A Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea is the perfect way to show a beloved parent you care. Whether you choose to have one at a restaurant or indulge at home, you’ll want only the best options to hand. We can help you on numerous counts, which is what we’ll be talking about in the following article. Please keep reading to discover how you and your mum can dine out in style in the most hassle-free manner possible. 

Before we delve in any deeper, though, it’s worth noting that we can supply one of the key ingredients for a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea right here. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company takes tremendous pride in packing its Loose Leaf Tea and Roasted Coffee fresh to order, thereby ensuring quality and consistency with every cuppa brewed. What could be better than that?

What is Mother’s Day?

What is Mother’s Day?

This famous annual holiday is, on a most fundamental level, about a celebration of motherhood. The tradition dates back millennia to the ancient Romans and Greeks, both societies of which held festivals honouring their respective mother goddesses. Somewhat more recently, the Christian festival called “Mothering Sunday”, held in the UK, Europe and beyond, is the bedrock of the modern incarnation. 

Mothering Sunday falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent when Christians attend a service at their “mother church” - the worshipping site closest to their homes. However, for the most, it has since transformed into a secular holiday for children to present their mothers with flowers, chocolates and other gifts showing their appreciation. Among them, of course, is a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Mothers Day in UK and US

Why is Mother’s Day Different in the UK to the US?

It’s no secret that the British version of Mother’s Day takes place on a different date to the American event. This is because, in many respects, its origins are different. The incarnation found in the United States stems from around the time of the American Civil War (1861-1865). Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia created the idea of Mother’s working clubs to teach local women how to care for children. 

These events eventually became a way of transcending the stark divisions present in the country, regardless of Union or Confederate backgrounds. By the 1900s, Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis, went further still and organised the first official Mother’s Day in America. The idea subsequently became a commercial sensation nationwide - as, indeed, it remains today.

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Delivery

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Delivery

No matter what side of the Atlantic you find yourself on, you’ll undoubtedly want to treat your mother to the most delicious delicacies when that special day comes around. But what if neither of you feels like venturing out and about for such a wholesome and heavenly meal? What if you’d prefer home comforts while you gorge on Loose Leaf Tea, finger sandwiches, scones and cake?  

The answer is a Mother's Day Afternoon Tea delivery, enabling the family to feast at the kitchen table or even on the sofa. Despite not every cafe and restaurant offering the option, those that do will ensure that your foodie fineries are of the same quality as you’d expect at the venue itself. The next thing is to “set the scene” with appropriate crockery, decorations and perhaps extra goodies. 

Monthers Day Afternoon Tea

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Home Ideas

Choosing to have a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea delivered brings joy to the household. The items might come in boxes or a hamper, which one could quite easily dish up without any fuss. Yet you could also opt for more lavishness, more extravagance and, fundamentally, more sweet and savoury delights to celebrate. We have a few Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea ideas worth considering.  

Purchasing a bottle of Champagne or Prosecco for the occasion is a worthwhile endeavour when wishing for a boozy twist on a classic. Alternatively, why not try your hand at our Coffee and Walnut Cake recipe if your hunger hasn’t been satisfied? A crafting session could “complete the look” with colourful bunting and quaint doilies. Just don’t forget to get your mother flowers as a table setting centrepiece!

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Near Me

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea Near Me

Meanwhile, those who do want to take their mother out for lunch should check out our comprehensive and ever-growing afternoon tea directory. Exploring the site, you will find locations organised by country, region, county, city and towns and, most importantly, by specific venues. Better still, our representatives have visited several establishments and provided detailed descriptions of many of them.

Popular places to book a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea include afternoon tea London, Bath, Manchester and Edinburgh - to name only a handful of extraordinary choices. From tucking into dainty nibbles at The Shard to sipping on the finest English Breakfast or Earl Grey Tea at Caledonian hotel, the possibilities are almost limitless. All that’s left, it would seem, is for you to start organising - how exciting!

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.