Sunday, 10 March 2013

My First Mother's Day

I'd been really excited about Mother's Day coming round. As Small was born in May last year she had a Father's Day within a couple of weeks, but I've had to wait almost a year!

As it's just how it goes Mr B was away on business but he was sure to help Small pick out a lovely card and present for the big day. Rather than the two of us hanging out by ourselves I decided to have a nice day out with my mum too. Whilst hoping it'd be a nice day it turned out to be quite a snowy one - but we braved the weather for a nice look around a National Trust house (Small's first trip to a place Mr B & I went when we first started dating).

As the Midlands has become a little less vegan friendly with the close of the Warehouse Cafe (Birmingham) we headed towards Oxford for The Gardeners Arms.

The pub (and it's very much a pub, despite the websites claims of being "Oxford's premier vegetarian dining experience") is very traditional inside and the real fire was really welcome on a cold and snowy day. I had a vegan calzone with olives, rocket & sundried tomatoes - whilst both my mum & dad had the Indian Thali Plater.

I tried both - the curry was really yummy. It came with ceylon curry, aloo saag, basmati rice, poppadums, mango chutney and carrot salad. The curry isn't always the same, and works on a 'curry of the day' basis. My calzone came with fries and was pretty tasty - although the flat-bread may have benefited from being a little softer.

For pudding I had a pear & ginger crumble with vegan ice cream - it was really good. It's got to be the best crumble I've had in ages. I think it's fabulous that Oxford has a 100% vegetarian pub, and the food was good pub food. My only critism is perhaps that it's quite expensive for what it is.

I really had such a lovely day, and now that I am a mother myself I love the fact that there is a day to celebrate all the hard work that mothers do. All the nappy changes, 4am feeds and mountains of washing - not the mention the unending love and playtime we have together - it's just nice to celebrate that beautiful bond.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there and those who support them in their journey.

3 comments:

  1. Your baby is so cute!

    I live in Oxford, so I'm pretty lucky to be near the Gardeners Arms. It's definitely a pub though, hey!? Next time you go there, you have got to have the mushroom pie. It's pretty special :)

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  2. Oh I certainly will. I couldn't decided between the pie and what I had!

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  3. If you come over to Oxford again, The Pink Giraffe is worth a visit, they're a Chinese restaurant that do a whole vegetarian menu with lots of vegan and gluten free options, their website isn't the best, but their food is amazing.

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