With Mothering Sunday fast approaching there are plentiful activities and eateries around the city for Mums to be treated to. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat, afternoon tea, cocktails or an activity for the whole family to enjoy, York is certain to provide a memorable Mother’s Day this year.

Middlethorpe Hall

Just two miles from the city centre lies the picturesque, historic Middlethorpe Hall and Gardens. Offering a vast variety of gifts for Mother’s Day from Champagne Afternoon Tea, Sunday lunch to Spa Days. If you feel like treating Mum to a deserved relaxation, these gift packages are certain to deliver.

York Cocoa Works

Given York’s rich chocolate history, what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day then by making some tasty chocolate treats. Located on Castlegate, the York Cocoa Works are hosting a Truffle Masterclass for the occasion, offering two hours of chocolatier insight to create a unique truffle selection. Or if you’re looking for something for the whole family to enjoy, why not consider the chocolate bar or lollipop making workshops for guaranteed fun for all ages.

Pairings Wine Bar

Independent wine bar Pairings offers over 80 different wines as well as beers, cocktails, and spirits. This year, Pairings are offering a sparkling wine tasting experience with a sharing board included, which is certain to bring a smile to wine loving mums faces. Also, they have curated a special range of wine gifts especially for mums, available for you to celebrate with a night in with an appetising wine of choice, which can be paired with a luxury cheese, charcuterie, and crackers hamper. Additionally, Pairings offer a range of takeaway wines and sharing boards all year round.

Teddy Bear Tearooms

If afternoon tea is to your mothers liking, try the Teddy Bear Tearooms, located above a teddy bear shop, this is the place to be for tasty cakes and a cup of tea. The quirky building is filled with character and is well-known for their cream teas. The tea rooms have a lovely setting for both children and adults alike.

2 Many Wines

2 Many Wines on Bishopthorpe Road is also an independent wine shop and tasting room, ideal for those who want the full wine experience or just wanting to pop in for a gift for Mother’s Day. Created by owners Cryiaque and Benjy, their combined total of more than 50 years in the industry means you’re certainly in the right place if you love a good glass of wine or wanting to learn more about where it comes from.


Skosh has been in the city for over 5 years and is known for its selection of small plates and full dining experiences. The restaurant has international influence throughout their British dishes and is sure to have something for every mother to enjoy this Mothering Sunday. Skosh is widely renowned for their small plates as the reasonable pricing allows for more dishes to be tried throughout your time dining. They also host a great selection of beverages, including wines from local York suppliers.

Rattle Owl

This Mother’s Day Rattle Owl are extending their opening hours, allowing you to treat your Mum to a delicious Sunday roast. The casual dining experience is hosted on Micklegate within a tastefully restored, seventeenth century listed building. Produce used throughout the restaurant is mostly sourced from Yorkshire, delivering a fresh menu with vegetarian alternatives. Booking is recommended to ensure you can get a place.

The Grand

If you are looking for an activity for the whole family, why not consider the parent and child cookery classes held at The Grand. The three-hour activity teaches children how to cook a main course so your little ones can be a chef for the day. Do not fear if cooking isn’t your forte, The Grand also provides a spa both catered for adults and children. Nonetheless, if mum fancies some relaxation to unwind from family life, there are luxury pamper and spa day packages available.

The Cheesecake Guy

The Cheesecake Guy is located on the Shambles and can create the perfect Mother’s Day gift if you know she has a serious sweet tooth. Specialising in New York style baked cheesecakes, you can buy anything from a 12” cheesecake to mini bitesize ones, all in a range of delicious flavours of course including lemon, raspberry and chocolate chip as well as many other traditional and quirky flavours.

Photos: Middlethorpe Hall, York Cocoa Works, Pairings Wine Bar, The Grand York