Mother’s Day: Treat mum in some style

Treat your mum like the Queen with afternoon tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Pic: comp
Treat your mum like the Queen with afternoon tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia. Pic: comp
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IT’s the day of the year when the traditional roles are reversed and mothers get to relax while their children take care of them.

And while extravagant gifts are always appreciated, most would admit that on Mother’s Day they would be happy to get breakfast in bed and a little bit of appreciation for a change.

Of course giving her a special treat will mean the world to most mothers, so if you’re stuck for ideas of what to do with your mum tomorrow – or if you’re reading this and are now panicking because you’d totally forgotten about it – then the Evening News has a few ideas to save the day.

If you’re thinking of starting the day with the traditional breakfast in bed then you’re sure to earn some Brownie points but if you’re really looking to impress, why not add a Mother’s Day rose to that breakfast tray?

Dobbies Garden Centre, in Livingston, is selling an aptly named Mum in a Million garden bush rose for £12.99 and it also comes in a planted garden pot for an extra £2 so you can make the sentiment last even longer. Both can be picked up in-store at Beughburn, Houstoun Mains, and luckily they’re open 9am to 6pm today and tomorrow if you need to make a last-minute trip while your mum is having that all important lie-in.

If your mum prefers chocolate to flowers but is also on a bit of a health kick then a bar of “guilt free” IQ chocolate might also do the trick.

You might not think it’s possible but these 35g bars, which are all less than 200 calories and come in six different flavours including Espresso-Kick Coffee, Plush Peppermint and Lusciously Lovely Lime, tick all the health boxes.

They also won two 2013 Great Taste Awards and are free from gluten, soya, dairy, lecithin and nuts, as well as being organic with a low GI. And at £2.99 you could even taste test them yourself.

The chocolately treats are available in Harvey Nichols, Whole Foods, Real Foods, Planet Organic, and direct from

If you’re thinking of taking your mum out for a special lunch or dinner the Capital is also brimming with everything from the humble cafe to five-star delicatessens adapting their menus to add a special twist for Mother’s Day.

Teuchters Landing, in Leith, has created a Mug Menu where mums can enjoy Scottish classics such as haggis stovies and Cullen skink which are all served in, you guessed it, a mug!

But if you’re looking for something slightly more traditional, the award-winning delicatessen and wine merchants, Valvona & Crolla, on Multrees Walk, is hosting its own Festa Della Mama menu from 11.30am to 8pm. Two courses from the day menu will cost you £19.95 and for £22.95 you could go all-out and have three.

And if your mum would like to be treated like royalty then why not try afternoon tea on the Royal Yacht Britannia?

Sitting in the Royal Deck Tea Room, they offer everything from scones, cakes and sandwiches and have even developed their own pink gin cocktail especially for the occasion.

For mums with younger children though, Galvin Brasserie De Lux, at The Caledonian on Princes Street, has come up with an ingenious idea to get them involved in making the day extra special.

As part of its Children’s Club its chefs will be helping youngsters make their own chocolate truffles to present to their mums, and for mothers dining on the day as part of their £35 three-course menu, they will also be treated to a £30 gift voucher for the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh.

To make a reservation, call 0131-222 8988 or e-mail

If your mum prefers the outdoors then why not try hanging out with her – literally – at the Go Ape centre in Peebles which provides gift vouchers for mums who want to let their hair down and experience Mother’s Day from a height.

Built on the hillside within the beautiful Glentress Forest, their Tree Top Adventure makes good use of the valley for some jaw-dropping exposure, and features the highest zip wire over the reservoirs in the valley and with prices at £30-£32 for “Gorillas” (adults), £24 for “Baboons” aged 10-17 and £17 for “Tree Top Juniors” then it’s an activity the whole family can get involved in.

However, if you’d rather keep your feet on the ground and watch the budget, don’t forget about the Royal Botanic Garden, in Inverleith, which is sure to get a thumbs up from any mum who wants to de-stress and catch a glimpse of spring.

Entry to the gardens is free and a small fee for the glass houses means you could take a picnic, enjoy a family day out and with any luck the sun might be shining on the 273,000 plants!

The children’s Eco-Schools daffodil competition will also be running this weekend so there’s plenty to see with the floral displays and a chance for the kids to get involved in hands-on activities.

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Sunday itself will be packed with activities but if you’re looking to take advantage of Edinburgh’s theatre scene why not book tickets to see West Side Story at the Playhouse for the final night tonight?

The show, which is based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and changed the face of musical theatre, is packed with unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty.

It also features ground-breaking choreography by the Jerome Robbins and with a talented cast it’s surely one to remember.

Tickets are still available for the show, which starts at 7.30pm, and general tickets start from just £17.90 or £15 if you’re a theatre card member.

Visit for more information and to buy tickets.

So whether you’re looking for a traditional gift or want to give your mum an experience from a height, Edinburgh has something for everyone!