Burton-inspired design makes it a unique place to take mum for nibbles. Choose from a selection of afternoon tea packages such as the traditional The Queen’s Tea at £18.95 per person or, if your mother would prefer a pint, The Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea for £23.50 provides a twist with beer, a sausage roll and Scotch egg all on the menu.
Bottomless brunches are currently all the rage, allowing you to kick off the day in style, quench your thirst and satisfy your hunger all in one fell swoop. So, avoid the rowdy weekend evening crowds and treat your mum to a tipple over eggs instead.
Leeds’s Shears Yard is a local brunch favourite, with its trendy and inventive takes on staples such as ‘Croque Madame’ and cheese toasties. Pick any dish from the brunch menu and get unlimited prosecco, cocktails and craft beer for £25 per person.
If you’re in Manchester, you can head out to Spinningfields for the popular Manhattan-style bar and eatery, Neighbourhood, for bottomless Bloody Marys, seasonal cocktails or prosecco alongside two courses for £35 per person.
Once you’re full from all the cocktails and cake, stretch your legs with a leisurely stroll around one of Leeds or Manchester’s quirky markets. Shopping, Sundays and mums seem to go hand-in -hand after all…
Kirkstall Abbey Market
Journey just outside Leeds city centre for the Kirkstall Abbey Market, which boasts over 40 stalls and features hand-made crafts and local produce from across Yorkshire in the stunning setting of Medieval Cistercian abbey ruins on the banks of the River Aire. The market runs all weekend, so you could even browse for a gift the day before!
Didsbury Makers Market
Didsbury is one of Manchester’s most fashionable suburbs, and the monthly Didsbury Makers Market makes a timely visit on Mother’s Day and showcases award-winning food, drink, art and craft producers – perfect if you are still looking for an original present!