Scotland’s Top Six Restaurants For Mother’s Day

As Mother’s Day fast approaches, we bring you a list of our favourite quality eateries that will offer some quality time with mum…


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Prepare for Mother’s Day on Sunday 22nd March by booking in for some quality time with your Mum.

Whether a casual Sunday lunch, a sparkling afternoon tea or a special dinner is the order of the day, take inspiration from six of Scotland’s leading restaurants.

Show your Mum just how much she means to you.


Afternoon tea at Fingal, Alexandra Dock

Edinburgh, EH6 7DX 

Invigorate your taste buds on board Edinburgh’s luxury floating hotel, Fingal, this Mother’s Day. Presented by the award-winning team at The Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal offers a world-class foodie destination on Edinburgh’s vibrant waterfront, with all the glamour and style of a superyacht but with an air of old-world Art Deco elegance.

Served in The Lighthouse Bar, Fingal’s decadent afternoon tea sweet treats include lime and coconut verrine; pistachio and white chocolate macaron; and Valrhona Caramelia chocolate tart. Afternoon tea can also be gifted in the form of a voucher to use later in the year and nautical-themed cocktails and overnight stay packages are available, too.

Fingal’s Afternoon Tea is served daily from 12pm-4pm. Prices start at £40 per person for a standard afternoon tea, or £50 per person for a Champagne Afternoon Tea, including a glass (125ml) of Moët & Chandon Champagne.

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Mother’s Day Lunch at Ondine Restaurant

2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

Featuring a menu full of seafood classics, as well as some delicious seasonal additions, treat the special lady in your life to Mother’s Day lunch at the award-winning Ondine restaurant in Edinburgh. The De Capo Daughters, a piano vocal duo, will be entertaining guests, whilst Chef Roy Brett and his team will be serving a three-course lunch menu for £45 per person.

Based in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, Ondine offers the finest seafood and shellfish from the coasts of Scotland. Since opening over ten years ago in 2009, Ondine has received a number of top awards and has become a favourite with both locals and tourists looking for the freshest fish in the city.

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Mother’s Day lunch or dinner at The Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant

Port Appin, Argyll, PA38 4DE

Tucked away on the shores of Loch Linnhe, The Wee Hotel Company’s Pierhouse Hotel & Seafood Restaurant offers breathtaking views to the islands of Lismore and Mull. The small hotel and renowned Scottish seafood restaurant is one of Argyll’s most idyllic destinations, just a short, scenic drive from both Oban and Fort William. Menus are designed by Head Chef, Michael Leathley, to include the freshest langoustines and mussels harvested from Loch Linnhe and Loch Etive, as well as fine handpicked oysters from the oyster beds of Loch Creran.

The Pierhouse’s special Mother’s Day menu will be served with the restaurant’s signature warm welcome at both lunch and dinner, with dishes, including Loch Fyne smoked salmon and pan-seared rainbow trout, starting from £5.25.

Make the most of your time in Argyll by booking a ‘Wee Winter Break’ at The Pierhouse, including an overnight stay, dinner, full Scottish breakfast and guidance from the team on how to spot local wildlife, in and around Port Appin and on the rugged Isle of Lismore. Prices start from £125 (based on two people sharing).

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New ‘Orchy’ Afternoon Tea at Bridge of Orchy Hotel

Bridge of Orchy, Argyll, PA36 4AD

Experience Highland hospitality at its best in the iconic Bridge of Orchy Hotel near Glencoe this Mother’s Day and throughout March with a new ‘Orchy’ Afternoon Tea experience. Recently appointed Head Chef and former BBC MasterChef – The Professionals contestant, David Hetherington, has made it his mission to create a foodie haven in the West Highlands. Served fireside, in The Orchy Bistro or even out on the terrace with its breathtaking views, Bridge of Orchy’s new Afternoon Tea includes a glass of Prosecco, a selection of sandwiches, freshly baked scones, French macarons, billionaire’s shortbread and lemon meringue tart, as well as Gin & beetroot cured seatrout and cucumber pickle, and chef’s renowned haggis & black pudding scotch eggs.

£40 per person, including a glass of Prosecco (non-residents). Dinner, B&B packages for Mother’s Day and throughout March are also available.

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The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant, The Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh

From 12pm, combine your visit to The Scottish National Gallery with a Sunday roast lunch at the award-winning Scottish Cafe & Restaurant. The menu includes organic beef, chicken or lamb supplied exclusively by Scottish family firm, Hugh Grierson, as well as marmalade bread and butter pudding. Book ahead quoting “Mother’s Day” and receive a special dessert plate for your mum!

From £25 per person (based on a minimum of 2 people sharing).

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Cannonball Restaurant & Bar

Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh

From 12pm until 9pm (last table at 8.45pm). Edinburgh’s historic Cannonball Restaurant at the top of the Royal Mile is open especially for Mother’s Day on Sunday 22nd March. Enjoy Sunday roast lunch with unrivalled views of Edinburgh Castle. The menu includes organic beef, chicken or lamb supplied exclusively by Scottish family firm, Hugh Grierson. Book ahead quoting “Mother’s Day” and receive a special dessert plate for your mum!

From £18 per person.

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