Father’s Day is this Sunday – you’d forgotten, hadn’t you? If you had, you’re in luck as we’re whittled London’s restaurant scene down to the 18 best restaurants to take Pa to, from steakhouses to pubs serving up a classic roast.
Treat Dad to a traditional Sunday roast dinner this Father’s Day, complete with a house wine or beer courtesy of Harvey Nichols. After the morning spent wandering the iconic Knightsbridge department store, head up to the Fifth Floor Café for a two- or three-course roast dinner.
Look forward to dishes such as Dorset crab with mango salsa and cucumber gazpacho, before choosing between roast chicken or roast beef. Both served with a tender potato fondant, Yorkshire pudding, medley of seasonal vegetables and lashings of gravy.
Finish off with a raspberry and pistachio custard tart with yoghurt sorbet or a summer favourite, deconstructed Eton mess with strawberry compote – delicious.
109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
For a meal that’s simple, seasonal and delicious, look to HIDE. The restaurant is a firm favourite with everyone I know, whether you’re after endless a la carte options or an innovative set menu.
Look to their ground floor restaurant and celebrate with home-cured charcuterie of goose with sage and fenugreek; saddleback pork with fennel seed and black pepper; and Herdwick lamb with rosemary, before heading onto main courses of barbecued octopus and calcots with toasted quinoa and basil and feta dressing; and Cornish turbot with hand-pressed yuzu, razor clams and white asparagus.
Six by Nico
Reminisce about past family holidays with Dad this Father’s Day with a little help from Six by Nico and their current tasting menu: From Miami to Ibiza.
The restaurant, renowned for its six-week tasting menus, has launched its latest dedicated to taking you on a culinary journey across two continents. The gastronomic journey begins in Ibiza with a paella bomsa served with saffron emulsion, roasted red pepper sauce, wild garlic oil and crispy chorizo; before heading to Miami with a seared tuna and bonito emulsion, cucumber, spring onion and chilli ponzu dressing. Expect other trips around the world, finishing with Little Havana, a coconut and rum parfait with pineapple brandy snap cigar, passion fruit mousse, white chocolate namelaka and pina colada.
Fitzrovia & Canary Wharf
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This Father’s Day, treat the main man in your life to a special lunch at Daffodil Mulligan. Keeping in line with their Irish heritage, dads will receive a free pint of Guinness on them. While the food centres around a table sharing style menu, featuring dishes such as smoked new potato, asparagus and tofu mayo; salt chilli fried chicken with cucumber, mustard and chilli pickles; sweet BBQ hannah short rib pork; whole daily fish serve at the table; and finish with sweets of dark chocolate choux with a caramel and yuzu curd. Elevating the dining experience further will be a live vinyl playing DJ spinning the dad classic tunes.
70 – 74 City Road, Old street, EC1Y 2BJ
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Bar + Block
This Father’s Day, look no further than steakhouse Bar + Block for the ultimate Sunday roast experience.
Available from all of their London locations, on the menu is a choice of 30-day aged Aberdeen Angus sirloin or seasoned roast chicken, served with all of the trimmings, cheddar cauliflower cheese and lashings of red wine gravy.
If you’re looking for something other than a roast, their mighty double block burger – two signature 6oz beef burgers stacked with oozy mature cheddar cheese sauce, crispy onions, pulled beef brisket, pickled cucumber spear and burger sauce – isn’t to be missed.
Various locations across London
The Game Bird, The Stafford
Under the direction of Michelin-starred chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, The Game Bird at The Stafford is inspired by great seasonal, British produce and the historic St James’s. Treat dad to an indulgent Sunday roast at The Game Bird this Father’s Day. Enjoy three courses including the classic roast British grass-fed beef with all of the trimmings, and an indulgent dessert of sticky toffee pudding mousse with salt milk ice cream and chocolate wafers.
Charlie’s, Brown’s Hotel
For a feast to remember, look to Charlie’s at Brown’s Hotel. Serving up Mayfair’s best Sunday menu, book in Dad for the afternoon and look forward to an afternoon filled with fine food, great drinks and evening jazz.
Begin with lobster bisque with armagnac and croutes before making your way to the mains of Wiener schnitzel, cucumber and potato salad with fries or try the sea bass with datterini tomatoes, capers, olives and red onions.
Save room for the ultimate chocolate brown sundae.
Brown’s Hotel, 33 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP
Afternoon tea isn’t just for Mother’s Day. Treat Dad to a delicious savoury afternoon tea for lunch on Father’s Day and look forward to homemade sandwiches, Lincolnshire poacher cheddar scones and a selection of mouth-watering savoury pastries and cakes including quail egg and mushroom tartlet; Welsh rarebit English muffin; and a Yorkshire pudding stuffed with honey and mustard chipolata sausage.
116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ
Lady Abercorn Pub & Kitchen
For an authentic pub experience, Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen serves up a mega Sunday roast. Expect mains of roast rump of lamb served with thyme Yorkshire pudding, roast shallot, herb potatoes, horseradish creme fraiche, mint gravy and chimichurri; garlic, lemon and thyme half roast chicken; slow roasted porchetta; or cauliflower steak for veggies and vegans. Add on a pint of Dad’s favourite and you’re onto a winner.
Andaz London Liverpool Street, 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
For a Father’s Day filled with Italian delights, look to Mayfair’s brilliant restaurant Bocconcino. They’ve recently launched a new tasting menu for summer that’s perfect for parents. Look forward to five courses filled with dishes such as spicy yellowfin tuna tartare; seared scallop with Jerusalem artichoke, shimeji mushroom and veal jus; homemade tagliolini with red prawns and cherry tomatoes; and finished with a made to order vanilla soft serve ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and hazelnuts.
19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8ED
Galvin Bar & Grill
For an elegantly classic affair, look to Galvin Bar & Grill’s Sunday roast offering. From the Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, the menu elevates the traditional roast adding in sparkling wine and oysters to make it extra special.
The Sunday lunch menu offers choices of torched mackerel with vegetables; crispy duck salad, watermelon and watercress to start. For the main event, a roast perfected by the expertise of Chris and Jeff, with two options, a Torre Meadow roast beef; or Cotswold White roast chicken with all the trimmings
1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London
Journey through South-East Asia’s rich food culture and savour some of Singapore’s most-loved local dishes, including signature native lobster nonya laksa; soft shell crab; baked black cod; and crispy confit duck leg.
Focusing on sustainability and seasonality, Straits Kitchen is inspired by ingredients from Malaysia, India, Indonesia and China, all which have left their mark on Singapore’s food culture.
Show your appreciation this Father’s Day with a special menu designed just for your Pa. Head to the Restaurant for a three-course menu complete with gin and tonic cured salmon with potato and dill salsa, avocado cream and crispy lime; roast monkfish with purple potato puree, summer vegetables and sauce vierge; or go for a traditional roast of chicken, beef or pork belly.
Fancy soaking up the sunny rays? Head outdoors for an al fresco barbecue.
All dads will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of Champagne or Bloody Mary!
20 Portman Square, W1H 6LW
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Union Social, The Gantry
Book Dad in for a special three-course meal and wine pairing at The Gantry’s Union Social restaurant. Expect dishes such as Gressingham duck and castelvetrano olives terrine with celeriac remoulade, pickled candy romanesco served with crusty white sourdough; succulent roast pork belly with all the trimmings; and a choice of dark chocolate brownie, whipped salted caramel ganache, vanilla ice cream or the lemon blueberry paleo cheesecake, organic British blueberries, raw almonds, whipped coconut yogurt.All dishes are paired with English sparkling wine from revered estate, Gusbourne.
40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, E20 1DB
Forget bottomless brunch, we need more bottomless roasts! Thankfully Drake & Morgan have introduced a Sunday roast one onto their menu. Choose between succulent beef rump, free range chicken or the veggie nut roast and watch Dad pile his plate high with limitless crispy roast potatoes, greens, stuffing, Yorkshire puds and gravy.
10 Paternoster Square, EC4M 7DX
The English Grill, The Rubens at the Palace
Treat Dad to a classically English experience at The English Grill. Tucked inside the Rubens at the Palace, the hotel that’s conveniently located just minutes from Buckingham Palace, the Grill serves up the finished English produce.
At the helm is Ben Kelliher, who you will find serving up wonderful dishes of squab pigeon with heritage beetroot, goat’s curd, golden raisin puree and cashew nuts; glazed lobster omelette with thermidor sauce; chicken pot pie with olive oil mash; and new seasonal Welsh lamb rump with lavender fondant potato, English asparagus, anchovies and capers. As well as steaks and chops freshly prepared on their Josper grill.
Over at the New York Bar, enjoy a beer flight experience for two, including a sharing stand and a choice of two beers.
39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Boasting views over the London Eye, Big Ben and the Thames, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar is the perfect place to book in for this Father’s Day.
Book in for a gin tasting masterclass where you’ll be guided through the hotel’s bar home to 120 different gins, before indulging in Gillray’s signature Sunday roast. Expect British roast classics and premium steak on offer for your meat-loving Dad.
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
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Spend Father’s Day at Aqua Shard and treat your dad to their Roast Hereford beef sirloin from level 31 of The Shard. Served with Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables and port gravy. Celebrate the day with Aqua Shard’s contemporary British menu, made with the finest seasonal ingredients.
Level 31 The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY