Mother’s Day in Cornwall Sorted!

The countdown is on to Mother’s Day on Sunday 26 March and if you haven’t organised anything yet, allow me to me lend a hand — and suggest you get a wriggle on, lest you end up in Burger King. I’ve pulled together a selection of Mum-approved ideas around the county that will guarantee to keep you in her good books for the foreseeable.

Family Sunday lunch (no cooking or washing up required!)


For roasts with the most, I can’t stop harping on about the Sunday lunches at The Star and Garter, on Falmouth’s old high street. With smoky slow-roast meats, perfectly crispy potatoes and delectable seasonal veg – it’s almost certainly better than Mum’s but this is not the day to go pointing that out.

Or how about simple, fresh and delicious Italian food at country house hotel, Tredethy? Their Mother’s Day open house event will start with aperitifs and nibbles (from 11.30am), followed by a classic Italian lunch of 3 courses, all for £20. With a handful of tables and a relaxed home-from-home feel, this is a lovely laidback option. Email cristina@tredethyhouse.com to book.

A family walk (that’s not the school run)

Spring is the perfect time to visit Cornwall’s famously beautiful gardens and one of my favourites, Trebah is offering free entry for all mamas on Mothering Sunday. If you’ve got parents, grandparents and kiddies to think of, this is a day out with cross-generational appeal and the Trebah Kitchen will be serving up a special two-course lunch for a very reasonable £15.45. Choices include roasted sirloin of Cornish beef, pan-roasted fillet of cod or a gorgeous sounding veggie pastry dish, with goats cheese, garlic and thyme. Sorry – this was supposed to be about walking wasn’t it? Follow the trails down the sub-tropical valley garden to the secluded, Helford River beach (that looks across to Frenchman’s Creek) then wind your way back through the rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias to the entrance.

Let them eat cake


Pass the macaroons – calories don’t count on Mother’s Day, so let’s make the most of it. If you have older children (or well behaved ones) my top choice is The Idle Rocks, where a dreamy afternoon tea awaits, including a delectable spread of sweets and savouries, accompanied by Tregothnan tea, bubbly or a cocktail.

For those with little tearaways (that would be me!) the café at Cardinham Woods is ideal. Loads of space to run about and the most beautiful little stone cottage café to enjoy cream tea and cakes galore. This year they’ll be laying on a special tea tent with extra, covered outdoor seating in pretty bell tents in case the weather’s wet and children’s activity sheets to keep your small folk entertained.

Mums-only jaunts (no kids allowed) 

If Dad’s feeling particularly generous, perhaps you’ll get the whole day off to relax and be treated. In which case, here’s what I’d be plumping for… The Mother’s Day spa package at the fabulous ‘Coastal Cowshed’ at the St Moritz Hotel, includes Champagne tea, a 30-minute treatment and full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities (see my review here). This sweet experience for mamas costs £90 per person and is available from Sun 26 – Thurs 30 Mar. Gift vouchers for a treatment of your choice are also a winning option.

Alternatively, combine a little spa-ing with a little shopping. Book a treatment at The Linen Rooms at Merchant’s Manor (get the Muddy verdict here) and indulge in a spot of retail therapy in Falmouth – personal favourites include Willow and Stone for eclectic homeware and Toro for cacti and pretty hanging plants. And if you want to roll on into the evening, end the day at The Gylly Beach Café for live music and a mellow mood. 

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