a Fortnum & Mason treat

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]midst all the crazy holiday cheer that December stirs up, sometimes its good to have a time out. My friend Luan and I met up for dinner at Fortnum and Mason, for a special little treat and also…they’re so Christmassy, you can practically hear the sleigh bells the moment you walk through the front doors!

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Initially I had booked us into the Gallery but realising my mistake that it was only for  tea and cake that late in the day- they kindly made room for us at The Fountain restaurant below. It was old timey beautiful and pretty elegant- the dim light and fresh flowers on the table were very…ooh la la. I do wonder if they thought we were on some awkward Tinder date…

Anyway, as romantic as the setting was, we got down to the serious business of eating!

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How cute is the bread basket?! Even the bread comes in a signature Fortnum and Mason basket. It might actually have been my most favorite part of the meal. Bread and butter- you can’t beat it! I had Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Parsnip Puree and Tarragon sauce and Luan had the Beer Battered Fish & Chips that had a tidy little lump of mushy peas with it. In keeping with the theme of Little Old Ladies Who Missed Lunch, we also ordered a jug of Fortnum’s Mint Refresher- ginger ale, fresh mint, sugar syrup and lemon juice- I do declare! I might have to recreate it at home, this drink would be amazing in summer.

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Afterwards, we walked up to the Christmas Shop floor and had a quick browse before closing time. I made a new friend- very Don Draper don’t you think?  Can’t argue with a fellow tartan lover! The big bouquets of cinnamon sticks and dried fruit up here make it feel like you’ve stumbled into a workshop in the North Pole- not helped with the realistic fireplaces around every corner and tubs of beautiful trinkets and decorations.  I couldn’t resist standing for a proud and noble portrait by the fire…and then we were asked to leave (ok, it was closing time to be honest)

Oh Fortnum’s- you make me feel fine, fancy and festive. And alliterative.

Author: Angela Shek

just a clueless mama in East London

2 thoughts on “a Fortnum & Mason treat”

  1. I do love it in there this time of year, and your food looks so good!He does look very Don-esq! And as you say, who can resist a man in tartan? x

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