Now that restrictions have eased and we can reconnect with loved ones again, celebrate the old man in style this Father’s Day (if he isn’t into football) at one of London’s best restaurants.
From Sunday roasts to hearty pies, here’s where to treat your dad this Father’s Day – it’s Sunday 20th June for all of you scratching your heads wondering if you’ve missed it!
If you’re meeting up with your old Pa for the first time since lockdown, go big with a Father’s Day sharing platter at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar.
The riverside destination, overlooking the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, is offering a special Father’s Day menu. Centred around a sharing platter, enjoy Gillray’s 1kg double prime rib, served with salt and vinegar chips, truffle cauliflower cheese, sticky pear cider braised red cabbage, chantenay carrots and pan tossed broccoli with walnuts.
Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
Treat dad to an afternoon tea experience with a difference. Designed with the savoury lovers in mind, The Athenaeum has recently introduced a new savoury afternoon tea offering, bursting with all of your favourite non-sweet options.
Expect to be delighting on hot smoked salmon, spring onion and lemon sour cream sandwiches; Welsh rarebit English muffins; quail egg and mushroom tartlets; and Yorkshire pudding with honey and mustard chipolata sausages. Even the scones will take on the savoury role, with Lincolnshire poacher cheddar and pickled celery, figs and walnut options.
Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ
We can always count on HIDE for pulling out a memorable dining experience and their Father’s Day offering doesn’t disappoint. The Michelin starred evening will kick off with a Whiskey Business cocktail made up of Teeling small batch, pear, Cocchi Americano and Gammel Dansk.
Starters of scorched Cornish mackerel with tabbouleh and ripe melon or Salad of mixed greens, gooseberries, white miso, avocado and toasted seeds with yuzu dressing will follow. Mains feature a choice between fresh linguine with Brixham crab, garlic & parsley or 50 day-aged short-horn beef rib cooked over charcoal to share served with crispy potato cakes, crushed green herbs, garlic mayonnaise, grilled onions with romesco and a smoked tomato, rocket and parmesan salad (£9 supplement pp) or spring vegetables in a warm Spenwood broth, garlic and basil.
To finish, let dad choose from the warm acorn cake, smoked caramel and choice of liqueur, Ripe Mara des Bois strawberries and sweet woodruff ice cream or a selection of cheeses, seasonal fruit loaf, quince & Moscatel chutney.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
For the sporty dads, look to Sixes Cricket Club, London’s only venue that provides guests a place to play cricket and dine.
Co-founded by Mac and Wild’s Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon, Sixes Cricket Club has recently launched, bringing the world of cricket and dining to London. Expect hearty gastro-pub inspired dishes, perfect for dad, such as Sixes Sausage Roll, classic Prawn cocktail cups with king prawn, baby gem and avocado; Dorset cider steamed mussels creamed with shallots, leeks and herbs; and lemon fried chicken with kiev butter dip.
Where: 18 FARM LANE, FULHAM, SW6 1PP
Treat dad to an action packed day out in Reading and venture over to The Swan at Streatley. This Father’s Day they are offering paddleboarding sessions on the river, before you head into the Coppa Club restaurant and dine on your Dad’s Sunday favourites.
The paddleboarding session begins in the morning and is suitable for ages over 10 years, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to ignite your competitive spirit and challenge your dad to a race along the river. The package is also available at their sister hotel and restaurant, The Great House, Sonning.
Where: Streatley – On – Thames Nr, Reading, RG8 9HR
You can’t go wrong with a glass of bubbly. See in the Father’s Day celebrations in style and treat your dad to a three course meal at Europe’s longest Champagne bar.
St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys is offering a stunning three course offering, featuring Crispy Gressingham duck salad, with mooli, ginger and soy dressing; and mains of Cornish cod with charred gem and samphire or Kent pork belly with slow-cooked pig cheek, potato cake and apple and ginger sauce. Dessert is a chocolate and coffee meringue.
All paired with a glass of wine, or upgrade to a bottle of Champagne from the extensive list available at the bar.
Where: Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, King’s Cross St. Pancras, N1C 4QL
Sky high dining doesn’t get better than this. While you can’t promise your dad that trip of a lifetime to China this year, you can delight in Northern Chinese dishes in the clouds at Hutong.
Order in a selection of dad’s favourites, from dim sun platters to Sichuan-style deep fried lobster; slow cooked beef ribs with chilli and pickled vegetables to roasted peking duck.
Who ate all the pies? Dad’s about to eat them all at Holborn Dining Rooms.
These guys take their pies incredibly seriously. On the a la carte menu, expect to find a dedicated pie section filled with English classics and a few added extras. We love the chicken, chestnut mushroom and tarragon pie. There’s also the Pie Room – a room that’s dedicated to the finer pie things, brought to you by Executive Head Chef and pastry expert, Calum Franklin.
Where: NO. 252 HIGH HOLBORN, WC1V 7EN
You can’t go wrong with a trip to Smith & Wollensky, especially when your dad is in town. Head to London’s best American steakhouse and order in a hearty steak.
Start the meal off with USDA prime sirloin carpaccio with black truffle; jumbo lump crabmeat or Pyefleet pure oysters, before making your way to the premium steaks and fillets offerings. There’s so much choice depending on your favourite prime cut, plus sauces and sides to go along with.
Sunday lunch never looked so good. Head south west this Sunday and take dad to London Stock for their dedicated Sunday lunch menu.
Expect to find roast favourites including beef wellington; rib of beef for two; roast cauliflower; and pan-fried gilt head bream, all served with your roast sides too.
Riverside views? Check. Hearty Italian dishes? Check. Summer weather? Ok, we can’t promise that it’ll be sunny but we can promise you and your Pa will have a jolly good time at Tavolino, London’s best riverside dining experience.
Head here for real Italian dishes, including homemade bread, pasta and gnocchi, all made onsite daily.
Where: 2 More London Riverside, SE1 2DB
Slurp the afternoon away in style overlooking the Thames at Battersea Power Station’s Tonkotsu branch. Catch up over a bottle of beer, delight in Japanese dishes and feast on hot, warming bowls of ramen.
We love their new chilli prawn ramen dish. It’s made using their homemade noodles, bubbling with chicken broth and topped with chilli prawns, wahake, bamboo shoots, lemon, spring onions and egg.
Where: 6 Arches Lane, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB
Treat your dad to a royally approved stay at St James’ Court, A Taj Hotel and dinner in the Bistro. This Fathering Sunday they are offering a three course set menu and a glass of Prosecco for £50pp.
The menu includes Burrata cheese salad with heirloom tomatoes, Asian pesto and roasted pine nuts or Smoked salmon antipasti platter; mains are Oven baked Yorkshire beef fillet with thyme roasted potatoes, tender stem broccoli and truffle jus or Linguini tossed with kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and rocket leaves. Save room for dessert, a pistachio dark chocolate mousse.
Where: 54 Buckingham Gate, SW1E 6AF
London’s newest destination for all things Italian, Eataly has everything you could need for Father’s Day under one roof. From sourcing your dad’s favourite Italian groceries to dining at one of their onsite restaurants or even visiting the alfresco La Terrazza di Eataly if the sun decides to shine.
For a moment to remember, book you and your dad in for one of Eataly’s cooking classes at their onsite cooking school, La Scuola. You’ll be guided by a talented chef as you learn the ins and outs of Italian recipes, from risotto to pizza, pasta making to focaccia. Book an event here.
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD