This year for Father’s Day, we celebrated with a Tesco Gift Experience. I was fortunate to be contacted by Tesco and kindly asked to review one of their gift experiences. Although both myself and my Dad shop at Tesco regularly, it had never before crossed our minds to purchase a gift experience through them, yet this is something both of us have purchased before for similar occasions. I’m not sure why we had overlooked the brand, perhaps we were unaware that their offering was so great. With a wide range of gifts available, including afternoon tea, short breaks, driving experiences, stadium tours (the list is endless), Tesco has something on offer for everyone. Choosing one experience for my Dad proved difficult.
Although my Dad very much likes football and cars, and I’m sure would’ve enjoyed both a driving experience and a stadium tour, I wanted to treat him to something here in London as he always enjoys coming down to visit me. Selfishly, as I’m a bit (cough) of a foodie, I chose a food experience. My Dad very much loves his food too, and whenever him and Mum come down to visit, we always try to eat a new place, neither of us have been before. The food experiences available at Tesco are perfectly picked and include restaurants you would never either afford to eat at, or possibly think to eat at. So it was a real treat for the both of us.
After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the ‘3 Courses and Bubbles at a Michelin Recommended Restaurant‘. With this deal you are able to choose from three different restaurants Lower Slaughter Manor in Gloucestershire, Picture Restaurant in London or Galvin La Chapelle, also in London. Although I’m actually from Gloucestershire, and my parents still live there, I wanted us to celebrate in London and so I chose Galvin La Chapelle. I had heard of this French Michelin star restaurant before and after taking a look at their website and viewing the impressive restaurant decor and fantastic menu, I knew this was the place for us.
The atmosphere on a Saturday night was buzzy with not a table empty. The menu that we were able to choose from as part of the deal, was varied with a meat, vegetarian and fish option for both starter and main. Both myself and my Dad found it difficult to pick between each incredible sounding dish. I eventually chose the beetroot and goat’s curd for starter, followed by the lamb and Jersey Royal potato mash for main.
For dessert, I opted for the almond and apricot sponge, served with apricot sorbet and rosemary custard – phenomenal! We also shared a carafe of white wine, a bottle of still water, and we were constantly topped up with bread throughout the first course. The wine and water were extra, which we fully expected to pay for, but were surprised that by the time the Tesco Direct Experiences voucher was taken off the bill, we were only left to pay £30.
All in all it was a fantastic evening, we both thoroughly enjoyed the food, drink and atmosphere of Galvin La Chapelle, and I would absolutely recommend the voucher for any foodies or anyone wanting to experience a Michelin recommended restaurant.
Have you ever bought a gift experience from Tesco before? Would you consider buying an experience like this one as a gift for your Dad this Father’s Day?