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Best Mother’s Day gifts that love local

The countdown to Mother's Day is on. Breathe deep, we've got the best florists, gorgeous gifts and inspo on what to do from local Kent businesses. Or call it inspiration for yourself. Hint hint!

FOOD | FLOWERS | THINGS TO DO | GIFTS

FOOD

Mother’s Day High Tea, Balfour Winery, Sat 26 & Sun 27 March

Make this Mother’s Day extra special with a gorgeous Afternoon Tea for 2 at the stunning Balfour Winery, sitting on the picturesque Hush Heath Estate. On Sat 26 & Sun 27 March there’s two sittings available (£65pp) – either 12.30pm – 2.30pm or 3pm – 5pm. You’ll begin with a tasting of their signature Balfour Brut Rosé, followed by a delicious and beautifully presented selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes, alongside their sparkling Balfour Wine.

To be in with the chance to win an Afternoon Tea for 2 PLUS a £120 Gift Voucher to spend in their shop – enter our giveaway now!

Afternoon Tea & Spring Bulb Centrepiece Workshop, Bank House

Visit the Bank House for a fabulous Afternoon Tea to celebrate Mother’s Day this year, expect an afternoon of delicious savouries, sweet treats and even a glass of Kingscote Sparkling Rose to toast that someone special on Weds 23 March or 30 March, 12:45-1:15pm for £35pp. OR do something fun and make a stunning bulb centrepiece to take home on Tues 22 or Thurs 24 March, the workshop will begin at 12:45pm for £45pp.

Bowley’s at The Plough, Trottiscliffe, West Malling

Photography: Joe Josland

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Bowley’s at The Plough on Sun 27 March. Start with Rhubarb Bellini Cocktails, before a starter of hot smoked salmon, choggia beetroot, lemon and caviar; then enjoy saddle of hogget ‘belle epoque’ with mint sauce and roasted garlic and for dessert, rhubarb Eton Mess with clotted cream and candied ginger – yum! For an extra special treat, order a box Bowley’s handmade chocolates with flavours including honeycomb, dark chocolate mint, salted caramel and Madeira ganache, £25 for a box of 16. Book this pronto!

Mother’s Day Meal at their favourite Elite Pubs, all over Kent

Treat your mum to a three-course meal at their favourite local Elite Pub, there’s The Vineyard in Lamberhurst, The Potting Shed in Langley, The Poacher & Partridge in Tonbridge, The Lazy Fox in Mark Cross, The Great House in Hawkhurst, The Farm House in West Malling, The Pheasant Plucker in Ide Hill, The Pig & Sty in Bethersden and more to choose from!

Or why not go all out and treat your mum to an exclusive dining experience in your own Botanical Garden Shack? Feast on seasonal food, sip cocktails, play your own own music through the Bluetooth speakers, be waited on by a dedicated server and admire the beautiful decor! They can be booked for up to 8 people and hire fee starts from £25.

Fish Union, Chislehurst

Afternoon Tea and Roasts aren’t cutting it this Mother’s Day? Why not book a table at Fish Union, located on the Royal Parade in Chislehurst. This Chef Led Fishmonger and Shellfish Champagne Restaurant is the perfect place to take your mum – or yourself! Their fresh seasonal menu changes daily depending on what’s coming off the boats and offers delectable small plates including; Oysters, Yellowfin tuna Tataki with pickled radish wasabi mayo and ponzu; Galician octopus with delica pumpkin and garlic butter. We love the sound of their Luxury Seafood platter, Bouillabaisse or their popular side dish of Confit crispy potatoes with aioli! Their open on Sun 27 March, 12-4pm.

One Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells

Stylish boutique hotel right in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, will make for the perfect setting this Mother’s Day. One Warwick Park have a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea where you can enjoy all sweet and savoury treats and receive a complimentary glass fizz on them. OR go to STEAK (their delicious in-house restaurant) for a roast dinner on Sun 27 March mum’s get their main course free! (one per table, when dining with another full paying adult).

Frasers of Egerton, Ashford

Located in the beautiful Kent countryside, Frasers is located on a 300-acre eco small private estate and working farm. The Quintessential Afternoon Tea is perfect for Mother’s Day and available at two sittings on Sun, 27 March, at 12noon and 3pm. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, homemade sausage roll, fresh goats’ cheese with caramelised onion and thyme tart, chocolate fudge brownie, lemon drizzle cake, Frasers’ award-winning carrot cake, and fruit scone with cream and homemade strawberry jam. Alls served in Frasers’ beautiful Kentish barns with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the stunning surrounding countryside and walks aplenty nearby.

Frasers’ Mother’s Day tea is priced at £28 per person. Alternatively, enjoy in the comfort of your own home and collect in person to takeaway (on Sat 26 or Sun 27 Mar), the cost is £22 per head.

Salomons Estate, Tunbridge Wells

Salomons Estate is a stunning Victorian mansion, 2 miles from the centre of Tunbridge Wells. Set in 36 acres of rolling gardens, parkland and woods, it’s beautiful! This Mother’s Day they are offering a mouth-watering afternoon tea on Sat 26 March overlooking their breath-taking grounds. Available from midday – 4:30pm just £22.50pp and all mum’s get a glass of bubbles!

FLOWERS

The Bloom Foundry, Tunbridge Wells

A beautiful florist and antiques shop along St John’s Road in Tunbridge Wells. Muddy Award Winner, The Bloom Foundry serves stunning fresh, dried and faux flowers. Pop in and visit this treasure trove of a store – or order one of their stunning blooms online. This Mother’s Day Lucie is creating a ‘Rose Spring Bouquet’ which is a hand-tied bouquet arrangement of roses, ranunculus flowers, anemones and tulips accompanied with eucalyptus and tree fern foliage – it’s beautiful! Plus the ‘Bright Rainbow Bouquet’ using a mix of the brightest roses, delphiniums, carnations and rainbow gypsophila, see the full range and prices here.

Flower & Glory, Sevenoaks

Deborah Arpino is a florist and stylist which is a magical mix in the world of flowers. Over the past 25 years, she has developed a distinctive look that is inspired by her love of flora, fauna and France – funnily enough. Driven by her passion of finding unusual decorative objects and combining them with beautiful flowers, you’ll find interior delights and gorgeous bouquets sitting side by side in her Sevenoaks store.

Star & The Rose, Tonbridge

Gorgeous Tonbridge florist and interiors store (sitting at the northern end of Tonbridge High Street) Star & The Rose. The floral style is wild and romantic, incorporating unruly grasses and dried elements with rich blooms to create a real bohemian bouquet. We adore their Sweet Peach and Early Bird bouquets (pictured), the perfect visual treat for Mother’s Day!

Lotty’s Flowers, Faversham

We love this indie boutique florist in Faversham who can save the day with a bunch of their best – whatever the occasion. Lotty has plenty on offer for Mother’s Day from Spring Bouquets, Bulb Baskets or get your arrangement presented in a beautiful Basket or Bag! See all the details and prices here.

Blooming Green, Maidstone

Head to Blooming Green, just outside Maidstone, where they specialise in cut flowers that are organically grown and have a tiny carbon footprint. Or PYO flowers where you can wander through an acre of flowers, picking your own. Choose between a beautiful Mother’s Day Posy gift wrapped in a jar or their Mother’s Day Spring Flowers Bouquet – just the ticket for brightening up your mum’s kitchen table. 

THINGS TO DO

Spa Deals for Mother’s Day, Eastwell Manor

Fluffy robes at the ready! Eastwell Manor have got the perfect Mother’s Day sussed with their current offers. Spend some quality time with mum on an unforgettable 1 night spa break where you can enjoy countryside grounds, delicious dining and have access their spa facilities including a 50min Champneys treatment each plus a cosy bedroom to retire to in the evening. Or just go for the day! Slip on your poolside flip-flops and explore their beautiful spa facilities during 9 hours of pampering including lunch and a 25min Champneys Head in the Clouds massage so you can drift away on cloud of relaxation. All offers ends 20 March so book in quick!

Mother’s Day Cooking Courses, Kent Cookery School, Sun 27 March

Do something fun with mum this Mother’s Day! The fantastic Kent Cookery School near Ashford has two amazing courses to get stuck into this March to enjoy with mum. Spend a morning baking delightful patisseries and learn how to master the maracon but first enjoy your bucks fizz of course! Only 1 space left on Macaroons with Mum so get in quick. Or how about enjoy the afternoon learning how to make fresh pasta with your mum and wash down with a glass of Prosecco with their Pasta & Prosecco course!

Mother’s Day Weekend, Hever Castle, Sat 26 – Sun 27 March

Spoil mum on Mother’s Day weekend with a memorable family day out to the historic Hever Castle. Enjoy the stunning gardens, let your little ones decorate a wooden keyring in a FREE craft workshop and take a photo in the Mother’s Day Frame. Make the day extra special and book to have Afternoon Tea in the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant. Or upgrade to the Luxury Afternoon Tea held in the beautiful wood panelled Tudor Suite in the Astor Wing! Hint, hint, nudge, nudge!

GIFTS

Mother’s Day Gift Set, Floragy Skincare

Floragy is an award-winning skincare brand that creates gentle-on-the-skin, plant-based ingredients which are 100% cruelty free and vegan-friendly. So spoil your mum with their Mother’s Day Gift Set featuring their Indulge Bath Soak, a choice of 3 beautiful Clay Face Masks and their award-winning Revive Face Oil, Calm Face Oil or our Intensive Face Oil – Nurture. Including a card of your choice, all wrapped up in a lovely sustainable box! From £39.

Sparkling Afternoon Tea Hamper, Macknade

Mother’s Day sorted! Go on spoil your mum with an indulgent Afternoon Tea Hamper from Macknade. Featuring a bottle of acclaimed Langlois sparkling rosé – made by the same winemakers behind Bollinger champagne. Toast with a glass of fizz, paired perfectly with everything you need for an afternoon tea at home. Scones, James and the obligatory clotted cream! Click and collect from Macknade or get it delivered straight to her. £50

Petite Initial Necklace, The Diamond Setter

Take notes kids! Get her this petite initial necklace which can spell ‘MUM’ or anyone name or family member you’d like from hidden gem The Diamond Setter in Tunbridge Wells. £147

Sleepy Me Set, Viners on the Hill

Give the gift of a good night’s sleep with this beautiful Sleepy Me Set from Viners on the Hill which includes Pillow Spray, Pulse Point Rollerball and Moisturising Cream using the finest quality ingredients. £30

Indoor Plants, The Glass House

Help your mum/sister/nan/auntie welcome nature into her space, if you’re after a desk brightener or a gift for the house proud, then look no further than these beautiful plants from social enterprise The Glass House. They offer second chances to ex-offenders at East Sutton Park prison for women to reduce reoffending through horticultural training and employment. Their team of ex-offenders grow and nurture beautiful houseplants which are then sold on their website. There’s 5 sizes to choose from and prices start from £24, no brainer gift!

Chilly Chocolate Tea, Mr. Ames

Does she just love her tea? Mr Ames Tea goes down very well here in the Muddy office and we love their indulgent chilly chocolate tea bags. It’s a delicious blend of fruit pieces with pink peppercorns, yellow sunflowers with natural toffee flavour and vanilla beans. Something a bit different that’s for sure! £6.50

Gold Wing & Circle Earrings, Rikke Line Jewellery

Be an angel and gift your mum these beautiful gold wing and circle earrings with 14k gold filled vermeil. Rikke Line, winner of Best Jewellery Store in Kent, creates stunningly unique earrings, bracelets and necklaces that all nod to her pared-back, Scandi-style roots – we love! £30

The Happy Hamper, The Happy Grazing Company

The Happy Hamper (bacon)

Why not order this delicious hamper from luxury grazing experts, The Happy Grazing Company? This Mother’s Day they have 3 playful and modern hamper options. Get bacon and ketchup or smoked salmon (from Weald Smokery) and smashed avocado. Plus receive flowers from Johnny’s Little Sister, tasty rosé from Sussex winery Kingscote, bath salts from The Lodge – all wrapped up in a wire basket complete with a card for £67.50. Or get the Mother’s Day Mini (£37.50), featuring 3 Kent cheeses, charcuterie from Weald Smokery, antipasti, fruit, honey, chutney, plus Peter’s Yard crackers for £30. Free delivery on orders over £50 on Fri 24 March or collect from Turvins Farm on Sat 26 March. (Unit 2, Turvins Farm, Sundridge Road, Sevenoaks TN14 6HB).

Gifts for the home, White & Faded

Beautiful interiors store White & Faded have such a gorgeous range of items that you can gift your mum this Mother’s Day! They have a beautiful range of candles that are all hand-poured in Kent and come in a gorgeous white box making it the perfect gift. We also love the look of their Wellness Luxury Gift Sets, gorgeous linen tea towels, eco-friendly soaps for the hands and face, luxury washing up liquid and multi-surface cleaner – we love it all!!

Cocktail Boxes, First Aid Box

Are my kids still reading? Give your mum the gift of award-winning funky cocktails from First Aid Box who will deliver their unique, fun and stylish cocktails straight to your doorstep. The Chapel Down No Stone Left Unturned Cocktail would be perfect for Mother’s Day, its floral and fruit focused, sweet but also sour with Chapel Down Pinot Noir Gin, apricot Genepi, rasper, apricot shrub and plum bitters – oooh! We also love the sound of their Salted Caramel Brownie Espresso Martini, Smoked Coconut Old Fashioned and the Superfruit Negroni. Prices start from £14.50. Order now and thank us later!

MAMA Gold Glitter Camo Shopper, Luxe Vida

This Mother’s Day, why not treat your mama to a “song in a bag”. Home and lifestyle boutique Luxe Vida is a must visit for gifts, fashion and all things gorgeous! Hot on the scene on Tunbridge Wells High St, pop in and pick up this gorgeous woven canvas camouflage shopper made from 80% recycled cotton and 20% recycled polyester, it even comes with a free song! She simply scans the label to download “Mama” (by the Spice Girls) to her smart phone! £25

Jewellery Accessories, Jacqui Larsson Fine Jewellery

Whether you’re after a piece that’s timelessly stylish, or playful, we know you’ll love Jacqui Larsson’s exceptional range of jewellery which includes both bespoke and ready to wear collections and her range of accessories would make for the perfect present for Mother’s Day! These embroidered velvet cases are a very sophisticated way to safeguard your precious pieces and heirlooms on the go or placed safely in a drawer. It’s important to separate each piece to avoid damage so these boxes came with many compartments and ring rolls to do just that. Beauty and function! From £95

Rosie Hawaiian Stripe Silk Blouse & Shorts, Sleepy Wilson

Treat mum to these luxury PJs that not only help her sleep better but do their bit towards saving the planet and they look gorgeous too! Made from the highest grade 19mm silk which is ethical and sustainable plus silk is also naturally temperature regulating, breathable, hypo allergenic and antibacterial – so you can get some decent shut eye. We adore Sleepy Wilson’s brand new range perfect for spring and summer.

Quite on the spenny side, we know, but it’s something she can treasure for years. Also provides the perfect excuse to stay in your PJ’s all day!

Mother’s Day Earrings, Catherine de Crèvecoeur Jewellery

You already know that we’re big fans of Catherine’s range of gorgeous – and affordable – jewellery pieces. For Mother’s Day she’s created these beautifully handcrafted gold leather hearts (£25) that can be worn on their own or stacked with the set of gold plated heart charms. They are so lightweight meaning they’ll make an impact but you’ll hardly know you’re wearing them – we can attest to this! Better yet, spend £50 and use code “MOTHERSDAY” to receive these for free.

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