Topping the wish lists of plenty of mum’s Mother’s Days is to enjoy a decadent breakfast, brunch or lunch with the family. High Tea is also *high* on the list for mums who want to enjoy some family time with a bit of indulgence thrown in.
ellaslist list has put together a list of some of the best venues to make your Mother’s Day easy to organise and utterly delectable – be sure to tell the kids/partners to get in early and BOOK!
Best Breakfast & Brunch Venues
Take the morning off and have someone cook up breakfast for you with a quality espresso to kick start your Mother’s Day. Or better still, tell the kids you’ll be sleeping in and get them to take you out for brunch where a glass of champagne is surely obligatory at that hour of the day to reward yourself for all your great efforts as a mum!
For a breakkie out, check out one of our Top 10 Cafes with a Play Area, where the kids will be kept busy so you can sit back with a strong coffee and well-deserved breakkie! You also can’t go wrong with the best-ever gluten-free pancakes at COOH in Alexandria (above), or the Mother’s Day breakfast at Centennial Homestead, where there’ll be a hot brekkie with sweet and savoury grazing stations (at $67/adult, and $30/child), plus a rose and mimosa on arrival for every mum.
You can always trust The Grounds of Alexandria to put on a good party; so stay tuned on their website as they release more details about their Mother’s Day offerings.
You can also give Mum the royal treatment and treat her to lunch in the heart of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. The open-air Botanic Gardens Restaurant (pictured above) provides the perfect opportunity to ou dig into Head Chef Matt Fletcher’s curated menu to celebrate all-things mum!
Best Lunch Venues
If you can’t remember the last time went out for a long Sunday lunch then there’s no better time to splurge than Mother’s Day! You can’t go wrong with any of our favourite family friendly pubs around Sydney. With plenty of room for prams and active children, play areas, kids menus and activity packs and cheap, hearty meals, our list contains some top spots for hungry mums and dads with little ones in tow.
We’ve got our eyes on the Coogee Pavilion (pictured above) where there’ll be fresh flowers for sale, sweeping ocean views and cocktails on offer all day. What more could you ask for?
For the full dining experience, we recommend the sharing menu at the Pavilion on the Domain,where you can enjoy a share style menu (excluding beverages) for $50 per person, or a share style menu + 2 hours of bottomless spritzers for $79 per person. Kids are $25 per person (3-12 years). Sit back with views of the Sydney skyline over an Italian shared feast…drool!
If views are what you’re after, book a table at 360 Bar and Dining for revolving views of Sydney over a 4-course set menu for mum ($110/adult, $50 a head for kids 3-12). There’ll be a complimentary glass of champas for mum, and the special menu features goodies like Sydney Rock Oysters with a passionfruit foam and a slow roast rangers valley sirloin served with pancetta, dutch carrots and tarragon. Mouths officially watering over here!
For something a little lighter on the wallet, go to town at the Sydney TowerBuffet (above) with the 55+ different dishes! You’ll find Chinese, Italian, and everything in between at $99/adult and $35/child aged 3-12; the price includes an unlimited buffet lunch with specials, a glass of sparkling for Mum and a balloon entertainer for the kids. Bottoms up!
Prefer to be out and about in nature? Head to one of these beautiful gardens to take in the splendour of Autumn colours – check for lunch availability at cafes in the area, or just use the lush grounds for a homemade picnic.
Best High Tea Venues
Who doesn’t love a Marie Antoinette-style arvo?!
One high tea venue at the top of our list is the Radisson Blu Plaza, where natural light will filter through antique windows while you munch on sumptuous treats such as almond tarts, caramel cheesecake, mushroom quiche, petite sliders, sticky date pudding and matcha mousse tarts. Held in the beautiful, light and airy Lady Fairfax Room, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel promises to be a total hit with mums this Mother’s Day! Oh—and if you’re in need of a unique gift idea, check out the hotel’s online gift store where vouchers can be purchased.
There’s a heap of Mother’s Day happenings at Barangaroo, including a lazy Louisianan High Tea at the French Quarter of Nola Smokehouse and Bar from $70/pp.Featuring a new menu of nine delectable sweet and savoury delicacies from Executive Chef Troy Spencer, it’s the perfect way to spoil mum plus nosh on an abundance of high tea items with a New Orleans, Louisiana influence. Plus, you’ll get unlimited pours of non-boozy house-made Southern iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade, as well as either a glass of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige or one of three signature cocktails.
Say cheers with some bubbles at the Stamford Circular Quay’s Mother’s Day High Tea ($109/adult with champagne/$99 without, $42/child aged 5-12), before digging into finger sandwiches, mandatory scones and mini morsels…there’s even a take-home gift for every mum.
For something super special, have High Tea 30 levels above the harbour in the Intercontinental Sydney’s Harbour Room; take in the views of the Opera House, Eastern Harbour and Royal Botanic Gardens while dining on delectable treats. Alternatively, pamper your leading lady with a classic High Tea stand in The Cortile, indulging in tiers of sweet and savoury treats as you relax amidst stunning heritage surrounds.