Father’s Day at The Pantiles

15th June 2022

Father’s Day is commemorated on the third Sunday of June in the UK, and is a day to honour fathers and father figures. This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 19th June.

Men are notoriously difficult to buy for, so our blog this week has some tip top gift ideas to help you make your dad feel top of the pops this weekend!

Cook up a Storm

If the men in your life like to spend time in the kitchen, shun the “World’s Best Dad mug” and opt for something special yet practical. If you’re looking for quality kitchenware and cooking paraphernalia, head to Trevor Mottram at The Pantiles. Named “Independent Cookshop of the Year”, this fantastic store sells everything from whisks to plates and clocks to cutlery.

Put Pa in the Picture

Is your dad snap happy? Does he consider himself a photography aficionado? If so, your first stop should be The Pantiles Cameras. Whether you’re shopping for a digital, analogue, DSLR or a phone snapper dad, The Pantiles Cameras has an array of photo-related gems to choose from.

The Pantiles Cameras also offers a high-quality photo printing service – perfect if you’re putting together a traditional photo album for your old man. The store can instantly print from most smartphones, memory cards, USB or other storage devices. From basic cropping and enlargements, to red-eye removal, sepia filters and the addition of titles; their team of editing wizards can enhance your images at the mere tap of a button.

A Golden Oldie

Put a smile on the face of a well-groomed man with a pair of cufflinks or some jewellery. Peter Jenner at The Pantiles has a variety of unique, stylish and durable accessories, made from different metals, textures and beading to complement any style or outfit of your dad’s choosing.

Eat your Heart Out

Why not treat your dad to a lovely lunch or a fine dining dinner? From burgers to posh nosh and light bites to artisan offerings, The Pantiles’ selection of restaurants, cafes and bars has something to satiate every palate. Including:


Kumquat combines South East Asian and European flavours to produce eye-popping, delicious dishes. This combination takes known and loved offerings and raises them to another level with the exciting flavours that come from South East Asian ingredients.


Situated in the Old Fishmarket building in The Pantiles, Sankey’s exclusive Champagne and Seafood Bar is the jewel in the town’s crown. Serving a wide range of Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world, it is a fabulous place to relax and enjoy the very best of British fish and shellfish.


The newest addition to The Pantiles, Vintry is a bar and pizzeria in the heart of The Pantiles that uses the best locally sourced produce. Serving homemade sourdough pizza, along with ice cream, cocktails, coffee, cakes and pastries – the latter made by Vintry’s Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef.

Treat him to a Tipple

If your dad enjoys a drink, visit The Wine Rooms. With a wonderful selection of rich, sweet and fortified wines, he’s sure to find something that tickles his fancy. You can also pair a glass with their exquisite assortment of mouth-watering cheeses – a wonderful way to cap off an evening at The Pantiles.

All that Jazz

You don’t have to celebrate on Father’s Day, of course. Why not book a table for next Thursday at the Tunbridge Wells Hotel, La Casa Vecchia or Kirthon and treat your dad to an evening of Jazz on The Pantiles?

This famous local event showcases some of the country’s very best jazz talents. Relax with your music-loving dad, enjoy some delicious food and tap your toes along as jazz music fills the summer air.

The next act set to perform at the bandstand is Dino & Darby on Thursday 23rd June. Dino Baptiste is a highly energetic pianist, vocalist and entertainer from London. Now residing in Birmingham, Dino has strong links to Blues, Boogie Woogie and Rock & Roll as well as performing mainstream classics and current cover songs. His influences revolve around three idols since a teenager – Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles.

We hope everyone has a fantastic Father’s Day! Whether you’re seeking something special for your dad, grandad or a father figure, the restaurants and stores at The Pantiles are sure to have you covered this weekend.