From Welsh spirits to chefs’ knives: a dozen of the best foodie presents for Father’s Day
Perfect for: The budding chef
Sharp-thinking Australian knife brand Füri is now available in the UK. With celebrity chef fans including Nigella Lawson and Kylie Kwong, they make impressive kit, whether your dad is a passionate home cook or professional chef sweating it out in a bustling kitchen. The seamless construction means food and dirt cannot get trapped and all its knives are made with the superior, high-grade Japanese stainless steel. Combining the knife sharpness from the East with the unmatched steel strength from the West, these knives can be used for varied cutting tasks from fine chopping to dicing and paper-thin slicing. Find out more at https://furiglobal.com/ Emporium Cookshop and Harts of Stur.
Perfect for: The Welsh dad
Welsh and proud, Aber Falls offers handcrafted whiskys, gins and liqueurs, using sustainably sourced ingredients and Welsh-inspired botanicals, including the famous Anglesey Sea Salt from Halen Môn.
The first of its kind in North Wales for more than 100 years, the distillery has launched its first exceptional range of hand-crafted, premium flavoured gins and liqueurs, including Orange Marmalade and Rhubarb & Ginger Gin, and Salted Toffee, Violet and Coffee and Dark Chocolate Liqueurs. The distillery is located at the foot of the famously breathtaking Aber Falls waterfall, in the picturesque village of Abergwyngregyn, meaning it’s never in short supply of one of the key distilling ingredients.
Does your dad love a gadget? No kitchen is complete without AnySharp Pro, which restores the bluntest of knifes back to full working ability. Any Sharp Pro is available online from Amazon in a range of colours from £16.59.
Perfect for: The stylish dad
Up the style stakes this Father’s Day and treat your Dad to a bottle of Haig Club accessorised with a limited-edition hipflask, produced in partnership with David Beckham. Presented in a striking gift set, the blue bottle of Haig Club is paired with a stylish copper hipflask. A classic Scotch with a contemporary and stylish twist, it has a blend of butterscotch and toffee notes ideal for complementing cocktails or simply on the rocks. Limited-edition Haig Club gift set with copper hipflask is available from most major UK supermarkets including Tesco, ASDA and Sainsbury’s, RRP £45.
Perfect for: The world food lover
Ever wondered why you love Italian food so much? Can’t get enough of French wine? The world’s most advanced ancestry DNA test, Living DNA can tell you the story of your family ancestry in amazing detail, stretching back thousands of years – all from a simple mouth swab. It breaks down your ancestry at a regional level, covering 80 worldwide regions including 21 in the UK. You can even journey back in time to see where your family were at different points in history. Living DNA costs £99 (+ P&P) from www.livingdna.com.
Perfect for: The bird watching dad
Bird loving dads can enjoy a cup of coffee and help their feathered friends at the same time. Bird & Wild coffee is Fairtrade, Organic, Bird Friendly and Shade Grown. As the RSPB’s official coffee, 6% of all sales are donated back to them to help them to protect wildlife, restore our woodlands and build a future where we live in harmony with nature. It’s £4.99 from https://birdandwild.co.uk/
Perfect for: The whisky expert
Whisky connoisseurs will also love The Isle of Arran Distillers miniature gift set, with the chance to taste and compare three of the most popular Isle of Arran single malts. Presented in a cream tin, the Arran Malt Miniature Gift Pack (£18.99) contains the 10, 12 and 14 year old malts ready for sampling from www.arranwhisky.com.
Perfect for: The English wine lover
British wine is going from strength to strength. Give your dad a great British British wine from Bolney Estate, a family run vineyard that began with three acres in 1972. Bolney Lychgate White (£14.99) is fruity, zesty blend of Reichensteiner, Schonburger and Wurzer grapes has citrus, white blossom and jasmine aromas with green pepper, apple and apricot.
Perfect for: The sweet tooth
Copperpot’s Real English Butter Fudge has a crumbly texture and a wonderfully buttery taste, which melts in your mouth. Based in the stunning Cornish town of St Ives, Copperpot Originals is an international confectionery business that has been serving up sweet treats since 1978, when Ken and Doreen Brian opened their first fudge shop. From £3.99, https://copperpotoriginals.co.uk.
Perfect for: The grumpy dad
Wirral writer Ross McGinnes created a twitter account – We Want Plates – in response to the trend for restaurants to serve food in outlandish receptacles. The account quickly gained 140,000 followers, who searched the country, spotting crimes against plates.
The book by the same name We Want Plates (£8.99) features some of the worst offenders, from mini benches, slates, jam jars, shoes, tennis rackets, fish bowls and even in barbed wire.
Perfect for: The football fan
There’s no better place than the Shankly Hotel for football-mad Dads on Father’s Day.
The Bastion restaurant, festooned with sporting memorabilia from Bill Shankly’s glittering reign at Anfield, will be serving up its delicious Sunday roast with all the trimmings. More information is available at shanklyhotel.com or by calling 0151 909 5924
Perfect for: The adventurous dad
Want to treat your dad like a god this Father’s Day? Freya, the world’s first birch spirit, was inspired by the Norse god of love and life. It’s being served in the coolest London bars, and is now available by the bottle, or on the menu at the Chester Grosvenor. For details see http://freyaspirit.com.