What and Where the Hell is Fortnum and Mason? I Thought it Was a Basket maker!

When you think of Fortnum and Mason, you may or may not think of the rather expensive wicker baskets. I know that’s what I think of anyway. 

So, when we were in London and Tina suggests going to the Fortnum and Mason building. I was both stumped and unsure of what I had just heard. After a few minutes of puzzlement on my face, Tina proceeded to tell me what she was talking about.

I still have very little clue what to expect. So, after our glorious Honest Burger meal and before heading to watch Wicked the Musical we took a slow stroll in the rain to the Fortnum and Mason store. Holy batshit Batman, this place was on another level.

Let’s set the scene.

You step foot in the door and you are met with an array of different food stuff. Sweet, savoury, fruit, bakery, wine. You name it and you can pretty much get it as soon as you walk through the door. We were looking for a specific. We were looking for Maitre Choux. Tina had been looking for dessert places and came across this place and just had to sample one of their eclairs.

We couldn’t locate it initially, so decided to explore and venture to the different floors. I felt so out of place, the floor space is very minimal. But what you can see is some very exclusive and designer items. Some were into the high hundreds and even thousands.

Then we found it, no more Maitre Choux. Tina would say far more important. The Jubilee Tea Salon, stepped in history the salon has been many things during its 307 year history. Even acting as the apartment for the Fortnum family back in the 1920’s and 30’s.

For the small sum from £55 per person you can have a selection of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberry and lemon conserve, selection of patisseries or cake from the cake carriage, and of course tea. Prices do escalate depending on the type of teas you may want or if you want champagne. We didn’t have time to dine this time, but both said we will do at a later date. In the meantime you can book your table at the Fortnum and Mason Jubilee Tea Salon.

Right, back to searching for this Éclair!

It had to be in the ground floor with all the other food and drink. Then boom, there it was. Tucked away in the corner just as you walk in the door.

F*%@ me! The prices were rediculous. £5.20 for a small slither of Éclair. You’re only here once and we had an idea it wouldn’t be cheap. We purchased the Spanish Raspberry Éclair, I wasn’t too sure if I should due to certain foods not agreeing with me. 

All in all, an experience. You can have something to eat at the restaurant at the back in the ground floor. Or venture up and have a decadent afternoon tea.

The choice is yours.

Lee Webber
Lee Webber
Hola, i'm Lee and one half of the founders of Look at our World. You will quite often find me either behind the computer maintaining this stunning website, or sampling some incredible food.

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