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Jun 26, 2008 06:36 PM

Anyone else a Fortnum and Mason Junkie?

I was introduced to Fortnum and Mason about a year ago. Since then it has been all over for me. At the moment, their Jamaican Blue Mountain Estate Coffee is an addiction. Its on the expensive side, but well worth it. As far as tea, their Afternoon tea makes the best iced tea.

I have tried some chocolates and also one of their biscuits(cookies), but I can't remember which. Unparalleled as far as I am concerned. I haven't had the good fortune to visit their store in london, but I have ordered stuff from their US website a number times over the last year.

Anyone else have the fever? i would like to know of other items to try.

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  1. One of my favourite food stores but I live in the US now so cannot go for those wonderful breakfasts or teas any more. Didn't know there was a website so thanks for the tip.

    There is nothing quite like the Harrods Food Hall though.

    1. Meeeee. Sigh. I was just saying on the LA board if I can't go to London I break down and place a large order on their website once a year. I'm partial to the black tea with fruit added, particularly the strawberry, and I add milk and sugar. I also like all of their preserves (marmalades of every flavour you can imagine -- and rose petal jelly, violet jelly, etc) and every kind of mustard you would ever need in this lifetime.
      The biscuits are also lovely.

      1. Apparently they've just remodelled their food hall. I must go and check it out sometime (I live in London).

        1. I had always been a big fan until the last time I shopped in the London store. I was looking for a particular tea I had bought there previously (can't remember which anymore) and was told in no uncertain terms by a rather stereotypically snooty clerk that they had never carried that type of tea. Needless to say I still have the tin with F&M's distinctive labeling. A little *too* much attitude for my taste. Still, afternoon tea there can be fun. But...

          Harrod's rocks!

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          1. re: rockycat

            The same thing happened to me last year when I tried to buy some of their anchovy mustard, which they have apparently discontinued.

            I was told that they never carried such a thing.

            Yet, I'd been buying it there since 1990.

            I hadn't been to London in about 5 years, but they were selling it the last time I was there. Whatever.

            In their defense, they did seem to have a bit more variety in the condiments they were offering. And more teas, especially green teas.

            I have been making a lot of delicious iced teas with their green tea with orange this summer.

            I think their Earl Grey is particularly good.

            1. re: rockycat

              Harrods is horrible. It's for tourists. Anybody knows Fortnum's is much better than Harrods.

              1. re: BeeRich

                Ditto. My friend couldn't get to Fortnum and bought me some Harrod's. I opened one box and am still trying to decide whether to toss the second or give it to an unknowing individual. The packaging is beautiful, the tea is awful.

                1. re: BeeRich

                  Wow. Where did this come from?

                  Harrod's food court is one of the most amazing foodie destinations on earth.

                  It all depends on what you are after. F and M and Harrods offer totally different products.

              2. Is the quality on the American website as high as the London stores? I noticed the US has a different package source due to FDA rules or some such nonsense, and was afraid to place an order.

                After my friend brought me some green earl grey tea I have been unable to drink regular earl grey from any other brand. I think I'm down to half a tin, and I almost cried when another friend promised to try and get me some more but got caught up at Heahthrow and couldn't make it to the F&M terminal. For my other teas I'm very happy with Mariage Freres, which I can buy in bulk (read: cheaper) in Berkeley. But I need my green earl grey!

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                1. re: Pei

                  I love that green earl grey as well - I'm going to have to remember where I bought it, because I'm pretty sure it's not one of the ones my husband picked up for me at Heathrow.

                  1. re: Pei

                    The US website carries the same quality as the London stores. The different packaging apparently has to do with the 300 year anniversary that passed recently. Not sure if its a temporary change or more permanent. I have yet to try the green earl grey, but I just bought some beer mustard and should be receiving it soon. Can't Wait!!!!!

                    1. re: Pei

                      I just got my order from, and am enjoying their Monk's Blend, a black tea with vanilla and grenadine-- not my usual style, which tends to a strong workingman's cuppa (lately, Barry's from Ireland). I'm trying several of their English Brkfasts, too.

                      They have a green Earl Grey:

                      I haven't had it, but suggest it's worth a try based on what I'm drinking now, the excellent service, and decent price.