I have a big soft spot for Harrods, so when they invited me to review one of their Christmas hampers I leapt at the chance (I mean, who wouldn’t!).
I’m not quite sure what it is about Harrods that I find so special. I have distinct memories of my Granny promising to take us there to buy sweets when we were little, she always used to promise the finest things so I guess it was ingrained in me from an early age that it was special. As an adult I’ve always loved going there, it’s always on our list of places to go to when we go to London for the day. For a start it’s a beautiful place to visit, I could spend ages browsing the store, not just the things for sale, but the beautiful building too. In the summer we used to buy sandwiches from the food hall and head out for a picnic in Hyde Park. Sadly this was more of a pre-children pastime, but hopefully we’ll be able to take them when they’re older.
Whilst I loved my summer picnics, in my opinion the best time to visit was before Christmas to browse all of the decorations. My favourite* tree decoration is a big Father Christmas I treated myself to from there the year I bought my first tree and it still has pride of place in the front each year.
* Favourite that isn’t a random household waste object adorned with too much glitter by my boys – these will always win hands down 🙂
Anyway, enough of my nostalgia and on to the hamper.
Would you believe that I got into a lot of trouble with Jon over this review. We were sent a list of a few different Hampers to choose from and he told me in no uncertain terms that we should get the Grosvenor.
So I picked the Food Halls Collection.
I still don’t think I’m completely forgiven, although the fact that the one I chose turned out to be yummy has helped a bit.
It turned up in a huge box, with everything carefully packed in polystyrene inside to ensure it arrived in perfect condition. My box contained…
- Wine – A bottle of Claret and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc
- Tea – English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Darjeeling
- Milk Chocolate Chunk Biscuits
- Raspberry Jam, Marmalade and Spicy Date and Tomato Chutney
- Seeded Savoury Crackers
- Sea Salted Butter Fudge
- Wine Waiter (well that’s what they call it, I’d call it a bottle opener)
So what did we think?
Well I have to say we’ve had a fun few weeks trying everything out, not surprisingly the biscuits and fudge disappeared first (the sweet stuff always does in our house). Annoyingly the boys seemed to like them both so I didn’t get nearly as many as I would have liked!
Then it was on to the spicy date and tomato chutney. This didn’t really taste like I’d expected, I’d thought that it would be hot spicy, but in reality the spice was in the flavour rather than heat – it would go really well alongside a curry (although it also went well in my cheese sandwiches).
I could go through each item in detail but I think this might get a touch repetitive… delicious, yummy, tasty… you get the idea. If I’m being really picky then I would have preferred the raspberry jam to have no seeds, but that’s it. My only complaint.
To buy this hamper will cost you £125, not cheap but in my opinion that’s not really what a Harrods hamper is all about. It’s a treat and I know that I’d be more than happy if someone bought one for me as a gift – I’d feel special.
I’ve just talked about my hamper but there’s a really big selection ranging from £25 all the way up to £20,000 (OK, I know I said if someone’s going to buy me a Harrods hamper I’d feel all special, but if you want to spend that much I’d rather a car 🙂 ) and there are some gorgeous Christmas themed hampers in there like the Grosvenor (the one that Jon wanted) or the Children’s Christmas Hamper (full of cute festive treats I’m sure the boys would love). If you like the look of the hampers and would prefer to mix and match what’s in them then a lot of the items from the hampers can also be bought individually too.
So how would you feel if a Harrods hamper turned up on Christmas morning? Which would would you most like to try?