The 18th of June is almost here and it’s time to show your love and appreciation for the special man who raised you. Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or hoping to treat him to a delicious meal out, here’s our guide to celebrating Father’s Day in Leeds.
Choose him a gift he’ll truly love:
If your dad adores music, a perfect present might be his favourite album pressed on vinyl, or the chance to discover a brilliant new band together. The Vinyl Whistle in Headingley stocks music from a wide range of different genres. It also hosts regular in-store performances by some of music’s best rising stars, with upcoming shows from Callum Pitt, Echo Beach, Ten Tonnes and Josephine Sillars. Another great place to find a fun, personal gift is Indie Makers. This shop in the Corn Exchange has a cool, arty interior and brings together many one-of-a-kind items from independent brands and small producers. If you think your dad can handle the heat, you could also provide him with a challenge in the form of a bottle of sauce from The Chilli Shop. Located in the Merrion Centre, this little shop is the UK’s only specialist chilli retailer and is dedicated to all things fiery. Here, you’ll find a huge array of chilli-themed gifts and foods, with everything from condiments and cooking sauces to eye watering snacks, chilli plants and even a chilli toothpaste. You can also pick up 51 of the sauces featured in the popular YouTube show ‘Hot Ones’ here, including two of the hottest sauces in the world made with the Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper. If your dad isn’t a fan of spice, perhaps a bottle of his preferred alcoholic beverage would make a better gift. Little Leeds Beerhouse sells an exceptional range of beers, including bottles and cans from craft breweries in the UK and beyond, like Burning Sky, Elusive Brewing, Sureshot, Newbarns, Cloudwater and many more. This popular venue in the Corn Exchange also has its own bar where you can sit down and enjoy sampling its most exciting drinks. Another excellent place to buy wine can be found in Chapel Allerton. Natural wine merchants Wayward Wines offers bottles from some of the world’s best organic vineyards. Their knowledgeable staff aim to provide ‘wine for the everyday table all the way up to those super-rare cuvées found tucked away on our top shelves’. If you’re stuck for choice, they are always happy to make a suggestion, or you could instead buy a gift voucher that will allow your dad to choose his own wine at his leisure.
Surprise him with a tasty meal out:
If your dad likes Indian cuisine, Tharavadu on Mill Hill has become somewhat of a celebrity favourite. This Keralan restaurant describes itself as ‘part of a new wave of high-end restaurants changing the way we view Asian food’. Its name, put simply, means family and tradition is important here. You can start your meal with ‘Uzhunnu Vada’ – a crunchy South Indian snack made with hand-picked lentils, aromatic spices, and fresh herbs – or a Padipura mix of seafood. You can then feast on a range of meat, fish and vegetable-based dishes, including the restaurant’s delicious signature fish curry. Alternatively, if you would like to try some Indian-style street food together, BundoBust is just the place. Here, you can share a family combo for two or four, featuring mouthwatering dishes such as smacked khakri, okra fries, bhajis, bundo chaat, ragda pethis, tarka dhal and more, all of which can be washed down with a glass of craft beer. If your dad enjoys nothing more than a crisp and satisfying pizza, he might enjoy a trip to Deliziosa. This modern and creative Italian restaurant has a light-filled conservatory to dine in and serves dishes that are made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Starters here include Arancino Vegetariano, filled with spinach and mozzarella, or Tagliere Misto – a selection of cured meats and cheeses. You can then move onto pizza or pasta dishes like linguine with olive oil, garlic, prawns and lemon zest, or grilled, sliced porchetta accompanied by roast potatoes, asparagus and gravy, all of which are presented with care and attention to detail. If your pa likes to tuck into a hearty Sunday dinner and won’t be defeated when it comes to food, Man V Roast in Burley is another option to consider. This relaxed, no-frills carvery offers roasts made with home-cooked meat and vegetables. Those brave enough can even take on an eating challenge here.
Treat him to his favourite tipple:
Leeds is home to many wonderful pubs and bars, so if you’re planning to take your father for drinks out you’ll be spoilt for choice. One of the city’s oldest public houses is Whitelock’s in Turk’s Head Yard. This characterful old ale house first opened 308 years ago and has traditional decor with a beautiful tiled bar. Whitelock’s serves a wide range of real ales, craft beers and specialty ciders. Cask ales here include Theakston’s, Timothy Taylor’s, Kirkstall Brewery and Five Points Brewing Co. along with regularly changing guests. An equally popular watering hole is Roland’s. With its laid back atmosphere and a hidden roof terrace to drink on in the summer, this stylishly-converted former shop serves beers, wines and cocktails. It’s also known for its fantastic pop-up sandwich kitchen, ‘Don’t Feed The Dog’. If you’re looking for a truly eclectic place to stop for a drink, you can’t pass on the opportunity to visit Outlaws Yacht Club. Tucked away in an unassuming building on New York Street, this European-style cafe bar and creative hangout has its own record shop along with board games and Lego to play with. You can catch up over cocktails like the Kirkgate Market-Rita, made with tequila, passion fruit, green tea and lime, while waiting for a DJ to play in the evenings. Another suburb cocktail bar is Below Stairs, which resides in a basement on South Parade. This modern bar offers an unusual and enchanting experience. Its menu describes its house cocktails by the feelings that they conjure up rather than their ingredients, providing an inventive way for those who don’t know their absinthe from their aperol to choose a drink. These include options like ‘Primary Education’ with ‘Oat’d Slane Irish Whisky, Butter Washed Genever and Cocchi Americano.
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