Top 5 | Mother’s day treats

I’m one of those people that absolutely love to put a big smile on someone else’s face, so I’m always trying to think of new and exciting things to do for people, especially my mum and mother-in-law, both of whom I’m very close to. Here’s a small selection of some of the things I’ve organised that have gone down very well indeed! 

1. Fron Goch Garden Centre, Caernarfon

We’re a family of plant and food lovers, so heading to Fron Goch Garden Centre is a no-brainer! It’s an absolute gem and certainly one of my favourite places to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon. The award-winning café serves a fab breakfast especially, but the lunchtime menu is also good. If you’re not tempted by one of the delicious cakes, you’re a stronger person than I am! The staff know their plants, there’s a fantastic selection of gifts in the shop and there’s even a Hooton’s Homegrown shop, so you can pick up fresh veg for that Sunday roast whilst you’re there.

2. Bodnant Garden, Conwy Valley

i’I’morry, there is a bit of a theme here! My family really do love plants and flowers...if your mum loves being out in the fresh air, walking, or even just likes to gaze at pretty blooms, this is the place to take them for a great day out. Stroll around the gardens and soak up the stunning landscape. She’ll be thrilled!


3. The Hayloft Restaurant, Conwy Valley

If you want to treat mum to a lovely meal in a relaxed atmosphere but want the added bonus of top-notch furnishings and service, consider the Hayloft Restaurant near Conwy. It’s owned by Bodnant Welsh Food and incredibly close to Bodnant Garden itself, so it’s a perfect end to the day if you work up an appetite with a walk around the grounds first! I have fond memories of enjoying food on a rainy day, in the bar area, in front of the log burning stove.

4. Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni

I cannot recommend this gallery enough - the café serve lovely food and drinks (again, the breakfasts and cakes are a big hit with my lot!) and there is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the late Kyffin Williams, as well as an ever-changing exhibition in another of the gallery rooms, which is always worth a look. Especially good is it’s a wet day and best of all is that entry is free!

5. Welsh Highland Railway

This is such a fun experience and a good way to while away an afternoon. If you want a quick ride, consider the 25 minute trip from Caernarfon to Waunfawr. The station is near the Snowdonia Inn, voted best pub within the Snowdonia National Park by CAMRA several years in a row. There’s good food of the home-cooked variety and if, like me, you’re an ale lover, there are two microbreweries on site. Wine for the mums, and an ale for me, food for all! Sounds like a good Sunday to me…

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Thursday 3 March 2016