The best Father's Day food and drink gifts
It's Father's Day on 21 June. You've still got time to buy him the perfect treat
It’s Father’s Day in the UK on 21 June. A lot of you out there might not have seen your dad since lockdown, or you might have seen him every day. Either way, it’s the perfect time to show your old man that you love him.
You definitely don’t want to get him something naff. There’s so much rubbish out there these days, but food and drink gifts are always a good way to go. And if you’re in the lucky camp of being in the same house, you might even get to tuck in to one or two bits as well… bonus.
From little tasty treats, to bits he’ll have to cook himself, to things you can send in the post and tasty tipples for him to sip, here’s our round-up of the best food and drink gifts for Father’s Day.
Master of Malt Father’s Day Whisky tasting set: treat him to a wee dram or five
Five tasty tipples, 25% off. This set contains five 30ml drams of whisky from world-class producers. If you don’t know whether your Pa prefers a peaty hit or a sherried whisky – or if he just loves it all – this box brings together an array of whisky flavours and styles. It contains a dram of Scallywag, Aerolite Lyndsay 10 Year Old, The ONE Sherry Expression, Colonel EH Taylor Small Batch, and Loch Lomond 12 Year Old. You could also buy yourself a set, and do an online whisky tasting. That sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend a Sunday in our eyes…
Case of beer: hop to it
What dad doesn’t like beer? As we can’t go and hang out with our dads in the pub, now’s the perfect time to send him some beer in the post. We’ve got a round-up of some of the best beer delivery services in the UK, with many of them doing special cases for Father’s Day.
Be honest with yourself: lockdown is quite enjoyable. When else has it been acceptable to crack open a lunchtime beer for six weeks straigh
And as we can’t go to the pub yet, you could always arrange for your dad to pick-up a portable pint. The Takeaway Pints beer map shows all pubs across the UK currently offering takeaway beer and food. Your dad might have to pick it up himself, but the thought’s there.
Yes, there's a map marking out which pubs are pulling take-away beers. Rejoice
Case of wine: give the gift of grapes
Similarly, you could go down the wine route and treat your dad to a lockdown case of wine. Along with big name wine merchants such as Laithwaites, Majestic, Waitrose Cellar, Virgin Wines, Aldi, The Wine Society, Slurp and Oddbins, there are countless small and independent wine sellers across the UK either offering free local deliveries or collections, or nationwide deliveries.
Which big names will deliver vino to the door and how much will it cost? The only two questions you ever really need to ask
In the FoodTribe (remote home) office, both me and Tim Rodie have ordered from Salut in Manchester, which has put together a load of different mixed cases with free nationwide delivery. I’ve also ordered a case of wine from Bluebell Vineyard, which makes incredible English sparkling wine. As well as the wine, you can book vineyard tours and tastings for when it opens back up.
Le Grande Fromage: Cheese in the post
If your dad’s more about the smelly stuff, send him some cheese in the post. Companies such as The Cheese Society, Fine Cheese and Pong Cheese all deliver delicious cheesy selection boxes, straight to your door. Pong Cheese’s ‘Ultimate Pong Box’ is perfect if he likes the really strong stuff… it’s described as a box of the “strongest, smelliest and most oozy creations designed to create the ‘Ultimate Pong’. Yes. Please.
Smith & Sinclair: Boozy sweets
Combine two things your dad loves (probably): whiskey, and socks. Oh yes, the classic combination comes together effortlessly in the Smith & Sinclair Father’s Day gift set. It makes boozy sweets which are around 5% ABV. The set contains four Bourbon Old Fashioned gummies, two Whiskey & Ginger, two Manhattan and two Whiskey Sour. Yum.
Conker Cold Brew: The easiest cocktail he’ll ever make
If your dad’s ever fancied himself as a bit of a mixologist, but doesn’t perhaps have all the necessary skills and flair, make it easy for him… Conker Spirits Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is the tastiest and easiest way to a perfect Espresso Martini. Seriously, all you have to do is add water. If you get in quickly, you can save 20% by using the discount code ‘thatsthespirit’ on site until 21 June.
DIY Patty&Bun burgers: seriously gourmet burgers he can cook himself
Patty&Bun make banging burgers. Sadly we haven’t been able to enjoy them during lockdown, until now. Oh yes, while Patty&Bun were only delivering DIY kits across London, they’ve now gone national. If your dad loves cooking, and burgers, here’s the perfect combination. The DIY kit contains everything you need to make two ‘Ari Gold’ cheese burgers and two ‘Smokey Robinson’ burgers. The kit is £25 and is guaranteed to make your dad really happy. There’s also a vegan kit if he doesn’t eat meat.
Grow your own: For green-fingered fathers
If your dad really loves gardening, or at least likes to dabble, give him the gift of growing his own. From funky veg to mushrooms, avocado, chillies and cherry tomatoes, there’s the perfect kit here for any kind of dad.
We are not all green fingered gardeners who can take a seed and make a meal, so here are five of the easiest ways to grow your own veg
Big Daddy range at Iceland: who doesn’t want a 1lb burger for Father’s Day?
If you want to gift your dad a different kind of meaty treat, Iceland has launched its Big Daddy range. There’s a gigantic 1lb Big Daddy cheeseburger, Big Daddy 12oz sirloin steak and Big Daddy 16oz rump steak. The name is perhaps somewhat off-putting, but the premise of grilling a big pile of meat for Father’s Day is perhaps slightly more appealing… maybe. The range is available in all Iceland stores and online.
It might be known as mother's ruin, but hey: give the gift of gin
There's so much out there when it comes to delicious gin, but these would be a good start to tickle those tastebuds.
There are so many gins out there now, but here are our favourites from this year.
Or if you want to try what Richard Hammond and James May were drinking live on the FoodTribe YouTube channel last week, they had: Ableforth's Bathtub gin, Jaffa Cake gin, and That Boutique-y Gin Company's Moonshot gin, where all the botanicals used have been to space... cool.
Charitable sausages: Heck's Father's Day bangers
Heck has released a limited-edition Father's Day pack, which includes a pack of Heck's best-selling 97% pork sausages (they're SO good) and a blank card for buyers to write a personalised Father’s Day message. A donation from every pack sold will be going to leading men’s health charity, Prostate Cancer UK: these are some charitable bangers. The packs are available at Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Tesco and would be a lovely way to treat your dad for breakfast on Father's Day.
Borough Box: A bit of everything
If you’re struggling to decide, Borough Box has a sizeable range of food and drink gifts and hampers that will arrive straight to your dad’s door. Borough Box connects customers to independent food and drink businesses. The producer either sends the goodies out in the post, or there’s a Borough Box retail collection which is shipped from the company’s warehouse. Perfect for last minute gift needs.