This weekend is Father’s Day and since our dads have always been so good at treating us to dinner out, perhaps it is time to repay the favour? We’ve rounded up some of the best places to take your dad around town…
For a Father’s Day Sunday Roast
Galvin La Chapelle E1
“Stunning food in a stunning location” makes for a “superb experience” at the Galvin brothers’ cathedral-like dining hall, by Spitalfields Market – a “courteous” operation, with cuisine that’s “modern enough to be interesting, but classic enough to be uncontentious”. This Father’s Day the restaurant is offering three course Sunday roasts (Herdwick lamb with Yorkshire puddings) for £29, and there will be a jazz band playing too.
Bacchus Sundays @ Hoxton Street Studios N1
Or for something a little different why not try this reincarnation of Hoxton Street’s much-loved Bacchus? Not a pop-up but a ‘residency’ serving up Sunday lunches in the form of angus beef, chicken with wild boar stuffing, Gloucester old spot pork and veggie nut roasts, inside what was once an illegal bare knuckle boxing ring. A selection of starters and desserts are also on offer. Three courses for £25, two for £20 and just the roast is £15. We’re told they do the best Bloody Marys in town.
For father-son bonding
Le Caprice SW1
“Still with its old pizzazz and magic” – Richard Caring’s ’80s-minimalist “super-staple”, behind the Ritz, “continues to deliver at a very high level”; old-timers, though, can’t quite avoid the feeling that “standards have fallen” since yesteryear. On Sunday Le Caprice has planned a “Dad’s Day Out” outdoor gentleman’s lounge, open 3-6pm in Arlington Street. Indulge in fine spirits and cigars while you admire vintage cars or get a quick trim from the complimentary barber. Tickets cost £35 per person.
For bookings email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7307 5907.
The recent refit “has added glamour and a sense of space” to this “delightful” (and business-friendly) Covent Garden townhouse; early reports suggest that, as ever, it’s “not cheap”, but that realisation of the surf ’n’ turf cuisine has improved since the re-launch. Christopher’s is offering three cocktails designed for dads: The ‘Almond Cigar’ (spiced rum, lime cordial, amaretto and orange bitters), the ‘Cucumber Collins’ (gin, cucumber and elderflower press, lime and soda) or the ‘Old Fashioned’ (bourbon, angostura bitters, demerara sugar and orange zest).
For a great deal
Drake & Morgan (group)
This Sunday, restaurants including Anthologist in the City and The Fable in Clerkenwell will serve up the Reef, Beef & Bubbles – a 4oz steak, half a lobster, fries and a glass of prosecco for £15. Or there is the Toast to the Roast – beef or chicken roast dinner with a pint of Kozel, glass of wine or soft drink for £10; kids get their roast for £6.50 with unlimited soft drinks.
Polo Bar EC2
The tech-savvy amongst you can treat your dad to one of this 24-hour restaurant’s bacon butties and a beer for just £5 on Father’s Day if you follow them on Twitter @polo24hourbar.
For a dad’s day freebie…
The Henry Root SW10
This “casual” Chelsea hang-out is “a useful combination of bar and restaurant” – “not a fine food destination”, but a “very flexible format”. The Henry Root will be offering a complimentary Laphroaig (or single malt of choice) to all dads dining there next Sunday.
The Blues Kitchen (group)
“The food is edible, but it’s not the point!” at this “tall-ceilinged” former pub – now an atmospheric, and quite comfy hang-out in Camden Town, offering regular entertainments. Blues Kitchen now has a second location in Shoreditch, dine at either on Sunday and your dad will get a free burger, served on a brioche bun with fries and ‘slaw.
Princess Victoria W12
An “oasis” at the far end of Shepherd’s Bush, this “welcoming” gin palace, which has been beautifully restored, has a big name locally for its “refined” gastropub cuisine, and it offers a “surprisingly good” wine selection too. All dads eating out in the dining room will get a complimentary drink of their choice from the bar.
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