How does one not step into a store with window displays like these? Seriously. They revolve and they're full of food and drink. I want them in my house!
[Tea Sniffing Section]
[What I imagine I will look like when I get married]
[Picture in the Stairwell]
[Can I be crowned Queen of Tea now?]
Unfortunately I was there before the sun set and so the window displays were less than stellar on my camera. I will refrain from putting most of them up. Just go see them for yourselves!
The packaging of their stuff is just amazing. Really, really amazing. It truly does appeal to the compulsive shopper that I am, but I have been assured by numerous sources that their stuff can quite readily be judged by their covers, so I am a happy camper.
Seriously, even their bags are pretty. It was just inevitable.
Honestly, what I left with boils down to sheer restraint. If I had my way, I would have hidden in a corner and gotten myself locked in the store so that I could spend the night trying all the different types of teas!
Let's take a look at what I did get:
[Fortnum & Mason's Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscuits (£9.95)]
Oh my god the packaging! Oh my god! I picked it up, then put it back, then stared forlornly at it until my friend told me they were really good and I picked them up again. I can't wait to rip these open!
[Fortnum & Mason's Earl Grey Shortbread Rounds (£6.95)]
I didn't even have to think twice about this, and she reiterated my resolve by telling me they were amazing. Funnily enough, the two of us tried to make Earl Grey Shortbread a few years ago. They were decent, but nowhere near as awesome as these are going to be. I can just feel it!
[Coronation Musical Biscuit Tin - Dark Chocolate Dipped Orange Digestive Biscuits (£12.95)]
Seriously, there is nothing in the caption above that I don't love. This set of tins has been released in honour of the Queen, and there is a little knob below it which turns this into a music box! It is the best thing I have ever seen in my life. It's almost as though you have biscuits and entertainment in one. What could be better?! And orange digestives...dipped in dark chocolate...oh my god.
[Mrs. Rushton's Dark & Chunky Marmalade (£2.95)]
This was on sale so I picked it up for my mother. She loves marmalade. I don't. It was on sale. See...no one like marmalade. They have to put them on sale! It's not even expiring anytime soon. What was interesting though was the sheer range of marmalade they had. The only thing I think of when I think "marmalade" is Paddington Bear. Don't ask me why. It might have something to do with an episode I saw as a child. I like how I can remember such things but not my passport number.
[Fortnum & Mason's Strawberry Preserve Infused with Earl Grey Tea (£5.95)]
I want to put this on the Earl Grey Shortbread. Seriously. I've tried Black Tea Jelly before (from TWG) and it was REALLY good. I have no doubt that this will be on par. Breakfast is about to get so much more awesome.
[Tea at Fortnum & Mason (£10)]
I saw this at the counter when I went to enquire about their Darjeeling Silver Needle. They're pricing it at £35/100g, but I think that is rather excessive. Darjeeling isn't known to be the best tea so I wouldn't trust them enough to buy their white tea. It didn't even look their pretty...the way it should. It is a lie.
But this book! I love it! It comes with explanations and recipes:
Fortnum & Mason's might be reason enough to move to London.
181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER