Father’s Day Inspiration

by Jo Kenny

Not long until we take a day to remind our dear ol’ dads how much we love them! Are you all sorted? Perhaps life has been ultra hectic and you’ve not had a chance to think about it, or maybe you’re desperate to do something a bit different to your usual repertoire. Whatever reason you might be in need of some inspiration, I’ve got you covered with some of my recommendations for treating your dad:

Feast at Waddesdon:

This is a massive food festival set in the beautiful grounds of Waddesdon manor 17th-18th June. It’s a really attractive event with the house in the background and the lawn set out with stands and floral decorated benches. Tickets are £15 for adults or £5 if you’re a National Trust member. If you go, I recommend swinging by Cherry Tree Preserves, Salter’s Mustchup and The Garlic Farm. In addition to all the food you can buy and have cooked for you, there’s a whole host of weird, wonderful and downright bizarre performing arts. I wonder of the giant lobster will be back this year…

Buy Him a Steak

If your dad is a meat lover and keen cook then consider Turner & George butchers for an online purchase of quality steaks and hampers. Their online shop has pretty much every cut of meat from every farm animal so you can get your dad exactly what he loves most. Why not cook it for him on the BBQ? The weather is supposed to be lovely this Father’s day! I recently bought my dad 2 massive 400g, bone-in ribeye steaks from Turner & George for £24 which given the quality and size is great value. Even better: the meat is hormone, antibiotic and cruelty free.

Go on a Brewery Tour

If your dad is into his beers then a tour at either Purity or Hook Norton brewery will be a great present for Father’s day. Tours last about 2 hours. Hook Norton is best for those old, quirky vibes, whilst Purity gives a whole new dimension to beer brewing with their modern processes. Both are fantastic value at £14.50 for Hook Norton and £16.50 for Purity. Book quick though because I know these are selling out fast for Sunday! Alternatively, why not book up for a less busy day? If neither of these suggestions are close to where you live, take a look at the Expedia Regional Brewing map which has some great suggestions too!

Take Him to Gaucho

Feeling flash? Fancy spoiling dad? You’ll pay top dollar for it, but it is undeniable that Gaucho cook a bloody lovely steak. So buttery soft you won’t even be given a steak knife! There’s 15 restaurants to chose from (although mainly in London) so you’re likely to get a table at late notice for Sunday.

Cook at home

If you want to avoid the crowds and add a personal touch to Father’s day, I’ve got some great, hearty recipes that dads will love. Crack open a bottle of wine and enjoy some good old-fashioned family time with these crowd pleasers:

Oxtail and beef shin stew with potato gratin:

Lemon and garlic chicken taglioline:

Gourmet fish finger sandwich:

And no matter what, give your dad a big squeeze!

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