Your best Mother’s Day
The socially distanced/indoor-based/virus-free version.
Erk! Mother’s Day just got a bit trickier, especially if you were planning on heading out for a special treat. Fear not though. Muddy has all your virus-free, indoor-based and/or socially distanced gifting sorted.
Go Botanica are offering a contactless delivery service so you can still treat Mum and spread love not viruses. This beautiful Sussex florists has stores at Hove, Haywards Heath and Lewes along with a pop-up at Brighton. Flowers are seasonal and ethically sourced. Choose from a range of bespoke bouquets, or go for something longer-lasting like this lovely air-dried floral heart keepsake, from £80. Gift vouchers are also available.
Meanwhile the lovely Amanda Jane Flowers was due to run floral workshops at Leonardslee which have now been cancelled (sob) but the good news is she has lots of gorgeous seasonal blooms available! Grab a posy, from a seasonal collection at £6 to a spectacular bouquet for £45 with several options in between. Collection from Southwater or free delivery in Southwater, Horsham and Crawley areas, with drivers briefed to observe social distance protocol and stand two metres back from the doorstep. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order.
Eat out – at home
If going out for a Mother’s Day lunch isn’t tickling your fancy right now then let lunch come to you! Bolney Wine Estate is offering a Mother’s Day roast, delicious dessert and bottle of its finest for collection from 9am on Sunday 22 March all packed up with instructions for heating. Choose from roast topside of beef, pork belly or butternut squash, with all the trimmings, followed by sticky toffee pudding (I’ll fight you for it) or passionfruit cheesecake. Get your order in by 5pm on Saturday if possible, after that it’s subject to availability.
If you had reservations to eat out but would now rather not risk it, why. not ask your chosen restaurant for a gift voucher instead?
Get outside! (If you can)
We love the National Trust. Despite needing to close all houses, cafés and shops due to the big bad, they will (where possible) be keeping as many of their gardens, parklands and coastlines open, and drop all car parking charges. Here in Sussex we have heaps of gorgeous outdoor venues to enjoy from the giddy heights of Ditchling Beacon and Devil’s Dyke to the rockpools at Seven Sisters, to the parklands and grounds at Petworth and Sheffield Parks. Check your chosen destination before you head out, and remember to take a flask! West Dean Gardens near Chichester are also waiving all fees, so while the cafe and shop is closed, the gardens are open and free for everybody to enjoy.
Booze and choccies
Treat Mum to beautiful handmade chocolates, tablettes, truffles and pastilles with distinctive colourful splashes from Midhurst chocolatiers Noble and Stace, online or from a variety of Sussex and Surrey suppliers. Some, like the English Sparkling Wine and Brighton and Chilgrove Gin varieties, have an extra boozy Sussex twist. There are even dairy-free chocs. Truffles boxes are £10 – 20. You can also buy vouchers for chocolate-making workshops.
No, not a pint of IPA – unless that’s Mum’s tipple of choice of course. This unique low calorie, light beer from Binary Botanical is infused with organic hops and wine yeast to give it a tropical aroma and crisp and clean Prosecco-like flavour.
Gin & On It
It ‘ain’t called mother’s ruin for nothing. Gin has been having A Moment for quite some time now, in fact we’re not sure we can still call it A Moment when it’s lasted years. Sussex has some fantastic gins to choose from and our pick is Slake, produced just metres from the beach at Shoreham-by-Sea full of ingredients foraged from the surrounding coast and countryside. We like the sounds of the Hedgerow Gin, and gift boxes are also available.