Father’s Day 2020 falls on Sunday 21 June this year, and who knows where we’ll be with lockdown measures by then? Play it safe with one of these luxury hamper deliveries from London-based companies, and hopefully you’ll be able to join him to share it…
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With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to get hunting for the perfect gift to show dad you care. Food makes a great Father’s Day present, so why not go all out and get him a food hamper?
Whether your dad’s favourite food is cheese or chocolate, there are plenty of hampers catering for all tastes with options on offer to suit all budgets.
And the best bit? They deliver…
Harrods is more than a department store, it’s a London institution. The Knightsbridge tourist destination, which interestingly is owned by the state of Qatar, has been retailing since 1849 and boasts 330 departments, which together occupy 1.1 million square feet of retail space. A gift from Harrods always makes an impression, so why not opt for the Father’s Day Hamper, which costs £75 and features whisky truffles and Benromach 10-Year-Old Single Malt? Another option is The Harrogate Hamper from Cartwright & Butler, a wicker basket packed full of traditional British favourites, priced at £250. At the time of writing, there are delivery delays of up to 14 days, though there is free UK delivery for all orders worth £50 or more. Get yourself organised for this one.
BoroughBox certainly knows how to do hampers! Its marketplace reportedly links thousands of clients ‘to the best independent food and drink businesses’ daily, featuring the finest food and drink from hundreds of independent producers across the UK and beyond. Various hamper options are available, ranging from the Barcelona Hamper and the Chocolate Taster Box to the Sweet Like Honey Food Gift Hamper and the Essential French Delicatessen Bundle. The Dad Box, which costs £29.99 and includes snacking cheese and crisps, makes a great Father’s Day present too. The company offers same-day delivery in central London on almost all of its BoroughBox collections from Monday to Friday. At the time of writing, orders were being processed as usual but there are occasional delays in the courier network.
Based in the capital, The Red Beetle aims to bring ‘the most genuine, locally-grown, authentic Italian food products to the international markets’. The team loves food and adores Italy, and frequently travels around the country to hunt out the best produce, establishing personal connections with suppliers to ensure that each and every ingredient is authentic, distinctive and cared for from the field to your table. For a selection of Red Beetle goodies, order The Happiness Hamper, which costs £88 and features products like cantucci, paté and marmalade, packed in a vintage hat box. At the time of writing, customers are advised to allow an extra two to three days to receive their orders. Delivery is free when you spend £25 or more.
4 Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason’s hampers gather together the very best foods from the famous Food Halls. And given Fortnum’s is nicknamed ‘the Queen’s grocer’ because of its direct links with Buckingham Palace, you know you’re getting the good stuff. Founded in 1707 by William Fortnum and Hugh Mason as a grocery store, it soon became famous for its top quality food, tea and hampers, so what better way to treat a father with a taste for the finer things in life? A range of Father’s Day hampers are available, like the £45 Father’s Day Essentials Box, which comes with a pork pie, scotch egg and cheddar cheese. But if you really want to push the boat out, go for the £1,000 The Windsor Hamper, described as ‘a hamper of truly regal proportions’. You can also buy hampers for export or create your own hamper.
Treat Dad to a picnic with a little help from Pique, a luxury picnic-delivery company that handmakes all its dishes in its Battersea kitchen. A range of picnic options are available, including the Pique Me Up hamper, which costs £25 and comes with freshly-baked sourdough bread, double chocolate brownie bites, lemon drizzle cake and Norfolk strawberries (as well as a choice of drink). Other options include the £60 Pique-Nique, which includes chorizo, apricot and thyme sausage rolls and corn-fed chicken, and the Leonardo da Veggie (perfect for vegetarians). The company’s delivery parameters extend from Wimbledon to West Kilburn and Camberwell to Chiswick, but if you fall outside the boundaries, Pique says ‘give us a ring and we’ll see what we can do’.
For a Father’s Day gift as cheesy as your dad’s jokes, order him a cheesebox from The Cheese Geek. The London-based company describes itself as ‘the modern cheesemonger’ and its boxes range in size from 600g to 1.2kg. Inside you’ll find a selection of The Cheese Geek’s all-time favourite cheeses, alongside some ‘lesser-known beauties’. The Lionel box, worth £35, contains between four and five cheeses weighing around 600g in total, while The Tina, worth £50, includes five cheeses weighing around 1kg, along with a condiment and crispbreads. Delivery is free on all cheeseboxes.
7 Cutter & Squidge
Give dad the gift of an afternoon tea with a kit from Cutter & Squidge. The company, whose journey started ‘from a “compact’ kitchen in north west London’, is reportedly the capital’s sole 100% all-natural bakery and has stores in Soho and Bank. The Cutter & Squidge Afternoon Tea at Home kit offers a great range of products for an afternoon tea – scones, cakes, brownies, cream and jam are all included, along with loose-leaf tea. The only thing dad will have to worry about is whether to put the jam or cream on his scones first (a matter of huuuge debate). Tea for two costs £29.90.
8 The Goodness Project
If your dad’s vegetarian or vegan, consider ordering him a hamper from The Goodness Project, which delivers vegan, organic and gluten-free products. The company, which launched in 2013, offers premium-quality hampers featuring exciting and indulgent vegan, organic and natural products, as well as some of the finest organic and vegan wines and spirits. Hamper options start from £9.50, though you could splash out on The Organic Red Wine Wicker Hamper, which costs £75 and features a number of sweet and savoury products (all organic and vegan). Gluten-free hampers are available too. At the time of writing, processing times are a little longer than usual, but there’s free standard UK delivery for orders above £50.
Nowhere does pie and mash better than M.Manze, so why not theme your Father’s Day gift around this east London staple? Established in 1902, M.Manze describes itself as ‘the home of pie and mash’, with shops at Tower Bridge, Peckham and Sutton and celebrity visitors including Rio Ferdinand and Rag’n’Bone Man. You can even build your own pie and mash box online for chilled delivery throughout the UK. Choose from meat and vegan pies, jellied and stewed eels, mashed potato, vinegar and sarsaparilla – plus liquor, of course. Generous discounts are available for larger orders, too. At the time of writing, overnight chilled deliveries were running as normal, although delivery slots are running out quickly. Prices include delivery.
10 Caiger & Co. Catering
Bespoke catering company Caiger & Co. Catering, based in Hammersmith, was launched back in 2012 with the goal of being the capital’s only truly-bespoke event caterer. Its founder, Alix Caiger, boasts private clients including Kelly Hoppen, Jerry Hall and even The Rolling Stones. At the time of writing, the company offered delivery of food boxes across London and beyond. Opt-ins included the £25 Puff & Caiger Baking Box (ideal for the dad who loves to bake) and the £95 Ultimate Delivery Box. The latter offered three freezer meals for two along with fruit, vegetables, coffee, garlic, milk and eggs, as well as sourdough bread, pastries and even vegan sweet treats and energy balls. Weekly roast and BBQ boxes are also available – enquire for more details.
11 HG Walter
If your dad’s king of the barbecue, the Luxury BBQ Box for 4 from Barons Court-based butcher HG Walter won’t disappoint. For £110, you get four Iberico pork chops, four chicken thighs, four burgers and six sausages, plus two spatchcocked poussins and a 950g T-bone steak (they even throw in barbecue sauce, a barbecue rub and Cornish sea salt too). For the dad who loves a fry-up, opt for the HG Walter Breakfast Box. For £22, he’ll get six sausages, six slices of black pudding and 500g of smoked streaky bacon, along with a box of free-range eggs and a bottle of tomato ketchup. Other box options are available from this family-run butcher, which offers deliveries within the M25.
12 Mighty Small
Mighty Small calls itself ‘the supermarket of small brands’. The London-based delivery firm brings together hundreds of small food brands to help you shop local, even if you’re not, with brands including Leon, Candy Kittens and Mallow & Marsh. If your dad loves to exercise, why not get him Mighty Small’s Fitness Focus Box? Priced at £45, the 20+ treats are perfect for pre and post-workout. Alternatively, buy dad the Thinking Of You Box, which costs £40 and features 12 of the company’s favourite products. The firm has a minimum spend of £20, with an estimated delivery time of two to four days.
13 Good Cake Day
Is your dad partial to a sweet treat? If so, he’ll love a hamper of brownies from Good Cake Day. This firm’s cakes are the stuff dreams are made of, with the business also offering cake tools and cake-decoration classes in the capital. The company’s Brownies Hamper, priced £25, provides three of decadent brownies in chocolate, caramel and nutty flavours. A Gluten-Free Brownies Hamper is also available for the same price. Order by Saturday for delivery the following Tuesday, or email the team for special delivery requirements.
14 Wright Brothers
Wright Brothers, which owns restaurants across London, offers a different kettle of fish altogether… If dad likes his cuisine of the coastal variety, get him The Smoked Seafood Box, containing smoked salmon, two smoked mackerel and trout fillets, a hot smoked salmon portion and a smoked haddock fillet, priced £32. Meanwhile, the Fresh Fish Box for 2 — containing two haddock fillets, hake portions, lemon sole fillets, salmon portions, plaice fillets, monkfish portions and whiting fillets each, plus a 400g pie mix — is priced at £60. Another option from Wright Brothers is the Catch of the Day Box, which costs £55 and offers ‘a generous selection of whatever is freshest and best value on the market at any given day’. Minimum order is £35 with free delivery within the M25 on orders over £50.
15 Feast Box
Has your dad run out of ideas for lunch or dinner? Get him a Feast Box: choose your dishes from a weekly curated selection of global favourite’ and dad will receive all the ingredients needed to cook them. You can even add expertly-paired drinks to the box for the perfect tipple to accompany the food. Feast Box’s mission is to help people enjoy global cuisine at its most authentic, nutritious and responsible. At present, the London-based business operates a subscription model, although you can cancel at any time.