The way to Dad’s heart…
… is through his stomach. Duh! Of course it is. Here are Muddy's favourite hang outs for Father's Day (that you'll love too).
Taxi service, sports coach, cash machine… dad’s rock. But no need to shackle yourself to the kitchen, show the men in your life some thanks and take him out. Not literally, that wouldn’t look good, but we’ve got you covered for brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and everything in between. *Dabs napkin*
BEST OF THE BRUNCH
What Sundays were made for… slow starts. Treat to dad to a lie in, while you wrestle the early risers, and then get your foodie groove on for brunch. The Corn Stores Reading, a luxurious pub with a foxy looking menu, has got all the bases covered. Don’t panic, there’s a full English to sink you teeth into, but there’s also baked eggs with Dorset cherizo, Devon crab benedict and avo and eggs on toast (so no need for hipster dads to stroke their beards in bewilderment). Plus there’s an entire menu dedicated to Bloody Marys with six, yes you read that correctly, six options to choose from. Brunch is served from 10am-12pm.
You also can’t go wrong with Coppa Club (Sonning, Maidenhead and Henley). A bit of a favourite with the Muddy kids, the grown ups get to enjoy the grown up interiors and the kids love the food. Pancakes generally. If you’ve got younger kids, head to Sonning. It’s got a lovely riverside garden but means they can do cartwheels while you sink another prosecco.
SUNDAY PUB LUNCH
Spoilt for choice for a Sunday pub lunch in the Berkshire ‘hood (you can see all the Muddy faves here), however if you’re going all out then here’s a few we’d totaly recommend if have Father’s Day sorted. A favourite with the rowers, The Little Angel, Henley on Thames is a recently refurbished gastropub serving great food that welcomes kids, dogs and dads with open arms. A special Father’s Day menu is available offering two courses for £23.95 and three courses for £27.95. Take a leisurely stroll along the Thames, ogle the hotties in Lycra or mooch around Henley. Ticks all the boxes.
If you’re looking for a pub with a good garden to boot the kids into while you enjoy five minutes peace, The Old Boot Stanford Dingley has all the country pub vibes with a mahoosive garden, wooden play area and they’ve just got goats! Alternatively, head for the Royal Oak Yattendon and enjoy a meal in its new Orangery or snag a spot in the lovely walled garden. Michelin Bob Gourmand stunner, The White Oak Cookham is always a great place for a special occasion and you can work up an appetite with a few stonking nearby walks. Of course, if you’re in for a special occasion Sunday sesh, grab a perch in Heston’s pub. The Crown at Bray‘s a lush garden and the barbies will be fired up. Sit back and relaaaaax.
If you’re looking to impress Dad this year, I’m not sure you can get much grander than Cliveden House. Sweeping up the drive is a moment in itself. Grab a posh nosebag in the funky and relaxed Astor Grill, situated in Lord Astor’s old stables (lucky horses) or enjoy the formality and views across the South Parterre, surrounded by starched linens and the silky drapes of The Cliveden Dining Room. Cliveden caters for all (kids and fur babies too). Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll round the grounds and see the new Anthony Caro sculptures.
Of course, nothing says ‘I love you’ like three Michelin stars, so if you’re prepared to sink some serious cash on Dad, then it has to be Muddy Award winning The Waterside Inn and the Roux’s exceptional hospitality. For something less formal, Heston’s The Hind’s Head in Bray (Muddy Awards Best Destination Pub) do an epic Sunday lunch and Head Chef Peter Grey’s triple cooked roasties are legendary.
HAVE YOUR CAKE…
If iddy diddy sarnies and precision pastries don’t float your fave fella’s boat, but he loves a pick and mix buffet of old school classics, then book in for the special Father’s Day Afternoon Tea at Wellington Farm Shop & Cafe. Think scotch eggs, sausage rolls, roast beef sliders, cheese and bacon scones , alongside Guinness brownies, raspberry jam doughnuts, sticky toffee cake with a Jack Daniels and butterscotch icing. Oh and he’ll get a bottle of lager, ale or a glass or bubbles to wash it down with. At £18.95 a head, it’s a bargain. Almost all of the ingredients come from the Wellington Estate so it’s pretty much field to plate. Throw in the countryside views, gorgeous play area for the kids and I’m not sure it get’s better than this. The Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor also does a meaty Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, £34.50pp including a bottle of beer.
If you’re after something a bit different, there’s plenty sink your teeth into. The Swan At Streatley (coming to the end of a staggering £12million refurb) is hosting a special Father’s Day Street Food Sunday with plenty of flaming, flipping and fizz. If your man loves a to get his grill on, take him along for a barbie and pancakes with Jessecco Prosecco & Pancakes. Alternatively, book a fun beach hut at The Dolphin in Newbury (another Muddy Award-winner). The only bucket you’ll need round these parts will be brimming with wine and beers. Stay for drinks, grab some lunch, it’s your choice. Finally, the Thames Lido is a surefire hit – stunning Edwardian outdoor pool and a restaurant with a lovely relaxed vibe. Make sure you pack his budgie smugglers, trust me he’ll want to take a dip. And if you’re looking for the proverbial beer up in a brewery, West Berkshire Brewery Taproom & Kitchen is the place to be, a surprisingly family-friendly place to eat serving stone-baked pizzas, burgers and salads. Oh, if you forget to buy a pressie, you can buy craft beers and a brewery tour. A one-stop Father’s Day shop.