Mother's day afternoon tea, showing coffee and a slice of cake

Mother’s Day in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

Mother’s Day arrives on Sunday 19 March 2023, so there’s plenty of time to start planning what you can do to treat Mum this year. We’ve rounded up some of the best options in Manchester and the North on and around Mothering Sunday.

Spend some time appreciating just how much your mum has done for you. From carrying you about for nine months solid, to feeding and nurturing you, only to see you turn into some terrible teenage oik before you (hopefully) came out the other side. It’s time to repay her for the thousands upon thousands of hours and pounds she’s spent on you, but what will be enough for the most special lady in your life?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite things you can do together in Manchester and the North this Mother’s Day.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Afternoon Tea in Manchester

    Afternoon Tea in Manchester
    Image courtesy of Ian Jones

    Find the finest places in Manchester to down Darjeeling (or a flute of fizz), nibble on dainty finger sandwiches and slap clotted cream on a freshly baked scone – no mum is going to say no to this afternoon out. Or, if she’s at the other end of the M62, check out our round-up of the best places for tea, cake and afternoon delights in Liverpool.

  • 2. The Refuge

    Heritage Tomatoes, Red Onion

    The Refuge, Oxford Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 7HA - Visit now

    Head to The Refuge on Mother’s Day and dig into their Sunday dinner platter – one of the best roast dinners in Manchester, complete with Vimto-braised red cabbage – along with the extensive cocktail list. While you’re there, cast your eye over the British Culture Archive exhibition A Woman’s Work, a celebration of female documentary photography, with images by Tish Murtha and Anne Worthington (on until 30 June). And the attached Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has a collection of gift ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day with a wide selection of gift vouchers and stay and dine packages for the perfect luxury experience this March.

  • 3. Another Hand

    Another Hand
    Another Hand

    Another Hand, Unit F 253 Deansgate, Mews Level, Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN - Visit now

    Take your mum on a culinary experience at the brand-new restaurant, Another Hand. This neighbourhood venue is the perfect space to relax and unwind with your mum, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. With an ever-evolving menu, Another Hand’s, immersive dining experience champions ethically sourced British produce and local suppliers.

  • 4. The Ivy Spinningfields

    The Ivy Manchester

    The Ivy Spinningfields, The Pavilion, Byrom Street, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3HG - Visit now

    This Mother’s Day, The Ivy Spinningfields is delighted to be celebrating with a carefully crafted dessert designed to please the palate and the senses. Surprise mothers and loved ones this March with the limited-edition Floral Mother’s Day Macaron, incorporating a delicious raspberry, almond and pistachio macaron filled with fresh vanilla ice cream and topped with a rich raspberry sauce. The Floral Mother’s Day Macaron (£10.25) is available for one day only on Sunday, 27 March. To book a table please visit

  • 5. Le Social Wine Bar

    Le Social

    Le Social Wine Bar, Pollar Yard, Contain 88 & 147, 15 Pollard Street East, Manchester, M40 7SL - Visit now

    This Mother’s Day Le Social will be hosting a very special ‘Champagne Brunch With Mum’ event. Champagne, salmon, cheese, charcuterie – only the very best continental brunch for you and the most important woman in your life. Expect a very unique and intimate experience in the heart of Manchester’s newest and edgiest art, culture and craft scene: Pollard Yard. Please note: capacity is very limited and bookings are mandatory. Tickets are priced at £25 per person and are inclusive of all the food and a glass of champagne. Please do get in touch if you require a vegetarian option.

  • 6. RHS Garden Bridgewater

    Image: Harris Bugg Studio

    RHS Garden Bridgewater, Occupation Road (Off Leigh Road), Worsley, Salford, Greater Manchester, M28 2GU - Visit now

    It’s not even a year old and a perfect time to see spring bulbs and blossom – and if it’s still a tad chilly, you can warm up by looking at the tender and exotic plants in the Paradise Garden’s two Victorian-style glasshouses Mediterranean House and the Fruit House. Or grab a table and a slice of cake in the quaint Garden Cottage Cafe overlooking the orchard.

  • 7. Victoria Baths

    Much Ado About Nothing at Victoria Baths

    Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M13 0FE - Visit now

    Get behind the scenes (or under the pools) as Manchester’s famous “Water Palace” takes part in the special National Lottery Open Week and welcomes visitors on Wednesday 23 March – anyone showing a lottery ticket at the cafe will receive a free cup of tea/coffee and a piece of homemade cake. Guided tours are also available and doors open at 11am with last entry 2pm and the building closing at 3pm.

  • 8. Nam Manchester


    Nam Manchester, Unit 2, 33 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6AJ - Visit now

    For Mother’s Day, NAM is offering a special set menu, with a Vietnamese roast, dessert of choice and Prosecco for just £25. NAM’s celebrated take on a classic roast (click through to see our review) features a choice of five-spice and soy-braised tofu, half roast chicken with NAM’s signature house rub or crispy skin char sui pork belly. All served with sticky rice or crispy roast potatoes, Goi salad, shiitake mushrooms, Asian greens, savoury Vietnamese doughnut and topped with pho gravy. For dessert choose from an indulgent Miso Chocolate Brownie with Cointreau ice cream and vanilla cheesecake with orange and lime coulis.

  • 9. James Martin Manchester

    Ian Jones

    James Martin Manchester, 2 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now

    If you fancy treating your mum to a three-course lunch, James Martin Deansgate is the perfect destination, priced at £35pp (for three courses) and inclusive of James Martin’s famous sticky toffee pudding for dessert. James Martin is also offering all bookings, a box of chocolates for mum – on the house. Book the lunch offer here.


  • 10. Mecanica

    Ian Jones

    Mecanica, 1-3 Swan St, Manchester, M4 5JJ - Visit now

    After a day of spoiling Mum, bring her along to Mecanica this Mother’s Day for a complimentary glass of fizz and a beautiful, indulgent dessert plate with freshly prepared sweet treats from the famous Slattery’s. Limited walk-ins are available for this so book a table in advance where possible via

  • 11. The Midland Hotel

    The Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M60 2DS - Visit now

    For those looking to treat their Mums to something truly special this Mother’s Day, there are plenty of options available, from gift vouchers to Afternoon Tea and overnight stays. With a selection of mouth-watering cakes and chocolates, delicious sandwiches and scones, Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to celebrate and create some lovely memories with your Mum. Located in the beautiful Tea Room overlooking St Peter’s Square, there are a range of menus to choose from, from Traditional Afternoon Tea to Royal, Vegan and Gluten-Free, and for those indulging over the Mother’s Day weekend, they will receive some delightful daffodils to take home with them.

  • 12. The Art School Restaurant

    Ian Jones

    The Art School Restaurant, 1 Sugnall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L7 7DX - Visit now

    Mother’s Day is one of the highlights of the year in Liverpool and Sunday 27th March is set to be extra special as families and loved ones dine with their mums across the city. At The Art School on Sugnall Street, Paul Askew and his team have created an elegant five-course menu inspired by the abundant regional produce across the region, with as many locally sourced ingredients used as possible. There is also a three-course children’s menu for under 12s in anticipation of whole families coming out to mark the occasion.

  • 13. The Spirit of Manchester Distillery

    The Spirit of Manchester Distillery

    The Spirit of Manchester Distillery, 15 Watson St, Manchester, M3 4LP - Visit now

    If all else fails, a little bit of mother’s ruin might help fuel some fun times together and The Spirit of Manchester Distillery – home to the award-winning Manchester Gin – is just the place, with tours, tastings and tipples to drink in or take away.

  • 14. Ducie Street Warehouse

    Ducie Street Warehouse

    Ducie Street Warehouse, Ground Floor, Warehouse, Ducie St,, Manchester, M1 2TP - Visit now

    Ducie Street Warehouse is celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday 27th March with a bottomless ‘Mumosa’ (Mimosa) to complement their signature Sunday Roast for the mums of the table. The restaurant’s Sunday offering is ‘Sunday with Sides’ created by Head Chef Andrew Green and featuring the signature cauliflower cheese menu. Classic roast meats options include Dry-aged local shorthorn beef sirloin; Roast supreme of cornfed chicken; Rosemary roasted leg of lamb; and Free-range smoked gammon – and Vegan roast available too. Bottomless Mimosa is offered for the first hour of table booking and is available for mums only. Must be booked online in advance quoting how many mums will be attending:

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