Round up the whole family and check out these restaurants for a spectacular Mother’s Day lunch.
If you want to get in the good books this Mother’s Day, why not treat mother dearest to lunch in one of Leeds’ best restaurants? From family-friendly feeds to extravagant tasting menus, there’s something for kids and adults alike. It’s the perfect opportunity to say thanks to your mum for everything she’s done and get a little bit of quality time in while you do it.
Gusto is pulling out all the stops for Mother’s Day. Not only will your lovely Mum get to dine on delicious Italian fare, she’ll also leave with a box of handmade truffles and a miniature bottle of Slingsby Marmalade Gin. They’ve set the bar high already, but the luxury begins with a meal in their Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, which is filled with fairy-lit vines.
You can choose from their A La Carte or their Sunday roast menu. The former promises a medley of Italian staples done well, whether you go for the truffle funghi pizza or the slow-cooked pork and tomato gnocchi. If you have your heart set on a roast, you can take your pick from sirloin of beef, lamb rump, roast chicken or the oven roasted cauliflower steak. To round off your lunch the Italian way, finish with an affogato.
Gusto, 10 Greek Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RU. The A La Carte menu main courses start from £9.85. Sunday menu main courses start from £13.95.
With its hanging chandeliers and arched ceilings, Ibérica is one of the best restaurants in Leeds for Mother’s Day. They’ve created a seven-course sharing menu specially for the occasion, so this is your chance to sample some of head chef Nacho Manzano’s signature dishes in one sitting.
You’ll start with a charcuterie board and toasted bread loaded with tomato, before moving onto tapas staples like Serrano ham croquetas and slow-cooked leg of lamb. For dessert, their Churros con Chocolate will have chocolate-loving Mums weak at the knees. She won’t leave empty-handed either, because they’re handing out bunches of daffodils to take home.
Ibérica, 17a East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2BH. The 7-course sharing menu is £35 per person.
If you take your Mum to The Reliance, you can treat her to a trendy pub-like setting and get stuck into a hearty Sunday lunch. Home cured charcuterie boards are their speciality or you can go for dishes like Toulouse sausage with braised lentils and herb crumb. Prefer an old fashioned roast? You’ll get a prime cut of local meat with insanely crispy roasties, veg and a Yorkshire pud with lashings of gravy.
It’s a foodie’s haven, with classic dishes done to perfection and you can see it all in action as they have an open-plan kitchen. There’s a relaxed, cosy atmosphere with incredibly friendly service, so it’s the ideal Mother’s Day restaurant when eating out in Leeds with the whole family.
The Reliance, 76-78 North Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7PN. Sunday menu main courses start from £7.50.
Nestled in a converted banking hall with huge windows and a charming 1920s style decor, Browns is the perfect restaurant for a Mother’s Day lunch in Leeds. Smooth jazz plays thorough the speakers, which creates a laid-back, but undeniably luxurious ambience to proceedings.
It’s a Sunday, so why not treat your mum to a roast? You can choose salted pork belly, sirloin of beef or a half roast chicken, with a home cooked nut roast for the veggies. Needless to say, they come with all the trimmings. But if you want something different, go for one of their Mother’s Day specials, like a rack of tender Spring lamb with creamy dauphinoise potatoes or roast halibut with charred leek and mushrooms. They also do a fine selection of champagnes and cocktails, so you can make the most of the occasion.
Browns, Unit H28 The Light, 70-72 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8EQ. Sunday menu main courses start from £13.50.
The Adelphi is a late-Victorian pub bursting with character. Original fireplaces and an eclectic mix of classic furniture gives each room a homely feel. It’s also huge, so large families can spread out comfortably in one of its many nooks, before tucking into a great-big Sunday lunch.
Roasts are their speciality – you can expect everything from premium cuts of meat to homemade Yorkshire puds, complete with lashings of gravy. But you don’t have to get a traditional Sunday lunch. You can choose from a whole host of refined pub grub, from lighter options like chicken caesar salad to heartier dishes like steak and ale pie with a smoked cheddar crust.
The Adelphi, 3-5 Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 1JQ. Sunday menu main courses start from £9.50.
Fine dining for all the family, that’s what’s on offer at Brasserie Blanc. The work of Raymond Blanc, this elegant-yet-rustic restaurant offers a menu of French classics inspired by his homeland, but you’ll also notice a nod to his travels. As such, moules frites and duck leg confit sit alongside exotic dishes like Malabar fish curry with roast hake, grilled prawns and coconut rice.
With such variety on offer, there’s sure to be something mum will love, and because they have a pro-kids approach with a dedicated children’s menu, you can bring the whole family, making this a popular choice with new mums and grandmas.
Brasserie Blanc Leeds, Victoria Mill, Sovereign Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BJ. Sunday menu main courses start from £14.90.
Dakota Leeds is a boutique hotel with a luxurious restaurant on the ground floor. Mum will be well and truly looked after here, with attentive service and stylish surroundings. Why not perch yourselves at the bar and treat her to a pre-meal cocktail? When it comes to the food, they offer a beautifully-presented Sunday roast with all the trimmings, which you can enjoy in a sophisticated setting.
If you don’t want a roast, why not do afternoon tea? You can sit down to quintessential treats, from a delicate selection of finger sandwiches to petit fours and freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve. Unlike the Sunday roast, this delicious feast is served in their elegant cocktail lounge.
Dakota, 8 Russell Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5RN. Two courses from the Sunday menu is £25 and Afternoon Tea is £23.50 per person.
In Italian culture, Mothers are everything and LIVIN’Italy will make sure your own Mum is treated like a queen. She’ll receive a cocktail on arrival and a homemade Biscotti to take home, but that’s just the start, because a menu of mouth-watering Italian food awaits.
They use Italian artisan suppliers to recreate their inherited family recipes, so you know you’re in for a treat. They offer a variety of small plates and antipasti sharing boards, which makes for a great dining experience with the whole family. Want something all to yourself? You can go for pasta dishes like fresh trofie pasta with pesto or carnivorous mains like the braised Tuscan sausages.
LIVIN’Italy, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4BR. A La Carte Menu courses start from £12.65.
Ever considered getting a Chinese on Mother’s Day? It may not be the usual choice, but then, Tattu isn’t your usual Chinese restaurant. It’s all class with a menu of unusual twists that elevate classic dishes into the realms of fine dining. Their sweet and sour is made with the best Iberica pork, their prawn toast comes with lobster and their sirloin of Wagyu beef comes with a truffle soy sesame sauce.
All this is served up in a restaurant that is a feast for the senses. Dimmed lighting, cosy booths and tattoo-inspired light fittings, sit alongside lily white cherry blossom trees, made with real trunks and silk flowers. Needless to say, mum will be impressed.
Tattu, Minerva, 29 East Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5PS. You can get two main courses from the lunch menu for £23.
To make your Mother’s day extra special, The Whitehall will invite a band into their sleek, contemporary restaurant to soundtrack your meal with live music. Add in sophisticated surroundings and top-notch service for the perfect laid-back lunch. Order a bottle of wine for the table to start and have a nosy at their A La Carte menu.
They pride themselves on modern European dining and give simple dishes a new lease of life with locally sourced ingredients. You can start with truffle potato croquettes with quail egg and caviar, before moving onto your main, where dishes like herb-crusted cod and thyme and truffle gnocchi await. Prefer a good old fashioned roast? You can get yours with everything from roast rump of beef to pork belly, and all the trimmings.
The Whitehall, Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JY. A La Carte Menu courses start from £13.95.
A trip to The Ivy is the perfect Mother’s Day treat. The menu takes inspiration from all over the world and it’s served in one of the most decadent restaurants in Leeds. From British classics like their signature shepherd’s pie to Italian staples like the chicken Milanese, there’s plenty for mum to choose from.
Fancy something a little more indulgent? Treat your mum to afternoon tea. This is one of the best in Leeds with a tiered tray decked out in savoury and sweet treats. You can feast on truffled chicken brioche rolls and smoked salmon on beetroot bread with cream cheese and chives, before moving onto warm fruited scones with Dorset clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
The Ivy Victoria Quarter Leeds, Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BB. Main courses start from £8.95, afternoon tea starts from £19.75.
Crafthouse is the crème de la crème when it comes to fine dining restaurants in Leeds, so why not go all out this Mother’s Day? Nestled at the top of Trinity Leeds, with bright and airy floor-to-ceiling windows all around you, you can look out over the rooftops as you tuck into a luxurious feast.
Their Sunday menu covers all bases. Stay traditional with a delectable roast or go for one of their more experimental dishes – the truffled orzo pasta is a deliciously creamy option for carb-lovers and the sirloin is the perfect choice if you want to treat mother dearest to utter indulgence. Each course will be brought to you with impeccable service that will make your Mum feel like the queen she is on her special day.
Crafthouse, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW. Two courses from the Sunday menu is £20.
Home pride themselves on offering a relaxed and informal fine dining experience, so mums can unwind while sampling a top-quality tasting menu. You’ll get a twist on your usual Mother’s Day lunch with a bunch of creative dishes inspired by your usual roast, with everything from ox cheek to turbot.
If you go for the Wine Flight, you can wash down each course with a perfectly paired tipple. Eating out here feels indulgent without being pretentious, so expect top quality food in a surprisingly laid back setting. The restaurant itself has a clean-cut interior with high ceilings, distinctive furniture and an open kitchen.
Home, 16-17 Kirkgate Market, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY. The Sunday tasting menu is £55.
The Tetley is one of the best places in Leeds to eat out with the kids, so it’s a great option for Mother’s Day. The children’s menu doubles up as a colouring sheet, so you can keep the little ones entertained while you tuck into a menu of delicious morsels. Brunch, lunch and dinner are all an option here, so start the day with loaded plates of shakshuka and eggs Benedict or head over later for a proper Sunday roast, complete with your choice of meat, seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes, a Yorkshire pudding and celeriac and swede mash.
Just because it’s Sunday doesn’t mean you’re stuck with a roast though. You can choose from a whole range of burgers or tuck into a selection of vegetarian dishes, like the cajun chickpea and sweetcorn burger with vegan yoghurt, lettuce and tomato. They have a cracking kids menu too, with bite-sized dishes the little ones will love like fish and chips. And afterwards, you can all take a wander around the gallery.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ. Mains courses start from £8.Cover image credit: Ibérica