Delicious food gifts and hampers for Father’s Day 2021 – and the best restaurant tables to book

It’s not long now until Father’s Day, on Sunday June 20.

Last year, lockdown restrictions meant many of us were unable to see the father figures in our lives in person (let alone take the old man to a restaurant).

Now, restrictions have been significantly eased, and meetings of up to 6 are allowed indoors, at home and in restaurants and pubs, with larger groups of up to 30 able to meet outdoors.

With this in mind, Father’s Day presents a welcome opportunity to show some appreciation, and what better way to do so than with food?

The best food and drink gifts for Father’s Day

Dishoom cookbook and ingredients set

£45, souschef.co.uk

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The bundle features specialist ingredients for conjuring up Bombay flavours of Dishoom’s London restaurants (inspired by the Irani cafés opened by Zoroastrian immigrants – once part of life in Mumbai), including tamarind pulp and Kashmiri chilli powder. The beautifully bound cookbook reveals the secrets to recreating their famed black daals, bacon naan rolls, East India gimlets and steaming cups of masala chai.

Rick Stein cheese and charcuterie

£85, shop.rickstein.com

Credit: Rick Stein

Rick’s personal selection of nibbles is perfect for a family get-together – a spread of Cornish gouda, Hampshire Tunworth cheese, Marcona almonds, olives, sobrasada, Ortiz sardines, biscuits and fennel salami.

The Gentlemen Baristas espresso starter pack

£24, thegentlemenbaristas.com

Each coffee from The Gentlemen Baristas is eccentrically named after a type of hat. This gift includes three – the house blend Deerstalker, with nutty notes of cacao and a hint of light brown sugar finish, and the single origin Top Hat, with apricot jam and shortbread flavours. The third is the Stovepipe, a scrumptious blend with tasting notes of marzipan, bakewell tart and blueberry.

Leith’s Father’s Day cooking experiences

From £100, leiths.com

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Leith’s Cookery School, founded by Prue Leith, has a line-up of one-day in-person Father’s Day food experiences to book in advance, led by pro teachers. Highlights include How to Cook the Perfect Steak (£165, Saturday 21 August), How to Cook Curries (£165.00, Saturday 14 August) and Canapes and Wine Pairings with Louis Latour (£100, Saturday 3 July).

Biscuiteers Father’s Day collection

From £6.95, biscuiteers.com

Credit: Biscuiteers

Renowned for their intricately hand-iced biscuit designs, Biscuiteers have launched a new Tool Kit Luxe Biscuit Tin (£45) and a “Dapper Dad” letterbox biscuit collection (£25). Other Father’s Day favourites include classic cars, bike race and golf themed tins. There’s even a pub-themed “Biscuiteers Arms” tin and a “Super Dad” gingerbread man.

Vintage Bordeaux wine and newspaper gift set

From £54.99, historic-newspapers.co.uk

An unusual, thoughtful Father’s Day gift idea, which allows you to select an original historic newspaper from any date of personal significance, paired with a richly fruited, smooth Bordeaux wine.

Great British beers mixed case

£35, beerhawk.co.uk

Credit: BeerHawk

This case is a whistle stop tour of Britain’s best microbreweries, from Salt Crash APA 5% ABV hazy pale ale from the Salt Beer Factory in Shipley to a Fourpure Peach State sour from Fourpure Brewing Co in Bermondsey.

The Cinnamon Club at Home Father’s Day meal kit

£140, thecinnamoncollection.com/shop

Chef Vivekh Singh’s fine dining Father’s Day meal kit is priced at £140 for up to four people to share, available to order now for nationwide delivery ahead of Father’s Day on Sunday 20 June. The easy-to-prepare, finish-at-home menu includes chaat, and marinated meats and seafood ready to be grilled and eaten with sides of lentils, aloo and naans, followed by a sticky ginger and toffee pudding for dessert.

Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking: The ultimate modern barbecue bible

£18.99, Waterstones

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From barbecues to campfires, The Hand and Flowers chef Tom Kerridge celebrates outdoor cookery in his new book, from pork and chorizo burgers to charred cauliflower salads and aubergine dips with flatbreads.

The best hampers for Father’s Day

Strazzanti “The Legend” Sicilian Hamper

£47, strazzanti.co

This il piccolo pacchetto (little parcel) features organic Sicilian pasta made from durum wheat grown on ‘libera terra’ (land freed from the mafia), as well as tomato sugo, pesto and a moreish Sicilian almond and sesame seed brittle, cubaita.

Not Another Bill cheese and port hamper

£35, notanotherbill.com

A bottle of Churchill’s port with a tangy, creamy cheddar from the Fine Cheese Co, crackers and a traditional chutney in a wicker hamper is just the ticket.

Fortnum & Mason “The True Gentleman” hamper

£125, fortnumandmason.com

Credit: Fortnum & Mason

Fit for the most discerning of fatherly figures, The True Gentleman’s Hamper is full of deliciousness from the Fortnum’s food hall, from a 35cl bottle of Fortnum’s Espresso Daiquiri (£28.50 to buy separately) to single malt Scotch whisky truffles.

The best cookware gifts for Father’s Day

Blenheim Forge Santoku knife

From £275, blenheimforge.co.uk

Credit: Blenheim Forge

A versatile Japanese steel chef’s knife with a walnut handle and a solid copper ferrule, this 180 mm blade, hand-forged in Peckham, is rather a special gift.

Netherton Foundry cast iron recipe book stand

£76.90, blakeandbull.co.uk

Credit: Netherton Foundry

A beautiful Arts & Crafts-style, heirloom quality recipe book stand from the Netherton Foundry in Shropshire. The page weights are on gold braid rope and the nuts and screws are solid brass.

Personalised barbecue tools set

£49.95, notonthehighstreet.com

This stylish canvas barbecue tool set by All Things Brighton Beautiful comes complete with tools and a canvas bag – the perfect gift for father’s who enjoy cooking al fresco.

Finex cast iron Dutch oven

£409.00, boroughkitchen.com

This beauty of a cast iron Dutch oven made in Finex craftspeople in Portland, USA is suitable for all stove tops, as well as on the BBQ or over a campfire. Heavy duty cookery at its best.

Our pick of the best restaurant tables to book for Father’s Day

Pulperia, Birmingham

Michelin-starred chef Aktar Islams’s Argentinian restaurant is a go to spot for a special Father’s Day roast. Choose sirloin beef cut to order or spring chicken with roasted carrots, truffle cauliflower cheese and a bone marrow and Malbec sauce; pulperia.co.uk

Heaney’s, Cardiff

On Sunday 20 June chef Tommy Heaney will be serving his famed roast menu with some new seasonal options for Dad; heaneyscardiff.co.uk

Aizle, Edinburgh

Book into Aizle to treat him to their famed surprise six-course tasting menu (£70pp) featuring spring harvest ingredients. Everything at Aizle is made in-house, from the sourdough to the hand-churned butter; aizle.co.uk

Rossopomodoro, London

Treat him to pizza e pasta Napoletana at Rossopomodoro’s restaurant’s in Covent Garden, Chelsea or Camden, which is celebrating Father’s Day with two exclusive dishes available on the menu for Father’s Day weekend from 19th-20th June 2021. The Zeppola di San Giuseppe – a fried cream puff filled with cream and topped with a cherry – is a traditional Italian Father’s Day treat; rossopomodoro.co.uk