Best for...designer shoppers

Darcy’s, Princes Square, Glasgow

Tucked into the basement of Princes Square, this sophisticated setting is sure to make for a classy Mother’s Day. It’s an ideal place to bring children, who can tire themselves out by running around the atrium that Darcy’s overlooks.

Details: Mains range from £9-£16

Best for...trendy mothers

Café Strange Brew, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

A trendy choice for a slightly different Mother’s Day. Don’t be put off if it doesn’t seem like your usual haunt – it is now the number one restaurant in Glasgow on TripAdvisor (make of that what you will) and well worth a try.

Details: Brunch menu ranges from £4-£7

Best for...countryside lovers

Venachar Lochside, Callander

On the banks of Loch Venachar against the backdrop of Ben Venue, you would struggle to find a more picturesque spot for lunch. There is something very fitting about sampling their Venachar trout while overlooking the loch itself, particularly from their cosy outside seating area (weather permitting, of course).

Details: Mains range from £13-£18

Best surroundings

The Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery, Argyle Street, Glasgow

If you want to celebrate in style, there are few places that say ‘luxury’ better than The Buttery. The mahogany interior and stain glass windows – not to mention the exquisite food – will guarantee that mum is left feeling very special.

Details: Mains range from £19-£29

Best for...tapas aficionados

Café Andaluz, St Vincent Place and Cresswell Lane, Glasgow – also branches in Edinburgh and Aberdeen

If you fancy something a bit different for your Mother’s Day meal, this tapas restaurant has plenty of options. Choose a few dishes per person –the ‘gambas pil pil’ is particularly tasty – or push the boat out with traditional Valencian paella.

Details: Prices vary depending on tapas ordered

Best for...cosy chats

Three Birds, Viewforth, Edinburgh

Nestled in Bruntsfield, this bistro offers laid-back surroundings but top-quality food: their sharing platters are particularly tasty. It is reasonably small inside, so best to book to avoid disappointment.

Details: Two courses for £12 on the lunch menu

Best for...seafood lovers

Scotts, Troon Yacht Haven

A suitably elegant venue for a special lunch, Scotts enjoys a great view overlooking the boats in Troon’s marina. As you might imagine fish is their speciality, with the trio dish of sea bass, salmon and hake a particular standout.

Details: Mains range from £11.95- £34.95

Best for...vegetarians

Everest Inn, South Mevan Street, Perth

Nepalese and Indian cuisines come together for a Mother’s Day lunch with a bit of a twist. There is also a delicious vegetable mela that will cater for any vegetarians – and is well worth a try for meat-eaters too.

Details: One course £6.95, two courses for £9.95

Best for...relaxed eats

Cup, Renfield Street, Glasgow

This cosy café is perfect for a more relaxed lunch – with additional branches in Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Merchant City. In honour of Mother’s Day they are offering a special afternoon tea, with a mini bottle of prosecco and a complimentary gift bag for each diner.

Details: The afternoon tea is £24 per person with booking required in advance at

Best for...cheese fiends

Melt, Holburn Street, Aberdeen

Fans of cheese look no further, because that is Melt’s speciality. Expect sandwiches with grilled cheese, macaroni cheese, cheesy meatballs… you get the picture. They also have an array of indulgent brownies to swoon over.

Details: Lunch options range from £4-£7

Best for...grand-standing

Browns Bar and Brasserie, George Square, Glasgow

Overlooking George Square, this Victorian building oozes glamour with a menu to match: including an extensive cocktail list. It also has a full gluten-free menu in addition to their lunch menu, so those with intolerances are well catered for.

Details: Two courses for £10.95 on the lunch menu, with separate prices for the gluten-free menu.

Best for...neighbourhood nibbles

Jam Jar, Henderson Street, Bridge of Allan

A favourite among locals, Jam Jar’s highlights include gourmet sandwiches, homemade pizza and a smoked haddock risotto. An assortment of cocktails and mocktails are on offer to make your lunch extra-special.

Details: Mains range from £8.25-£12.50

Best for...Scottish produce

Dine, Cambridge Street, Edinburgh

Headed up by Stuart Muir, the team at Dine are championing local produce with meat from the Borders and the Highlands. As well as being delicious their food is beautifully presented, so should satisfy anyone who enjoys showing off pictures of their food on Facebook.

Mains range from £15-£21

Best for...Loch Lomond lovers

Tullie Inn, Balloch, Loch Lomond

This bright and modern pub is right in the centre of Balloch and just a short walk from Loch Lomond Shores if you fancy a bit of light exercise after your meal. And with free top-ups of roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy in their Sunday roast, you might just need it…

Details: 2 courses for £16.49 or 3 for £19.49

Best for...carnivores

No.1 Bar and Grill, Queen’s Terrace, Aberdeen

Specialities here are burgers and steaks, so will be best suited to meat-loving mums. Well located in the city’s trendy West End, they also offer both dairy and gluten free menus.

Details: Mains range from £11.50 to £22.95 for their top of the range steak

Best fans

Café Gandolfi, Albion Street, Glasgow

One of the Merchant City’s most iconic restaurants, this café/restaurant is sure to have a bustling atmosphere for a Mother’s Day lunch. Try their ‘haggis neeps and tatties’ for a modern twist on a Scottish classic.

Details: Mains range from £8.20-£21

Best for...the prosecco cognoscente

Bank Street Bar Kitchen, Bank Street, Glasgow

In a wonderful location in Glasgow’s west end, Bank Street has a great menu that is reasonably priced but still suitably delicious. And with prosecco on tap for £3 per glass, you can easily add a bit of fizz to liven up your lunch.

Mains range from £5-£10

Best for...gardening enthusiasts

Rufflets, Strathkiness Low Road, St Andrews

This family-run hotel sits just outside of scenic St Andrews, with picturesque grounds to walk around in after your lunch. The cheese soufflé is a particular highlight of the menu, but afternoon tea is also on offer from £23.50 per person.

Details: Mains range from £10-£17

Best for...borders break

Crumb Dumfries, Saint Michael’s Street, Dumfries

With a varied menu of pizzas, fajitas, and curries to choose from, there should be something to satisfy every mother. And for those who are a little less adventurous, there is always the failsafe option of excellently cooked fish and chips to fall back on.

Details: Mains range from £8-£14

Best for...a capital treat

The Gardeners Cottage, Royal Terrace Gardens, Edinburgh

In quaint surroundings that would have you swear you aren’t in the centre of Edinburgh, this small cottage is a stylish restaurant with an inventive, seasonal menu. It is worth booking because there is limited seating due to its size.

Details: Lunch menu ranges from £7-£22

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