Dads may be bad at dancing and joke-telling, but we all know their skill set lies in bagging a great-value deal (probably because they’ve already spent their life savings on their children). In the spirit of bargain-hunting fathers, we’ve rounded up some London restaurants that are offering freebies and value deals for dads everywhere this Father’s Day. Read below to see who’s involved and book a table with SquareMeal today.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
108 Pantry, Marylebone
What’s the big deal? Dads visiting 108 Pantry on 17 or 18 June can enjoy a complimentary shave after indulging in a Daddy Cool afternoon tea (£32). After munching on the likes of pork and truffle sausage rolls, dads can get a free hot towel shave or beard trim from barbers Truefitt & Hill, who are popping up in the restaurant just for Father’s Day weekend – book 108 Pantry here.
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QE
Belgo Centraal, Holborn and Soho
What’s the big deal? If your dad has a penchant for all things…um…Belgian, then treat him to dinner at Belgo. He can enjoy the likes of sirloin steak and wild boar and beef meatballs, while making the most of two courses for £20, including a bottle of Vedett beer or glass of Prosecco – book Belgo now.
Where: 50 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LJ, 67 Kingsway, WC2B 6TD and 29-31 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JR
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, Marylebone
What’s the big deal? This Galvin brothers’ outpost is serving a Sunday lunch menu, priced at £23.50 for two courses. To end the lunch, your main man can tuck into a complimentary rum baba, or pick any other dessert from the à la carte – book Galvin Bistrot de Luxe now.
Where: 66 Baker Street, W1U 7DJ
What’s the big deal? Restaurant/bar/sports lounge Greenwood was practically made for dads (there’s even an in-house barbers). On the big day, your dad can feast on the Big Daddy Brunch Burger: two beef patties, bacon, cheese, mushrooms and fried egg. You can then challenge him to a free 30-minute game of Shuffleboard (normally £10) – book Greenwood now.
Where: 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB
Humble Grape, Battersea
What’s the big deal? The Battersea branch of this casual wine bar and restaurant is offering deserving dads a complimentary glass of wine with every meal. Whether he’s a red, white or rosé kind of guy, you can guarantee that the wine-pros at Humble Grape have it. Bottoms up! – book Humble Grape Battersea now.
Where: 2 Battersea Rise, SW11 1ED
What’s the big deal? If your dad is fussy with his food, head to this Croydon joint where you can choose from contemporary Indian or modern European dishes. Its five-course Father's Day brunch is priced at £30 (£50 with Champagne) and every dad gets a complimentary sparkling cocktail – book Karnavar now.
Where: 62 South End, Croydon, CR0 1DP
What’s the big deal? The relaxed, calming dining room at this small plates-led site is sure to keep your dad feeling peaceful, as will the offer of a complimentary beer or glass of house wine. To be enjoyed with the likes of pork belly on rolled flatbread, and chocolate mousse with sesame snaps – book Lupins now.
Where: 66 Union Street, SE1 1TD
Mint Leaf, St James’s
What’s the big deal? This slick Indian serves a pumped-up menu that’s well suited to flashy fathers who still love a good deal. On the big day, dads in parties of 4-12 get to eat free and can choose from a menu including tiger prawn cooked in curry leaf, mustard and coconut sauce – book Mint Leaf now.
Where: Suffolk Place, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HX
The Painted Heron, Chelsea
What’s the big deal? At this Chelsea Indian, dads dine for free on 18 June. They can choose from either a Maharaja thali or royalty meal with an array of curries served on a thali plate, with options including seafood, meat or veggie – book The Painted Heron now.
Where: 112 Cheyne Walk, SW10 0DJ
Union Street Café, South Bank
What’s the big deal? This Gordon Ramsay site is giving back to dads with a complimentary Italian bottle of beer for them on arrival. Next up, he can tuck into roasted suckling pig, served with a sweet carrot pureé and fresh peas (£21) – book Union Street Café now.
Where: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BS
Need more inspiration? Take a look at our full selection of the best London restaurants for Father’s Day, or browse our list of London restaurants that are great for taking your parents out.
325th Anniversary Limited Edition
Look out for this special commemorative bottle of Taylor’s 325th Anniversary Limited Edition Tawny Port, which marks a very special year for one of the oldest and most distinguished port houses. A delicious dessert wine, this tawny port with mellow flavours of butterscotch merged with rich jammy, red-berry fruits combines brilliantly with flavours of almonds and dark chocolate. It’s great with blue-veined cheese or with a plate of walnuts or roasted almonds, and should be served slightly chilled. And don’t forget, it makes an original gift for Father’s Day, or any other occasion for that matter.
RRP £27 from Speciality Drinks, Nickolls and Perks, Lea & Sandeman, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason.
This article was published 8 June 2017