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If you are unsure what path to take this Christmas you can never go wrong with quality, fresh, artisanal food gifts. Here at Forman & Field we offer a wide range of hamper and gift ideas starting from just £26.50.

Stumped on what to buy Dad?  Try the Double Scotch Hamper or Godminster Vodka. 

Treat Mum to chocs from Artisan du Chocolat, we love them all, but guarantee you will be in her best books all year if you choose the Voyage de Chocolats! 

Teachers will love the delights hidden in our boxes of macaroons.

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Our hand-made Forman & Field Hamper are ideal for corporate gifts, presents for families or for your own guilty pleasure.

The dictionary describes a hamper as a repository for treasure.  How apt – this description could have been made for Forman & Field.

All our hampers are packed here on Fish Island, by our dedicated packing team.  They do not sit on shelves in warehouses for months on end.  They are made just for you when you place your order.  Our hampers are filled with the very best freshly made food – top British ingredients – food you would want to eat now, rather than fancily packaged jars and pretty tins that get put away in the back of a cupboard and forgotten about.

For all your Gourmet food needs this festive season!


WOW, what a day at Forman’s Smokehouse

What a day was had at our Open Day last Saturday.  I can honestly say it was one of the most fun-filled days ever had on Fish Island.  The team at Forman & Field worked tirelessly from early morning (4am) to ensure that everyone had a great day.  The passion of all our artisan producers was evidently clear, and the mutual respect for each other’s products was apparent in the number of suppliers purchasing each other’s products!




From the fresh fish in the Street Market to the Smokehouse Gallery it was access all areas as visitors were free to roam the factory on a Willy Wonkaesque tour.



Jon from Nyetimber told us “Thank you very much for the opportunity to represent our wines at the event. I have to say that we all thought that the calibre of guest was superb and it was without question one of the most fun tasting events we’ve been to.”


Selling out on the day were the Liquid Salted Caramel Sauce on the Artisan du Chocolat stand; the brilliant bangers from Hepburns and the macaroons from L’Orchidee.  You will be pleased to know they are now all back in stock – so order now to discover just why they were so popular.

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tinytThe images above were taken on the day.  Don’t forget there is still time to enter our competition on Twitter.  Post your favourite Open Day photo  to be in witha chance to win a £50 Forman & Field Gift Voucher
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selfridges7 DAYS A WEEK – NOVEMBER & DECEMBER 2014

Forman’s and Selfridges go back a long way together, with our salmon gracing their smoked fish counters for almost a century.   Back in 1934, the largest wild Salmon ever sold at Billingsgate Fish Market  – a 74 lb fish – was smoked by Forman’s and sold by Louis Forman, son of founder, Harry, to Selfridges (see picture bottom left). 100 years on and we are   delighted to announce that Forman’s has a Pop-up shop in Selfridges Food Hall, Oxford Street, London from now until 4 January 2015.

The traditional route many retail businesses take is from shop to online. But Forman & Field, the home delivery arm of H.Forman & Son, is doing precisely the opposite.   To show case its products and let customers  sample before they buy, what could be better.   The Pop-up shop in Selfridges food hall has a range of over 50 of Forman & Field’s savoury delicacies.

When visiting you can have your Smoked Salmon carved freshly in front of you by Forman’s Guinness World Record Holder, Darren Matson. Choose from wild or farmed, lean or fatty, cold smoked or hot smoked, or try one of our amazing cured salmon selections.  Lobster Thermidors are already rushing out the door.  Click here to watch Darren being challenged by Gordon Ramsay at the world’s fastest pin boning and carving.

Also, on sale are our newly launched ‘Boris Bagel’.  Not only are they the Mayor of London’s favourite East End treat (“There is nothing better than a Forman’s salmon bagel.  Absolutely delicious!”) proceeds go to ‘London’ Biggest Breakfast’  program to feed school kids who miss breakfast. This authentic Brick Lane Bagel with lashings of chivey cream cheese and our famous Grade One ‘London Cure’ Smoked Salmon is perfect for lunch on the go.   So pop in or pop along to Forman & Fields pop-up and perk up your day.


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The Times, last week, reported that sales of artisan food are at a record high.  Here at Forman & Field we supply, and always have, the finest artisan produce the UK has to offer.  But we are pretty sure you already knew that.  As producers of the finest Grade One Smoked Scottish Salmon ourselves, we know the provenance of all our ingredients and when you buy from us you can be assured of quality.

Grade 1 Smoked Salmon

Our new catalogue for Christmas 2014-15 will be landing on your doorstep very soon, and an online version will be available for paperless homes.  It is brimming with food that is hand made with love, care and attention.  With lots of new products and all our favourites it has something for every palate.

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With all the attention and focus on artisan foods, make sure you beat the masses and get your Christmas order in to us in plenty of time.

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Start browsing now:

As all our new delights will be available to order online and by telephone from Friday 17th October 2014.




The great Scottish debate isn’t over yet. Concerns have been raised over the levels of fat in farmed Scottish Salmon as opposed to the leaner Wild Salmon.

Lance Forman of the UK’s oldest Smoked Salmon curers, H. Forman & Son lends his expertise to help clarify the situation. As Lance says “We’ve been smoking the finest Salmon in the East End of London since 1905.”

Historically, customers would specifically request fattier Wild Salmon for the amazing taste. In my view, the finest farmed Scottish Salmon now offer a great balance of flavour and nutritional benefits to our customers. Forman’s farmed Smoked Salmon comes exclusively from fast flowing waters of Scottish farms, whereas some two thirds of the Salmon sold in the UK is Norwegian, from the stiller water of the country’s fjords. That means our Salmon has a lower fat content than most and is much fresher in terms of flavour and nutritional value.”

Fatty Salmon

Of course, just as with a chicken, different parts of the fish contain different levels of fat. Forman’s have gone one stage further to help their customers get the perfect Smoked Salmon for them. Lance continues “That’s right, we are now offering our customers the opportunity to choose hand-carved slices from the lean or fatty parts of the fish. When we asked our customers which they preferred, the vote was pretty even. From over 2000 respondents, 47% said they preferred their Smoked Salmon with a higher level of fat and 53% preferred it lean.”

At Forman's you can choose Lean, Fatty or a mixed pack of Grade One or Genuine Wild Smoked Salmon.

At Forman’s you can choose Lean, Fatty or a mixed pack of Grade One or Genuine Wild Smoked Salmon.

Whichever choice slices you choose, the nutritional health benefits of Smoked Salmon, wild or farmed, are proven. Every slice is packed with omega 3, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease according to the Food Standards Agency.

So do you lean towards the lean or plump for full fat?  Unlike that other Scottish debate, the whole country can now choose.

If you have any questions, on this article or recent work on Fatty or Farmed Salmon please do not hesitate to email the experts at or call on 0208 5252 352. 



Join us for drinks & canapes at the preview evening of this stunning exhibition by local artist Mark Pearson on Thursday 18th September 2014 from 6 – 9.30pm.

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Mark Pearson’s work is characterised by compositions where the human figure is present; the key elements in his pictures are light, space and movement. He works in a variety of different mediums including oils, acrylic, watercolours, chalk, pen & ink. Mark will be in residence at Forman’s for the duration of the exhibition so feel free to pop and watch him at work.  For more info visit

As well as the art, H.Forman & Son will be exhibiting their finest culinary offerings with the opportunity to sample and purchase top selling products on the night.

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EMAIL us at to be added to the Guest List for the evening & receive a complimentary glass of wine on arrival.


‘The Boris Bagel’ Launch at Selfridges



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A few weeks ago Lance Forman went to Selfridges as part of their Meet the Maker Food Festival. Whilst there he launched The Borris Bagel – a collaboration of two East End traditions; an authentic Brick Lane Bagel with lashings of Chivey Cream Cheese and our famous London Cure Smoked Salmon.

As you may recall Boris Johnson recently claimed that there is “nothing better than a Forman’s Smoked Salmon Bagel”. We already knew this, but it is nice to have it reconfirmed!  We decided that everyone needed to be able to share Boris’ passion and so the idea for The Boris Bagel was born.

10p from each bagel sold goes towards the Mayors Fund for London, which supports ‘London’s Biggest Breakfast’: a club that feeds a free, healthy breakfast to over 2,500 disadvantaged school children daily.

The Bagel Bar in Selfridges was so popular they sold out! But do not fear, you can buy them now from Selfridges, branches of Chop’d and now available for home delivery through Forman & Field.





H. Forman & Son & Mercedes Benz – The Best or Nothing.

Have you seen our Van’s out and about in city delivering our world class Smoked Salmon? Agile, but spacious, Mercedes Benz temperature controlled Vito Vans really are the crème de la crème; and Forman’s have now been chosen to represent them in their new #challengethevan campaign.

See how Vito helps them zip through the city with their precious cargo of Gourmet Fish (, watch closely and answer the question for a chance to win a Gourmet Food Hamper or Salmon Tasting Experience.







Here at Forman’s we care about what you want.

So, now we are going back to the tradition of the deli selection. This allows you to choose your favourite cut of Salmon to be hand sliced by our team on Fish Island.

Pick from either our famous London Cure or finest Genuine Wild Smoked Salmon and choose either the Fatty or Lean Cut.

This preference is something that polarises all who know and love Smoked Salmon and we were curious to find out what you preferred.

We created a poll asking our customers whether they favour Fatty or Lean Smoked Salmon and we received a staggering two thousands responses. The results showed 53% choose the Lean cut of Salmon and 47% preferred the Fattier slices.



Forman’s Smoked Salmon on the Menu at Buckingham Palace

Here at Forman’s we are delighted to have had our “London Cure” smoked salmon specially selected to be enjoyed at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace this July in the delicious John Lewis hampers.

Being served in the form of a ‘paupiette'; a smoked salmon parcel, on this occasion filled with crab and lobster, John Lewis describes H Forman & Son, as ‘London’s Finest Smokery’.   Why thank you.  We are most honoured.

For those not attending the celebrations in the Palace Gardens, why not enjoy Forman’s smoked salmon paupiettes which can be ordered directly from Forman & Field, to be enjoyed in your very own garden.  A starter fit for a Queen.  Click on the image below.

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