Father’s Day: Give Dad a Break


So, we’re two days from Father’s Day, you forgot a card last year (ahem, mea culpa), you know he’ll be happy with the standard beer/scotch/book token but you really think you should push the boat out this year. Well, fear not, we’ve got a selection of getaways, lunch offers and deals that’ll really surprise the old man after which he’ll forgive you ad infinitum if you ever forget it again…

Father’s Day Lunch at No Man’s Fort

Step aboard the historic No Man’s Fort, one of the UK’s most secluded island retreats, for a memorable Father’s Day lunch on Sunday 18 June. One of a series of land- and sea-based forts built by Lord Palmerston to repel a perceived French Invasion, the fort stands majestically in the Solent boasting spectacular panoramic views across the waters to the Isle of Wight on one side and mainland UK on the other, creating a stunning backdrop for a treat for the whole family.

Stepping onboard at Gunwharf Quays, you will be welcomed with a chilled glass of Prosecco, followed by a guided tour of the impressive ancient monument and a sumptuous three course lunch in the Mess Hall.

Prices start from £99 per person for the special day out at sea, including return boat transfers, a full guided tour, a welcome reception drink and a three course luncheon (accompanied by half a bottle of house wine per person). Your Father will also enjoy a gift from the Solent Fort team to take away. For reservations call 02392 776 110 or visit https://solentforts.com/offer/fathers-day-lunch for more information.


Lunch, Tea and More at Bespoke Hotels

From a delicious Sunday lunch to a gentleman’s afternoon tea or even a relaxing massage, there’s something to suit everyone at one of the charming Bespoke Hotels, guaranteed to put you in your dad’s good books!

Choose from Sunday lunch at 15th century coaching inn, The Talbot in Surrey, with a traditional three-course Sunday lunch with all the trimmings for just £23.95; Afternoon Tea at the stunning art deco Hotel Gotham in Manchester, an epic three-course Father’s Day dinner at the newly refurbished Court Brasserie restaurant at Stonehouse Court Hotel in Gloucestershire, or treat Dad to a spot of pampering with a gentleman’s ELEMIS Freestyle Deep Tissue Back Massage at The Chester Grosvenor.

For details of all Father’s Day offers at Bespoke Hotels, visit www.bespokehotels.com.


For the Fitness Fanatic Father

Luxury boutique hotel The Wellesley Knightsbridge has launched Bootcamp and Breakfast in the Capital, with renowned London personal trainer Matt Roberts.

Whether Dads are looking to get into shape, build muscle, or improve their fitness levels, Matt Roberts and his team will be on hand to put them through their paces with heavily tailored fitness sessions at neighbouring Hyde Park in the heart of London, followed by a nutritious and energising breakfast. Matt has become the industry name for health and fitness, and is responsible for honing some of the most famous physiques in royalty, fashion, music and politics.

The stay can be taken over the Father’s Day weekend (subject to availability) or booked to take at a later date. For more information, visit www.thewellesley.co.uk.


Grooming and Cigars at No.Ten

This year, No. Ten (Manchester, not Downing) has partnered with Man Made London, an award-winning gentlemen’s grooming room that has been described by Men’s Health as one of London’s best barbers, to offer the perfect gentleman’s package.

A special treat for any dad, the Gentleman’s Package includes a relaxing overnight stay with breakfast at No. Ten, a Man Made Wet Shave and a cigar experience in No. Ten’s exclusive Cigar Lounge. Located just two minutes’ walk from the hotel, the Wet Shave in Man Made’s grooming room is a step by step guide to the perfect wet shave, incorporating a face wash and scrub, face mask and invigorating head and neck massage. The wet shave is then concluded with an after-shave balm and moisturiser, pressure point face massage, hair style and choice of cologne – the ultimate relaxing and indulgent experience.

One of the finest cigar destinations in London, the package also includes the gift of a Montecristo No 2 cigar from No. Ten’s extensive collection to enjoy in the Cigar Lounge. The gift includes matches, cutter and expert advice from No. Ten’s resident cigar specialist including how to cut, light and smoke the cigar.

The Gentleman’s Package starts at £280 per room per night based on two people sharing, including breakfast for two, a Man Made Wet Shave and a Montecristo No2 Cigar. Offer valid for stays on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017. No. Ten is also offering a Father’s Day Cigar and Shave package, incorporating the gift of a cigar and a Man Made Shave for £95. Details on how to book the package can be found here.


Grooming and Guinness at The Marylebone

If cigars aren’t your old man’s thing, The Marylebone has teamed up with one of London’s oldest luxury barber and groomer’s, Truefitt & Hill, to launch an exclusive pop-up in the hotel’s 108 Pantry. Throughout the weekend, they will be offering complimentary treatments to celebrate great Dads from far and wide.

Bring the whole family for the limited edition ‘Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea’ where Dad can enjoy a hearty grilled rib eye steak sandwich and chunky pork and truffle sausage roll, washed down with a pint of Guinness (paying homage to The Doyle Collection Irish routes) or a dram of Macallan Gold Whisky.

Fathers can also head into the Truefitt & Hill pop-up for a complimentary hot towel wet shave or beard trim. The expert barber is royally appointed by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and has been open since 1805, embodying the essence of British heritage.

The Truefitt & Hill pop-up barbour will be located in 108 Pantry at The Marylebone on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June and complimentary treatments (one per person) will be available between 11am and 4pm, lasting approx. 30 minutes each. The Daddy Cool Afternoon Tea is available on Sunday 18th June and costs from £32 per person, with a pint of Guinness for an additional £6 per person or a glass of Macallan Gold Whisky for £10. For more information and to book, visit www.doylecollection.com/marylebone


Finally, don’t forget the bubbles…

A new launch from Veuve Clicquot called Extra Brut, Extra Old is the perfect way to bring in Father’s Day. It’s a brand new champagne made from precious wine reserves from the 1980’s. Dry, smooth and delicious!

Extra Brut Extra old is available at Selfridges and Harrods priced at £79, or online at The Finest Bubble for £69.95 here.