Mother’s Day in Manchester isn’t just like any other day. Mums deserve top praise all year round, but this day is the ultimate excuse to treat your mum (or the mums) in your life to a lovely time in the city.
We all know what it’s like to get caught off-guard when the big day comes around – a heads-up, this year it’s Sunday 31st March. So we’ve put together this guide to help you plan the best day. Handy, right?
Whether you want to take her for a cheeky tipple, a fantastic fine dining experience or a bottomless brunch, we’ve got your back. Give your mum an unforgettable experience – and claim your rightful spot as her favourite child. She (probably) deserves it.
Free meal for mum at Menagerie
Enjoy Menagerie’s fantastic a la carte menu or Sunday roast, or get involved in a bottomless brunch – and the main lady in your life will get hers free of charge.
You don’t have to tell her that, though.
Weekend-long celebrations at James Martin
If you’re sharing your mum’s free time with siblings, James Martin Manchester has handily extended the celebrations to a full weekend, not just Mothering Sunday.
On Saturday 30th March they’re serving a very special afternoon tea with a complimentary box of chocolates for just £19.95 per head.
Alternatively, on Sunday 31st March, for £35 per person you can enjoy three courses with complimentary chocolates and live entertainment.
Free pudding at Alston Bar and Beef
If your mum loves steak and gin, Alston Bar & Beef is the place.
This Corn Exchange restaurant claims to serve the best steak in the city – and with excellent reviews, they might just be right. Dining here could be the perfect way to say ‘thanks, Mum’.
Alston will also give all mums a complimentary dessert to round off their meal nicely. Double win.
Turkish delights at Anatolian Grill
What about treating your mum to a Turkish delight? Anatolian Grill in Prestwich is fast becoming a popular dining destination for out-of-towners, serving up authentic Turkish cuisine.
If mixed mezzes, lamb kofte and shish kebabs are her thing, then this is a recommendation she will certainly appreciate.
Above the restaurant there is a boutique wine bar – Mezze9 – that has a special focus on the best Turkish wines. Pop there after for a nice Turkish tipple and sit on the outdoor terrace – weather permitting. Booking essential.
Free-flowing fizz at Malmaison
There’s free-flowing fizz all weekend at the Malmaison – an ideal way to say thank you to your mum!
Enjoy spoiling yourselves with a delicious afternoon tea or with a bottomless prosecco brunch (or Heineken for those who prefer beer).
There will be live entertainment throughout the day. £35 per person – £10 deposit is required upon booking.
G & Tea at King Street Townhouse
Treat your mum to a beautiful afternoon tea in the elegant surroundings of King Street Townhouse – the ultimate Mother’s Day destination.
Set in a picture-perfect historic location in the city centre, King Street Townhouse is serving up an indulgent afternoon tea with delicate finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream.
There is also a twist: satisfy her love of gin with King Street’s tea-infused gin. If ‘G & Tea’ isn’t her thing, you can still enjoy delicious traditional afternoon tea served with as much tea, coffee or champagne as you like.
Indian brunch at Mowgli
Why not spoil your mum with a selection of beautiful Indian dishes?
This lively dining experience in the Corn Exchange is perfect to set the scene for a special Mother’s Day, serving up house specials from curries to delicious dahls.
With Mother’s Day being a Sunday, Mowgli have an unmissable brunch between 10am-12 noon – the “If Indians Did Full English” is a personal favourite.
Three-course feast at Mamucium
Give your mam the Mother’s Day she deserves at Mamucium with a special three-course set menu and a glass of prosecco from just £30pp. She’ll also receive a special gift from the Mamucium team.
Enjoy Lancashire onion soup, Smokehouse salmon, chicken liver parfait or Yorkshire truffled asparagus to start. Then for the main event choose from Himalayan salt aged rump of beef, roast shoulder of Herdwick lamb with rosemary, seared fillet of line caught sea bass, or fresh ricotta and spinach ravioli.
And with desserts such as Manchester tart and a rich chocolate marquise served with orange cream, it sounds absolutely superb to us.
T&Cs apply. Offer valid from 12pm Sunday 31st March only. Booking required to redeem offer.
Free-from brunch at 3Squared Cafe
Forget the typical chocolates and junk food – why not try doing Mother’s Day a little differently, and make mum feel as amazing on the inside as she is on the outside?
3Squared free-from cafe is a great shout for some seriously guilt-free brunching. Upon arrival you can choose from any dish on the exclusive Mother’s Day menu, including some incredible sweet treats, dairy-free ice cream and virgin cocktails.
Providing a calm and tranquil setting for you and your mum to find a bit of peace and quiet, you can enjoy some one-on-one time with each other.
Street food for all the family at Thaikhun
Tuck into some authentic and tasty Thai street food at Thaikhun, Spinningfields and treat your mum to a proper Thai feast.
Founder Kim started making her pad thai on a street cart in Bangkok back in the 90s and the restaurant still use her recipe today – so you know it’s good. A great place to bring the family, the kids menu starts at £4.95 and includes a drink and ice-cream.
Book your table now and get a free main on your next visit.
A roast and champers at Browns Bar & Brasserie
Fancy going traditional? Treat mum to a freshly carved roast with all the trimmings or some of Browns Mother’s Day specials like monkfish and spring lamb.
Not only is there a tasty looking menu on offer, but with lashings of champagne and a live pianist, Mum will definitely feel extra special here.
All the finer things at The Ivy
If you are prepared to splash the cash and really impress, how about venturing to Spinningfields, where the iconic Ivy has set up camp?
The huge space boasts a ground floor brasserie, a second floor Asian restaurant and a stunning rooftop bar. All under one roof.
There is a floor for every kind of mum at The Ivy, whether it’s the finer things in life she enjoys, or a laid back cocktail. Oh, and we can’t not mention that the Ivy has got the most picture-worthy loos in Manchester.
Hearty roasts at Beastro
Beastro have pulled out all the stops for Mother’s Day – they have only gone and got their own mums on board.
The Beastro mums will be helping deliver hearty grub to all the other well-deserving mums dining at their homely restaurant in Spinningfields.
With a roast dinner to die for, this is a sure-fire way to show your main woman how much she means to you. Choose from roast Lancashire beef, corn fed chicken, honey roast ham or roast local cauliflower. Two courses are £16, or three courses £18.
Cake and cocktails at Richmond Tea Rooms
Manchester most popular tea rooms, renowned for its wildly OTT decor and Alice in Wonderland-esque interiors, Richmond Tea rooms is a unique option for cake-loving mums.
Why not indulge her with a traditional afternoon tea session that the Mad Hatter himself would approve of? Then head into the adjoining cocktail lounge for some creative drinks to finish.
Free food and fizz at Dive Bar NQ
Dive Bar over in the Northern Quarter is going all-out on Sunday 31st. Not only will mums be spoiled with a free meal, but they will receive a complimentary bottle of prosecco to make sure their day is extra special.
This Northern Quarter basement bar and kitchen makes a relaxed dining choice for you to sit back and spoil mum this year.
Simply pay for a minimum of two guests, and mum will eat for free. T&Cs apply.
Magical afternoon tea at The Lowry Hotel
Let mum relax this Mother’s Day at The Lowry Hotel. Choose between an indulgent family afternoon tea buffet, or celebrate with a Sunday lunch.
You can indulge with the delicious cakes and savouries buffet in their Grand Ballroom, where guests can enjoy unlimited choices including all the trimmings of traditional afternoon tea, complete with fresh scones and jam. Plus Carl the magician will be on hand to entertain guests. Adult places are £30 and child places are £15.
Or spoil Mum this Mother’s Day by treating her to a Sunday roast with all the trimmings! Let The Lowry take care of everything from the cooking to the washing up, so all Mum has to do is relax and enjoy! See the menu here.
A bespoke menu at Restaurant MCR
Make Mother’s Day extra special with a bespoke three-course menu by Aiden Byrne, designed just for the day at restaurant MCR. On arrival you’ll receive a glass of fizz, and all mothers will receive a complimentary gift bag from Kiehls.
Start with roasted scallop with red pepper and squid ink, or duck confit terrine with hazelnuts and grilled sourdough. Mains include grilled beef fillet, confit mushrooms, watercress and blue cheese, or butter poached sole with lobster and chervil lasagne. For vegetarians there’s new season asparagus, duck egg and truffle followed by wild garlic risotto, red wine reduction and pickled mushrooms.
To finish, there’s either a chocolate brownie with passion fruit and mango or a strawberry sorbet, toasted barley mousse and apple marigold. Available on Mother’s Day Sunday only from midday to 4pm, priced £50 per person.
Beef and bubbles at Elnecot
Ancoats neighbourhood bar and kitchen Elnecot will be serving up their delectable Sunday roast as usual with an added bonus of a complimentary glass of prosecco for every mum in attendance.
Celebrate with bubbles and beef (or nut roast, or chicken) in this modern venue that’s a new popular hotspot in the recently regenerated part of town.
Thai treats at Chaophraya
Spoil her this Mother’s Day at one of Manchester’s most elegant Thai restaurants, where all mums can dine on tasty Thai treats.
Although there isn’t a direct promotion for Mother’s Day, every table will be offered one complimentary main course on their next visit.
T&Cs apply and the offer is valid until 31st March 2019.
Meat and Malbec at Gaucho
Gaucho know their meat – and unlimited Yorkshire puddings makes their Sunday roast (£20) a real draw.
Their roast sirloin of beef is served with roast potatoes and unlimited Yorkshires, cooked in beef dripping. There’s also carrots tossed in churrasco marinade and broccoli, and a red wine gravy.
Get stuck into the great wine list while you’re there, and don’t miss the legendary salted caramel dulce de leche cheesecake for pudding.
Hospitality and history at Sarah’s Chop House
What is this, I hear you say? The famous city centre boozer Mr Thomas’s Chop House has become Mrs Sarah’s Chop House, in a nod to the women who helped shaped history. Like your mummy dearest did when she created lovely old you.
Celebrating female empowerment – and women in general – this could be a perfect historic location to take your mum for some delicious food and drinks?
Endless Aperol at The Anthologist
Overlooking St Peter’s Square, The Anthologist bar and restaurant boasts an unrivalled setting right in the heart of town.
A great location for you and mum to have a quick catch-up over a coffee or cocktails – or push the boat out and enjoy a three-course dinner in one of the many gorgeous spaces. Sit back, relax and let Anthologist take care of the rest.
If you fancy a boozy one, check out their newly launched bottomless brunch and giggle the day away with endless prosecco, bloody marys or aperol spritz. The Anthologist can make that happen. Brunch is £29.95 per person.
Mimosas for mum at The Foundry Project
Described as one of the happiest places in Manchester, The Foundry Project over in the Northern Quarter is also having a bottomless brunch.
Enjoy as many mimosas, bellinis, prosecco or bloody marys as you can in two hours, and choose any dish off their breakfast and brunch menu.
Only available between 11am and 3pm for a very reasonable £22 per person.
Creative cookery at Wood
If your mum is into high-end dining, then Wood over at First Street should be your top choice. Passion and creativity is combined with powerful flavours – and this restaurant certainly has the wow factor. Plus, of course, some fine tasting cocktails.
The Tomahawk steak to share is a must-have, or choose from their fantastic a la carte menu where venison, duck and halibut is also on offer.
Enjoy a stylish yet relaxed dining experience with your mum. Booking required.
A refined roast at One88 Whitefield
Located in the leafy suburb of Whitefield, just five miles north of Manchester, One88 offers a casual fine dining experience with a mouth-watering Mother’s Day menu on the 31st.
Enjoy locally reared roast beef with seasonal veggies, roasties and a Yorkshire. Or swap beef for roast leg of spring lamb, butter roast chicken or pan roasted sea bass. Don’t even get us started on the desserts: warm chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream, warm eccles cake with clotted cream, and chocolate and raspberry cheesecake with chocolate shavings – just to name a few…
Sit back, sip on a finely crafted cocktail and enjoy what this fantastic menu has to offer.
Bottomless brunch or roast at Banyan
Banyan Spinningfields, famous for their ‘bottomless weekenders’, are planning to take it up a notch this Mother’s Day.
Accompanied by live music, you can choose from their bottomless brunch menu (£26.95pp, 11am-3pm) or bottomless roast (£31.95pp, 12-5pm), with every Mum at the table treated to a Hendrick’s ‘Midsummer Solstice’ and tonic on the house.
Choose from topside of beef or half roast chicken served with carrot and swede mash, seasonal greens, golden roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and ‘Banyan best’ gravy.
Settle in, get cosy and make this Mother’s Day extra special. Booking required.