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10 Mother’s Day gift ideas in Buckinghamshire

PUBLISHED: 10:54 09 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:50 16 March 2015

Enjoy a taste of the high life at Waddesdon Manor, photo:

Enjoy a taste of the high life at Waddesdon Manor, photo:


Feast your eyes and then pick the perfect outing for someone who deserves that little extra. Sandra Smith has discovered some excellent ‘tasters’

Champagne tea

With its enviable collection of English and French art showcased in this monument to 19th Century Rothschild elegance, a trip to Waddesdon Manor never fails to delight. There’s the Victorian gardens to enjoy, too, as well as the extensive grounds and ornate aviary. But on 15 March there’s an even better reason to visit when The Manor Restaurant will be serving Mothering Sunday Champagne Tea. Sittings are timed throughout the afternoon but booking is advisable if you don’t want to miss out on this culinary feast.

Waddesdon Manor, Nr Aylesbury HP18 0JH, 01296 653226


Wine tasting

Milton Keynes Wine School is on a mission to help wine lovers savour their favourite reds just that little bit more. In a fun and friendly environment the onus will be on improving your knowledge to help you choose better wines. There are a number of tasting Friday evenings taking place this month, each helping you compare Old and New World wines. No experience is needed so whether your palette favours smooth, ripe varieties or more robust, sophisticated wines, there’s sure to be a session which suits you. Prices range from £25 - £30 and booking is essential.

The Holiday Inn, 500 Saxon Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 2HQ, 0121 270 7359;


French Macarons

Head to Marlow on 14 March to discover the secret of creating perfect French Macarons. During this afternoon session (£85) you will be guided through each process from making batter to piping and creating some mouth watering combinations such as Chocolate Ganache and Salted Caramel to fill these delicacies. All equipment, storage containers and aprons are supplied, and refreshments provided. By the end of the lesson you should have the perfect Macarons to take home and impress your family. Unless they’re too good to share, of course.

Old House Farm, Ragmans Lane, Marlow SL7 3SL;


Chocolate at Rumseys

You never need an excuse to visit Rumseys. Their unique, award winning chocolates made and served in the Chocolat inspired rustic café which has become a Wendover landmark, is a welcome venue any time. But why not go along this Mother’s Day to sample some of their delicious ice creams? Choose from honeycombe, strawberry or vanilla, all made from Lacey’s Dairy milk and cream. And if you want to take home a treat or two Rumseys have created white champagne and dark passion fruit heart bars, beautifully wrapped for Mother’s Day.

Rumseys, The Old Bank, 26 High Street Wendover HP22 6EA, 01296 625060;


Cake icing

If cupcakes whet your appetite then why not learn how to create the ultimate luxurious look at a Vintage Lace, Cameo and Pearls Cupcake Workshop? Cornelli Sugarcraft is running this session on the evening of 10 March for just £35. All cupcakes and materials are included leaving you to try your hand at creating a professional look and scrumptious finish at this specialist venue where the team’s passion for cake decorating has made them a byword for sugarcraft throughout Buckinghamshire.

Cornelli, 1 Town Court, High Street, Wendover HP22 6EA, 01296 696860;


Champagne breakfast

Tucked away on the edge of Great Missenden is a 15th Century traditional inn where champagne complements delicious breakfasts. Starting from £15, The Nags Head offers an array of choices including granola, pancakes, Eggs Benedict or a Full English, each served with a chilled glass of Moutard champagne. Food is locally sourced where possible and, after being freshly prepared, served in the rustic but stylish interior which includes free WiFi. It could well be the perfect start to Mothering Sunday.

The Nags Head, London Road, Great Missenden HP16 0DG, 01494 862200;


Bread making

Even amongst seasoned bakers, bread may remain one of the greatest culinary challenges. But there’s an opportunity to master this skill in a beautiful 17th Century converted mill as TV Cook and Broadcaster, Beverley Glock, guides you through a no-knead method at a Bread Making Workshop (£40) in Princes Risborough on 6 March. Both AGA and conventional oven instructions with induction hobs will be covered. “It’s super easy and works really well,” Beverley promises and the session will also include Superfoods which are packed full of nutrients.

Beverley Glock Cookery School, Park Mill House, Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough, HP27 9WB;


Private cookery classes

Would you like to discover new recipes? Or pick up cooking tips? Maybe understanding more technically challenges dishes would enable you to become the calibre of dinner party hostess you’ve always envied? Whichever appeals to you, Kitchen Queen offers guidance from an expert in your own home with lessons tailored to suit personal likes and dislikes. Recipe ideas, along with individual requests, are chosen in advance and each two hour session is designed to include three dishes of your choice.

07967 620317;

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Food smoking

In a hands-on session, the skill of Coldsmoking will be taught by a food artisan with an enthusiasm for making this ancient craft accessible and achievable. The course, on 7 March, will cover constructing a cold smoker, sourcing wood, brining and salting salmon, and smoking food, with a healthy balance of practical tasks and the theory behind a skill which adds layers of flavour to your favourite foods. Refreshments and a soup lunch are provided and the £110 cost also includes a booklet about smoking fish.

The North Pavilion, Milton Keynes Art Centre, Parklands, Milton Keynes MK 14 5DZ;


Fine dining

Every mum surely deserves to dine out in one of the county’s best restaurants and Gilbey’s in Old Amersham is the perfect venue on her special day. While the listed, 17th Century location is steeped in history, this award winning restaurant, stylish decor and extensive menu is as up to date as you would expect from such a popular venue. Choose from traditional roast lunches, delicious seafood and indulgent desserts, all created and served by a dedicated team of professionals.

Gilbey’s, 1 Market Square Old Amersham HP7 ODF, 01494 727242;



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