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Mother's Day

Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday is a time for families to get together and a chance to say thanks to Mum. There are some great places along the River Thames to take mum, whether it’s a walk along the Thames Path National Trail, a visit to one of the glorious gardens filled with early spring flowers or enjoying Sunday Lunch or Afternoon Tea. We’ve pulled together a few ideas below:

Did you know?

Mothering Sunday in Britain, now more commonly known as Mother’s Day, is distinct from the American version, as the day has origins in families returning to their "mother" church on the fourth Sunday of the season of Lent in the Christian liturgical calendar. Domestic servants were given the day off to return home and the day would reunite families. It was a custom to pick wild flowers, or take a gift of food, to give mothers as a gift or to take to church.

Here’s some great Mother’s Day treats:

Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel & Spa 


Our fabulous Sunday lunch is famous for heaps upon heaps of mouth-watering buffet food and fun live theatre cooking stations too. Although you tell her nothing quite beats her signature spag bol, our food comes close. Walk it off afterwards with a stroll beside the River Thames or relax in our riverside lounge. Mother’s Day lunch is priced at £52 for adults which includes half a bottle of wine and a gift for every mum, children (aged 3-12) are priced at £32 which also includes unlimited soft drinks.

Oakley Court 

Mother’s Day in the Drawing Room

Spoil your Mum with traditional Afternoon Tea this Mother’s Day and she will receive an extra little gift from us! There simply isn’t a better setting to show your mum how much she means to you then the splendour of The Drawing Room at The Oakley Court. With ornate panelling, river views and a generous helping of fine delicacies, we have everything sorted so you can focus on sharing a special memory with mum!

Available Sunday 26th March 2017 with seating at 12pm or 3pm:

  • Afternoon Tea with a glass of Champagne – £39.50 per person
  • Children’s Afternoon Tea – £12 per person

Mother’s Day in The Dining Room

Your chance to give your Mum a day off, let us do the cooking and we’ll even provide her with a gift! Enjoy a delicious ‘family sharing roast’ lunch experience in The Dining Room for just £39.50 per adult or why not make it a family affair with half price dining for all children under 11 years old! Sit back, relax and let someone else do the washing up! Tables available on Sunday 26th March 2017 between 12.30pm – 2.30pm

·Price per person £39.50 (50% off for children under 10)


  • Sunday Lunch
    For a special Mother’s Day treat this year, book a three-course Sunday lunch for all the family at Cliveden House. Enjoy the stunning surroundings of the André Garrett Restaurant with its wonderful views over the Parterre to the River Thames beyond. Priced at £72.50 per person including a gift for Mum. 
    Children’s menus are also available.
  • Afternoon Tea
    Alternatively enjoy afternoon tea with an array of finger sandwiches, scones served with home-made preserves and clotted cream, a selection of miniature cakes, pastries and delicacies and the renowned Cliveden fruit cake, you can be sure of a very special family celebration for a very special Mum. Mother’s Day afternoon tea costs £57.50 per person including a glass of Champagne and a gift for Mum. 
    £25 for children aged 5 to 12 and children under 5 years old are free of charge.

Afterwards take time for a stroll through the National Trust gardens and parkland and enjoy the beauty of the gardens with their displays of spring flowers before heading home. A National Trust admission fee of £7 per person will be added to your bill (excluding National Trust members, with valid membership cards).

Cliveden National Trust

Mum’s go free on Mother’s Day. Mums visiting with their children go free on Mother's Day. Head over to the Orangery for a chocolate or two and indulge in chocolate tasting from L'Auberge Du Chocolat in the shop. Finish by treating your mum to a free wine tasting supplied by Chiltern Valley Winery based near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire (whilst stocks last).

City Cruises 

This Mother’s Day show Mum how important she is, a special lady should be treated in an equally special way, so why not treat her to a dining sightseeing cruise with the number one Thames Cruise.

Jazz up your Mother’s Day with an amazing river cruise – we think it’s a top idea. You can enjoy a fab day out with Mum and maybe your family as well. Whether it is an Afternoon Tea or Lunch Cruise we will make your time with us a memorable one as you sail down the Thames eating delicious food, and a celebratory glass of something, while enjoying the stunning iconic landmarks of the River listening to smooth Jazz.

Compleat Angler

Mother’s Day Smooth Jazz Sunday Lunch at the Macdonald Compleat Angler, Marlow

Sunday 26th March

Enjoy a traditional three course Sunday lunch whilst listening to the sounds of smooth jazz.


Contact Riverside Restaurant to reserve your table 01628 405406

Mother’s Day Royal Afternoon Tea at the Macdonald Compleat Angler, Marlow

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea including a glass of champagne, served from 4pm.


Contact Riverside Restaurant to reserve your table 01628 405406

Treat Mum to a short break in a wonderful B&B by the river

Book one of our historic B&Bs and  enjoy the personal touch of staying in a bed and breakfast either close to the river or on the riverside. Look no further than The Beetle & Wedge Boathouse Restaurant - Enjoy breakfast on the jetty or in the beautiful old beamed Boathouse restaurant. In the older part of the Boathouse, you can watch your dinner being grilled on the open charcoal fire. Or close to the river in the Cotswolds, you will find Buscot Manor, a beautiful Queen Anne Manor House built in 1692, within walking distance of the River Thames and Buscot Lock.  Indulge mum with a stay in the grandeur and splendour of an English country manor house. You can also enjoy B&B on the river as part of a cruise. Wake up to freshly ground coffee or a pot of tea with breakfast and choose your route for the day with Thames Boat Hotel.

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