Welcome to a special edition of our what’s on guide dedicated to finding great gifts and interesting events for Father’s Day (21 June). Find sharing roasts, cigar masterclasses, freebies and manly afternoon teas happening across London…
Father’s Day @ Caprice Holdings
Balthazar boulangerie have created some quirky chocolate lollies in the form of an all-in-one top hat, bow tie and moustache (snazzy or what?!). £3.50 a pop.
Head to Rivington Grill on 21 June in either Shoreditch or Greenwich for a family-style Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Bookings need to be made at least 48 hours in advance. Roast chicken or lamb – £21, roast beef – £25, roast pork – £20 per person. Joints serve a minimum of four people.
Or, there’s “McGregor’s Gardening Box” at Mount Street Deli. It includes essential gardening paraphernalia like: Daphne’s gnome, a tot or more of sloe gin, deli goodies, a copy of Fifty Sheds of Grey, plus a glossy magazine to read in the shed when it’s raining. It even has seeds in case dad wants to do some actual gardening. Order 48 hours in advance by calling 020 7499 6843 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. £85 each.
5 course tasting menu £39.50 pp
3 course Sunday lunch £39.50 pp
For “colours, tastes and textures are beautifully combined” try Pied Ã Terre’s Marylebone offshoot this Father’s Day. They have a special Sunday lunch offering as well as a five course tasting menu. Push the boat out for your dad and add a wine pairing to the tasting menu for £38 pp.
What do real men want for Father’s Day? Afternoon Tea of course! Lancaster London on Hyde Park are offering this dainty dining option with a manly twist such as: Mini beef burgers; leek and stilton tarts; and honey roast ham with English mustard sandwiches, alongside classic scones, cakes and pastries.
12-15 & 21 June
This manly afternoon tea is served with an optional pint of Guinness. On the menu: Grilled rib eye steak sandwich with caramelised onion and Shropshire Blue cheese; free-range pork and black truffle sausage roll and Welsh rarebit; as well as the usual cakes and scones there’s also a rhubarb and custard doughnut. Dads can also indulge in a glass of Irish whiskey. To book call 020 7969 3900 or email email@example.com.
F1, Claret & Cigars @ M Restaurant
Never one to do things by halves, Martin William’s big City venue is hosting a Father’s Day event so manly we’ll be surprised if the restaurant doesn’t sprout a moustache. There will be a screening of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix and a meaty menu featuring chateaubriand, claret tasting, cognac and cigars. On top of this you can also buy an extra special gift for your dear ol’ dad, a personally engraved bottle of Hennessey Paradis for £1,000 That’ll be a gift for the one percenters then.
This Putney Bridge-side stalwart, loved by our reporters for its “first-class Italian regional cooking” will open for Father’s Day for the first time in its 25-year history. On the menu: Artichoke risotto with marjoram and pecorino cream; organic pork chop with fennel marinade, Swiss chard caponatina, fennel puree and crisp belly; traditionally-made Sicilian granita; or warm Amalfi lemon pudding. There is also “a massive selection of carefully chosen Italian wines” to keep dad happy.
Father’s Day @ Flemings Mayfair
Dads eat for free at Flemings this Father’s Day (those lucky devils!). Guests can choose from the Ã la carte menu in the hotel’s Grill restaurant, with dishes like: Bavette of beef with roasted shallot, watercress and beef jus and steamed sea bass with champagne sauce and caviar. Dad’s starter, main course and dessert is free when diners book a table for four or more (including one dad per table of four). Drinks are not included.
Balham’s “wonderful” neighbourhood favourite is serving up a traditional Sunday lunch between noon and 5pm. On the menu: Crispy quail with aioli; BBQ beer braised pork belly, crackling, mash and apple slaw; rare roast rib of longhorn beef with veg and Yorkshire pudding; and sticky toffee pudding, toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream. Two courses for £24 and three for £28. There’s also a seasonal sharpener on offer: Fathers’ Delight (Inkspot EIPA, blackcurrant liqueur).
29 June, 26 October, 30 November
This City champagne bar is launching its own private cigar members club – bringing back the gentlemanly golden era of retiring to the drawing room for an after-dinner smoke. Cigar masterclasses take place on 29 June (champagne pairing); 26 October (chocolate pairing) and 30 November (bourbon/whiskey pairing). The event includes champagne on arrival and a selections of canapés, as well as expert advice on cigars and discounted stogie purchases. Book via 0207 438 8059 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual membership is £69.
Or if your dad enjoys a luxury tipple in the comfort of his own home why not nip down to Fortnum & Mason or Selfridges and pick him up a gift? This smooth and uniquely creamy vodka is made entirely from the milk of grass-grazed Dorset cows. Created by farmer Jason Barber, Black Cow comes with 2-year aged vintage cheddar (from the same cows) and a pot of quince jelly.
Brunch £30 pp
Champagne brunch £50 pp
For Sunday brunch with a twist head to this nouvelle Indian dining room (just on the outskirts of London). Karnavar are offering a special five course menu complemented by five glasses of champagne. Sip on bubbly while you watch live cooking demonstrations and enjoy dishes like: Salmon Pakora with sweet curry sauce and gherkins; Tulsi Seekh Kebab – skewered ground lamb kebab, kashmiri chilly, ginger and basil; and Chicken Tikka – Tandoor roasted corn fed chicken thigh with mint chutney.
Or for something a little bit more exotic why not take papa for a Peruvian Sunday brunch. All fathers will be gifted mini bottles of El Capitana Pisco and Coya’s home-infused Strawberry Pisco. Enjoy a vast array of Peruvian delights from the menu along with an unlimited champagne option for £59. Signature dishes include: Tacos de Cangrejo (Crab and Avocado Tacos), Arroz Nikkei (Chilean seabss, rice, chilli and lime) and Pollo Asado (Josper chicken). Kids’ options available.
From now until 1 September anyone who buys a bottle of wine at the popular Shoreditch spot on a Sunday will get two roasts of their choice (beef, chicken or nut) for £9.95 each. Normal prices are: Ginger Pig roast beef with all the trimmings, gravy and horseradish cream £17.50; poussin with all the trimmings and gravy £15.50; and nut roast with all the trimmings £13.50.