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.


  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 :)

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

  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.