Locally sourced last-minute Fathers’ Day gifts from independent businesses

If you haven’t got anything fixed for Fathers’ Day yet, don’t worry, there’s still time. We’ve rounded up some last-minute dad-pleasing ideas, all from independent businesses in Great Food Club’s recommended network – so you can be sure the quality will be outstanding and that your money will go to local businesses. Included are some superb eating-out options in the East Midlands – our home turf – but also some brilliant gifts you can order online (best order it today to meet the deadline). So there’s something for everyone, no matter where you live.

Online order: Teetotal GnT – ‘The Driver’s Choice’


Teetotal GnT from The Temperance Spirit Company (pictured above) has all the flavour of gin and tonic; Teetotal Cuba Libre has all the flavour of rum and cola. These are perfect for all dads anytime and anywhere, especially when he’s driving. Pick up a four-bottle pack for £12.95 here.

Eat out: The Wheatsheaf Pub & Kitchen in Bingham, Nottinghamshire

The Wheatsheaf Pub & Kitchen is located in a prominent town centre building in Bingham dating back to 1779. It comes recommended by our Nottinghamshire editor, Abby Brennan. This Sunday they are offering a free pint for dad with their two- or three-course set menu, served 12-8pm. Book on 01949 837430.

Eat out: Rolls-Royce-standard fish & chips in Leicester

If dad’s a fish and chip fan, he’ll enjoy the gold-plated chippy experience at The Fish & The Chip in Leicester. With superb fish and chips (jerk-spice batter or plain?), Freedom lager on tap and a fine range of wines and cocktails available too, he’s bound to have a great time. Open 12-8.30pm this Sunday.

Online order: Cracking brews from Wye Valley Brewery in Herefordshire

Wye Valley Brewery makes top-quality ales in Herefordshire. Their Faceplant is a pale, naturally hazy saison offering “a tour de force of fruity and spicy flavours, plus a slipstream of citrus and pepper notes”. Definitely worth getting out of your saddle for! From £17.99 for 8x500ml. Order online or call 01885 490505.

Eat out: Steak & Malbec at The Knight & Garter in Leicester

The Knight & Garter in Leicester opened in summer 2017 after a perfectionist £1.4m renovation. For Fathers’ Day this Sunday they are offering dads a complementary glass of Malbec with every dry-aged steak ordered. Stunning roasts from award-winning butcher Owen Taylor are available too. Book on 0116 303 3310.

Collect from the shop or pub: Beautiful beers from Brewsters Brewery

Brewsters Brewery, run by Sara Barton and team, brews exceptional beers in Grantham, Lincolnshire. You can pick up single cans/bottles, gift packs, six-packs and cases for Dad from the brewery shop: 5-6 Burnside, Turnpike Close, Grantham, Lincs, NG31 7XU. Open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm. Or you can buy them from Brewsters’ pub, The Marquis of Granby, Granby, Notts, NG13 9PN. Open from 4pm weekdays and from 12pm weekends.

Online order: Award-winning whisky distilled in Norfolk using local ingredients

The English Whisky Co of Roundham distils using local Breckland water and Norfolk barley. The result is outstanding. There are plenty of mail-order gift options here.

Online/phone order: Voucher for a daddy-sized ploughman’s on the gorgeous ‘Pickled Terrace’ in Northamptonshire

Bulwick Village Shop in Northamptonshire, home of The Pickled Village preserves, is offering vouchers for a daddy-sized ploughman’s lunch with real ale, lager or wine (although you can exchange your voucher for anything on the Terrace Menu). The shop and terrace are open 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Price: £10 per dad! To buy, call 01780 450774 or email hello@thepickledshop.com.

Online order: Craft gin and craft beard kit

This is a collaboration between two cutting-edge Leicestershire brands, bringing together craft gin and craft beards! The Fathers’ Day package includes a bottle of Burleighs Dry Gin, hand-distilled in the heart of the Charnwood Forest, plus a Bear Grooming Beard Essential Kit, consisting of beard oil & beard wash. £40 per package. Buy here.

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