With Father’s Day just around the corner (16th June just in case it wasn’t in your diary!), we’ve pulled together the top 10 bites set to delight your dad. From classic chippy teas to pile ‘em high beef patties, each pick is family-friendly and there’s even mini munchies for the littlest of family members. Make Father’s Day one to remember…
Cuppa and a Crumpet
If your pa loves nothing more than a strong brew and crumpet or two, Emilie Holmes Leather Lane based tea bar, Good and Proper Tea, serves a cracking cuppa! Whether black or oolong, greens or white teas, the choice of cha is plentiful as are their square sourdough crumpets. Their crumpet collaborations bring together a host of home-grown chefs and foodie talent to bring toppings to marvel – Tom Cenci’s FlufferNutter piled high. crunchy peanut butter, toasted marshmallow fluff, chocolate pretzels and sliced banana – EPIC! For purists and fussy kids there’s butter, avocado or homemade jam.
96A Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7TX
Brunch with the Brood
The menu at Starfish Loves Coffee is bold, bright and surging with world-flavours. Alongside brunch stalwarts – brioche toast, avocado and eggs galore, indulge in pretty as a picture Coconut Rice Pudding, Bombay Eggs – eggs coddled with spiced lentils, baby spinach, cooling raita and naan, and the much celebrated Brisket Waffle – a sweet and savoury marriage of maple glazed beef brisket, green jalapeño and chimichurri. At £3.50 kids can tuck into a throughly tasty mini-menu including a avocado on toast, eggs any which way and super tender buttermilk chicken atop a waffle. Cold milk, water and juice in bottles for dinky hands to hold.
92 Aldermans Hill, London, N13 4PP
Deli Sarnies for Dad
Acclaimed for their towering salt beef sarnies and homemade chicken soup, Monty’s Deli is a must for deli loving Dads. Make a beeline for Monty’s at Market Halls Victoria for a spacious eat with the family. Littl’uns will go ga-ga for the bagels, but be sure to treat Dad to a Reuben Special, are you ready for this…house cured salt beef & pastrami, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, russian dressing, house mustard all on a toasted light rye, with a dill pickle. NYC style Jewish soul food fit for the family.
Monty’s Deli @ Market Halls Victoria – 191 Victoria Street, Victoria London, SW1E 5NE
Roasts with the Most
Marcus Wareing’s Tredwells in the heart of Covent Garden is celebrated for its family-friendly fare. Boasting a hearty Sunday roast, feast of three courses for £30. Succulent chicken, pork and lamb roasts are joined by a delicate sea bream, all served with duck fat roasted potatoes, Yorkshire puds, veggies, gravy and a gorgeously sweet and sticky bacon jam. The truffled macaroni cheese is an absolute must try. Seasonally changing their Junior menu, Tredwells boasts cheery chicken lollipops and magnificent meatballs, all served with a super-healthy vegetable pot overflowing with sweet potato, perky peas and bravo broccoli. Older kids will adore the mini cocktails laden with fruit, herbs and bubbles.
4A Upper St Martin’s Ln, London WC2H 9NY
Fishy in a Dishy
If a slap-up fish dinner is a Father’s Day tradition be sure to book a spot at Poppie’s Fish and Chips. Steeped in kitsch charm this vintage chippy does exactly what it says on the tin. With born and bred East-end proprietor, Pat ‘Pop’ Newland, at the helm – family is at the heart of this cult chippie. Cod, haddock, rock or scampi to name a few – the choice is plentiful and the sides don’t disappoint, slather up a buttery slice of bread and sneak in a chip butty for good measures! There’s even a kids menu for minnows – cod bites, fishcakes or bangers, either way we guarantee the chips will be first to go! Oh and there’s the daddy of all puds – caramel rich sticky toffee pudding with a generous dollop of ice cream…bliss.
30 Hawley Crescent, NW1 8NP / 6-8 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR / 55 Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 6HW
Burgers All Day Long
In our opinion when it comes to burgers there’s only one place – Honest Burgers. Chicken, beef or veg – the offering is pared back but deliciously executed. The Tribute – a juicy stack of beef, bacon, American cheese, mustard, pickles and lettuce is seriously something and our fail-safe favourite. Whilst we can greedily gobble down a burger in record time, for kids, the menu is the same as the adults just served in children’s sized portions. The mini burgers come with our rosemary salted chips, and cost 50% less than the grown up sized dishes. Gluten-free goodness can also be whipped up as the ask of a hat.
Restaurants across London
Hey There Dumpling
The super Alex Hoffler of The Meringue Girls recommended this Hackney gem and boy, oh boy is it firmly on our favoruite list. My Neighbours the Dumplings is a family run dumpling house which embraces a sharing plate serve ideal for an early-doors Father’s Day dinner. Prawn Ha Gau, Lamb and coriander crispy fried potstickers, Chinese BBQ Glazed Boneless Chicken Leg are all delicious as is the ginger and coriander spiked Smacked cucumber salad. Cue the chocolate dumpling dance with the kids – who will scoff them first? Our winnings are on the tots!
165 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, E5 8EQ
Pizza Picks for Pa
Put down that take-away menu, Father’s Day is made for treating and Russell Norman’s Polpo is the place to do it! A foodie father himself, Russell’s Pizette’s are layered with the fresher seasonal ingredients – if you can resist ordering a second of the unctuous spinach, parmesan and soft egg we salute you! From savoury (the pork shoulder and pickled pepper is insane!) to sweet and luckily on both main and kiddies menus, Polpo’s Nutella pizette are famously crisp, drizzled with a generous serving of Nutella and finished with a scattering of chopped hazelnuts and icing sugar.
Notting Hill / Soho / Covent Garden / Smithfield / Chelsea / Brighton
Buhler + Co in Walthamstow is a divine vegan cafe that’s become a neighbourhood favourite. Owned by New Zealand sisters Meg and Rosie Bühler, both day and night menus shine with world flavours. Forget drab vegetarian fry ups, Buhler + Co have it licked – fried corn and polenta cakes, fried eggs, halloumi, smashed avo, house made BBQ and black bean sauce and a moreish paratha to mop up every last bite. The French toast is a winner will little ones and by night, the sweet potato croquets and halloumi fries, both small plates, are an ideal bite for kids. Bookings only accepted for ten or more, so invite the whole fam or rock up early as this veggie joint is queue-worthy.
8 Chingford Road, London E17 4PJ
Green-Fingered Teatime Treats
Named the world’s best Pastry Chef and king of the Crounut, Dominique Ansel’s picture perfect patisseries are most definitely a Tiny Table favourite. Having launched his very first afternoon tea last May with a menu that traces the path of a flower from seed to full bloom, if your Pa is green fingered then make a bee-line to bakery’s garden terrace for a Father’s Day tea with a twist. From the ‘Bud’ – a delicate lavender meringue with coconut ganache, passion fruit gelee and white chocolate petals to the’Fallen Leaf’ – a steak tartare atop a brioche toast, this botanical tea takes a whopping three days to prepare! Why not upscale celebrations with the Splendid Tea option which brings together the afternoon tea’s sweet and savoury bites alongside butter-poached Canadian lobster rolls and Sevruga caviar with buckwheat blinis and crème fraîche.
17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia/Victoria London, SW1W 9RP