Here at the Craft Gin Club, we have the luxury of dealing in a particularly relaxing product, the one that puts the “G” in G&T. But we realise that not everyone can remain as gin-zen as we do, particularly mothers who can be some of the UK’s most stressed citizens. To show mum how much you appreciate her, here are several ideas of places to take mum for the weekend that will help take her mind off of the daily drudgery - however delightful - of being a mum.
WINE AND DINE MUM ON UK VINEYARDS
Being a club that deals in booze, we’re obviously a bit biased when it comes to the finer drinks in life. Apart from craft gins and the already well-established craft beer movement, the UK is beginning to gain more recognition for its vineyards. Several of these vineyards act as B&Bs as well so you can sip wine with your favourite mum at night and wake up to a hearty full English the following day. Check out this article in the Guardian that lists some of the UK’s best vineyard stays.
GET MUM GINNED! WITH AN INTRODUCTION TO THE UK CRAFT GIN MOVEMENT IN LONDON
London’s distillery scene, non-existent just a few years ago, is booming. For the mum that likes her G&T, there are several distilleries in London that welcome visitors to taste their wares and bring a bottle home from the distillery. Check out the East London Liquor Company, the City of London Distillery, the London Distillery Company, Sipsmith’s, and Jensen’s. There are more on the way!
Everyone loves chocolate, especially mums. To celebrate the world’s favourite fancy, a French chocolatier opened the Chocolate Museum in Brixton in 2008. The museum takes visitors through the history of chocolate in the UK and of course offers a wide variety of different chocolates to taste.
BEER ISN’T JUST FOR DADS, OR BREWED BY THEM FOR THAT MATTER
Beer sales on the whole are declining across the UK. But those that keep drinking beer are changing up to enjoy the amazing tastes coming out of Britain’s booming craft beer industry, an industry that is also being transformed by women. Several women have launched breweries across the UK and give tours including, Brewsters in Grantham, the Loch Lomond Brewery, and the Waen Brewery in Wales.
THE CIDER ROUTE
Herefordshire offers up some of the world’s best ciders as well as a a Cider Cycling route. Now that spring is right around the corner, you can take mum on 1 of 2 relaxing countryside bike rides that stop at a number of pubs serving local cider along the way.
GET MUM INTO A WARM BATH IN BATH
The Thermae Bath Spa sits on top of the warm springs of Bath, the only naturally hot springs in the UK. Historically, the use of the baths dates back to at least Roman times and through many centuries they were the UK’s main health resort. The baths had to close in the 1970s due to the discovery of an infectious organism in the water. They reopened in 2006 and may now be the most relaxing and healthy activity you can do with mum on Mother’s Day.