19 Ways to Make Your Mum Happy this Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day for Sunday mum. Hopefully this shout out will replace me actually having to put my hand in my wallet and buy you either a present or a card. I'm just not into that. If you want to impress mummy this year though, here's some ideas...

By Ben Brown | Last updated 6 March 2018

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Japanese Feast at Cottonopolis
The Northern Quarter’s coolest and most Japanese haunt, Cottonopolis will be offering a set menu this Mother’s Day for only £20 per person. There’s some crackers on the menu including Salmon Maki, a Wagyu Roast Dinner and even a Coconut Panacotta. I’ve basically just picked what I’d have to be honest, but there’s plenty more on the menu should you have different (and more refined) tastes. Check the menu and book below.


Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


Bowl for free at Dog Bowl
This one is perfect for all those nimble-footed mums out there – Dog Bowl are offering FREE bowling for mums all day on Mother’s Day. The perfect opportunity for your old mum to show off some skills that don’t involve hitting you with a slipper or wrestling the dog for a chunk of dropped mince, book yourselves a lane and she can bowl for free. You can even use one of them ramps if your mum is a bit rubbish and you want her to feel even more special on HER day.

Dog Bowl, Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW


Free Cocktail & Tapas Offer at El Capo
Mexican’s love their mums. Even El Chapo, that proper dodgy drug cartel geezer, loved his mum so much that he bought her a massive mansion and a gold kitchen with all of his dirty money. At least that’s what I heard. Also keen to reward mums, but in a much nicer way, are NQ Mexican cantina El Capo who are offering a free cocktail or dessert for all mums who dine between the 11th and 13th March. Not only this, but they’re offering 3 Tapas dishes for only £14. Just make sure you book in advance.

El Capo, 12 Tariff St, Manchester M1 2FF


3 Course Meal & ELEMIS Facial at Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie
Treat your mum to something special from Harvey Nichols and spoil her with a tastebud-tingling three-course meal at the Second Floor Bar and Brasserie. For just £30 you can indulge in a three-course meal from the bespoke Mother’s Day menu with delicious dishes. The gift that keeps on giving – those who dine on Sunday 11th March, will be given a voucher for a complimentary ELEMIS 30-minute BIOTEC Technology Facial worth £45 to redeem instore.


Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Brasserie, 21 New Cathedral Street, Manchester M1 1AD


Roast Dinner & Fresh Fish at Randall & Aubin
It doesn’t matter if you are the best of pals with your mum or you don’t see eye to eye, you owe her a lot – so when it comes to Mother’s Day she deserves to be treated. Randall & Aubin are offering a unique Mother’s Day menu this Sunday, with a range of fantastic dishes including plenty of fish as you’d expect. What you might not expect though is their brilliant Sunday Lunch, which comes piled high with Roast Aberdeenshire Beef and all the trimmings. Perfect. Check the menu and book below.

Menu & Book

Randall & Aubin, 64 Bridge Street, Manchester, M3 3BN


A Brilliant Sunday Roast at One88
One88 in Whitefield are offering a special Mother’s Day menu, and because it’s a Sunday, it mostly revolves around juicy meat, crispy roast potatoes, huge Yorkshire puds and lashings of rich gravy. I suppose it’s usually your poor old mum who has to make all of this on a typical Sunday, so give the moaning old bugger a rest this week and let One88 sort it all out. I had a roast dinner here once and it was a belter, the lamb was so good I found myself wandering the moors at night, just searching for more. I should have just headed back here.

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One88, 188 Bury New Rd, Whitefield, Manchester M45 6QF


Set Menu in Saddleworth at The White Hart Inn at Lydgate
Located near the lovely Saddleworth, The White Hart is well known throughout the region for its damn good food and excellent range of wines. This Mother’s Day you can treat your old dear to a 3-course menu for £29.50 which includes some of the following dishes (I’ve chosen the ones that I want to eat right now); New season Asparagus and Crispy Egg, Pork Shoulder Pate, Slow Cooked Duck Leg with Caramelised Pear, Pistachio Nut Crème Brulee and a lovely Yorkshire Rhubarb Cobbler.

The White Hart Inn, 51 Stockport Rd, Lydgate, Oldham OL4 4JJ


Bottomless Brunch at Black Dog Ballroom
There’s probably nothing my mother would like more than to just get absolutely plastered this Mother’s Day, either on rum or Prosecco (but probably both). Well if your mam is the same and enjoys a few bubbles and a few hiccups, then head on down to one of the Black Dog Ballroom venues for their Bottomless Brunch. For £25 you can choose a brunch menu item and then get unlimited drinks for the next 2 hours. There’s loads of drinks to choose from including Bloody Mary’s and Beers but you’re going to want to have Prosecco, aren’t you?

Black Dog Ballroom NQ, 52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW
Black Dog Ballroom NWS, 11-13 New Wakefield St, Manchester M1 5NP


3 Course Lunch & Makeover at Masons Restaurant Bar
Head on down to Masons Bar & Restaurant on Bridge Street this Mother’s Day and you can treat your mam to some food, drink and complimentary makeover at House of Fraser for only £50. For that price you get a 3-course lunch for 2, a bottle of Henners English sparkling wine and a makeover for 2 at a House of Fraser counter of your choice. With a menu featuring Featherblade Steak, Mussels and Pork Belly, as well as everyone’s favourite dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding, your dear old mum is in for a treat for once.

Masons Restaurant Bar, 36 Bridge St, Manchester M3 3BT


Sunday Dinner + Flowers and Choccies for Mum at Bay Horse
It must be said that Bay Horse is the kind of place you might, at first glance anyway, want to save for Father’s Day. But the thing is that is all the way in June, and I am sure you cannot wait that long to enjoy one of their phenomenal roast dinners. Enjoy two delicious courses either side a sharing roast dinner for £23 each and they will throw in a glass of fizz, flowers AND chocolates for mother dearest. It’s an all-rounder really- just don’t let her witness anyone else getting the same treatment and you can take all the credit.

The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA


Special 3 Course Menu at The Lowry Hotel
As you’d expect, The River Restaurant at The Lowry Hotel will provide the perfect place to truly spoil your dear old mum, with stunning surroundings, fantastic food and a selection of some of the best gins and tonics in the city. For Mother’s Day they’re offering a special 3 course menu for £45 per person, which includes such delights as Chicken Liver Parfait, Roast Cheshire Rib of Beef, Lemon Sole au Meuniere and a Steamed Ginger Sponge. There’ll also be music performed by Kimm all day – who is actually really good at setting the perfect mood for eating and relaxing.

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The River Restaurant, The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Pl, Salford M3 5LH


Brand New Menu & Free Bubbles at Grafene
Designed by new Head Chef Ben Mounsey, Grafene are offering an exclusive Mother’s Day menu this Sunday for only £40 per person which also includes a free glass of champers for mum. Oh, and kids under 12 dine for half price too. If your mum isn’t a champers kind of girl, she can get a cocktail from Grafene’s new menu instead, and they look great. You can check the menu and book below.

Menu & Book

Grafene, 6, 55 King Street, Manchester M2 4LQ


Complimentary Prosecco & Live Music at Don Giovanni
Being a mum in Italy is akin to being a god. Your precious children will dote upon your every whim, allow you to cook every meal for them and give you the opportunity to lick your handkerchief and clean their faces anytime they’re out in public. The only thing they expect in return is somewhere to live until they’re either 46 or married, or both. If you take your mum for an Italian at Don Giovanni this Mother’s Day though, she’ll be in for a proper treat; with live music, complimentary Prosecco and even a nice lovely gift to keep her sweet. Couple this with Don Gio’s fantastic Italian dishes and you’re onto a winner.

Don Giovanni, Peter House, 1-2 Oxford St, Manchester M1 5AN


Get Banged Up at Breakout
I honestly couldn’t think of anything worse than being locked up in a room with my mum on Mother’s Day, us both having to use our brain power and cunning to get out as fast as possible. Not only would this instantly cause stress and an argument, there would definitely be a visit to A&E for one or both of us once we managed to get out. Most people would relish this chance to be a team though, which is why something like Breakout is perfect. They’re offering special Gift Vouchers this Mother’s Day so if you’re struggling for ideas – give them a go.

Breakout, 14 a Brazennose Street, Manchester M2 6LW


Free Bellinis at Turtle Bay
Everyone’s favourite Caribbean bar and restaurant will be offering up free Bellini cocktails from Sunday 4th March until Sunday 11th March for any mums who dine in the Oldham Street or Oxford Road locations. May I also suggest a few Tingwray’s on top of that free cocktail too – mostly because they will loosen your mum’s lips enough for her to start telling you loads of juicy gossip and start slagging off your dad.

Turtle Bay, 33-35 Oxford St, Manchester M1 4BH
46-50 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LE


Free Cocktail & Half Price Kids Bowling at All Star Lanes
Not ones to let an event go by without doing something, All Star Lanes are offering a complimentary ‘Lady Royale’ cocktail to mums when they come in to bowl on Sunday 11th March. Not only this but there’s also FREE kids bowling all day, as long as the ‘kids’ aren’t 28 years old of course. That cocktail sounds like it might be a winner too – it features both vodka and prosecco – which are my mum’s two most favourite drinks in the world.

All Star Lanes, 235 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4EN


Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23
Although it’s not officially the highest restaurant in the city now, Cloud 23 still benefits from having a fantastic view of the city and is perfect for cocktails and afternoon tea. Your dearest mother will be as happy as Larry as she tucks into a tea comprising of savoury delights, as well as some cracking cakes, scones and even a bit of trifle. Included in the £35 per person price is a glass of champagne and “a gift for the mother”. I’m going to presume that you shouldn’t expect too much from the gift and you should still get your mum some flowers from the Texaco garage on the way to picking her up.

Cloud 23, Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, Manchester M3 4LQ


Free Mumbai Mess at Zouk
Every mum loves a dessert. Whether it’s a massive bowl of trifle, a tin of Fruit Cocktail with condensed milk or just a big tub of Ben & Jerry’s while watching Downton Abbey. You’re in luck then because a visit to Zouk on Mother’s Day will produce a free Mumbai Mess dessert for mum, whether you’ve booked for brunch, lunch or dinner. A Mumbai Mess, for anyone unfortunate enough not to have tried it, is a messy deconstructed cheesecake packed with fresh raspberries, creamy cheese and a crunchy ginger and cardamom biscuit. It’s a winner.

Zouk, 5, The Quadrangle, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS


Complimentary Bellini at Cabana
Cabana Rio Street Food will be offering every mum a free complimentary Bellini when you book and dine on Mother’s Day. The food is actually pretty decent here – you’ll definitely find yourself ordering a few too many dishes and having to unbutton your trousers. Their Cassava Fries are fantastic too – make sure your mum pops her hand into her purse and treats you to a portion all to yourself.

Cabana, The Corn Exchange, Exchange Square, Manchester M4 3TR


Sumptuous Set Menu at Mr. Cooper’s
There’s a special Mother’s Day menu of two courses for £22 and three courses for £25 this Sunday at Mr Cooper’s, so if you want to show her a bit of the good life and allay all her fears that you’re spending too much money on sweets and booze – this is a top shout. There’s a wide range of dishes available including Gin Cured Salmon with Lemon & Fennel and a Roast Beef Dinner with more trimmings that Brian May’s hairdresser. Get yourself booked in below.

Mr. Cooper’s, The Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS