Get your Mothering Sunday Sorted!

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the week before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there). Here are Muddy’s mega Mothering Sunday picks…

Family Sunday lunch – don’t worry, you don’t have to cook it

Top eatery – The Beacon, Rusthall

As regular Muddy readers are aware, I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of our region’s many, excellent local pubs (*hic*). Some of my favourites for a family lunch include (*drum roll please*)… The Beacon in Rusthall, The Milk House in Sissinghurst, The George & Dragon in Speldhurst, The Kings Head in Wye, The Three Chimneys in Biddenden and The Curious Eatery in Boughton Monchelsea (check this Eat Out bit of the blog for reviews on these eateries). For foodie fans, The Compasses Inn in Crundale, The Warren in Tunbridge Wells or The Poet in Matfield are also good choices.

A family walk – and scoff a scone of course

If the weather is looking good (we can but hope), tell your kids to can the moaning about their legs being tired and head off for a nice family stroll (give them, and you, cake as an incentive). We’re spoilt for choice for scenic surroundings in our region but your starter for ten includes the stonking grounds of Hever Castle (125 acres of glorious grounds) – allow me to suggest the elegant Guthrie Pavilion Restaurant situated in the Italian Garden overlooking the lake. Or Leeds Castle with its 500 acres of quite frankly beautiful parkland and formal gardens then take tea in style in the 16th Century Maiden’s Tower. Or there’s Ightam Mote and Knole Park near Sevenoaks; Sissinghurst Castle with its stunning gardens, for the outdoorsy there’s Bedgebury near Goudhurst (what about lunch in The Vine?), and pretty Chartwell, near Westerham, which is offering a Mother’s Day garden tour and cream tea.

Mother/ adult daughter jaunt (no kids allowed)

Looking for something grown-up and child-free to do with your mum? If you’re partial to a massage, facial and manicure why not indulge in all three at Champneys City Spa in Tunbridge Wells where they are offering a selection of treatment packages to be given as the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Why not treat Mum (and yourself) to a 55 min massage, Champneys Gold Facial and 25 min manicure, all for £115 (worth £147)?

The pamper giveaway

The Chapel hair salon, Tunbridge Wells

WIN! A cut & blow dry for your mum at The Chapel (see my review here) in either their Tunbridge Wells or Sevenoaks hair salon (you choose). Founder Amanda Dicker is passionate about encouraging women everywhere to take a pause, live in the moment and enjoy a bit of ‘me-time’ themselves. This is the perfect way for your mum to relax and have a couple of hours to herself and recharge her batteries.  Or get your mini muddies to enter on your behalf! It takes 30 seconds to enter, here’s how:

  • LIKE Muddy Stilettos Kent on Facebook, you MUST then comment on why your Mum should win this treatment so I can log your name and SHARE please.
  • Or follow me and RT on Twitter (commenting on why your Mum should win this treatment).
  • Or follow me, like my The Chapel image (and comment on why your Mum should win this treatment) on Instagram.
  • Or do all 3 (you’ll triple your chances).

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