One for the Mother’s

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and here at The Passage House Inn we’re really looking forward to spoiling some of the most special people in our lives. Ever since Constance Smith revived Mothering Sunday as “a day in praise of mothers” in 1920, people of all faiths and backgrounds have embraced this Sunday in the middle of Lent as a day in which to shower their Mothers with love and appreciation for all that they have done over the years. Whether you go for the understated approach of just breakfast in bed, a card and a hug or you choose a rather more grand gesture with flowers, chocolates and a meal out at your local riverside pub. You’d be hard pressed to find children that ignore this most special day.

That children (both grown up and small) display their appreciation in a wide variety of ways is indicitive of one of the best things about Mothers; their true uniqueness. Some Mothers will just  appreciate a quiet thoughtful kind word and some would prefer a bit more of a fuss. Both approaches are equally valid as it is important to do what is right for the individual. Some Mother’s are softly spoken, some have an infectious laugh that can be heard down the street, some would rather get dolled up for their special day and some would just love some peace and quiet in their PJ’s whilst their partners remove the children for a few hours. Some Mother’s are strict, taking a hard line approach, some are softly rounded and more easy going. But despite all these differences, they are united in one common factor, their absolute and unconditional love for their children which motivates all that they do.

This year on March 6th we will be offering a selection of mouthwatering specials alongside our popular delicious menu, available from 1200 to 2100. We believe that in offering a wide range of choice, we will be able to cater to the many different needs and preferences of our local beloved Mothers. We want to give you the absolute best Mother’s Day dining experience that we can and believe this is the best way to do so! To book a table and have your Mothers Day meal by the bank of the beautiful River Exe, give us a call on 01392 873 653. And whatever you do, don’t forget to tell your Mother that you love her!

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Flip, and take a break

January has passed seemingly in the blink of an eye and as we enter February, here at The Passage House Inn we’re starting to get excited about the one day of the year when throwing your food is not only tolerated but encouraged I’m talking of course about Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, just a few days away, this year falling on the 9th. From the traditional (and arguably my favourite) lemon and sugar to our mouth watering combination of brie, bacon and maple syrup, we’ll be serving a range of tantalising toppings on pancakes all day on Tuesday.

As someone who is prone to thinking too much, it has got me pondering our obsession with depriving ourselves of things in the first few bleak months of the year as we embark on New Years diets before then giving up something we usually consume regularly for lent. Historically, the word Shrove comes from Shrive which refers to a priest hearing confessions and assigning penance. It harks back to folk using up the last few ingredients in their pantry before fasting for Lent, a physical ‘Shriving’ to prepare themselves as it were. What I like about lent is that it’s not a permanent abstention from something you love but just a temporary holiday. A chance to re-balance and prioritise different areas of your life.

So, this year, come down on Tuesday and get involved with the symbolic act of ‘striving’ by sharing some scrumptious freshly cooked pancakes with us. We’ll be catering to all tastes by offering a selection of both sweet and savoury delectable toppings. From breakfast pancakes to nutella and banana, we’re confident there will be something for everyone! Regardless of whether you’re going to give up something for lent or not, it’s a good excuse to devour some delicious pancakes amongst good company!