You don’t have to wait until Father’s Day to tell your dad how much you love him, but it’s a great day to show him your appreciation for everything he does. Sunday 19 June is a special day just for him, so why wouldn’t you buy him something you’ll know he’ll love and that will remind him of your special bond?
If you’re looking to be inspired, here are some great gift ideas that you can buy right here in Chester city centre. Happy shopping!
CUPS coffee and board games
Sometimes what you need is time with loved ones. So how about spending time with your dad over a delicious cup of coffee and a slice of cake then maybe playing a board game you both love? Independently-owned CUPS has a coffee shop downstairs and a gaming room upstairs where they often hold open table games where you can both learn a new game and meet new people. Dad will definitely remember this quirky gift!
Drop in, ring them on 01244 342567, or message them on their Facebook page to find out more and book.
25 St Werburgh Street
Chester Model Centre
You can shop for model railways, model kits, wargaming and diecast models and more at the Chester Model Centre. This family-owned business stocks all the big names including Hornby, Airfix, Corgi and Games Workshop – more than 35 brands in total. They also carry out services and repairs, so if dad has a train set that needs to be fixed, you know where to go…
71-73 Bridge Street Row East
This is quite the Aladdin’s cave of all things cigars and whisky, beginning at the original shop at number 34, which specialises in New World cigars and pipe tobaccos. The Case Del Habano at number 32 specialises in Havana cigars and there’s a shop selling a range of whisky gift packs, chocolates and snacks. There are gifts for all budgets but if you’re happy to splash the cash you could spend thousands on a single bottle of single malt Scotch whisky.
34 Watergate Street
That Beer Place
Why not take dad on a journey of discovery into the wonderful world of beer? You won’t have to go far – That Beer Place is on Foregate Street. This place has a huge range of beers and ciders from across the globe and there’s bound to be something new that dad would love to try. With 350 different beers and around 100 ciders chances are dad will want to stay a while….
116 Foregate Street
Give the gift of theatre, with a ticket for both of you to the latest production – or take dad to the cinema. As well as blockbusters and indie gems the cinema is also screening footage from Chester’s past. So if dad likes local history then book him up to Cheshire West on Film, a compilation of short films showing archive footage from the Edwardian era to the 1970s. It’s part of the Chester Heritage Festival and runs on 22 June.
Wine School of Cheshire
Anyone who wants to know more about wine would love a wine tasting session at this gem of a place that’s nestling in Godstall Lane. It’s an intimate venue where you can join a handful of guests for events that include lunchtime food and wine pairing featuring wine from a specific area. They even do an evening wine and crisps event. And if dad is worried he knows too little to appreciate it, tell him the school doesn’t do wine snobbery and is just happy to spread the love on all things wine.
4 Godstall Lane
Olive Tree Brasserie
Linger over a lunch or book a proper dinner for all the family at this stylish Mediterranean restaurant that focuses on traditional Greek cuisine. If you’re watching your pennies you could always book the Tuesday 2-4-1 kebabs and gyros deal, starting June 14, for a limited time only.
It’s up on the Rows on Eastgate Street with gorgeous views of the bustling street below…
39-41 Watergate Street
London Camera Exchange
If your dad counts David Bailey and Mario Testino as two of his heros then chances are he’s into photography – so why not buy him some new equipment from the London Camera Exchange so his can channel his creativity? Or if he has a camera already, but fancies something more high spec, then you can sell it to them and use the money to upgrade. They also sell quality, second-hand cameras, too.
9 Bridge Street Row
Give a gift to treasure with art glass from Pyramid Glass. They sell an innovative array of gifts, both traditional and quirky (see main picture, above), that will last forever. As well as offering British and Venetian designers, the shop is the country’s leading independent retailer for Scandinavian glass.
If he’s a fan of wine or champagne then why not treat him to a set of wine glasses, coupes or flutes? They even sell designer coasters.
23 St Werburgh Street
While you may think leathers are just for the winter, how many times have you thrown on a jacket on a summer’s evening? There are lighter leathers these days, and designer ones, too. Buy him a quality leather and he’ll be thinking of you every time he wears it. Lakeland Leather is THE specialist shop and has jackets, coasts, laptop bags, holdalls and more, all in the quality you’d expect from such a long-established brand.
8-10 Eastgate Row South
When dad does his best to help the environment then why wouldn’t you buy him a present that respects his lifestyle? Just Footprints is a single-use plastic free refill shop that’s brimming with coffee, tea, spices, flour and much, much more. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of goodies for store cupboard essentials, cleaning products and personal items. If you can, remember to take jars or bags to refill (though they do supply them if you’re caught short).
17B, The Forum Shopping Centre