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dougless Jun 26, 2008 06:36 PM

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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    allsmiles277 Jul 26, 2010 04:53 PM

    I have tried my best to like Earl Grey tea but I just can't do it. Royal Blend is by far my favorite. I also like Breakfast Blend and Queen Anne. Fortnum and Mason is the best tea I have ever drunk in my life so far. Englishteastore.com has some teas that are fair but cannot come close to F&M teas in my opinion.

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      allsmiles277 Jul 26, 2010 04:45 PM

      I don't know about F&M's coffee but their Royal Blend tea is wonderful. I hate that I have to order it from England now since the shipping rates are outrageous. I still have been ordering from England because I am addicted to their hot teas.

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        spillenger Dec 16, 2009 11:48 AM

        Does anyone know of a really good substitute for the Fortmason tea that's no longer being sold in the US? As in: "Scented with orange, this blend of Indian and China teas is also perfumed with the delicate aroma of orange blossom to produce a subtle, flowery flavour." I have a wife that's going through major withdrawal.

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          lmemirzian Jan 11, 2010 04:05 PM

          I am addicted to Fortnum and Mason's Fortmason tea too. I just ordered it off the Fortnum and Mason website. If you go to their website and read the fine print, it says they will ship 5 items to the US for 20 pounds ($32). Since I am a total addict and haven't had any tea that approaches this one, I decided to go for it. But the first 17 times I tried to place my order, there were errors with the website. One of the errors I kept getting was weird shipping charges, like 95 pounds for a few items. Anyway, after patiently entering the same order in a couple of times each day, (doing exactly the same thing each time, I thought...) then backing out due to incorrect shipping charge, or being unable to complete the order due to weird error messages, I finally was able to place an order. I hope the tea actually arrives on my doorstep!

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            liu Jan 11, 2010 05:05 PM

            Which ones did you order?

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              lmemirzian Jan 18, 2010 04:18 PM

              I ordered the Fortmason tea. I also ordered some biscuits and chocolate, and received it all today. I haven't brewed any of the tea yet, but it smells heavenly.

        2. Paulustrious Dec 8, 2009 05:11 AM

          To all Chowhounders who visit London, by all means see the museums, buildings and artifacts. But do take a trip to one of the food halls. Harrods is my preference. It's an experience you will remember forever.

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            smartie Jan 11, 2010 07:05 PM

            I agree, the Harrods food hall is beautiful and each section is stunning. Foods are amazing too. Fortnums is all about packaged goods and chocolates, Harrods is so much more.

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              BeeRich Apr 27, 2010 06:17 AM

              Not quite. I think you need another visit.

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              hill food Jan 18, 2010 06:50 PM

              Harrod's is overwhelming. truly amazing. but I'm always reminded of the Ab Fab episode when Patsy argues "Of course you can order in from Harrod's, you can't expect the people of Knightsbridge to eat out EVERY night!"

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                BeeRich Apr 27, 2010 06:17 AM

                Like a trip to Disney World? Fortnums always has, and always will, have more class.

              2. OCAnn Dec 7, 2009 12:42 PM

                I too like F&M, particularly their teas. Fortunately, a Japanese market in LA's South Bay (Marukai in Gardena) carries a nice selection.

                1. omotosando Jul 17, 2008 09:19 PM

                  Has anyone tried their tea bags? The website http://www.fortnumandmason-usa.com/ isn't very informative. I am wondering if they use the old-fashioned horrible kind of tea bags or the newer nice ones that companies like Mighty Leaf use where you actually extract some flavor from the tea.

                  From the limited pictures on the website, it looks like they use the old-fashioned horrible style of teabag.

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                    hill food Jul 17, 2008 10:33 PM

                    the paper is the same, the tea is better.

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                    joeoxford Jul 2, 2008 06:51 AM

                    I just got back from a trip to London. I went to the store in Piccadilly. Can I say that I had the best breakfast of my life? It was so simple. Waffles with Fortnum & Mason Rose Petal Jelly. Just fantastic! And to my delight, they have it available in the States. If you haven't ever had this, it is a must must must. The Afternoon Blend is a great tea as mentioned above Its a good summer tea. Also, the Fortmason Tea. If you like Earl Grey, you would love Fortmason tea. Fortnum's is simply the best. I can't say enough about their quality. Don't let Harrods or Dean and Deluca fool you. No one can touch Fortnum.

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                      hill food Jul 2, 2008 11:06 PM

                      Gentleman's Relish anyone?

                      this thread reminds me of the AbFab joke "you can't expect the residents of Knightsbridge to eat out EVERY night!"

                    2. Pei Jun 27, 2008 08:50 AM

                      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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                        MMRuth Jun 27, 2008 09:07 AM

                        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.

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                          dougless Jun 27, 2008 10:17 AM

                          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!!!!!

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                            MariaJ. Feb 12, 2010 07:16 PM

                            I just got my order from englishteastore.com, 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: http://www.englishteastore.com/1mt-eg...

                            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.

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                            rockycat Jun 27, 2008 06:33 AM

                            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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                              C. Hamster Jun 27, 2008 09:26 AM

                              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.

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                                BeeRich Aug 8, 2009 07:14 AM

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

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                                  Pei Aug 9, 2009 09:36 PM

                                  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.

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                                    C. Hamster Aug 11, 2009 10:10 AM

                                    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. greedygirl Jun 27, 2008 06:05 AM

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

                                  1. khh1138 Jun 26, 2008 09:41 PM

                                    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.

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                                      smartie Jun 26, 2008 07:56 PM

                                      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.

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