Father’s Day 2021: top gift ideas for Manc dads

Top treats for dads, from a roast with bottomless beer to a barista school experience

Father’s Day is this weekend – but if you haven’t got a gift yet, there’s no need to panic.

Whether you’re looking to impress your dad, grandparent or father figure, these Manchester businesses can help you find the perfect present.

Gifts galore at The Royal Exchange

The Royal Exchange Manchester has a whole host of Father’s Day gift options for dad or the father figure in your life, with shops selling everything from men’s clothing and accessories, watches and jewellery, whisky and spirits, a barber’s experience, bath and body gift sets, chocolate, and even places to pick up the perfect card.

Special offers include spend £40 in store and get a Men’s travel set for only £10 at L’Occitane; and until Saturday 21st June, spend £175 or more in-store on menswear for father figure gifting and receive an ILA Spa gift set worth over £90 at Lululemon.

Find out more here.

Local beers delivered from Hip Flask

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Local lads Phil and Sam launched Hip Flask to celebrate the city’s cracking craft beer scene, and they can deliver a selection of beers that captures the spirit of Manchester as well as offering a range of products you just can’t find in most shops.

From pale ales to stouts, Hip Flask’s best of Manchester boxes have something for everyone, along with information on each of the beers and details about each brewery – and they also offer a free personalised gift card to accompany the beers on all orders.

Find out more and order here.

Afternoon tea at home from The Lowry Hotel

How about a unique afternoon tea at home with everything from mini pies and burgers to savoury scones and Jack Daniel’s trifle to surprise your dad with?

At £49 for two people, complete with two bottles of Birra Moretti, Father’s Day @HOME by The Lowry Hotel is available for nationwide delivery and for collection 11am-1pm Sunday 20th June (available to order online until 48 hours prior).

Find out more and order here.

Indoor or outdoor dining at the Corn Exchange

A great for a spot of lunch, or an evening meal, there’s a wide range of dining options at the Corn Exchange, whether you fancy Italian, Indian, German, Pan Asian or Vietnamese.

Offering both indoor and outdoor seating, it’s the perfect casual dining location in the city,  whatever the weather – and there’s always Escape Hunt if you’re looking for a fun family activity, too.

Find out more here.

Argentinian steaks and wine at Gaucho

How about the finest premium Argentinian steaks and wines to impress your dad?

At the weekends, there’s also DJ hosted brunches and a bustling cocktail bar – and the converted church in the centre of Deansgate is also a legendary relaxation spot for Sunday lunch.

Find out more and book here.

Diverse dining at Great Northern

Whether you are looking for family-friendly, quirky, quick or just plain tasty, the Great Northern has a restaurant to suit.

There’s Evuna with its Spanish tapas, the inimitable burgers at Almost Famous, the best cakes ever at Alex’s Bakery and Polish (with a twist) at Platzki, to name just a few.

At bowling alley Lane7, you can also play ping-pong, shoot some pool, sing karaoke; Odeon cinema is screening flicks that will keep dad on the edge of his seat; and for active dads, Whistle Punks offers urban axe-throwing sessions that are hosted by expert, kick-ass instructors.

Find out more here.

Great grills at The Midland Hotel

Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, Mount Street Dining Room and Bar offers a modern take on British classics in luxe surroundings at the newly revamped Midland Hotel.

Weekend options include steaks, grill dishes and exceptional homemade pies as well as a classic Sunday roast.

Find out more and book here.

Modern Italian dining at Vero Moderno

Treat your dad to an authentic yet modern Italian dining experience at this hidden gem on Chapel Street.

There are Italian style Sundays roasts, too. Every Sunday from 12pm you’ll find slow roast lamb belly, stuffed porchetta (pork) and roast chicken, served up with garlic and rosemary potatoes, seasonal vegetables and proper gravy made with the cooking juices.

Find out more here.

Barista school vouchers for 200 Degrees

200 Degrees Coffee has now opened its brand new coffee shop on Mosley Street, serving up hand-crafted coffee and delicious food – and it’s also home to a barista school.

If your dad fancies improving his coffee-making skills, you can buy vouchers for a range of courses ranging from simple home brew methods to advanced barista techniques.

Find out more here.

Seasonal specials at James Martin Manchester

James Martin Manchester in the historic Great Northern warehouse serves up classic, seasonally changing à la carte and special menus.

Imaginative original dishes feature seasonal ingredients from some of the UK’s top meat, game, fish and cheese producers – think Cumbrian rib of beef to share, with malt-glazed wagyu ox cheek and beef ragu.

To celebrate Father’s Day, the restaurant is promising an unforgettable lunch that is sure to put a smile on your dad’s face. For just £30 per person, diners can tuck into a delicious three course Wagyu Sunday dinner, with live music entertainment. What’s more, every dad diner gets provided with a ‘lucky chip’ and will be treated to a free ‘learn-to-play’ session on Blackjack and Roulette.

Find out more and book here.

A roast with bottomless beer at The Botanist MediaCityUK

Photo: Jody Hartley

Enjoy rotisserie-roasted dishes at The Botanist, with choices including a selection of meats, veggie dishes or vegan options with all the trimmings.

You can also add on bottomless drinks, including unlimited beer, Prosecco or spritz cocktails for 90 minutes.

Find out more and book here.

Culture and creativity at MIF

Photo: Louis Reynolds

Manchester International Festival will run from 1st-18th July 2021 at locations across the city, and tickets are on sale now if you want to treat your dad to a spot of culture.

This year’s festival includes a programme of original new work from across the spectrum of visual and performing arts and music by artists from over 20 countries.

Find out more here.

19 venues in one at The Printworks

With 19 venues, Printworks is home to Vue Cinema, Treetop Adventure Golf, Tenpin, Escape Reality and more if you’re looking for a weekend activity with your dad.

And if you’re looking to refuel, it’s also home to Frankie & Bennie’s, Chiquito, Nando’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Bierkeller, O’Neill’s and more.

Find out more here.


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