Sunday 21st June – put it in your diaries. And while Mother’s Day is usually the occasion that prompts a flurry of manic flower-and-present buying, then let’s not forget dear old pops. Whether you have loving memories of him pushing you on the swings while you shrieked, falling asleep in front of Formula One after Sunday lunch, or picking you up from school and letting you eat ice cream until you threw up, then show him you care by taking our advice on how to make it a special occasion.
Something to drink: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
Nothing says ‘I love you dad’ (and ‘oh, shall we open that now then?’) as a bottle of fine whiskey – especially when that whiskey bottle is hand engraved and is from a specific barrel set aside by the Master Tasting Panel. Enter Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel – a divine, rich and robust drink with notes of toasted oak, vanilla and caramel. When you purchase it from The Whisky Shop then you can choose a personalised message that conveys your admiration for the man who taught you how to eat a large Dominos Meat Feast in one sitting.
What makes it so special? Well, only one of every 100 barrels is elevated to the status of being matured in the highest reaches of its barrelhouses, where a dramatic change in temperature gives the spirit a truly unique taste. Yum.
And, if you feel like you could do with spending some quality time with your pa, here’s the answer – Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel is also offering complimentary tickets to in-store masterclasses this July, giving you the chance to explore the craft of American whiskey (and having a legitimate daytime tipple or two without mother getting too irate).
Tickets can be claimed following purchase of Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel at The Whisky Shop online, priced £55.
For more information, visit: www.whiskyshop.com/jd-engraving
Somewhere to eat: Hawksmoor Knightsbridge
If you’re thinking of taking him out for dinner, then why not go full throttle meat, with some style added to the occasion, too. That’s right – when considering prime steaks there’s one restaurant group that the critics rave about, and for good reason too. Hawksmoor use the very best quality produce – be it grass fed native cattle or Great British cheese – and the service is consistently praised as exemplary. The result is a restaurant that continues to wow diners.
The Knightsbridge branch is known for its refined elegance and the glamorous art deco interior – perfect for a special meal out. And, if he’s watching the red meat intake, then never fear – the seafood here is just as praised. The new dish of Singapore style devilled lobster is certainly something to shout about. Tipples? You bet Hawksmoor have this covered. They won the Observer Food Monthly’s ‘Best Place to Drink’ through their prowess with a cocktail shaker and a wine list. So, pretty much the perfect place to take dad, then.
Hawksmoor Knightsbridge website
Somewhere to browse: Royal Selangor
Know you want to get your dad something that extra bit special – but not sure exactly what it is? No fear, because your shopping dreams have been answered with the opening of Royal Selangor on the King’s Road. This beautiful emporium of pewter pieces is the perfect place to head when hunting for the ideal gift for a special occasion.
The new Flagship store is the first in the UK for the luxury pewter specialists, who celebrate their 130th anniversary this year. Their extensive array of fine workmanship includes modern heirlooms such as decanters and hip-flasks, as well as treasured keepsakes and investment pieces (pewter is the fourth most precious metal after gold, silver and platinum, FYI). Well, dad always did say spend your money wisely…
Head down to Royal Selangor and have a wander among the fine cufflinks, artisan tumblers and impressive decanters, and let inspiration strike so you can present dear dad with a beautiful piece of pewter craftsmanship.
Royal Selangor, 261 King’s Road, Chelsea
Written by Rebecca Milford.