Book now for Mothering Sunday – 22nd March
Treat your mum to afternoon tea this Mother’s Day.
A day dedicated to the most important woman in your life, Mother’s Day is a day to pamper mums everywhere. To say thanks for everything they’ve done throughout our lives. If you really want to spoil her this year, our afternoon tea experience is a wonderful way to show how much you care.
Served in our beautiful tearooms by waiting staff in period uniform, you’ll enjoy the levels of service expected by our predecessors. Afternoon tea includes all of your favourites. These include finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and sweet treats, including macaroons and miniature patisseries.
So, go on, treat her to an experience out you’ll all enjoy this year.
What is Mothering Sunday?
Originally a religious day, Mothering Sunday takes place on the fourth Sunday of Lent, three weeks before Easter Sunday. Historically, this was a day to give thanks to Mother Mary, with Christians visiting their ‘mother’ church to give thanks. Their mother church was the one where they were baptised, their local church or the nearest cathedral.
Later, those in service (working as servants in a large household for non-Downton Abbey fans), were given this day off. Often, they would travel home to visit their families and their mother church. It was here that the custom of giving gifts was established. The children would pick wildflowers on the way to church to give to their mother.
Nowadays, the day has evolved to be one where all mothers are celebrated through the giving of flowers, presents and cards.
Mother’s Day on different dates…
Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days in different parts of the world. In the US, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. This year, that’s Sunday 10th. Mother’s Day in the USA was established in the 20th Century by Grafton resident Anna Jarvis. She held a memorial for her mother on that Sunday, which was then declared a holiday by the state of West Virginia. In 1914 this became a national holiday when President Woodrow Wilson signed off the proclamation.
Other countries celebrate it on other days. Russia, for example, celebrates mothers alongside all women on International Women’s Day, while in most Arab countries, Mother’s Day is celebrated on 21st March, the first day of spring.
Other upcoming events at Harriets
As well as Mother’s Day, we’re celebrating other special days this Spring.
Valentine’s Day is the most romantic day of the year. Where better to celebrate with your Valentine than over tea and cake at Harriets?
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, falls on Tuesday 25th February this year, giving you the perfect excuse to pop in and start your day off with pancakes from our light breakfast menu. Covered with mixed berries, chocolate sauce and strawberries or the traditional lemon and sugar, this would be a perfect way to begin any day!
Or why not enjoy an Easter treat in April (10th-13th) or sample a traditional British afternoon tea on the most English day of the year, St George’s Day (23rd April).
Book now to avoid disappointment
One of our most popular days of the year, Mother’s Day is one where our tearooms are booked out fast. To make sure you don’t miss out, book a table today, by contacting your local tearoom directly, or filling in our contact form.