A right royal feast – our Royal Wedding Hamper
It’s not every year a future king gets married so we’ve decided to enter into the celebratory spirit by offering a Royal Wedding Hamper worthy of the occasion.
Bringing together a hand-picked selection of the finest foodstuffs His Royal Highness’s loyal subjects can muster, the Forman & Field Royal Wedding Hamper contains such epicurean delights as Royal Fillet of London Cure Smoked Salmon, Palace Earl Grey Tea, a homemade Victoria Sandwich cake and a sensational sparkling wine from Sussex.
It would make an ideal gift for Kate and William’s bridal list, or anyone marrying this year for that matter, and a wonderful showpiece for street parties across the shires. Although not strictly speaking a picnic hamper, it would also help soothe the hunger pangs of royal revelers lining the streets of Westminster on Friday 29th April 2011.
The salmon – Royal Fillet of London Cure Smoked Salmon
H. Forman & Son has been producing London’s finest smoked salmon since 1905 when Edward VII was on the throne. Today, it’s the only smoked salmon producer in the capital, with a state-of-the-art smokehouse in East London overlooking the 2012 Olympic Stadium. Royal Fillet is, essentially, the finest part of the salmon – think fillet of beef – lightly smoked in a kiln with smoke produced by burning oak logs. It’s one of the world’s great delicacies, and melts like butter in an aristocrat’s mouth. Delicious cold in sashimi-style chunks but we think Kate would probably sear it in a hot pan for a minute and serve it thinly sliced with a fresh green salad on the side.
The bubbly – Nyetimber Classic Cuvee
English sparkling wines are as good as the finest champagnes these days thanks to a warmer climate in the South of England and a remarkably similar terroir. Nyetimber Estate is the largest vineyard in the UK and sets the standards for British winemaking. It’s the only estate to make premium sparkling wine exclusively from estate grown grapes. The Classic Cuvee is a blend of white Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, produced by the traditional method champenoise which involves secondary fermentation, and is aged in bottle for at least three years. Could this stunningly good fizz feature on the wedding breakfast menu? Who knows? All we’ll say is, Rule Britannia.
The pie – Mrs King’s Pork Pie
What else but a pork pie of impeccable heritage to gladden the nation after a miserable debt-ridden year or two. Mrs King – no relation, as far as we know – makes the finest Melton Mowbray pork pies we’ve ever tasted. Absolute stonkers. With authentic collapsed sides, crisp hot water pastry and fresh pork seasoned to perfection. A pie to set before a king, if ever there was one.
The ham – Alderton Ham
Made in small batches on the edge of the Royal Forest of Sherwood in Nottinghamshire, Alderton Ham is, quite simply, the best ham you will ever taste. Moist, succulent, full of flavour, it’s made from English free range pork legs which are first steamed then roasted with a traditional marmalade glaze. Irresistible, just like our future queen.
The cheese – Colston Bassett Stilton
If there was a king of cheeses it would have to be Stilton and, of the select band of high quality producers, Colston Bassett stands out. It’s creamier than a queen’s complexion and smoother than an ermine robe thanks to a production process that has barely changed in 100 years. The dairy still uses milk from local farms and the curd is always ladled by hand. It’s a labour of love.
The cake – Victoria Sandwich
Named after William’s great-great-great-great grandmother, the Victoria Sandwich is a cake worthy of Britain’s longest reigning monarch. The recipe dates back to Mrs Beeton and probably further. It’s the quintessential afternoon tea cake and our feather-light sponge, hand made in the Forman & Field kitchen with free range eggs then filled with vanilla and brandy butter cream plus a generous layer of finest blueberry compote, is as seductive as a comely courtesan.
The tea – Palace Earl Grey Tea
How could one contemplate a party without tea? Palace Earl Grey is a delicious, classically flavoured black tea with a sophisticated, aromatic taste, a blend of only the finest China black tea and natural oil of bergamot pressed from real bergamot citrus fruits. The ultimate royal palate cleanser.
The chocolates – Poire William Liqueur Chocolate Truffles
Sublime handmade dark chocolates infused with an intoxicating punch of Poire William liqueur. A sparkling match. A couple will help calm the nerves before waving to the crowds in The Mall. May you enjoy many more.
The Royal Wedding Hamper will be available to order for delivery throughout the British Isles from March onwards, priced at £119.95 plus delivery.