Cream tea for Mothers' Day on the Isle of Wight

Mothers’ Day is one of the most special days in the calendar to take your mum, your nan, your daughter or your friend out for a wonderful treat. Whether you’re a mum yourself, you’re buying a present or taking a loved one out for lunch or afternoon tea, here are some great ideas to make your day go beautifully.

A Slap-Up Lunch or Tea

For most mums, the thought of no cooking and no washing up make Mothers’ Day their favourite day of the year, and there are loads of Isle of Wight pubs and restaurants doing special lunch menus and afternoon teas.

For fabulous food and wonderful views, have lunch at the Blacksmith’s where specials and great puds abound. Or try The Duck in Ryde after a stroll along the beach to whet your appetite. They do a great brunch style breakfast and a traditional Sunday lunch so you could save your walk until afterwards. There’s also the super friendly, family run Yarbridge Inn which has an extensive Sunday menu, seafood and specials and a kid’s menu in case you have smaller people in tow.

You could relax in Mottistone Gardens and wander through the many blossoming spring flowers before enjoying an afternoon tea in the garden. Or perhaps mum might enjoy some history with a traditional tea in the untraditional setting of a World War Two signal station? Visit the Needles Battery on  Mother’s Day for freshly made scones, sandwiches, cakes and tea in 1940s surroundings, and some of the most spectacular views on the Island.

Get yourself along to The Enchanted Manor and have a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a Grand High Tea with cocktail sandwiches, home-made heart-shaped scones with strawberries, preserves and cream and  a selection of delicious cakes. Or you could just stroll along the esplanade in Shanklin and enjoy one of the best fish finger sandwiches on the Island as you relive your childhood with mum in the Steamer Inn. Add some ketchup and you’re six all over again. 

Weekend Stays

If you’re looking for that grand gesture, then enjoy The Royal Hotel’s Mother’s Day Dine and Stay offer. You will enjoy a one-night stay in one of the hotel’s stylish rooms, a three- course dinner in their two-AA Rosette restaurant, a full English breakfast and a complimentary floral arrangement. So many brownie points!

You could have a Sunday Sleepover at the Seaview Hotel which includes a two -course dinner in the cosy Pump Bar or Naval Mess. On Monday, start the week with a wonderful full English breakfast. Treat  Mum to a delicious lunch or dinner with stunning Solent views at the George with an offer which includes a complimentary glass of fizz and you could stay over on their super 50% discount offer…

Or how about treating you and your mum to a spa day or pamper day? Lakeside Park in Wootton not only has great spa facilities but also the Brasserie Restaurant with lovely views over the lake and if you fancy staying the night, there are plenty of rooms to do just that. Or chill out at the Practical Magic weekend . This curated experience is a life-enriching weekend of re-connection, and re-invigoration designed to bring you back to your true technicolour shine and takes place at Tiny Homes.

The Gift of Giving

We’ve had a think about some different sorts of presents for Mother’s Day which showcase the Island’s producers and makers so here are a few ideas.

Pack up a basket with Isle of Wight foodie treats from the Garlic Farm and Briddlesford and add a bottle of Mermaid Gin and some tonics for a picnic that mum can enjoy whatever the weather. The Cantina in Ventnor, quite apart from being a wonderful lunch venue also bake their own bread, which is the stuff of legend, so add that into the mix.

Busy Bee has an enormous range of plants, bulbs and gardening equipment if your mum is of the green fingered variety or head along to the Isle of Wight Pearl where you can pick your own oyster and discover the pearl within. The pearl will be valued, and you can choose a setting to best show your pearl off and you’ll receive a certificate.

Book a facial or special treatment at the Liz Earle store in Ryde and with complimentary skincare consultations and mini treatments on offer, it’s a wonderful way to enjoy quality time together this Mother’s Day. Or if you want somewhere to buy locally made jewellery, pottery and textiles, then Quay Arts is the place to go. You could also pick up a ticket to a show or concert there for a completely different sort of present.

Give something back to the Island with a present from Gift to Nature which looks after beautiful countryside and nature reserves all across the Isle of Wight. The shop in Newport sells garden plants, new and preloved products, all focused on the outdoor, garden and countryside themes. There are, of course, many independent shops across the Island selling jewellery, clothing, pictures, photos and any other number of great gifts for your mum so if you can, please try to shop locally as this is so important for keeping our lovely Island growing and thriving.

Whatever you choose to do with your mum, whatever gift you make or buy , the best present of all is the gift of your time (and the no washing up part) so take some time out and spend it with whoever you mother figure might be. When you’re out and about on the Island, remember to tag us in your images, videos and stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and we’ll reshare our favourites.

Getting Here

Whatever you decide to do and however you’re travelling, it couldn’t be easier to get to the Isle of Wight via Lymington, Southampton, Southsea or Portsmouth. There are regular rail connections to the south coast via SWR.

Travelling as a foot passenger is simple due to our excellent transport links with trains, buses, foot passenger ferries and our hovercraft service.

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