Father's Day is this Sunday in the UK & Ireland. Smix & I popped along to our local Bloomfields branch in Bangor, to see what's in store to pick up for your Pops this weekend.
Firstly there's a great offer to pick up a smart polo shirt, shorts and greetings card for £19.50 perhaps best for the older Dad, my own Dad would love this set. It's all mix and match, so you can choose from dozens of colour combinations to make the outfit that's right for your Dad's day in the sun.
There are other offers you might be interested in, like 30% off men's fragrance, toiletries and toiletry gifts.
Or there's the classic mug option! A Father's Day staple in our household for many a year as I was growing up.
There are dozens of craft ales, which I'll come to later, but if your dad is teetotal then check out this fancy root beer. I picked up the matching cream soda, priced at £2 each and would make for a very fancy bbq refreshment at any time this summer.
Now onto the main Food Hall offerings. I'm a sucker for an M&S cake, and there's a special Dad cake on the shelves for this weekend's celebrations. The £8 cake is a delicious combination of Belgian chocolate, coffee & salted caramel in layers.
The off license section of your local store is stocked with a wealth of apt Father's Day tipple ideas. I couldn't resist this pre-mixed espresso martini, for £12, which we will chill to ice cold & serve on the rocks.
And here's the tempting praline cream soda I mentioned, which would make a neat little gift with some of M&S's yummy gingerbread men. The minis are £1.10 and the regular sized are £1.50
My dad has a sweet tooth and loves nougat, so I chose this huge slab of his favourite for £5, which I will give to him along with a nice bottle of red wine. Many of the Belgian chocolate boxes are half price right now, in celebration of Father's Day, so if your dad loves his sweeties too, check out what your local Food Hall has on offer.
Now, onto that bottle of red wine I mentioned! I was lucky to notice there is a dine in style offer on right now. You pick a main, from a selection of great bbq/summer style dishes, two sides, and a bottle of wine, or two bottles of ale/beer. So it's definitely a dad themed sort of meal deal! You get all that for a tenner, and with bottles of wine usually costing £7.99 at least these days, you can't be bad to that.
I chose these products, and snapped some of the other choices for you.
They also have some great hot hot sauces in the Food Hall, the packaging of these caught my eye.
These are the ales you can pick from and take two of for the meal deal, or a bottle of wine as usual.
Some more of the alcohol gifts I thought would make good presents. These colourful gins were £14 each.
You could put together a great gift set of ales, beers or ciders for your dad to try out. If you buy six you save a huge 25% so it's worth your while stocking up for you too! Have a great Father's Day 2016!
P.S. We cooked the Dine in Meal this evening, shared between 3 adults & Smix, with just an extra chicken kebab and small salad to fill out the meal as it was meant for two people. We are full! For £10 with a bottle of wine or two ales, it's a steal.
The Mayo that comes along with the sweet potato fries is to DIE for. I highly recommend it!