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Father’s Day, sorted

Alert! It’s Father’s Day this Sunday and if buying him a pint won’t quite cut it then you need the Muddy guide to the coolest presents around for daddy dearest.


We’re totally in love with ilapothecary’s range of sublime-smelling products infused with healing herbs. (The Beat the Blues room spray is a Muddy fave – God it makes you happy!) For dads, we’ve got our eye on The Men’s Remedy Box of Mud Shave – grounding, restoring, mood-enhancing (hmm, does it work on legs?) – and Stubble Trouble Face Serum to regenerate, detox and be a spiritual messenger (yes really). And there’s a 25% Father’s Day discount!

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Roll out the black turtlenecks for a luncheon accompanied by the dulcet tones of Solent City Jazz Man. And if that’s his but not your scene, relish in the thought that you’ll be dining in the salubrious surroundings of Whatley Manor’s Grey’s Brasserie or the Michelin-starred The Dining Room. Check out the Muddy reviews here and here.

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The gift that keeps on giving, Stroud Brewery’s Beer Club includes discounts, tankards, tastings, tours, T-shirts, totes and invites to exclusive events. That should keep him happy all year round. And when you come to renew next year, you’ll pay £20 less. Sorted for time ever after!

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Got your own MasterChef at home? Feel confident enough in your relationship to give him a bespoke knife? If it’s yes, yes, let us point you in the direction of Savernake Knives where you can choose your design, the handle, colour, pins, the finish on the metal… you can even have his name engraved on the blade.
From £180

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Now he’s got his knife, he’ll need to know how to wield it – and we’ve got just the place. Vaughan’s Kitchen in Devizes is running a Butchery Skills course in September which will include identifying cuts, trimming, preparing and cooking a rack of lamb and how to joint a chicken.

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These days, erstwhile working men’s club The Cricklade Club is catering to the new man / dad (tot in each arm, nappy bag strapped across his chest) with its daily brunch menu of stacks of sourdough toast, pancakes, tostadas, daily scrambles, smashed avocado and Buddha bowls. And in case there’s a bit of ‘old man’ in your 21st-century dad, craft ales are also on tap.
From £2.50

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Vinyl is making a comeback, so let dad dust off his favourite albums *hides Status Quo* and listen to the unrivalled sound of this vintage briefcase record player. Added bonus: it's one piece of technology he can actually work himself without asking for help from the kids.

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Afternoon tea isn’t just for mums – especially when it’s a spread of manly treats including black pudding, quail Scotch eggs, wild boar sausage rolls, manwiches (crusts intact) and fine local ales. Dreamed up by Tudor Farmhouse’s head chef Rob Cox, it'd make the perfect repast after a day of adrenaline-filled activities in the Forest of Dean.

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