It’s Father’s Day this week, and if you’re stuck for ideas for a gift, we’ve got you covered. Instead of a material gift this year, perhaps spend some time with him and give him a gift to remember with a gentleman’s afternoon tea!
With this, there are no rules as to what you can serve, we’ve seen lots of different ones from various high end restaurants and hotels which have assorted choices of foods; one aspect which features in the majority is the pork pie.
Our mini pork pies are perfect for this- we got a small picnic bench and chose some foods our dads would love to produce our very own Vale of Mowbray style afternoon tea!
To vary up the pies, we not only used our mini pork pies, but also flavoured ones with mini pork and pickle pies! We added in some accompaniments; mustard and branston pickle because we thought this went with the majority of the foods, but vary this up! Add in some brown sauce, ketchup, piccalilli or a bit of sweet chilli sauce- adding a dipping sauce really adds something to a spread.
We then added in some afternoon tea classics; sandwiches- chicken and avocado to add some variety on a heavily pork led spread. Sausage rolls, a runny yoked scotch egg and mini pizzas are all a classic when it comes to ‘dad’ food- but the beauty of this is that you can tailor this to whatever your dad loves. Add in some chicken sqewers, a bowl of crisps, mini burgers, mini cheese toasties, cocktail sausages or anything else you can think of! Just make sure if you’re using a small table make sure to keep on theme by making sure everything is kept mini!
The desserts are also completely up to you; we went for a creamy, raspberry pot, but get your dads favourite dessert; a brownie, slice of Victoria sponge, macaroons or maybe a sticky toffee pudding!
The drinks are also up for debate! We went with a few craft beers and a glass of whiskey. We went with a few of our favourite craft beers and lagers from around Britain- Camden Hells is a classic and Heart & Soul from Vocation Brewery is a fruity beer, with notes of passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, pineapple and mango – the perfect beer for after the meal to accompany your pudding! After an in depth discussion about various whiskys, we settled on trying the Haig Club Clubman, a single grain whisky that lives up to the hype surrounding it.
If your dad’s more of a gin drinker, perhaps go with a Yorkshire brand; Masons Yorkshire Gin is currently one we’re loving (check out our last blog which gives a few of our favourite gin based cocktail!) Or one we’re looking forward to trying; Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery single malt whisky based in Hunmanby. Both would work beautifully with a pork pie and we’re always big on supporting fellow Yorkshire brands!
So what do you think? Treat your dad to something different this Father’s Day and give him a present to remember!