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Fortnum & Mason Hampers
Fortnum & Mason has been both creating and sating the nation’s appetites since 1707. There’s something about being the original that brings an extra cachet. Specialising in hampers all year round, filled with the finest seasonal produce the UK has to offer, Fortnum have pre-made hamper options or can offer a bespoke collection for a client, gift or guest. Their Christmas hampers hold a particular notoriety, while their range of wine hampers promise to satisfy even the most ardent connoisseur.
The Belgravia £500
Within The Belgravia you will find the finest things to be found in Fortnum’s food halls: Earl Grey classic tea and connoisseur blend coffee, morello cherry and cognac preserve, venison salami, vintage Champagne, handmade chocolates and a great deal more besides.
The Mayfair £250
Mayfair is the epitome of fine living, as reflected in this sophisticated hamper. Each item offers a taste of the finer things in life, such as F&M’s dark chocolate Alto El Sol plantation discs, venison terrine with prunes, wild Scottish smoked salmon and a bottle of Champagne.
The Grosvenor £100
Reassuringly traditional, this classic hamper is filled with familiar pleasures, from Dundee cake and Fortnum’s exclusive blends of tea and coffee to a very fine Chablis. Rich butter biscuits, a bazaar of olives and a drum of rich chocolate truffles are included in the feast.
The Highgrove £100
The contents of this hamper comprise a generous selection of food and wine produced exclusively for the royal Highgrove estate, including spiced fruit chutney, damson preserve, oat and sultana biscuits and Highgrove's own blend of afternoon tea.
The Northumberland £60
This modestly sized hamper contains a generous feast of classic Fortnum's luxuries, including Royal Blend tea, Sir Nigel’s vintage marmalade, crumbly shortbread and a box of Icy Mints. Complete with a bottle of Fortnum’s Cote du Rhone, this will provide a very satisfying feast.
The Strand £40
A delicious introduction to the delights of Fortnum & Mason’s food halls, this modest hamper is filled with two of their famous tea blends, butter thins, chocolate squares, Piccadilly piccalilli and no fewer than three of Fortnum’s handmade preserves.
New World Explorer £100
These bottles are among some of Fortnum & Mason’s most interesting finds, sourced from a great collection of grape varieties and styles from all corners of the globe. There are two examples of Syrah: one from the Barossa in Australia and one from the South African vineyard of Lammershoek, as well as a Yarra Valley Chardonnay, a rich Argentinean Malbec, an elegant Sauvignon from Martinborough, and a honeyed South African Chenin Blanc.
The Cheese & Wine Box £125
This is the complete kit for a true lover of cheese and wine; not just those two key ingredients, but also a cheese book, knife and corkscrew, and a selection of excellent biscuits. The cheeseboard selection includes a classic, creamy Brie de Meaux, some sweet and nutty Comte, Fourme d'Ambert, a rich blue cheese with a mild yet fruity flavour, and Pico, a creamy goat cheese with hazelnut notes.
The Champagne & Chocolates Box £55
This unbeatable combination of Marc de Champagne truffles and Brut Reserve Champagne is one of F&M’s most popular gifts, and for very good reason. The truffles are heady and decadent, and the Champagne is one of the finest of its kind, made by Louis Roederer. Presented in a satin-lined box, it makes a very generous gift.