Dads are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, mainly because they always claim they don’t “need” anything. That’s why this Father’s Day, we’d recommend taking the old man out for a lovely meal instead, when you can truly show your appreciation. To help you decide on a spot, we’ve divided our top picks by those that will save pennies, and those that are worth a splurge. Check them out below, and book a table with SquareMeal today.
Save: Father’s Day treats under £50
Asia de Cuba, Covent Garden
What: Although this restaurant at the St Martin’s Lane Hotel isn’t exactly a cheap eat, this Father’s Day you can shave off a chunk of your bill thanks to dads eating free (maximum four people and one dad per table). You can treat your favourite man to the likes of duck confit with brown rice and poached duck egg, and a coconut and lemongrass flan for dessert.
Where: St Martin’s Lane Hotel, 45 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4HX
How much: Dads eat free
Black Roe, Mayfair
What: Treat dad to a bit of Mayfair glamour at this Pacific Rim-inspired joint, which is offering all fathers a complimentary Canadian lobster mac’n’cheese, served in the shell. Thanks to the orchids and peonies found throughout the restaurant, your old man will feel like he’s been transported to the tranquil beaches of the Pacific, without leaving W1.
Where: 4 Mill Street, W1S 2AX
How much: Free dish for dad (available 16-17 June with advanced bookings)
The Coal Shed, Tower Bridge
What: If your dad doesn’t think a meal’s worth having unless there’s meat in it, The Coal Shed is the place for him. For just £30, you can both enjoy a choice of two summer sharing roasts with a half bottle of wine. Enjoy either spatchcock chicken with smoked potatoes and seasonal greens, or Aberdeen Angus beef with potatoes, Yorkshire puddings and gravy.
Where: One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, SE1 2SE
How much: £30
Crazy Bear, Fitzrovia
What: This lively pan-Asian spot is well suited to dads who enjoy being a bit flashy, and is serving up an eight-plate sharing menu to mark the occasion. Guests will enjoy dishes such as duck breast red curry and salt and pepper baby squid, while the vegetarian version features truffled baby pak choi and mixed veggie tempura with accompanying dips.
Where: 26-28 Whitfield Street, W1T 2RG
How much: £29.50
Enoteca Turi, Belgravia
What: This longstanding Italian doesn’t normally open on Sundays, but is making an exception for the big day. Guests will sip on white peach Bellinis, while tucking into a three-course menu featuring the likes of ravioli stuffed with aubergine, fresh tomato, basil and cacioricotta cheese, and a dessert of Caprese chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
Where: 87 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH
How much: £42.50
Gillray’s Steakhouse, South Bank
What: If your dad’s a whisky connoisseur, treat him to this carvery and whisky tasting at Gillray’s. Guests will try tipples such as The Macallan 12, Highland Park 12 and Laphroaig 10 before indulging in a traditional British Sunday roast to round off the afternoon. The tasting kicks off at 3pm on Father’s Day, and you can book tickets here.
Where: London Marriott County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
How much: £39
Wild Heart Bar & Grill at Sanctum Soho, Soho
What: Ditch the comedy socks and buy your dad a slap-up brunch instead. At Wild Heart, guests can enjoy half a bottle of wine alongside classic brunch dishes such as croque monsieur and smashed avocado on toast. We’d recommend paying a visit to the rooftop terrace post-meal, where you can smoke cigars with a glass of whisky in hand – bliss.
Where: Sanctum Soho Hotel, 20 Warwick Street, W1B 5NF
How much: £22.50
Splurge: Father’s Day treats over £50
Brasserie Max, Covent Garden
What: If your dad’s hair is starting to look a little unkempt, join The Gentleman’s Experience at the Covent Garden hotel. Fathers will be treated to a haircut and facial from barbers Murdock, before heading next door for a Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Max. To book your spot, click here.
Where: Covent Garden Hotel, 10 Monmouth Street, WC2H 9HB
How much: £110
The English Grill at The Rubens, Belgravia
What: If your father’s a traditional kind of guy, head to The English Grill for a slap-up Sunday lunch, featuring the likes of roast rib of beef with Yorkshire puddings and veg, and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Post-meal, dads are invited to head to The New York Bar for a complimentary interactive ‘Whisky Experience’ – cheers to that!
Where: The Rubens at the Palace, 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
How much: Three courses, £55
GBR at Dukes London, St James’s
What: At Dukes Hotel, fathers and sons can enjoy some bonding time on Saturday 16 June. The hotel’s Father’s Day package includes a haircut from barbers Truefitt and Hill, as well as goodies and vouchers from tailors Gieves & Hawkes and silversmiths, Deakin & Francis. The day will be rounded off with a gourmet lunch at GBR restaurant, complete with beer.
Where: Little St James’s Street, SW1A 1NS
How much: £175
Simpson’s in the Strand, Covent Garden
What: This historic restaurant is playing host to dads looking to impress with their carving skills, thanks to its carvery masterclasses. The classes include lessons from the restaurant’s expert master carvers and a kitchen tour. Once he’s mastered carving, daddy cool will be able to wow you and the rest of the family at a three-course meal where he can show off his skills.
Where: 100 Strand, WC2R 0EW
How much: £220 per carver and £60 per lunch guest
Smith & Wollensky, Covent Garden
What: If your pa is a fan of steak, take him out to New York steakhouse Smith &Wollenksy. The Father’s Day feast here consists of an entire 1kg Tomahawk to share accompanied by your choice of sauce (peppercorn or béarnaise), crispy chips and creamed spinach. Pair with cocktails such as the Old Timer (bourbon, Old Fashioned syrup and bitters).
Where: 1-11 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HT
How much: £90
Spring, Covent Garden
What: Skye Gyngell’s restaurant at Somerset House is opening especially on Father’s Day, to celebrate dads. Spring will serve up its à la carte menu featuring the likes of roasted pork belly with slow-cooked peas and fino sherry, while also treating every dad to a complimentary Limoncello Spritz.
Where: Somerset House, Lancaster Place, WC2R 1LA
How much: Free Limoncello Spritz for dads
Wright Brothers, South Kensington
What: For something different to impress your dad, head to this whisky and oyster masterclass at the South Ken location for Wright Brothers. You’ll get to try four different Macallan whiskies alongside a combination of 12 natural, dressed and cooked oysters. The masterclass takes place on 19 June from 6.30pm, call 020 7581 0131 to book your place.
Where: 56 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3DY
How much: £60
Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port
A superb example of the aged tawny style. Mellow and elegant, combining delicate wood and nutty notes with rich aromas of mature fruit, it is bottled for immediate drinking. Perfect, served chilled, with puddings made with chocolate, coffee and almonds, or with cheese – a great gift for Father’s Day!
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