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Mother's Day 2022: 16 food and drink gift ideas - from afternoon tea to Scottish gin

Published: March 26, 2022
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With Mother's Day almost upon us, we take a look at some food and drink gift ideas and meals from Scottish businesses.

From afternoon tea, to whisky, chocolates, gin and lunch, here's our pick of the best Mother's day food and drink gifts.

Bar + Block

Treat mum this Mother’s Day weekend (Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March) with a special three-course meal or Sunday roast with all the trimmings at contemporary steakhouse Bar + Block Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Available for lunch and dinner and priced at £24.95, dishes on the three course menu include Korean chicken wings with BBQ sauce, spring onion, chilli and coriander, Chargrilled salmon and served with sautée potatoes, broccoli and samphire tossed in garlic butter, and Bar + Block’s Signature Steaks matured for 30 days and hand-cut to order.

Or tuck into the roast menu with a choice of 30 day-aged Aberdeen Angus sirloin or chicken served with Yorkshire puddings, beef-dripping roasties, seasonal vegetables and a rich red wine gravy.

Raise your glass to celebrate the leading lady in your life with the Mother’s Ruin cocktail, a bittersweet mix of citrus flavours, with Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla and Triple sec, finished with edible viola flower.

Makar Gin

Glasgow Distillery's Makar Gin, £28, is a classic serve ideal for gin loving Mums' this Mother's day.

Makar is a bold and confidently juniper-forward gin made for gin lovers, by gin lovers who hand-craft the award-winning spirit in Glasgow.

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Chaophraya cooking class

The Chaophraya cooking masterclass will welcome participants with a fruit punch on arrival, before being given an introduction to Thai ingredients and where to source them.

The lead chef will then provide a demonstration on how to prepare and cook each course, before participants try their hand themselves.

Participants will be given a recipe pack which includes a step-by-step guide on how to create the meal, as well as a full list of ingredients and equipment required.

The masterclass will be made up of 8-12 people and each person will learn to cook one starter and one main.

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The session will be around two hours and will conclude with a tasting session.

Classes start at £69 and for more information and how to book, visit the website.

When booking, it is advised include all dietary requirements, to ensure you have everything you need on the day. All equipment, ingredients and aprons are provided.

Ondine lunch menu

Ondine Oyster & Grill in Edinburgh are opening their doors on Sunday 27th March for one day only, celebrating with a special four course lunch menu with fizz on arrival for Mother’s Day (£45).

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The afternoon will start with a glass of Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs 2016 fizz on arrival.

This is followed by Ondine cured salmon, Crème fraîche, Exmoor caviar, treacle bread; Ocean Roast Monkfish au Poivre, peppercorn sauce, crushed Jersey Royals, buttered asparagus, Yorkshire pudding; a cheese course of Gorgonzola dolce, caramelised fig and walnut tart and dessert of a white chocolate torte, new season berries.

Tobermory Coast Gin

This new gin, £38, is inspired by Mull’s picturesque beaches and wild coast lines and would make an ideal gift this Mother's day.

The botanicals which include scotch lovage, sugar kelp, lavender, and samphire, create a beautiful sweet, yet salty flavour and are steeped for a minimum of 24 hours in Tobermory’s base spirit at 65% abv.

Perfect as a refreshing spring tipple, Tobermory’s Coast Gin boasts notes of candied citrus and a wonderful creamy mouthfeel packed full of juniper.

Rusacks St Andrews and Marine North Berwick Floral Workshop and Afternoon Tea

Treat mum to a floral masterclass with Bee Wild Blooms at 18, the rooftop restaurant at Rusacks St Andrews or at the Marine in North Berwick, £65.

Guests will be welcomed with a special Mother’s Day cocktail created by the Rusacks bar team which includes rhubarb, gin and fizz , before sitting down to a two hour floral arranging masterclass using seasonal flowers.

This will be followed by a decadent afternoon tea served in The Bridge, the seasonal menu has been created by Executive Chef and MasterChef The Professionals winner, Derek Johnstone and his expert team of chefs.

The afternoon tea will be overseen by recently appointed Head Pastry Chef, Christopher Nurse, who was previously Head Pastry Chef at Fairmont St Andrews and Schloss Roxburghe Hotel in the Scottish Borders and has represented Scotland at the Culinary Olympics in Germany.

Over at the Marine Hotel, local florist Sandy Branches NB, will be hosting a seasonal floral masterclass, followed by an afternoon tea prepared by MasterChef: The Professionals’ finalist and Executive Chef at Marine North Berwick, Chris Niven and his team.

Visitors will be welcomed with a glass of fizz or the special Mother’s Day cocktail which contains rhubarb liqueur, gin and sparkling wine to enjoy whilst arranging your chosen blooms into a spring bouquet.

Maryculter House

One of Scotland’s most historic hotels dating back to the 13th century, Marycutler House has retained many of its original features including its ancient Great Hall central to the legends of the Knights Templar.

For Mother’s Day, enjoy an extra special patisserie buffet, sandwiches and savouries, live music in the ballroom and a gift for her to take home.

Join the celebrations on Sunday, 27th March for £22 per person. Bookings can be made by emailing Natalie at events@maryculterhouse.com

Tullibardine whisky and chocolate

This Mother’s Day, Highland whisky distillery, Tullibardine, have partnered with the Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett to offer visitors a box of exceptional chocolates with every Bonded Tour for two weeks only.

The tours aren’t exclusively for mums but could make the perfect gift for those looking for a different but delicious immersive experience this spring.

The Bonded Tour, priced at £30, is an in-depth exploration of the Tullibardine whisky making process, with an additional trip into the Bonded Warehouse followed by a tasting of 4 drams at the Dramming Bar including the 15yo single malt.

The offer applies to tours between 21st March – 3rd April and customers just need to quote ‘chocolate’ when booking for their box to take home with them.

Tullibardine are also offering a complimentary box of the Highland Chocolatier chocolates with every bottle of The
Murray 2005 Double Wood, a limited edition bottling from the Marquess Collection, purchased via their online shop starting 17th March 2022 until stocks last.

Gleneagles afternoon tea

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One of Scotland’s most iconic afternoon tea venues is adding some fun to its traditional Glendevon afternoon tea, with the launch of a Beatrix Potter-themed menu for the enjoyment of both adults and children – perfect as a Mother’s Day treat, from £50 per person.

The new menu, inspired by the author’s childhood holidays to Perthshire, includes Johnny Town Mouse’s pea and potato croquettes, Little Pig Robinsons crumpet and crab, and Herdwick lamb sausage rolls with Mr McGregor’s cabbage.

Sweet treats include a Squirrel Nutkin’s fruit and nut slice and a ‘hiding behind the blackcurrant bush’ currant bun.

SimpsInns lunch and dinner

Family-run SimpsInns in Ayrshire has put together a special two-course Mother's Day lunch and dinner menu from £21.95 per person.

Coast Restaurant & Bar at The Gailes near Irvine, Old Loans Inn near Troon and The Waterside near West Kilbride will be serving up the best local and seasonal produce, including chicken and Ayrshire ham hock terrine, pan seared fillet of salmon with chorizo and smoked paprika cream, plus pink gin and raspberry cheesecake.

Links House Dornoch afternoon tea

Link House will be serving a Mother’s Day afternoon tea which is available to be enjoyed alongside a glass of Joseph Perrier champagne.e

A choice of loose-leaf teas, sandwiches, scones, and sweet treats are £29.50 per person. Add a glass of Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale NV for an additional £10 per person.

Prestonfield afternoon tea

Set in 20 acres of beautiful gardens and only five minutes from the city centre, Edinburgh’s Prestonfield House offers the peace and privacy of a country estate right in the centre of town.

This spring guests can take full advantage of the hotel’s lush grounds and enjoy their tea, hot savouries and home-made scones al fresco.

Afternoon tea, £40 per person, can be served outdoors on the terrace and in the gardens, where the resident peacocks are known to pay a flying visit. If the weather is still a little cool, warm up beside one of Prestonfield’s roaring fires.

Menu highlights include haggis croquettes, mini baked potato with ham and cheddar rarebit, and sandwiches with Prestonfield’s honey-roast gammon and Dijon mustard.

After delicious savoury goodies, enjoy plain and fruit scones with raspberry jam, as well as a snowflake macaroon, passionfruit tart, lemon drizzle and pistachio financier, paired with a selection of teas including Prestonfield’s own blends.

Darnley's gin

gin pouches

Darnley’s Gin have announced the launch of its recyclable gin pouches, a present that gin-lovers can refill all year round.

The gin pouches are available in 70cl for each of the Darnley’s Gin Original, Spiced Gin & Navy Strength products via their website.

The pouches are part of Darnley’s Gin 2022 sustainability strategy, which aims to spread environmental awareness and sustainable practices throughout the brand.

The new range is primarily aimed at existing fans, who can simply order their re-fill and decant the gin into their Darnley’s bottles before returning the pouch by Freepost back to Darnley’s HQ for recycling. 

Edinburgh Gin and Soak Sunday gift set

Edinburgh Gin has partnered with self-care brand Soak Sunday to create a botanical bath-set.

The limited-edition set comes complete with bottle of Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger Gin and a specially formulated bath soak featuring scents to perfectly match the gin’s natural botanicals.

Edinburgh Gin’s Rhubarb & Ginger Gin has been delicately balanced with a warm spiciness and a tangy sweetness.

The selected botanicals include aromatic lemongrass and sweet mulberry which are infused together by natural rhubarb and ginger.

Soak Sunday’s new bespoke bath soak blends Epsom and pink Himalayan salts with warming ginger, tart rhubarb and tranquil rose to really soothe and indulge.

Daisy Tasker Dundee tea

Former Scottish Hotel of the Year, Hotel Indigo, will be offering a special Mother’s Day Dundee Tea on March 26 and 27 from 12.30 to 5pm in their 2 AA rosette restaurant Daisy Tasker.

Those looking for something more substantial can enjoy a set price menu which is available to enjoy on March 26 and 27  from 12.30 – 9pm.

Cranside Kitchen

This Mother’s Day, Cranside Kitchen in Glasgow has a weekend of events for Mother's day.

With Afternoon Tea, a Sunday Roast and Drag Queen Brunch or Bingo there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Cranside Kitchen this Mother’s Day. 

Afternoon Tea will run from 11.30am - 2pm or 2.30pm - 5pm) includes traditional sandwiches, pretty cakes and savoury treats served with a selection of tea blends or a glass of fizz for £17.95 per person.

The all you can eat sushi drag brunch is £35 per person from 12-3pm and the Sunday roast is served from 1pm, at £14.95.

Cranside’s Drag Queen Bingo, £5, sees four drag queens host a night of glitz, glamour, games and of course bingo.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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