If your dad's anything like ours then he stood on the sidelines at freezingly awful kids' football matches and calamitous bad ballet lessons for years on end, never once moaning (out loud). For that reason alone he deserves a gift this Father's Day, which lands on Sunday June 19. If he's based in Brum, give him something with a local flourish. Looky here:
Dinner with a view (£55 per head)
Hot off the back of a slobbering great award win (Birmingham Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards, Best Venue 2016) Edgbaston Stadium, who have long been mentioned in the same breath as "The UK's best stadium food" are launching their new Elegant Eat pop-up restaurant and we bet you a tenner it's right up your dad's straße. Guests will experience a fine dining taster menu with an accompanying view of the iconic cricket square and the brilliant Birmingham backdrop. It launches July 6, one of only two restaurant nights Edgbaston is hosting this year. Click here for a sample menu (dishes have not yet been confirmed) and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservation.
Tickets to The Local Drinks Market (£15)
We're putting on an event the week after Father's Day. The Local Drinks Market comes to Digbeth, on Saturday June 25, and if your dad likes any of the following, you're advised to bring him along: Gin, Beer, Fish & Chips, Barbecue. On arrival guests will be handed a glass and they're encouraged to sample free tasters throughout the five hour experience. Gins including Langley's No.8, Burleighs and Stratford will be present, while Coventry-made Twisted Barrel Ale and the brilliant Fixed Wheel Brewery will be bringing the beers he (probably) hasn't heard of. There's food from The English Indian and Low'N'Slow BBQ. There's also masterclasses (cost extra) one of which will pitch supermarket gins in a blind taste test against the boutique brands. Buy
Japanese Whiskey Tasting (£60)
Resorts World's luxe Sky Bar are conducting a Japanese Whiskey tasting menu with four different whiskies and three dishes chosen from their Wu Xing menu. Inspired by the traditional Chinese theme of balance in the natural world, each dish represents one of the five elements. Mark our words, the food up there is extremely good, the rooftop terrace in summer is a knockout and their whiskey selection is among the best in the West Mids. Your old man will also receive a cigar and a bottle of Asahi to take home. Book by phone: 0121 273 1043.
Everyman Membership (£60)
Sure, they have gift cards but how about the £60 Everyman Membership? Pops will receive four tickets worth £52 (if used during peak time) and 10% off food and drink (including alcohol) for the entire year, plus £1 off any further tickets AND invitations to early showings of films, special members events and all that jazzery. Everyman have just taken on a partnership with Chambord and every Monday members get free Chambord Royale’s if they come to watch a film. Which is brilliantly niche. Make sure he watches The Nice Guys. Buy
National Trust Membership (£5.25 per month)
Looking for something with a smidgen more culture? You old smoothy. There's a plenty of National Trust properties within 45 minutes of Brum with our favourite (probably, maybe, don't tell the others) being Baddesley Clinton, The food lovers option, the woodlands make for prime picnic territory. Or, if that all sounds a bit too organised, one of the NT's most popular restaurant-cafes is on-site and stocked with increasing amounts of veg produced by Baddesley's gardeners. Plus it has a moat. Take him to The Punchbowl pub (1.5 miles away) afterwards. Buy
Dad Chocs (£13.50)
Sympathetic with the perils of Father's Day gift buying, The Chocolate Quarter has given the molten stuff a thwack of testosterone for the occasion in the form of three new limited edition flavours, available as their own box or as part of a mix. Introducing Smoked Bacon, Jewellery Porter and The Renaissance. The choccies are ardently local and include collaborations with Hard to Find Whisky, Two Towers Brewery and a truffle containing salty bacon and a dash of of Laphroaig single malt to give good ol' pa a smoky, deep kick in the mouthbuds. A box'll set you back £13.50, which is a pretty reasonable trade for the giving of life. Buy in store
Chino Shorts (£35)
Although going the whole hog and buying the old boy a pair of chino trousers may be pushing it, the elder gentleman can rock the chino shorts as easily, if not better, than your average 25-year-old. The shorts of choice in dearest Brum can be found at Grand Central's Steel & Jelly a Birmingham-born and bred retailer in a sea of national and international chains. Ask your old dear what his waist size is, but if you bottle it completely they do sell vouchers in store. We like the light grey.
Cookery course (£75)
A multitude of must-attend cookery classes are available at the brilliant Beckett's Farm, perfect for any south-Brum dwelling dads. All the hot food options are priced at £75 (£120 for two) and the one whetting our whistle is the Spanish class, arriving July 27. Every dad has to know how to cook a paella, right? Pretty sure it says so in the Bible somewhere. Book
Wet Shave (£30)
Get your Dad what grooming gods - the Barber House - call an "impossibly close" shave. At £30, expect steam preparation, hot towels, luxuriant aftershave balms of a dizzying variety and a cut throat shave that'll inject a decent dollop of testosterone. Vouchers availble in-store. If you're feeling plush you could pre-book him a cocktail from their mini-bar, too.
Leather Card Holder (£46)
One hundred percent vegetable-tanned leather, handmade in Birmingham, treat your Dad to to P&Co's vintage, classic card holder. Available online for £48 they have a raft of suitably stylish leather products right here, if this one isn't quite sounding your sartorial siren. We also likey the belts. Likey lotsy.
The Range Rover Experience (£275)
On the site of Land Rover's Solihull manufacturing site, pay for the pleasure of your Dad blasting his way round 14 miles of rough terrain, side slopes, inclines and a river or two. From £275 for a half day experience, if the price tag is less than tempting (maybe you have a millionaire sibling you can team up with?) consider an all access tour of the plant (£49).
The Ultimate Tie (£89.95)
Speaking of teaming up with a sibling, the Clement & Church ties are likely to be a little north of most budgets, so going 50/50 might make things more swallowable? Either way the dapper chaps at Brum's best tailors can cherry-pick a tie to what you know about your dad's tastes. Maybe have his current tie collection photographed, all cloak and dagger-like, and take that in? Either way, he won't have a tie this good and if he disagrees, your old man can return it and pick out one for himself.
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