Next Sunday 19 June is Father’s day. If you are struggling for inspiration as to what to do for your old man and where to go for Sunday lunch, here are some ideas.
The Gluttonous Dad – The Cookbook Cafe, The InterContinental Hotel
From sushi to Sunday roast, The Cookbook Cafe in The InterContinental on Old Park Lane is a great Sunday lunch destination. A hotel Sunday lunch always reminds me of being in the Far East where this is a weekly ritual for ex pats. Lunch is served from 12.30pm – 3.30pm and includes unlimited champagne, bellini’s, water and soft drinks. £49 a head for adults, £24 a head for kids under 17, £15 a head for kids under 12 and under 6’s eat for free. This a great dining room if there is a big crowd of you and there is a nice informal family vibe.
The Antiques Roadshow Dad – The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington
A trip out to the countryside is always a pleasant way to spend a Sunday. The 350 year old Horse Guards Inn is located in rural village by Petworth Park in West Sussex. A walk around the antique shops in Petworth and around the grounds of Petworth House before lunch is a great way to build up your appetite. If the weather is warm, opt for a table in the garden at The Horse Guards where you will sit amongst the vegetable gardens tended by owners Sam and Misa and the chickens they keep are always a big hit with the kids. The Sunday roasts here are superb as are the sweets. Fantastic local ales on tap are available as well as a superb value wine list.
The Sporting Dad – The Grove, Hertfordshire
If your Dad is one of those Dads who has to get his round of golf in over the weekend, why not treat him to 18 holes at The Grove in Hertfordshire. This championship course is part of the 5 star resort and spa located in Chandler’s Cross and is also a perfect setting for lunch after your round. There is a choice of lunching at Colette’s, the more formal of the dining options which is overseen by head chef Russell Bateman. The more informal Glasshouse restaurant serves a superb Sunday buffet but if a burger and chips is all you are after, then head to The Stables brasserie.
The Cultured Dad – Dean Street Townhouse, 69-71 Dean Street, W1
The annual Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts should be a crowd pleaser, if your Dad likes a bit of culture. The largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world is always an interesting spectacle and a great opportunity to view art from emerging and unknown artists as well as the more established ones too. A short jaunt up to Dean Street Townhouse for lunch and if your old man didn’t get enough art to look at in the RA, well the walls here are strewn with a few Damien Hirsts and some rather interesting nude sketches. If that ain’t enough, closely check out the wallpaper in the private dining area! A stonking good value Sunday set lunch at £25 for two courses or £30 for three courses.
The Trendy Dad – da POLPO, 6 Maiden Lane WC2
This one is aimed more at the mothers who have younger kids and have to organise a treat for their husband on behalf of the kids. Well ladies, if your other half is the sort who likes to mooch around the shops in Covent Garden and Seven Dials, why not treat him to that jumper he has wanted for a while from Lyle and Scott and then take him to da POLPO in Maiden Lane for some lunch. The more ‘family friendly’ version of the infamous Polpo in Beak Street unleashes meatballs to die for, especially in the form of the Piadina meatball smash, while the spaghettini and meatballs is perfect to keep the little ones happy.