PENNY MCCORMICK rounds up the best mini breaks, special events and afternoon teas to spoil your Mum this Sunday …
Whisk your Mum away to BrookLodge & Macreddin Village which is offering dinner in The Strawberry Tree, Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant, a one-hour Rejuvenating Vitamin E Flourish Organic Facial at The Wells Spa, a complimentary Flourish Organic Vitamin E Cream to take home and full use of the Thermal Suite at The Wells Spa which includes indoor to outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna and an outdoor hot tub. From €179 per person, this is a steal. To book your stay at the hotel which is a member of the Original Irish Hotels group, phone 01 295 8900 or visit www.originalirishhotels.com.
Having just won the “Best Food and Beverage Experience in Ireland” at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2019, that’s one good reason to book Galway Food Tours Mother’s Day event on Sunday March 31. Starting at 11am in McCambridge’s on Shop Street, the tour highlights include tastings and sweet treats from Griffins Bakery, oysters at Tigh Neachtains, fish cakes from Kasbah Kitchen, sushi from WA Café and some pancakes from Kai Restaurant. Costing €65 per person, places are limited so booking is essential, call 086 733 2885 or visit www.galwayfoodtours.com.
The “Ladies of Luxury” package at Lough Erne Resort includes an overnight stay in one of the resort’s guestrooms where you’ll find an Elemis face mask pamper pack on arrival. Also included as part of the welcome is a DVD library of chick flicks, popcorn and cookies to nibble on as well as a pitcher of the resort’s newly launched sipster sister cocktail. A two-night-stay option is available which includes a chauffeured Jeep drop-off in Enniskillen town, but a visit to the spa is a must-do. One night starts from €89. www.lougherneresort.com.
Dollard & Co have Mother’s Day gifting baskets filled with indulgent treats, and they also offer the option of creating your own – remember to include some Cocoa Atelier chocolates, and get grandchildren to colour in one of Dollard & Co’s Mother’s Day cards. Dollard & Co, 2-5 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. www.dollardandco.ie.
For a sparkling treat The Westin Dublin is offering a Perrier-Jouët Champagne Afternoon Tea in its elegant Atrium Lounge. Priced at €122 for two people, this luxurious afternoon tea includes a delicious selection of savoury sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam, carrot cake with walnuts and cream cheese, and chocolate and hazelnut torte. www.thewestindublin.com.
Suesey Street, on Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 is hosting a special Mother’s Day lunch. The three-course menu, created by chef Richard Stearn, is priced at €45 each and includes a special gift for the guest of honour, with a kids menu option available at €19.50. Tempting dishes include: cured organic salmon with pickled beetroot, followed by grilled sole with lemon, caper and herb butter sauce. Not forgetting pudding, we like the sound of the dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb and fresh berries. Naughty but nice! To book phone 01 669 4600; www.sueseystreet.ie.
If you’re out shopping with Mum on Saturday or Sunday, why not treat her to a coffee and cake at Bewley’s Grafton Street? You’ll be spoilt for choice at the patisserie counter where the pistachio and strawberry eclairs and coffee opera cake are bestsellers. Mothers will be treated to a complimentary glass of prosecco. Enjoy the day together beside the real fires in the James Joyce room or under the skylight of the light filled Garden Atrium. www.bewleys.com.
Why not explore the magic of Dromoland Castle, Co Clare, and then enjoy a delicious afternoon tea this Mother’s Day? Named after a long-standing member of staff, Mrs White’s Afternoon Tea is an indulgent feast complete with finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and homemade jams. The Afternoon Tea costs €29 per person. To book visit www.dromoland.ie or call (061) 346 7007.
The Stella Theatre Rathmines is celebrating Mother’s Day with a special screening of Mamma Mia on Sunday at 12:30pm. As the ultimate cinema experience, sink into the comfy red velvet chairs, order something to eat or drink and enjoy the film. Tickets are €19 and can be purchased at www.stellatheatre.ie. 207 – 209, Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Mother’s Day wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without some perfume or flowers. Combining both is Jo Malone London’s Mother’s Day Floral Box, which is exclusive to Brown Thomas. It features flowers by Appassionata and two colognes from the Wild Flowers & Weeds Collection. Priced at €155, pre-order is advisable prior to collection. www.brownthomas.com.
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